Office of the Chairman Projects

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This project catalogs all provisions in the U.S. Code that govern federal judicial review of agency action. Topics include the availability of review, choice of court, administrative exhaustion, limitations periods, and the scope and standard of review. The project will result in a guide for use by Congress, the judiciary, agencies, and the public. Leading experts will serve as project advisors.

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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 certain 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.

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President Biden ...

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In Recommendation 2013-4, the Administrative Conference offered best practices for preserving, compiling, and certifying records for judicial review of informal rulemaking. The Conference also encouraged agencies to issue guidance to aid personnel in implementing those best practices.

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This Office of the Chairman project, conducted by Professor Cary Coglianese of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, explored contexts in which agencies might use machine learning and other forms of artificial intelligence (AI) to carry out regulatory functions. It examined the comparative strengths and weaknesses of both human decision making and AI, seeking to identify areas in which agencies should explore using AI. It also...

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The Office of the Chairman of the Administrative Conference is exploring the growing role that artificial intelligence (AI), such as machine learning and related techniques, is playing in federal agency adjudication, rulemaking, and other regulatory activities.

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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...

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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: