Working Groups

ACUS organizes, leads, and participates in various working groups—inter-agency and otherwise—to improve specific administrative programs, facilitate Conference research, and draft best practices for agencies.

 

ACUS Recommendation 2021-5, Clarifying Statutory Access to Judicial Review of Agency Action, identified various ways in which statutes governing judicial review of federal agency rules and adjudicative orders create unnecessary obstacles to or overly complicate the process of judicial review. It recommended that Congress enact a new general judicial review statute that includes provisions to eliminate those obstacles and...
In Recommendation 2013-4, the Administrative Conference offered best practices for preserving, compiling, and certifying records for judicial review of informal rulemaking. The Conference also encouraged agencies to issue guidance to aid personnel in implementing those best practices. The Office of the Chairman has convened a Working Group to develop materials to assist agencies in developing such guidance. The Working Group brings together...
The Working Group on Self-Represented Parties in Administrative Hearings is co-led by the Administrative Conference and the Department of Justice’s Office for Access to Justice. The working group’s aim is to identify the challenges posed by self-represented parties in administrative hearings and find solutions to common problems. The working group has met since the Spring of 2015, and participating agencies include the Social...
The Model Adjudication Rules are designed for use by federal agencies to amend or develop their procedural rules for all stages of administrative adjudication. Numerous agencies have relied on the Model Rules to improve existing adjudicative schemes, and new agencies, like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, have relied on them to design their procedures. The Model Adjudication Rules are available below and through the ACUS website. In...