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Study Finds Regulatory Budget Unaffected by Sequestration

BudgetGeorge Washington University and Washington University in St. Louis have jointly released a new study that shows the federal government’s regulatory spending remains intact despite the across-the-board budget cuts, FedScoop reported Wednesday.

Cory Bennett writes the report analyzed the spending habits of 75 departments and agencies since 1960 and found 0.9 percent and 1.6 percent respective hikes in the budget and personnel spending between 2012 and 2013.

Recently passed measures are the major drivers of these increases, according to the report.

For instance, the Food and Drug Administration is slated to receive $633 million in 2013 and another $693 million in 2014 due to the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011, FedScoop reports.

Bennett writes an additional $399 million in 2013 and $293 million in 2014 are earmarked for the Patent and Trademark Office following the passage of the America Invents Act in 2011.

Consumer safety and health, homeland security, transportation, workplace, environment and energy account for 80 percent of the current budget, FedScoop reports.

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