The main statutory function of ACUS is to bring together the public and private sectors to recommend improvements to administrative and regulatory processes. To do so, ACUS’s Office of the Chairman, with the approval of ACUS’s Council, engages consultants to study particular administrative processes or procedures that may need improvement. Consultants then prepare a comprehensive research report accompanied by suggested recommendations. Occasionally, ACUS staff members prepare these reports in-house. After extensive deliberation, committees of ACUS’s voting and non-voting members adopt proposed recommendations for Council consideration. The Council then forwards the recommendations, with its views, to the Assembly. The Assembly typically meets semi-annually in plenary session to debate, amend, and formally adopt the recommendations. ACUS then undertakes to implement them.
On occasion, the Conference membership has acted to adopt a “Statement” to express its views on a particular matter without making a formal recommendation on the subject. Conference statements are typically the product of the same process that leads to recommendations, but may set forth issues, conclusions from a study, or comments, rather than recommendations. During the Conference’s history, it has adopted 19 such statements, which are included in the searchable database of recommendations.