Completed Projects

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At its 2016 Midyear Meeting, the ABA's House of Delegates approved Resolution 106B. The resolution proposes various reforms to the rulemaking provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act, many of which embrace principles endorsed in past ACUS recommendations. This project reviewed the resolution and served as an opportunity for the Conference to offer comments, where appropriate.

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Recommendation 2015-2 – Technical Assistance by Federal Agencies in the Legislative Process offers best practices for agencies when providing Congress with technical drafting assistance.

Recommendation 2011-7 – The Federal Advisory Committee Act – Issues and Proposed Reforms addresses the administrative load imposed by Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and offers proposals to Congress, the General Services Administration, and agencies that use advisory committees, to alleviate certain procedural burdens associated with the existing regime, clarify the scope of the Act,...

Office of the Chairman Project

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission engaged the Administrative Conference of the United States to conduct an independent study evaluating the status and organizational placement of Administrative Judges (AJs) within the Commission’s federal sector hearing program.

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Recommendation 2016-5 – The Use of Ombuds in Federal Agencies takes account of the broad array of federal agency ombuds offices that have been established since the time of Recommendation 90-2.  The recommendation suggests that agencies and Congress consider creating additional ombuds offices where they may be of benefit.

Office of the Chairman Project

The Working Group on Self-Represented Parties in Administrative Hearings is co-led by the Administrative Conference and the Department of Justice’s Office for Access to Justice. The working group’s aim is to identify the challenges posed by self-represented parties in administrative hearings and find solutions to common problems.