Completed Projects

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Recommendation 2021-6, Public Access to Agency Adjudicative Proceedings – identifies best practices regarding when and how federal agencies provide public access to adjudicative proceedings. Within the legal framework established by federal law, it identifies factors agencies should consider when determining whether to open or close particular proceedings.

Recommendation 2018-5 Public Availability of Adjudication Rules offers best practices to optimize agencies’ online presentations of procedural rules governing adjudications.

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Recommendation 2019-3 Public Availability of Agency Guidance Documents offers best practices for promoting widespread availability of guidance documents on agency websites.

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Recommendation 2021-7, Public Availability of Inoperative Agency Guidance Documents provides best practices for maintaining public access to agency guidance documents that are no longer in effect—that is, inoperative.

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Recommendation 2022-6, Public Availability of Settlement Agreements in Agency Enforcement Proceedings  – identifies best practices for providing public access to settlement agreements reached during administrative enforcement proceedings without disclosing legally protected materials, consistent with the transparency objectives and privacy considerations of the Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, and other...

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Recommendation 2018-7 – Public Engagement in Rulemaking offers strategies for agencies to enhance public engagement prior to and during informal rulemaking. It encourages agencies to invest resources in a way that maximizes the probability that rule-writers obtain high quality public information as early in the process as possible.

Recommendation 2019-8  Public Identification of Agency Officials promotes the public availability of real-time information about high-level officials leading federal agencies. It encourages agencies to publish on their websites basic information about high-level agency leaders and identify vacant leadership positions and acting officials.

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Recommendation 2018-8 – Public-Private Partnerships offers agencies guidance on legal and practical considerations for participating in public-private partnerships.

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Recommendation 2020-5,  Publication of Policies Governing Agency Adjudicators  – encourages agencies to disclose policies governing the appointment and oversight of adjudicators that bear on their impartiality and constitutional status. It offers best practices on how to provide descriptions of, and access to, such policies on agency websites. 

Recommendation 2021-10, Quality Assurance Systems in Agency Adjudication  identifies best practices for promoting fairness, accuracy, timeliness, and consistency in agency adjudications through the use of quality assurance systems. It provides guidance to agencies on the selection, role, and institutional placement of quality-assurance personnel.