President Biden Appoints Three New Council Members to the Administrative Conference of the United States

Contact:  Harry M. Seidman

President Biden Appoints Three New Council Members to the Administrative Conference of the United States

WASHINGTON, September 30, 2021 - President Biden has announced the appointment of the following three individuals new members to the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS):

•    Leslie B. Kiernan, General Counsel, Department of Commerce 
•    Funmi Olorunnipa Badejo, Special Assistant to the President and Associate White House Counsel
•    Nitin Shah, General Counsel, U.S. General Services Administration
The Council is composed of the ACUS Chairman and 10 other members appointed by the President. Council members serve three-year terms and include government officials and private citizens with expertise in administrative law and public administration. ACUS Vice Chairman and Executive Director Matthew L. Wiener is the current Acting Chairman and presiding officer of the Council.  
The Council’s duties include proposing bylaws and regulations for adoption by the 101 voting members of ACUS, known as the Assembly; reviewing budgetary proposals; receiving and considering research reports and recommendations from ACUS committees; and approving the appointment of non-government members. 

About ACUS

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

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