ACUS Adopts Three Recommendations at 64th Plenary Session


Brendan Raedy
Communications Director

The Administrative Conference of the United States held its 64th Plenary Session on December 4, 2015. The Assembly adopted three recommendations:

1. Technical Assistance by Federal Agencies in the Legislative Process offers proposals for providing technical assistance to Congress in statutory drafting. (  

2. Declaratory Orders identifies contexts in which agencies should consider the use of declaratory orders in administrative adjudications. (

3. Federal Licensing and Permitting explores potential reforms to the federal licensing and permitting regime and highlight promising innovations, with an eye towards minimizing the compliance burden while maintaining required regulatory protections. (

The Conference’s next Plenary Session is scheduled for June 9-10, 2016. Details, including times and recommendations to be considered, will be posted on as soon as they become available. Join our mailing list at to be notified instantly.  

About ACUS

The Administrative Conference of the United States is an independent federal agency dedicated to improving the administrative process through consensus-driven applied research, providing nonpartisan expert advice and recommendations for improvement of federal agency procedures.  Its membership is composed of innovative federal officials and experts with diverse views and backgrounds from both the private sector and academia.   

The Conference is committed to promoting effective public participation and efficiency in the rulemaking process by leveraging interactive technologies and encouraging open communication with the public as well as making improvements to the regulatory process by reducing unnecessary litigation, and improving the use of science and the effectiveness of applicable laws.  Learn more at

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