Organization

ACUS is an independent agency within the executive branch. Under the Administrative Conference Act, the agency consists of up to 101 members who meet in regular plenary sessions to consider and vote to adopt recommendations to improve federal administrative processes. Members initially develop recommendations in committees, where they are joined by non-voting senior fellows, special counsels, and liaison representatives appointed under ACUS bylaws.

A presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed Chairman serves as chief executive of the agency and oversees a full-time staff within the Office of the Chairman. The Office of the Chairman supports the work of the membership and undertakes other activities to study and improve federal administrative processes.

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An organizational chart is available here.

Membership

ACUS consists of up to 101 members: a Chairman, ten Council Members, 50 Government Members, and 40 Public Members. The members meeting in plenary session constitutes the Assembly, which has authority to adopt recommendations for improving administrative procedure and adopt bylaws and regulations to carry out ACUS functions. Plenary sessions ordinarily take place twice a year, in June and December. Except for the Chairman, all members are unpaid.

Chairman

The Chairman is appointed for a five-year term by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Chairman presides at Council meetings and plenary sessions and serves as the agency’s chief executive. The current Chairman is Andrew Fois

Council

The Council consists of the Chairman and ten other members appointed for three-year terms by the President. No more than one-half of Council members may be federal agency employees. Among other responsibilities, the Council determines the time, place, and agenda for plenary sessions.

The President may designate a member of the Council as Vice Chairman. The Vice Chairman serves as Chairman during the absence or incapacity of the Chairman, or when that office is vacant. 

See here for a current list of Council members.

Government Members

There are up to 50 Government Members designated by the heads of participating agencies. Participating agencies include each independent regulatory board or commission and each executive department or other administrative agency designated by the President.

See here for a current list of Government Members.

Public Members

There are up to 40 Public Members appointed for a two-year term by the Chairman with the approval of the Council. The Chairman selects Public Members “in a manner which will provide broad representation of the views of private citizens and utilize diverse experience.” Public Members are “members of the practicing bar, scholars in the field of administrative law or government, or others specially informed by knowledge and experience with respect to federal administrative procedure.”

See here for a current list of Public Members.

Senior Fellows, Special Counsel, and Liaison Representatives

ACUS bylaws permit the Chairman, with the approval of the Council, to appoint senior fellows and special counsel and enter into liaison arrangements. Senior fellows, special counsel, and liaison representatives are generally afforded all the privileges of members, except that they may not vote or make motions during plenary sessions. Like members, all are unpaid.

Senior Fellows are appointed for a 2-year term by the Chairman with the approval of the Council. Those eligible to become Senior Fellows are persons who have served as members of or liaisons to ACUS for six or more years, former members who have served as members of the federal judiciary, or former Chairmen of the Conference. See here for a current list of Senior Fellows. 

Special Counsel are appointed for a 2-year term by the Chairman with the approval of the Council. Special Counsel advise and assist the members in areas of their special expertise. See here for a current list of Special Counsel.

The Chairman may also, with the approval of the Council, enter into liaison arrangements with representatives of Congress, the judiciary, non-member federal agencies, and professional associations. See here for a current list of Liaison Representatives appointed under these arrangements.

Committees

Members participate in five standing committees for the consideration and development of proposed recommendations:

The Chairman may also, with the approval of the Council, establish and assign projects to special ad hoc committees. 

Office of the Chairman

The Chairman oversees a full-time staff within the Office of the Chairman. The Office of the Chairman supports the activities of the Assembly and undertakes many other activities to carry out the mission and functions of ACUS. 

The agency’s leadership team is comprised of the following officials:

See here for a current list of all ACUS staff.