Administrative Conference of the United States Adopts Five Recommendations That Improve Government Efficiency, Promote Transparency, and Enhance Public Participation in the Regulatory Process
Washington, December 15, 2017 - At its 68th Plenary Session, the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) Assembly formally adopted the five following recommendations.
Plain Language in Regulatory Drafting, which was adopted as Recommendation 2017-3, identifies tools and techniques agencies have used successfully to write regulatory documents (including rulemaking preambles and guidance documents) using plain language, proposes best practices for agencies in structuring their internal drafting processes, and suggests ways agencies can best use trainings and other informational resources. https://www.acus.gov/research-projects/plain-language-regulatory-drafting.
Marketable Permits, which was adopted as Recommendation 2017-4, provides best practices for structuring, administering, and overseeing marketable permitting programs for agencies that have decided to implement such programs. https://www.acus.gov/research-projects/marketable-permits.
Agency Guidance, which was adopted as Recommendation 2017-5, provides best practices to agencies on the formulation and use of guidance documents. https://www.acus.gov/research-projects/agency-guidance.
Regulatory Experimentation, which was adopted as Recommendation 2017-6, offers advice to agencies on learning from different regulatory approaches. It encourages agencies to collect data, conduct analysis at all stages of the rulemaking lifecycle (from pre-rule analysis to retrospective review), and solicit public input at appropriate points in the process. https://www.acus.gov/research-projects/regulatory-experimentation.
Regulatory Waivers and Exemptions, which was adopted as Recommendation 2017-7, provides best practices to agencies concerning their use of waivers and exemptions. It offers recommendations on how agencies should structure their waiver and exemption procedures to increase transparency and promote public input. https://www.acus.gov/research-projects/regulatory-waivers-and-exemptions.
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