Media Advisory -- 59th Plenary Session


Megan Kindelan
Communications Director


The 59th Plenary Session of the Administrative Conference of the United States will be held next week.  During the session, Conference Chairman Paul R. Verkuil and the Conference Assembly will consider and vote on four recommendations:

  1. Social Media in Rulemaking:  This proposed recommendation provides guidance to agencies on whether, how, and when social media might be used both lawfully and effectively to support rulemaking activities.
  2. Remand Without Vacatur:  This proposed recommendation examines the judicial remedy of remand without vacatur on review of agency action and equitable factors that may justify its application.  It also offers guidance for courts that remand agency actions and for agencies responding to judicial remands. 
  3. Statement on Improving the Timeliness of OIRA Regulatory Review:  This proposed statement highlights potential mechanisms for reducing the backlog of rules under review by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), including promoting enhanced coordination between OIRA and agencies prior to the submission of rules, encouraging the return of rules that require additional analysis, and ensuring that OIRA has adequate staffing to complete reviews in a timely manner.
  4. GPRA Modernization Act of 2010:  Examining Constraints To, and Providing Tools For, Cross-Agency Collaboration:  This proposed recommendation examines perceived and real constraints to cross-agency collaboration under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) Modernization Act and highlights tools available to help agencies collaborate.  It offers guidance to help increase transparency, improve information sharing, and facilitate better agency reporting under the Act.  The recommendation is also aimed at enhancing the role of agency attorneys and other agency staff in facilitating cross-agency collaboration.

Twice a year, the full membership of the Administrative Conference meets in plenary session and debates and votes on recommendations received from Conference committees.


December 5-6, 2013

  • Thursday, December 5:  2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 6:  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

o   Agenda


Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Three Lafayette Centre
1155 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20581
Main Conference Room


There will be a live webcast of the Plenary Session, accessible here.

Please RSVP by 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 4, to Megan Kindelan at 202.480.2091 or

About ACUS

The Administrative Conference of the United States is an independent federal agency dedicated to improving the administrative process through consensus-driven applied research, providing nonpartisan expert advice and recommendations for improvement of federal agency procedures.  Its membership is composed of innovative federal officials and experts with diverse views and backgrounds from both the private sector and academia.   

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

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