In June 1991, the Administrative Conference issued Recommendation 91-1, “Federal Agency Cooperation with Foreign Government Regulators,” finding that “[i]f American administrative agencies could ever afford to engage in regulatory activities without regard to the policies and practices of administrative agencies abroad, the character and pace of world developments suggest that that era has come to a close,” and recommending...
International Regulatory Cooperation
Project Stages:1. Gather ideas - Completed
2. Select ideas - Completed
3. Council approval - Completed
4. Picking a researcher - Completed
5. Committee consideration - Completed
6. Back to the council - Completed
7. Consideration by the full conference - Completed
8. Implementation - Current
In 1991, ACUS issued Recommendation 91-1, which provided guidance for all U.S. regulatory agencies on working with their international counterparts. In April 2011, ACUS co-sponsored a workshop with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to explore how U.S. regulatory agencies interact with their foreign counterparts and with U.S. government agencies responsible for trade promotion. At this workshop, officials from government and industry identified a variety of challenges in international regulatory cooperation, from the perspective of regulatory effectiveness and facilitation of commerce, and suggested areas in which 91-1 could be updated to provide more specific guidance. The ACUS research project on international regulatory cooperation examined how Recommendation 91-1 might be updated to incorporate developments in United States government structure, trade agreements, and technology since the recommendation was adopted 20 years ago.