Public Participation (Past Projects)

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Recommendation 2011-7, The Federal Advisory Committee Act—Issues and Proposed Reforms, addresses the issue of whether the Federal Advisory Committee Act (“FACA”) is functioning effectively and efficiently almost 40 years after its enactment. The recommendation offers three sets of proposed revisions to the existing FACA regime to make the law more relevant in light of agency...

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Recommendation 2011-6, International Regulatory Cooperation, addresses how U.S. regulators can interact with foreign authorities to accomplish their domestic regulatory missions and eliminate unnecessary non-tariff barriers to trade. The project updates Administrative Conference Recommendation 91-1, Federal Agency Cooperation with Foreign Government Regulators. The...

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Recommendation 2011–2, Rulemaking Comments, recognizes innovations in the commenting process that could promote public participation and improve rulemaking outcomes. The recommendation encourages agencies (1) to provide public guidance on how to submit effective comments; (2) to leave comment periods open for sufficient periods, generally at least 60 days for significant regulatory...

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Recommendation 2013-3, Science in the Administrative Process, promotes transparency in agencies' scientific decision-making, including: articulation of questions to be informed by science information; attribution for agency personnel who contributed to scientific analyses; public access to underlying data and literature; and conflict of interest disclosures for privately funded...