Submitted by Harry Seidman
Administrative Conference of the United States Adopts Recommendations That Improve Government Transparency, Reduces Administrative Costs and Litigation, and Streamlines Processes
Washington, June 16, 2017 – At its 67th Plenary Session, the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) Assembly formally adopted Recommendation 2017-1, Adjudication Materials on Agency Websites and Recommendation 2017-2, Negotiated Rulemaking.
Adjudication Materials on Agency Websites provides government agencies with guidance on how to make important adjudication materials readily available on agency websites, thereby improving transparency while also reducing agencies’ associated costs and administrative burdens. The recommendation furthers the spirit of the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, which encourages expansive proactive disclosure of federal records.
Negotiated Rulemaking helps agencies decide when to use negotiated rulemaking or other methods of public engagement. It also suggests how agencies can conduct negotiated rulemakings in the most efficient way possible.
The Administrative Conference of the United States is an independent federal agency dedicated to improving the administrative process through consensus-driven applied research and providing nonpartisan expert advice and recommendations for federal agency procedures. Its membership is composed of senior federal officials, academics, and other experts from the private sector.
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