An important function of the modern judiciary is to ensure that decisions by administrative agencies remain within statutory boundaries. These boundaries, however, are often imprecise. Rather than specify the precise details of a program, Congress often gives an agency a broad mandate, for example, to clean up the environment, to monitor the banking system, or to improve worker safety. In such circumstances, federal courts sometimes defer to statutory interpretations made by the implementing agencies.
Kenneth W. Starr,
Judicial Review in the Post-Chevron Era,
Yale J. on Reg.
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