ERIC Number: ED164758
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jun-7
Reference Count: 0
Statement before Subcommittee on Monopoly, Small Business Committee, United States Senate, Washington, D.C.
Self-regulation by autonomous occupationally-dominated boards creates an inherent conflict of interest. Consumers are wondering whether what they get by way of protection is worth the economic and social costs. Perhaps the weakest links in the regulatory chain are enforcement and discipline. Few practitioners are suspended or have their licenses revoked for incompetence. Grounds for suspension and revocation often require so much proof that even repeat offenders are seldom disciplined. Questions need to be asked. Would the absence of regulation significantly endanger the public health, safety, or welfare? Are there better methods of regulation? Also concern has been expressed about testing in order to gain licenses. Are tests and other screening procedures objective, reliable, and valid? Other concerns are evaluations, consistency with legislative intent, responsiveness to consumers, disciplinary actions, and accountability to the public, press, and legislature. These problems call for structural changes in the way licensing is organized and in the authority/accountability structure. Some encouraging developments in the area of regulatory reform have been taking place in Wisconsin. For example, an Occupational Standards Board has been created to review licensing rules and actions. In addition, the federal government should establish a clearinghouse for information and guidance, review the actions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act, set up a grant program to help states deal with licensing problems, and increase consumer awareness. (CT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ. Center for Occupational and Professional Assessment.
Identifiers: Occupational Licensing Boards
Note: Paper presented before the Subcommittee on Monopoly, Small Business Committee, United States Senate (Washington, D.C., June 7, 1977)