Adjudication (Current Projects)


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This project will develop best practices, as well as facility and technology guidelines for use of video teleconferencing in administrative hearings.  For agencies already conducting hearings by video teleconferencing, this project will provide them with considerations for updating their technological platforms and improving their hearing environments, with an eye to facilitating future change...


The Conference is studying procedures and best practices for issuing declaratory orders in administrative adjudications.  This study will address the following issues:

  • Legal Parameters.  For what purpose(s) did Congress grant agencies the authority to issue declaratory orders?  What legal limitations,  if any, does the Administrative Procedure Act's (APA's) text...

The Administrative Conference is undertaking a project to map the contours of the federal administrative adjudicatory process, including both “formal” adjudication conducted under the Administrative Procedure Act and “informal” adjudication.  Most studies of federal agency adjudication—by the Conference or others—took place years ago or assessed only limited aspects of the...


The Social Security Administration (SSA) has engaged the Office of the Chairman to conduct an independent study of federal court review in social security disability insurance and supplemental security income cases. 

The Office of the Chairman or its consultant(s) will:

  • Review and analyze the Social Security Act, as well as SSA’s implementing regulations, policies, and...