Ongoing Projects

This project addresses the use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools in retrospective review of agency rules. It considers how AI tools can be used to identify rules that are outdated, inaccurate, or redundant; that contain typographical errors; or that might benefit from elaboration or clarification.

This project identifies best practices for agencies to use when implementing automated tools—like interactive chatbots and virtual assistants—to provide legal guidance to members of the public. Among other topics, it explores the types of automated legal guidance agencies issue and the circumstances in which different types of automated legal guidance are most effective; how agencies oversee the programs providing such guidance to ensure that...

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This project seeks to identify best practices regarding when and how federal agencies provide public access to adjudicative proceedings. Within the legal framework established by federal law, it identifies factors agencies should consider when determining whether to open or close particular proceedings.

This project identifies for agencies best practices for maintaining public access to agency guidance documents that are no longer in effect—that is, inoperative guidance documents.

This project addresses the public availability of settlement agreements reached during administrative enforcement proceedings. It seeks to identify best practices for providing public access to such agreements without disclosing legally protected materials, consistent with the transparency objectives and privacy considerations of the Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, and other relevant laws and directives.

This project identifies best practices for agencies when devising and implementing systems to assess and improve the quality of decisions in adjudicative programs.

This project explores how agencies regulate the conduct of attorneys and non-attorneys who represent parties and other interested persons in administrative proceedings.

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This project considers potential technical reforms of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) that could clarify certain procedural aspects of the CRA while reducing administrative burdens on executive-branch agencies and congressional offices.