Office of the Chairman Projects

Status:
Current

Members of Congress from both political parties have introduced a large number of bills designed to amend or overhaul certain aspects of the federal administrative state. 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.

Status:
Current

The table below identifies all extant executive orders that apply to most agencies’ notice-and-comment rulemaking. Executive Orders 12866 (Regulatory Planning and Review), 13132 (Federalism), and 13175 (Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments) are briefly described in the main table, but also have their own tables to which the main table links.

Status:
Completed

At the request of the Social Security Administration (SSA), the Office of the Chairman studied the impact of the pilot program in Region I which, according to 20 C.F.R §§ 405.316, 405.331, both requires notice of the ALJ hearing 75 days prior to the hearing date, and closes the evidentiary record five days before the hearing date absent a showing of good cause.  The report reviewed and analyzed SSA’s statute and current regulations, as well...

Status:
Completed

The Administrative Conference undertook a project to map the contours of the federal administrative adjudicatory process, including both “formal” adjudication conducted under the Administrative Procedure Act and “informal” adjudication. There was no single, up-to-date resource that painted a comprehensive picture of agency adjudications across the federal government. This study aimed to fill the knowledge gap by:

Status:
Completed

This memorandum provides an overview of agency use of video teleconferencing (VTC) for administrative hearings from the early 1990s through 2014.  Year-by-year, it describes VTC usage at agencies.

Status:
Completed

At the request of the Social Security Administration (SSA), the Office of the Chairman studied the duty of candor and the submission of all evidence in Social Security disability claims.  The resulting report briefly reviews and summarizes the Social Security Act and SSA’s current regulations and practices regarding the duty of candor and the submission of all evidence.  It also reviews requirements from other tribunals, the Federal Rules of...

Status:
Completed

The Social Security Administration (SSA) engaged the Office of the Chairman to conduct an independent study of federal court review in social security disability insurance and supplemental security income cases. The project consultants:

  • Reviewed and analyzed the Social Security Act, as well as SSA’s implementing regulations, policies, and practices for adjudicating claims under titles II and XVI.

Status:
Completed

At the request of the Social Security Administration (SSA), the Office of the Chairman studied state guardianship/conservatorship laws and court practices with an eye toward improved information sharing between SSA and state courts.

Status:
Completed

The Social Security Administration (SSA) engaged the Office of the Chairman to conduct an independent study reviewing and analyzing SSA’s laws, regulations, policies, and practices concerning evaluation of claimants’ symptoms in the adjudication of social security disability claims.  The Office of the Chairman prepared a report advising SSA on how to best articulate the scope of symptom evaluation in its adjudication process, so as to improve...

Status:
Completed

The Administrative Conference undertook a project to examine the agencies and other organizational entities of the federal executive establishment, including independent agencies.  The resulting report catalogues a comprehensive set of characteristics for each entity, including structure (e.g., commission or single-head agency, internal organization), personnel (e.g., number and types of appointed positions, limitations on removal), decision-...