Past Projects

Recommendation 2014-3Guidance in the Rulemaking Process identifies best practices for agencies when providing guidance in preambles to final rules.  It suggests ways that agencies can improve the drafting and presentation of these preambles, including making it easier to identify any guidance content.  The recommendation also urges agencies to ensure that users of their websites can easily locate the...

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Recommendation 2012-3 – Immigration Removal Adjudication addresses the problem of case backlogs in immigration removals and suggests ways to enhance efficiency and fairness in these cases. Much of the recommendation was incorporated into the bipartisan immigration legislation (S. 744) that passed the Senate last year.  

Recommendation 2012-5 – Improving Coordination of Related Agency Responsibility addresses the problem of overlapping and fragmented procedures associated with assigning multiple agencies similar or related functions, or dividing authority among agencies.

Statement #18 – Improving the Timeliness of OIRA Regulatory Review (Adopted December 6, 2013) highlights potential mechanisms for improving review times of rules under review by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), including promoting enhanced coordination between OIRA and agencies prior to the submission of rules, encouraging increased transparency concerning the reasons for delayed reviews, and...

Recommendation 2011-5 – Incorporation by Reference addresses ways in which agencies publish rules that refer to standards or other materials that have been published elsewhere.

Recommendation 2012-8 – Inflation Adjustment for Civil Penalties addresses agency adjustments to civil monetary penalties under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act (28 U.S.C. 2461 note). The recommendation urges Congress to change the current statutory framework by which agencies periodically adjust their penalties to address three provisions that result in penalty adjustments that may not track the...

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Recommendation 2011-6 – International Regulatory Cooperation addresses how U.S. regulators can interact with foreign authorities to accomplish their domestic regulatory missions and eliminate unnecessary non-tariff barriers to trade. The project updates Administrative Conference Recommendation 91-1, Federal Agency Cooperation with Foreign Government Regulators.

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Recommendation 2011-1 – Legal Considerations in e-Rulemaking addresses legal issues associated with e-rulemaking and recommends best practices in dealing with them.  These include whether agencies can require electronic filing, how they should address copyright and privacy concerns, whether and under what framework they can solicit comments through social media, and whether any amendments to the Administrative...

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Recommendation 2012-2 – Midnight Rules addresses several issues raised by the publication of rules in the final months of a presidential administration and offers proposals for limiting the practice by incumbent administrations and enhancing the powers of incoming administrations to review midnight rules.  

 

Recommendation 2012-4 – Paperwork Reduction Act addresses a variety of issues that have arisen since the Act was last revised in 1995, including those arising from the emergence of new technologies. The proposal offers suggestions for improving public engagement in the review of information collection requests and for making the process more efficient for the agencies and OMB.  

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