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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...

Office of the Chairman Project

The Guide for ACUS Consultants offers practical guidance to consultants on the major issues that consultants commonly navigate in conducting research for ACUS. Topics addressed include how to identify interview subjects, ensure adequate sample sizes, and ensure that the sample of interviewees is representative of the population being studied.

Office of the Chairman Project

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.

Office of the Chairman Project

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.

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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. 

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Recommendation 2018-6  Improving Access to Regulations.gov’s Rulemaking Dockets offers suggested improvements to Regulations.gov, the website that allows the public to comment on many federal agencies’ rulemaking proposals.

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Recommendation 2013-1 – Improving Consistency in Social Security Disability Adjudication identifies ways to improve the adjudication of Social Security disability benefits claims before administrative law judges and the Social Security Administration’s Appeals Council, suggests changes to the evaluation of opinion evidence from medical professionals, and encourages the SSA to enhance data capture and reporting.

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

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Recommendation 2022-2, Improving Notice of Regulatory Changes — offers best practices for agencies to ensure that members of the public receive effective notice of regulatory changes, focusing especially on the needs of parties with limited resources to monitor agency actions.

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...