ACUS improves the regulatory and administrative processes in government through consensus-driven applied research.
One of the chief activities of ACUS is making formal recommendations. A critical component of making formal recommendations is conducting research. ACUS conducts an extensive research program under the direction of the Chair and the Council, and with the assistance of the Research Director and other ACUS Staff. ACUS collaborates with experts across the legal, business, non-profit and academic arenas to develop Recommendations that cover a variety of administrative law topics.
ACUS’s research and the resulting Recommendations are conducted through a project process that includes the following six steps:
1. ACUS gathers and selects ideas for a project
2. ACUS obtains Council approval for a project
3. ACUS selects a researcher for a project
4. An ACUS Committee considers the researcher’s report and drafts a recommendation
5. The ACUS Council approves the Recommendation for consideration by the full ACUS Membership
6. If the Recommendation is adopted, ACUS collaborates with stakeholders to implement it with interested parties.