Completed Projects

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Recommendation 2013-2 – Benefit-Cost Analysis at Independent Regulatory Agencies highlights a series of best practices directed at independent regulatory agencies in the preparation of benefit-cost analyses that accompany proposed and final rules.  

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Recommendation 2014-7 – Best Practices for Using Video Teleconferencing for Hearings offers practical guidance regarding how best to conduct video hearings, and addresses the following subjects: Equipment and environment, training, financial considerations, procedural practices, fairness and satisfaction, and collaboration among agencies.

Recommendation 2011-3 – Compliance Standards for Government Contractor Employees – Personal Conflicts of Interest and Use of Certain Non-Public Information addresses the increasing use of contractors in government and asks the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council to adopt revisions regarding compliance standards for government contractor employees relating to personal conflicts of interest...

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The Congressional Review Act (“CRA”) implements a process for Congressional review of agency rules.  5 U.S.C.

Recommendation 2016-1 – Consumer Complaint Databases encourages agencies that make consumer complaints publicly available through online databases or downloadable data sets to adopt and publish written policies governing the dissemination of such information to the public.

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Recommendation 2015-3  Declaratory Orders identifies contexts in which agencies should consider the use of declaratory orders in administrative adjudications.

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Recommendation 2015-4 – Designing Federal Permitting Programs describes different types of permitting systems and provides factors for agencies to consider when designing or reviewing permitting programs.

Recommendation 2018-3 – Electronic Case Management in Federal Administrative Adjudication offers guidance for agencies considering whether and how to implement an electronic case management system.

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Recommendation 2016-4 – Evidentiary Hearings Not Required by the Administrative Procedure Act offers best practices to agencies for structuring evidentiary hearings that are not required by the Administrative Procedure Act. It suggests ways to ensure the integrity of the decisionmaking process; sets forth recommended pre-hearing, hearing, and post-hearing practices; and urges agencies to describe their practices in a...

Office of the Chairman Project

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: