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Federal agencies now decide hundreds of thousands of cases annually—far more than do federal courts. The formality, costs and delays incurred in administrative proceedings have steadily increased, and in some cases now approach those of courts. Many agencies act pursuant to procedures that waste litigants’ time and society’s resources and whose formality can reduce the chances for consensual...

  • Recommendation number: 87-4
  • Adopted on: June 12, 1987
  • Tags: Congress

There is widespread interest in Congress and the Executive Branch in instituting user fees in certain government programs. Although a general user fee statute (31 U.S.C. 9701) dates to 1952, recent studies, including a report of the President’s Private Sector Survey on Cost Control, have urged expanded application of such fees. In light of these...

When a federally insured savings and loan institution (“thrift”) fails, the Federal Home Loan Bank Board (FHLBB) exercises overall regulatory control. The Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (FSLlC), under the direction of the FHLBB, ordinarily acts as receiver for federally insured thrifts, and, in that capacity, must pay the valid credit...

The orders of most major independent regulatory agencies normally become enforceable automatically unless challenged in court. The statutory requirement that an order of the NLRB can be made effective only by affirmative action to obtain judicial confirmation of its terms, even when its validity is wholly uncontested, is contrary to efficient law enforcement. The...

Separation of functions in administrative adjudication has usually been achieved through internal barriers within the agency which separate and insulate those employees who judge from those who investigate and prosecute. The chains of command, however, come together at the top in the person of the head or heads of the agency, who, through...

Each year manufacturers recall millions of consumer productsranging from toys and household appliances to drugs and autosunder an array of Federal health and safety statutes. Most recalls are undertaken voluntarily, either on the...

This recommendation discusses several possible reforms of the administrative procedures used in U.S. antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) cases. These cases usually arise when a petition is filed on behalf of a U.S. industry by one of several statutorily specified interested parties asking the U.S. Government to impose special duties to...

The technical legal defense of sovereign immunity, which the Government may still use in some instances to block suits against it by its citizens regardless of the merit of their claims, has become in large measure unacceptable. Many years ago the United States by statute accepted legal responsibility for contractual liability and for various types of misconduct by its...

The Medicare program, since 1965, provides health insurance for nearly all elderly and most disabled Americans. The program relies on hospitals, nursing homes and other health care institutions (under “Part A” of the program) and physicians and suppliers (under “Part B”) to provide benefits to its beneficiaries.

This program, serving 30 million persons, has been administered since 1977...

In Recommendation 79-6, adopted in December 1979, the Conference criticized the then current version of the so-called Bumpers Amendment to Section 706 of the Administrative Procedure Act. At that time, the Conference, expressing its belief that concern about the broad substantive reach of the rules of a host of agencies cannot be effectively...

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