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Environmental Regulatory Development Support + Economic Analysis

ICF International guides clients through drafting, analysis, public comment, and all U.S. government requirements in rulemaking and analyzes the economic impact of environmental regulations.



With 30 years of regulatory support and economic analysis serving dozens of federal agencies in hundreds of rulemakings, ICF has the deep understanding needed to help clients meet regulatory development challenges.

The Reg Map™, ICF's graphic guide to the informal rulemaking process, has proved indispensable to federal agencies, congressional staff, industries, law
schools, and many others.

Our regulatory development and economic analysis helps clients:

  • Meet agency and U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requirements, U.S. Federal Register guidelines, relevant statutes, and executive orders
  • Gain the full picture with analyses that address costs, benefits, economic impacts, small entity impacts, and paperwork burden
  • Offer accountability and transparency to stakeholders and the public and efficiently manage public comment using our CommentWorks® software
  • Navigate multiple drafting and deadline requirements

ICF is skilled in researching public and commercial databases, such as the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and business data providers. We apply state-of-the-art tools to ICF proprietary and custom-developed models, ranging from regional economic planning models, such as REMI and INPLAN, to risk analysis software, such as Crystal Ball and @Risk.


Featured Resources

  • Selecting a regulatory approach—ICF helps clients identify and describe goals and objectives within legislative constraints, characterize affected stakeholders, develop options, and conduct tradeoff analyses.
  • Drafting support—ICF helps clients prepare rulemaking documents such as preambles and regulatory text using plain language and in a format that complies with Federal Register or other publication requirements.
  • Performing regulatory and economic analyses—ICF estimates costs, benefits, impacts, and the cost effectiveness of regulations, programs, and projects. We prepare small business analyses, address paperwork burdens, and prepare support documentation (e.g., Regulatory Flexibility Analyses, Regulatory Impact Analyses, Environmental Impact Statements, and Information Collection Requests).
  • Supporting the management and analysis of public comments—ICF provides tools, such as CommentWorks®, and services to help organizations manage public comments transparently, efficiently, and effectively.
  • Managing stakeholder involvement—ICF facilitates stakeholder participation, providing meeting logistics, facilitation services, and note taking and transcripts.
  • Implementing regulatory programs—ICF helps develop implementation strategies, provide outreach and training support, draft guidance documents, and evaluate implementation progress.
  • Analyzing regulatory effectiveness—ICF analyzes the impact and effectiveness of agencies’ regulations and policies including “lookback reviews” under Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act to examine impacts on small entities.
  • Evaluating and designing financial assurance mechanisms and programs—ICF helps government agencies analyze, design, implement, enforce, evaluate, and revise effective financial assurance mechanisms and programs to ensure that accountable parties have arranged for sufficient funding of environmental responsibilities.
  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Collaborative
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
    • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
    • National Organics Program
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
    • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
    • Immigration and Customs Enforcement
    • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
    • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)
    • Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
  • U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
    • Civil Rights Division
    • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
    • Employment and Training Administration (ETA)
    • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
    • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
    • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
  • U.S. Election Assistance Commission
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
  • Project

    Regulatory Economic Analysis and Related Support for the TSA

    ICF has performed a wide range of economic and regulatory support for DHS Transportation Security Administration (TSA). We also have tracked legislative and regulatory developments and provided technical drafting support to TSA staff for several proposed rules.

  • Project

    Lead Hazard Control in Housing for the U.S. HUD and the U.S. EPA

    ICF supported HUD's Office of Lead Hazard Control in developing regulations to reduce lead-based paint hazards in federally assisted and federally owned housing.

  • Project

    Integration of Access Authorization and Fitness-for-Duty Rulemaking Efforts

    ICF supports the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response (NSIR) and Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR) in rulemaking activities related to the Fitness-for-Duty (FFD) Rule, which addresses drug and alcohol testing and fatigue monitoring.

  • Project

    Hazardous, Industrial, Municipal, and Special Waste Program Support for the EPA

    ICF has provided a wide range of support for a rulemaking on revisions to the definition of solid waste. ICF conducted research on hazardous waste recycling damage cases and developed portions of EPA’s environmental problems report, preparing graphics as well as text.

  • Project

    Regulatory Flexibility Act and Expert Support Services for PTO

    ICF supported Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in evaluating the regulatory burden, including the paperwork burden, expected to fall on small entity patent applicants as a result of proposed and final rulemakings.

  • Project

    Regulatory Support to DEA

    ICF has provided regulatory support for various DOJ Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regulations, including conducting background research to support policy decisions, helping draft Federal Register preambles and regulatory text, summarizing comments, and developing regulatory economic analyses, small entity analyses, regulatory flexibility analyses, and information collection requests.

  • Project

    Public Comment Support for the FTC

    ICF has provided its web-based CommentWorks® application to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to manage nearly every aspect of the commission’s public comment processing and analysis needs on its proceedings since 2004.

  • Project

    EPA Regulatory Support

    ICF has conducted more than 100 economic analyses for EPA and assisted in all phases of EPA rulemakings.

  • Project

    Regulatory Support for the FMCSA

    ICF provides a variety of services in assisting DOT Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Regulatory Development Division (RDD), which is responsible for regulatory development, Federal Register drafting, and comment analysis for all FMCSA programs.

  • Project

    Regulatory Streamlining for RHS

    ICF assisted the Rural Housing Service (RHS) at USDA in revising and streamlining the regulations and procedural guidance for two important USDA programs, the Section 515 multifamily rental housing direct loan program and the Section 514/516 farm labor housing direct loan and grant program.

  • Project

    Support for Revisions to Animal Import Regulations

    ICF is assisting the CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ) in preparing notices of proposed and final rulemakings to revise regulations concerning the importation of animals that can carry diseases affecting humans.

  • Project

    EAC Assistance for Drafting and Codifying Administrative Regulations

    ICF reviewed federal laws and other authorities defining the administrative requirements of a federal agency and working with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to help identify the administrative regulations the EAC should consider adopting.

  • Project

    Economic Analysis for ETA

    In support of DOL’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC), ICF conducted economic analysis of the proposed changes to the regulations of the H-2A temporary agricultural worker program.

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