Public Access to Agency Adjudicative Proceedings

Recommendation 2021-6, Public Access to Agency Adjudicative Proceedings – identifies best practices regarding when and how federal agencies provide public access to adjudicative proceedings. Within the legal framework established by federal law, it identifies factors agencies should consider when determining whether to open or close particular proceedings. It also offers best practices to promote public access to proceedings that agencies open to the public and recommends that agencies make the policies governing public access readily available. 

Citation: Admin. Conf. of the U.S., Recommendation 2021-6, Public Access to Agency Adjudicative Proceedings, 87 Fed. Reg. 1715 (Jan. 12, 2022).

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Final Recommendation

  • Recommendation number: 2021-6
  • Adopted on: December 16, 2021
  • Committees: Adjudication
Executive Summary

Agencies must determine whether and how to allow public access to adjudicative proceedings. Statutes govern public access in some contexts, and many agencies have adopted their own policies. This Recommendation offers best practices to help agencies develop policies on public access to adjudicative proceedings. Among other things, it recommends:

Agencies ordinarily should presume that evidentiary hearings...

Project Documents

Name Committee Type Date
Public Access to Agency Adjudicative Proceedings (Draft Report) Adjudication Report October 15, 2021 Download
10-19-2021 Agenda Adjudication Agenda October 18, 2021 Download
Public Access to Agency Adjudicative Proceedings - Draft Recommendation for October 19, 2021 Meeting Adjudication Recommendation October 18, 2021 Download
Comment from H. Alexander Manuel Member Comment October 19, 2021 Download
Comment from National Organization for Social Security Claimants' Representatives Public Comment October 19, 2021 Download
Comment from Russell Wheeler Member Comment October 19, 2021 Download
Public Access to Agency Adjudicative Proceedings - Draft Recommendation for November 12, 2021 Meeting Adjudication Recommendation November 10, 2021 Download
11-12-2021 Agenda Adjudication Agenda November 10, 2021 Download
Comment from Jeffrey Lubbers Member Comment November 11, 2021 Download
Comment from H. Alexander Manuel Member Comment November 12, 2021 Download
Public Access to Agency Adjudicative Proceedings - Draft Recommendation for November 22, 2021 Meeting Adjudication Recommendation November 18, 2021 Download
11-22-2021 Agenda Adjudication Agenda November 22, 2021 Download
Comment from Jeffrey Lubbers Member Comment November 22, 2021 Download
Comment from Russell Wheeler Member Comment November 22, 2021 Download
Public Access to Agency Adjudicative Proceedings (Final Report) Adjudication Report November 22, 2021 Download
Public Access to Agency Adjudicative Proceedings - Proposed Recommendation from Committee Adjudication Recommendation November 22, 2021 Download
Comment from Bernard Bell Public Comment November 23, 2021 Download
Public Access to Agency Adjudicative Proceedings for Plenary Session CLEAN Adjudication Recommendation December 1, 2021 Download
Public Access to Agency Adjudicative Proceedings Proposed Recommendation for Plenary Session REDLINE Adjudication Recommendation December 10, 2021 Download
Public Access to Agency Adjudicative Proceedings Adjudication Recommendation December 28, 2021 Download

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