"Ex Parte" Communications in Informal Rulemaking

Recommendation 2014-4 – “Ex Parte” Communications in Informal Rulemaking provides guidance and best practices to agencies for managing "ex parte" communications between agency personnel and nongovernmental interested persons regarding the substance of informal rulemaking proceedings conducted under 5 U.S.C. § 553.

Citation: Admin. Conf. of the U.S., Recommendation 2014-4, “Ex Parte” Communications in Informal Rulemaking79 Fed. Reg. 35,993 (June 25, 2014).


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Final Recommendation

  • Recommendation number: 2014-4
  • Adopted on: June 6, 2014
  • Committees: Rulemaking

Informal communications between agency personnel and individual members of the public have traditionally been an important and valuable aspect of informal rulemaking proceedings conducted under section 4 of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), 5 U.S.C. § 553. Borrowing terminology from the judicial context, these communications are often referred to as “ex parte” contacts.[1] Although the APA prohibits ex parte contacts in formal...

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