Sharing FACA Best Practices

On Tuesday, February 28, 2012, Administrative Conference Chairman Paul R. Verkuil and Attorney Advisor Reeve T. Bull offered a presentation to the Public Health Division Training Committee of the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) at its Rockville, Maryland office. At the meeting, Chairman Verkuil and Mr. Bull gave an overview of the structure of the Administrative Conference and described some of its recent work. In particular, they focused on the Conference’s work on the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). They described the research that Mr. Bull conducted in preparing a research report on FACA and gave an overview of Administrative Conference Recommendation 2011-7, which offers various proposals for clarifying the scope of FACA, alleviating the procedural burden it imposes, and disseminating best practices designed to promote transparency in the work of advisory committees. HHS hosts more advisory committees than any other federal agency, and the presentation served both to describe the Conference’s work and to open a dialogue between HHS and the Conference concerning the reforms and best practices proposed in Recommendation 2011-7. Learn more about our HHS hosts, the event and FACA best practices on the ACUS events page.