Office of the Chairman Projects

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Classification of Agency Guidance will develop a classification system to catalog the wide array of guidance agencies issue, which can range from policy manuals to phone calls. It will also identify considerations and circumstances that lead agencies to use one type of guidance instead of another.

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The Council on Federal Agency Adjudication provides a forum for the heads of agency adjudication programs to exchange information—about procedural innovations, best management practices, and other subjects of mutual interest—that may be "useful in improving administrative procedure" (5 U.S.C. § 591). The Council also offers a forum for identifying subjects appropriate for ACUS study. 

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The Federal Administrative Procedure Sourcebook is an annotated compilation of the key legal sources—including the Administrative Procedure Act, the Freedom of Information Act, the Congressional Review Act, and executive orders—governing nearly every aspect of administrative procedure.

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This project studies how nationwide injunctions and similar equitable remedies affect the administration of federal regulatory programs.

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The Roundtable on AI in Federal Agencies will help agencies develop and improve protocols and practices for using AI tools in their administrative processes. It will provide a forum for officials representing agencies across the federal government to exchange information and best practices related to uses of AI in rulemaking, adjudication, enforcement, and other administrative processes.

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The administrative procedural practices of state and local governments might provide helpful lessons for federal agencies. ACUS is soliciting information about state- and local-government practices that federal agencies may wish to consider and could feasibly adopt. Examples may include:

  • state-agency processes for periodic retrospective review of regulations;

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The Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) has issued dozens of recommendations pertaining to agencies’ proactive disclosure—or disclosure without having received a request—of administrative materials. Administrative materials are records that agencies generate or receive while engaged in rulemaking, adjudication, licensing, and investigation, or that they generate during judicial review of agency rules and orders.

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The Administrative Conference of the United States has initiated a pilot program under which its staff will transmit to Congress federal judicial and agency adjudicative decisions that identify technical and related problems of consequence in statutes dealing with administrative procedure. Its purpose is primarily to provide legislative drafters with the information they need to ensure future statutes adequately reflect Congress’s intent, and...

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Members of Congress from both political parties have introduced a large number of bills designed to amend or overhaul aspects of federal administrative procedure. Given the significance of these proposed reforms and the large number of bills introduced, the Office of the Chairman of the Administrative Conference felt that it would be useful to compile a list of bills introduced in the last several years.

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NOTE: ACUS is in the process of migrating the Tables of Executive Order Requirements to the Federal Administrative Procedure Sourcebook. Click here for the most up-to-date table.