Bureau 5: Regulatory

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The Regulatory Bureau is the fifth bureau in the community, and the first in the Process and Property Department. The bureau consists of the IP, Legal Affairs, and Audit agencies. The bureau’s core responsibilities are to align the community’s social and economic affairs with the law and best practices while fuelling innovation that can transform the way people live and work.

Duties of Regulatory Bureau Agencies

The duties of the three agencies can be summarized as follows:

IP AgencyLegal Affairs AgencyAudit Agency
Facilitate innovationAligning the community’s activities with existing laws and community bylawsEnsuring compliance with policies, regulations, bylaws, legislation, and audit standards
Processing IPActing as the community’s legal advisor and litigatorChecking the accuracy of financial reports
 Coordinating the community’s legal strategiesAssess the adequacy of internal controls

Shared responsibilities of agencies in the bureau

Compliance: the Regulatory Bureau is tasked with ensuring the community’s activities comply with the law and best practices. For instance, the process of developing and then filing IP is dominated by various legal requirements, which necessitate a careful review of the said IP to ensure it does not infringe one other property. In addition, the community does not operate in a vacuum. Instead, it operates in an environment governed by industry practices and the law. The bureau needs to ensure that its activities reflect the environment it operates on, while proactively aligning them with changing times.

Fuelling innovation: while the bureau aims to streamline activities to reflect its environment, it also encourages participants and other agencies to be innovative, not just in developing IP, but also in the way they approach challenges that are unique to the community. The bureau develops legal strategies to leverage laws and their application and also encourages industry-originated audit practices that harness various agencies’ automated systems and possession of vast amounts of current data.

Public servants and organization

Executive presidencies and boards

Each agency in the Regulatory Bureau is served by a four-member executive presidency. Each president represents a specific demographic: married men (A), married women (B), single women (C), and single men (D). However, each president serves the whole community, rather than their demographic alone. The presidencies serving the three agencies come together to form the Regulatory Bureau Board, a 12-member body that advises individual presidents and presidencies and acts as an additional check and balance beyond the presidencies.

Additionally, each president belongs to a demographic presidency. Three presidents who serve the same demographic on a board form a demographic presidency, which helps in articulating issues that cut across the board and are specific to the demographic.

Executive presidencies set strategy and draw up operating policies. They also set up and monitor their respective agencies’ automated systems.

 Demographic presidency ADemographic presidency BDemographic presidency CDemographic presidency D
Executive presidency, IP (13)13A13B13C13D
Executive presidency, Legal (14)14A14B14C14D
Executive presidency, Audit (15)15A15B15C15D

Regulatory operational presidencies

As is the case with executive presidencies, the regulatory operational presidencies are composed of four presidencies representing the four major demographics. As such, there are 48 (12*4) regulatory operational presidents. The presidents in presidencies 1, 2, and 3, form a 12-member board, as do those in 4, 5, and 6, 7, 8, and 9, and 10, 11, and 12. As such, there are 4 boards.

Operational presidents also belong to demographic presidencies. The presidents belonging to presidencies 1, 2, and 3, and who serve one demographic group form a demographic presidency, as do those in presidencies 4, 5, and 6, 7, 8, and 9, and 10, 11, and 12. This means that there are 16 demographic presidencies for the operational presidents.

Each of the 12 operational presidencies serves 2 agency executive presidencies and 2 districts that correspond with the agencies’ number. For instance, operational Presidency 1 will serve Human Relations (1) and IP (13) agencies, as well as districts 1 and 13. For the four days in a week that they work, they alternate the days they serve in a district building, such that if they serve one agency on Monday, they will go to the other agency on Tuesday. This can be better explained as follows:

PresidencyPresidentdemographic presidencyAgencies/ districts served.PresidencyPresidentdemographic presidencyAgencies/ districts served
11A11 and 1377A97 and 19
1B21 and 137B107 and 19
1C31 and 137C117 and 19
1D41 and 137D127 and 19
22A12 and 1488A98 and 20
2B22 and 148B108 and 20
2C32 and 148C118 and 20
2D42 and 148D128 and 20
33A13 and 1599A99 and 21
3B23 and 159B109 and 21
3C33 and 159C119 and 21
3D43 and 159D129 and 21
44A54 and 161010A1310 and 22
4B54 and 1610B1410 and 22
4C74 and 1610C1510 and 22
4D84 and 1610D1610 and 22
55A55 and 171111A1311 and 23
5B65 and 1711B1411 and 23
5C75 and 1711C1511 and 23
5D85 and 1711D1611 and 23
66A56 and 181212A1312 and 24
6B66 and 1812B1412 and 24
6C76 and 1812C1512 and 24
6D86 and 1812D1612 and 24

Operational presidents are identified by the two presidencies they belong to, and the 2 agencies they serve. While the services they provide are not restricted to any one of the three agencies, regulatory agents’ final selection is conducted by a particular executive presidency. Each of the three executive presidencies selects 4 of the 12 presidencies, with IP selecting 1,2,3, and 4, Legal selecting 5,6,7, and 8, and Audit selecting 9, 10, 11, and 12.


Regulatory agents perform a range of highly specialized roles. They need to handle legal, IP, and audit issues. This means that, for instance, a regulatory agent needs to be fully conversant with the law, IP prosecution, and audit processes. These skills are acquired professionally, meaning that the agents will most probably be lawyers, accountants, or other relevant professionals able to discharge the roles assigned to them by the office.

The community operates under a unique legal and innovation ecosystem. Besides their professional qualifications, regulatory agents need to have vast experience in how the community works. In many instances, they are likely to be former community public servants. Their conversance with the system’s 0erformance will be crucial if they are to offer specialized services to various presidencies and participants.