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Restrictions on post-employment activities of former Government employees may be necessary in order to protect the Government’s interest in confidential information made available to its employees, to guard against the appearance of conflict of interest on the part of its employees, and to minimize the possibility that a departed employee might be able to...

Audited self-regulation is defined as congressional or agency delegation of power to a private self-regulatory organization to implement and enforce laws or agency regulations with respect to the regulated entities, with powers of independent action and review retained by the agency. This self-regulatory organization is often an association of...

Symptomatic of concern that reviewing courts do not probe as deeply as they should into the legality of agency action and that, as a consequence, administrative rules may be too broad in their reach is the so-called Bumpers Amendment to S. 1477, the Federal Courts Improvement Act of 1979.

The Bumpers Amendment in its principal operative part amends...

  • Recommendation number: 94-2
  • Adopted on: June 16, 1994
  • Tags: Congress

The United States Government has in recent years made increasing use of its power to confiscate the property or assets of persons involved in illegal activities through the civil forfeiture process.

The law classifies forfeitures as criminal or civil according to the procedure by which the...

The Magnuson-Moss Warranty—Federal Trade Commission Improvement Act, P.L.  93-637, which established procedures for the Federal Trade Commission’s promulgation of trade regulation rules, also authorized the Commission to “provide compensation for reasonable attorneys fees, expert witness fees, and other costs of participating” in those proceedings. The statute (15 U.S.C. §...

A decade has passed since the Administrative Conference of the United States last evaluated implementation of the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552.1

The goals of the Act have been widely accepted within the government and society,...

(a) Many federal agencies have authority to issue mandatory health or safety regulations relating to products, materials, processes, practices or services that may be the subjects of voluntary standards prepared by non-governmental organizations. Non-governmental standards, though not legally enforceable, have in fact gained wide acceptance and a high degree of observance....

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows public access to the records of federal agencies, whether such records are generated by the agencies or obtained by the agencies from other sources, including private individuals. Large numbers of FOIA requests are made by or on behalf of commercial interests seeking to utilize the government’s processes...

Eliminating undue delay in administrative procedures has long been a public concern. Congress addressed the problem in general terms in the Administrative Procedure Act in 1946. Section 6(a) of the original Act required each agency to conclude any matter presented to it “with reasonable dispatch.” Section 10(e)(A) of the Act authorized a reviewing court to enforce this...

(a) This recommendation responds to proposals to amend statutes that govern venue in actions against the United States, its agencies, and its officials. It calls for two limited changes: (1) amendment of the district court transfer provision, 28 U.S.C. 1404(a), to provide explicitly that intervenors may request a change of venue, and (2) addition of a provision requiring that, when an...

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