Author Archives: Emily Bremer

About Emily Bremer

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J.D., New York University School of Law, 2006

B.A., New York University, 2003

Emily S. Bremer is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wyoming College of Law. Before joining the faculty, Professor Bremer served as the Research Chief of the Administrative Conference of the United States, worked as an associate in the telecommunications and appellate practice of Wiley Rein LLP, and clerked for Judge Andrew J. Kleinfeld of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Her research focuses on the intersection of public and private governance, with a particular focus on the use of privately developed technical standards in government regulation.

Webley on Verbose Rulemaking Preambles (AdLaw Bridge Series)

by Emily Bremer — Monday, Sept. 25, 2017@emilysbremer

Alec Anthony Webley has an interesting article, Seeing through a Preamble, Darkly: Administrative Verbosity in an Age of Populism and ‘Fake News’, forthcoming in the Administrative Law Review.  The article argues that the purpose of the APA’s requirement that agencies provide a “concise general statement of [a rule’s] basis and purpose” is defeated by the length […]

Fall 2017 Projects (ACUS Update)

by Emily Bremer — Monday, Sept. 11, 2017@emilysbremer

The Administrative Conference of the United States will soon begin fall committee meetings on a slate of projects targeted for completion at the 68th annual plenary session, to be held in December.  These projects include: (1) Plain Language in Regulatory Drafting; (2) Agency Guidance; (3) Regulatory Waivers and Exemptions; and (4) Regulatory Experimentation.  A description (taken […]

Jonathan F. Mitchell Nominated to Serve as ACUS Chairman (ACUS Update)

by Emily Bremer — Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017@emilysbremer

The White House has just announced a slate of new nominations, including a new ACUS Chairman.  From the press release: Jonathan F. Mitchell of Washington to be Chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States for a term of 5 years. Mr. Mitchell most recently served as a Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford Law […]

Upcoming Event on Regulatory Benefit-Cost Analysis (ACUS Update)

by Emily Bremer — Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017@emilysbremer

If you’re going to be in the DC area on September 29 and are interested in benefit-cost analysis, here’s the event for you!  The Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS), the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA), and the GWU Regulatory Studies Center are co-sponsoring an afternoon of discussion on New Developments in Regulatory Benefit-Cost […]

ACUS Adopts Two Recommendations at the 67th Plenary (ACUS Update)

by Emily Bremer — Friday, June 30, 2017@emilysbremer

At its 67th Plenary Session, held Friday, June 16th, the Assembly of the Administrative Conference adopted two new recommendations: Recommendation 2017-1, Adjudication Materials on Agency Websites and Recommendation 2017-2, Negotiated Rulemaking and Other Options for Public Engagement.  As described on ACUS’s website: Recommendation 2017-1, Adjudication Materials on Agency Websites provides guidance regarding the online dissemination of administrative […]

Mortazavi on Computer Analysis of Rulemaking Comments (AdLaw Bridge Series)

by Emily Bremer — Friday, June 23, 2017@emilysbremer

Technology has promised big benefits for public participation in notice-and comment rulemaking, but it has also presented new challenges for agencies.  For example, as the number of rulemaking comments has increased, so too has the administrative burden of reviewing those comments.  Can an agency use computer software to help ease this burden while still discharging its obligations under the APA?  Melissa Mortazavi addresses […]

Save the Date for the 67th Plenary (ACUS Update)

by Emily Bremer — Saturday, June 3, 2017@emilysbremer

The Administrative Conference of the United States will hold its 67th Annual Plenary Session on Friday, June 16th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The Assembly will consider proposed recommendations on two subjects.  From the Federal Register notice: Adjudication Materials on Agency Web sites. This proposed recommendation provides guidance regarding the online dissemination of administrative […]

A Complete Picture of Federal Spending

by Emily Bremer — Tuesday, May 9, 2017@emilysbremer

Getting information about federal spending–a key consideration in policymaking–just got a whole lot easier.  The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) required federal agencies to use a standardized data format to report spending information.  The goal was to make the information more readily available and useful, thereby improving transparency and oversight.  The Office of […]

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The Agency Declaratory Judgment

by Emily Bremer — Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017@emilysbremer

For your weekend reading pleasure, I offer my latest article, The Agency Declaratory Judgment, which is now available on SSRN and is forthcoming in the Ohio State Law Journal.  The article examines a useful provision of the APA with which you may be unfamiliar (really!).  That provision is 5 U.S.C. 554(e).  It states that an agency “with like effect as […]

Feinstein on Congressional Oversight of the Executive Branch (AdLaw Bridge Series)

by Emily Bremer — Saturday, Apr. 22, 2017@emilysbremer

Political control of administrative agencies is a hot topic these days.  And Brian D. Feinstein has a timely new article, Congress in the Administrative State, forthcoming in the Washington University Law Review that empirically evaluates how Congressional oversight hearings fit into the picture.  Using an original dataset constructed from inspectors general semiannual reports, Government Accountability Office annual “top management challenges” lists, […]