Applicability of Executive Privilege to Independent Regulatory Agencies

Headnotes: 

A case cannot be made for absolute exclusion of the so-called independent regulatory agencies from the doctrine of executive privilege.

Although free from executive control in the exercise of quasi-legislative and quasi-judicial functions, independent regulatory agencies frequently exercise important functions executive in nature.

As to the latter functions, the doctrine of executive privilege is as much applicable to regulatory commissions as to the executive departments and officers of the government.

Updated July 9, 2014