FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Harry M. Seidman
ACUS Announces Two Forums on Public Participation in Regulatory Policymaking
Washington, D.C., September 23, 2021 – The Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) will hold two forums this fall that will address public participation in the administrative processes by which federal agencies make regulatory policies.
Underserved Communities and the Regulatory Process
A multi-day, virtual forum this fall will address participation by underserved communities and their members in the administrative processes (including rulemaking and adjudication) by which agencies make regulatory policies. This forum furthers Executive Order 13985, Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government, which requires that federal agencies “pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all,” including communities “that have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality.”
Panels will feature leading governmental policymakers, community advocates, and academic experts. More information about panels, speakers, and instructions for attending the forum will be posted at www.acus.gov/underserved-communities-and-the-regulatory-process-forum.
Public Input in Notice-and-Comment Rulemaking
A second, virtual forum this fall will explore the role of public input in agency rulemaking. Leading agency officials and outside experts will discuss when and why public input is valuable in the rulemaking process, how the notice-and-comment process might be improved to enhance the public input agencies receive, and ways agencies might supplement that process to receive public input.
More information about panels, speakers, and instructions for attending the forum will be posted at www.acus.gov/public-input-in-rulemaking-forum.
Visit www.acus.gov/forums to learn more ACUS forums.
The Administrative Conference of the United States is an independent federal agency within the executive branch dedicated to improving the administrative process through consensus-driven applied research and providing nonpartisan expert advice and recommendations for federal agency procedures. Its membership is composed of senior federal officials, academics, and other experts from the private sector. Except for the Chairman, all Conference Members are unpaid.
The Conference is committed to promoting effective public participation and efficiency in the rulemaking process by leveraging interactive technologies and encouraging open communication with the public as well as making improvements to the regulatory process by reducing unnecessary litigation, and improving the use of science and the effectiveness of applicable laws. Learn more at www.acus.gov.