After a 15-year slumber, the Administrative Conference of the U.S. has returned. It held its first meeting last week since it was reconstituted earlier this year. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia swore in the 100 new members of the Conference, noting “your job is to improve the administrative process throughout the government.”
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“Rulemaking is one of the most important and demanding jobs of the federal government,” says former White House official Sally Katzen. But, she notes that its operation is stuck in a 1946 law. She says “don’t tinker at the margins,” and two weeks ago legislation was introduced to transform the system for the 21st century.
This article is adapted from Russell W. Mills, “The Promise
of Collaborative Voluntary Partnerships: Lessons from the
Federal Aviation Administration“ (Washington, DC: IBM
Center for The Business of Government, 2010).
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The Obama Administration is committed to using technology to better engage citizens in their government. Ironically, legislation crafted in the 1950s to open citizen access to government documents may be a barrier to today’s Open Government initiatives.
Why don’t airlines give out peanuts anymore? A federal rule to protect people with food allergies. Is this too Big Brother and you want your peanuts back? You’ll have to participate in a rule-making process.