FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2014
The 61st Plenary Session of the Administrative Conference of the United States was held December 4-5, 2014. During the session, Conference Chairman Paul R. Verkuil and the Conference Assembly passed three recommendations:
1. Recommendation 2014-5: Retrospective Review of Agency Rules: This recommendation examines agencies’ procedures for reanalyzing and amending existing regulations and offers recommendations designed to promote a culture of retrospective review at agencies. Among other things, it urges agencies to plan for retrospective review when drafting new regulations; highlights considerations germane to selecting regulations for reevaluation; identifies factors relevant to ensuring robust review; and encourages agencies to coordinate with the Office of Management and Budget, other agencies, and outside entities (including stakeholders and foreign regulators) when designing and conducting retrospective reviews.
2. Recommendation 2014-6: Petitions for Rulemaking: This recommendation identifies agency procedures and best practices for accepting, processing, and responding to petitions for rulemaking. It seeks to ensure that the public's right to petition is a meaningful one, while still respecting the need for agencies to retain decisional autonomy. Building upon ACUS's previous work on the subject, it provides additional guidance that may make the petitioning process more useful for agencies, petitioners, and the public.
3. Recommendation 2014-7: Best Practices for Using Video Teleconferencing for Hearings: This recommendation offers practical guidance regarding how best to conduct video hearings, and addresses the following subjects: Equipment and environment, training, financial considerations, procedural practices, fairness and satisfaction, and collaboration among agencies. It also provides for the development of a video hearings handbook by ACUS's Office of the Chairman.
Twice a year, the full membership of the Administrative Conference meets in plenary session and debates and votes on recommendations received from Conference committees.
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