Category Archives: Administrative Conference Update

Spring 2018 Projects (ACUS Update)

by Emily Bremer — Monday, Mar. 5, 2018@emilysbremer

This week, the Administrative Conference of the United States will being spring committee meetings on a slate of new projects, including: (1) Administrative Judges; (2) Electronic Case Management in Adjudication; (3) Minimizing the Costs of Judicial Review; (4) Paperwork Reduction Act Efficiencies; and (5) Public Engagement in Rulemaking. The first four projects are targeted for completion at […]

Updated ACUS Summary of Recent Administrative Law Reform Bills

by Chris Walker — Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018@chris_j_walker

The Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) tracks the various regulatory reform bills on a pretty regular basis. This is a terrific resource for those interested in understanding the various proposals being considered in Congress. ACUS just posted an updated summary here. Here is the description of the project: In the last several sessions […]

A Rare Separate Statement (ACUS Update)

by Emily Bremer — Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018@emilysbremer

Last week, I highlighted ACUS’s five recently adopted recommendations, including Recommendation 2017-5, Agency Guidance Through Policy Statements.  It is noteworthy that this recommendation was accompanied by a rare separate statement, this one from ACUS Senior Fellow Professor Ronald M. Levin. Section 302.6(c)(1) of ACUS’s bylaws, which allows members to publish separate statements, provides that: A member who disagrees in whole or in […]

A Busy 68th Plenary! (ACUS Update)

by Emily Bremer — Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017@emilysbremer

The Administrative Conference will host its 68th Plenary Session on December 14th and 15th, 2017.  It’s shaping up to be a busy one, with five proposed recommendations going before the Assembly for approval.  From the Federal Register notice, these recommendations address the following subjects: Plain Language in Regulatory Drafting. This proposed recommendation identifies tools and techniques agencies have used […]

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 […]

Attention AdLaw Practitioners: ACUS Is Hiring an Attorney Advisor!

by Chris Walker — Monday, July 24, 2017@chris_j_walker

From the ACUS website: ATTORNEY ADVISOR POSITION The Conference encourages lawyers who may be interested in serving as an attorney advisor to send a brief letter, accompanied by a resume and transcript (official or unofficial), expressing their interest and identifying the approximate date on which they would be available to start. The ideal candidate would […]

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 […]

ACUS and Proactive Disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, by Dan Sheffner

by Guest Blogger — Friday, June 9, 2017

While much scholarly and public attention is paid to the Freedom of Information Act’s (FOIA) request-driven model of disclosure, less well known is the statute’s requirement that agencies publicly disclose certain government records without waiting for a request from the public.  Federal agencies must “make available for public inspection in an electronic format” specific types […]