ACUS is an agency of the U.S. government. It was created in 1964 by the Administrative Conference Act to
An important limit on ACUS’s authority is that its research and recommendations must be about administrative procedures and practices. ACUS has no power to recommend changes to the content of regulatory programs.
ACUS accomplishes its mission by
Its work covers both general topics that apply to many federal agencies and specific topics that help particular agencies improve their processes.
ACUS can make recommendations to Congress for new legislation, to the President for a new Executive Order or some change in presidential practices, to agencies for new regulations or other changes in their practices or procedures, or the courts for how they review agency actions.
ACUS is independent, and not part of any other government agency. It is unusual because its members are people from other federal government agencies, universities, good-government and other organizations, and private practice. As President Obama said on July 8, 2010, ACUS is “a public-private partnership designed to make government work better.”
Learn more about Who is ACUS?
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The Guide for Conference Members contains more details about how ACUS is organized and carries out its mission.