Current Projects

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Federal agencies sometimes grant to regulated parties temporary or permanent “waivers” or “exemptions” (also sometimes referred to as “exceptions”) from regulatory requirements.

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The Administrative Conference’s Recommendation 73-1, Adverse Agency Publicity examines statements made by an agency or its personnel which invite public attention to an agency’s action and which may adversely affect persons identified therein. This recommendation was produced in an era where adverse publicity was used as a primary method of enforcement by some agencies.

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The Conference is studying the recent efforts by agencies to aggregate administrative proceedings.

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

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The Conference is studying the use and incorporation of electronic case management in agency adjudication in order to make recommendations and share best practices.  Electronic case management is a comprehensive system that enables an agency to manage its adjudications for increased efficiency and access.

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The Administrative Procedure Act (APA) defines “license” as “the whole or a part of an agency permit, certificate, approval, registration, charter, membership, statutory exemption or other form of permission.”  Other than a few scattered references, the APA otherwise does not establish any uniform procedures for the issuance, renewal, or cancellation of federal permits or licenses.  Consequently, practices vary substantially from agency to...

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This project examines judicial application of an issue exhaustion requirement in preenforcement review of administrative rulemaking.  

Twenty-five years ago, the Administrative Conference studied the potential for use of an ombudsman (or ombuds) in federal agency programs.  Recommendation 90-2 provided guidance for the establishment and operation of federal ombuds offices.  Since that time, the number, prominence and diversity of federal ombuds offices has grown significantly.

The need for improvement in negotiated rulemaking, interagency coordination, and retrospective review by the agencies that administer grants and other federal programs at American universities has become the subject of recent attention from the Association of American Universities, the Council on Governmental Relations, and other prominent professional organizations.  It is one component of a broader discussion about whether higher education...

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This project will study the role of federal agencies in providing technical assistance to Congress in statutory drafting.  Using a case study methodology, the study will examine the various organizational models for agency involvement in providing technical statutory drafting assistance to Congress and identify best practices.