Reorganizing the Federal Administrative State: The Disutility of Criminal Investigative Programs at Federal Regulatory Agencies

Legal Memorandum, No. 208 (July 2017)

18 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2017

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Date Written: July 12, 2017

Abstract

President Donald Trump has directed federal agencies and has invited the public to suggest ways to reorganize the federal government to make it more effective and efficient. One possibility is to reorganize at least part of federal law enforcement. Numerous federal regulatory agencies have criminal investigative divisions. Congress and the President should consider consolidating those programs and transferring them to a traditional federal law enforcement agency. The FBI is a possible home for those agents, but the U.S. Marshals Service may have certain advantages that the FBI does not possess, including the possibility of a less costly transition. Either agency would make a more suitable home for investigative programs currently housed in administrative agencies.

Keywords: administrative agency, regulatory agency, administrative state, federal law enforcement, FBI, EPA, Marshal's Service

Suggested Citation

Larkin, Jr., Paul James, Reorganizing the Federal Administrative State: The Disutility of Criminal Investigative Programs at Federal Regulatory Agencies (July 12, 2017). Legal Memorandum, No. 208 (July 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3008601

Paul James Larkin, Jr. (Contact Author)

The Heritage Foundation ( email )

214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002-4999
United States
202-608-6190 (Phone)

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