Recommendation 2016-2 – Aggregation of Similar Claims in Agency Adjudication provides guidance to agencies on the use of aggregation techniques to resolve similar claims in adjudications. It sets forth procedures for determining whether aggregation is appropriate. It also considers what kinds of aggregation techniques should be used in certain cases and offers guidance on how to structure the aggregation proceedings to promote both efficiency and fairness.
Citation: Admin. Conf. of the U.S., Recommendation 2016-2, Aggregation of Similar Claims in Agency Adjudication, 81 Fed. Reg. 40260 (June 21, 2016).
Federal agencies in the United States adjudicate hundreds of thousands of cases each year—more than the federal courts. Unlike federal and state courts, federal agencies have generally avoided aggregation tools that could resolve large groups of claims more efficiently. Consequently, in a wide variety of cases, agencies risk wasting resources in repetitive adjudication, reaching inconsistent