54th Plenary Session
- June 16, 2011 - 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm EDT
- June 17, 2011 - 9:00 am to 12:30 pm EDT
901 E Street NW, Washington, DC, 20004
Federal employees and contractor employees are subject to widely disparate ethics regimes.
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. Such innovations should reduce costs and improve efficiency.
Agencies conduct most rulemaking proceedings via the process of “notice and comment.” Under this process, an agency publishes notice of a proposed rule in the Federal Register, gives the public a period of time in which to comment, and then issues a final rule after considering the comments received. See 5 U.S.C. § 553.
At its Plenary Session on June 16-17, 2011, the Administrative Conference of the United States adopted Recommendation 2011-4, regarding the use of video hearings by federal government agencies with high volume cases loads as a means of reducing caseload backlog and conducting more efficient adjudication. This recommendation is the result of the public, consensus-driven work of the Committee on Adjudication of the Assembly of the Conference. ...