ACUS’s New Sourcebooks

In early 2019, ACUS will publish several new sourcebooks that will serve as invaluable resources for understanding the federal government and the diverse work of federal administrative agencies.

First, in January 2019, ACUS released the second edition of the Sourcebook of United States Executive Agencies, written by Jennifer L. Selin, a Kinder Institute Assistant Professor of Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri, and David E. Lewis, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of the Department of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. The first edition was published in 2012 and examines the departments, agencies, and other organizational entities that comprise the federal government. The Sourcebook provides insight into the structure, personnel, decision-making processes and requirements, and political oversight of agencies throughout the federal government. The second edition supplements and expands on the first edition by including bureaus within agencies, accounting for constitutional debates about agency structure, and addressing the renewed importance of “government-wide legal mandates” in the administrative state.

Second, ACUS launched a continuously-updated edition of the Federal Administrative Procedure Sourcebook. The Sourcebook is an annotated compilation of key legal sources governing administrative procedure. In a joint initiative with the ABA’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, ACUS has made the Sourcebook available through a new Sourcebook website. The electronic edition provides ready-access to the Sourcebook’s statutory overviews and provides links to important resources, including statutory text, agency regulations, agency guidance documents, and law review articles. ACUS will continuously update the website to account for significant developments in administrative law and to provide access to new resources. The electronic edition provides expanded access to the Sourcebook and will assist agency officials, congressional staff, the judiciary, and the public with their research and understanding of administrative law.

Finally, ACUS will soon publish a sourcebook on federal administrative adjudication. Federal Administrative Adjudication Outside the Administrative Procedure Act, written by Michael Asimow, Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and Professor of Law Emeritus at UCLA School of Law, explores federal administrative adjudication schemes that are not subject to the adjudicatory provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act. It builds on ACUS’s earlier work on administrative adjudication, including the Federal Administrative Adjudication Database and Recommendation 2016-4, Evidentiary Hearings Not Required by the Administrative Procedure Act. The sourcebook will provide a comprehensive overview of federal administrative adjudication and use case studies to examine a variety of characteristics of each adjudication scheme, including the structure of the initial adjudication; pre-hearing, hearing, and post-hearing procedures; the types of adjudicators used; and the case loads at individual agencies. The sourcebook will provide invaluable insight into the many adjudicatory schemes that cover a vast and diverse range of federal programs.

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