Ongoing Projects

This project considers how artificial intelligence (AI) tools can be used to identify rules that are outdated or redundant; that contain typographical errors or inaccurate cross-references; or that might benefit from elaboration or clarification.

This project considers whether the main statutes governing disclosure of agencies’ legislative rules, guidance documents, adjudicative decisions, and other important legal materials should be amended to consolidate and harmonize their overlapping requirements, account for technological developments, correct certain statutory ambiguities and drafting errors, and address other potential problems that may be identified.

This project recommends best practices, such as public engagement and data analysis, that agencies can use to identify unnecessary burdens that members of the public face when they engage with administrative programs or participate in administrative processes. It also recommends strategies agencies can use to reduce unnecessary burdens, such as streamlining processes and digitizing services.

This project recommends best practices for developing online processes by which private parties, representatives, and other participants in agency adjudications can file forms, evidence, and briefs; view case materials and status information; receive notices and orders; and perform other common adjudicative tasks.

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This project seeks to identify best practices on the use of precedential decisions in agency adjudication.

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.

Many agencies have developed documents, often called “enforcement manuals,” that provide agency personnel with a single, authoritative resource for enforcement-related policies. This project addresses whether and when enforcement manuals provide an effective means for agencies to communicate enforcement-related policies internally and publicly.

This project studies and offers recommendations on agencies’ efforts to promote enhanced transparency, accessibility, and accountability by using virtual tools to engage the public in connection with agency rulemaking activities.