R Street Institute
District of Columbia
Public Comments for Events Organized by the FTC's Economic Liberty Task Force
While occupational licensing laws have gained more attention in recent years, many policymakers still consider licensing a "state issue." While state reforms are certainly at the heart of the occupational licensing debate, the federal government has a role to play, as well. There are numerous ways in which the federal government could make an impact in the occupational licensing arena, including passing model legislation, freeing up states to use already-existing federal funding to reform licensing, bringing more enforcement actions against state licensing boards, reforming licensing restrictions for federal employees, and enacting a "ban the box" requirement for federal government hires. I have discussed these ideas in more depth in a recent article with one of my colleagues, which is attached as part of this comment.