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This project examined how agencies use internet-based technologies, particularly their websites, to support rulemaking activities and improve access to e-rulemaking portals.  It sought to identify useful innovations and best practices that could be spread to other agencies.  The resulting recommendation suggests ways agencies can make rulemaking information, including open... read more


This study focused on the many legal issues that arise in e-Rulemaking, including how agencies may use software to determine that submitted comments are identical or nearly identical, and whether agencies can (and should) destroy paper copies of comments scanned to electronic form. The resulting recommendation identifies approaches that agencies can lawfully use to reduce... read more

This study examined whether the text of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), 44 U.S.C. §§ 3501–21, or agencies’ practices under it could be improved.  Among other things, the project considered the costs and benefits of PRA compliance, more efficient ways to achieve the statute's goals, the potential need to update the statute to account for advances in social media and other... read more


At its Plenary Session on December 9-10, 2010, the Administrative Conference of the United States adopted Recommendation 2010-1, regarding agency procedures for determining whether to preempt state law. This recommendation is the result of the public, consensus-driven work of the Committee on Regulation of the Assembly of the Conference. The Conference previously posted drafts of the report... read more