A Busy 68th Plenary! (ACUS Update)

Editor’s Note: Work on Plain Language should take advantage of the extensive federally-sponsored research on the subject in response to President Carter’s Executive Order 12044—Improving Government Regulations. See, for example, Revisiting Plain Language and The “FISAP,” Before and After.

From: Notice & Comment | A Blog from the Yale Journal on Regulation and the ABA Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice

by Emily Bremer

The Administrative Conference will host its 68th Plenary Session on December 14th and 15th, 2017.  It’s shaping up to be a busy one, with five proposed recommendations going before the Assembly for approval.  From the Federal Register notice, these recommendations address the following subjects:

STEM to STEMM: It Will Take Musicians to Save the Internet

From: CircleID

By Bruce Levinson


Music has been understood since ancient times to be mathematical beauty made audible. The actress and singer-songwriter Minnie Driver explained in a White House blog post that “Without music in my curriculum, I never would have understood math. I am so grateful to the teacher who … encouraged me to explore my love of music as a way to help unscramble my block with mathematics.”

Wielding obscure federal data quality law, group challenges Trump Treasury tax cut claims

Editor’s Note: The data quality petition by Democracy Forward is available here.

From: The Washington Post


Since its enactment in 2000, the little-known and rarely litigated lnformation Quality Act has mandated that information issued to the public or sponsored by federal agencies be “accurate, reliable and unbiased.”


An architect of the law, James J. Tozzi, a former OMB official and founder of the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness, said the appeals court in Washington — where Democracy Forward is based — in particular has left the door open for a challenge to hold the Treasury Department accountable for tax cut claims.

Governors, state CIOs push for streamlined federal cyber regulations

From: GCN

Editor’s Note: See, Why OIRA Needs to Coordinate Federal Cyber Security Regulation.

By Sara Friedman

As state governments continue to consolidate their IT operations to reduce costs, they are faced with disparate cybersecurity compliance requirements that impede their progress. These mandates — and accompanying audits — for individual agency IT environments’ compliance with federal standards strains  states’  limited staff resources and finances.

On Nov. 6, the National Governors Association and National Association of State Chief Information Officers sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney asking OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs to work with two groups to harmonize federal cybersecurity regulations and standardize the federal audit process.