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March 13, 2011

Week 7 – Our 21st-Century Regulatory System

We continue to monitor the progress being made on President Obama’s “21st-Century Regulatory System” initiative intended to not only promote “economic growth, innovation, competitiveness, and job creation," but also to “root out regulations that are not worth the cost, or that are just plain dumb,” and yet at the same time “won't shy away from addressing obvious gaps.” 

Last Monday’s Federal Register had this entry:

SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of public meetings of five committees of the Assembly of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS). Each committee will consider a research report and will prepare recommendations on the subject of the report for consideration by the full Conference.

Fascinated as we are with the kinds of efficiencies inherent whenever you employ multiple layers of committees reporting to other committees, we decided to look into the inner workings of the “The Administrative Conference of the United States.”

We know what you’re thinking,

"Don’t you think it’s highly inappropriate to discuss something so pedestrian in light of the catastrophe in Japan and the desperate attempts by Celebrity-Americans to do all they can to co-brand the disaster?”


“The administrative what of the what now?”

The Administrative Conference of the United States, revived by President Obama after a 15-year hiatus, 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.”

In addition the Administrative Conference’s mandate includes fostering improvements to the regulatory process.”

In order to fulfill its mission to improve processes through recommendations for improvement including fostering improvements, the Conference is made up of a number of elements including:

The Assembly
The Council
The Committees
The Chairman

The Assembly is the same thing as the Conference:

“The membership of the Conference, also known as the Assembly,… “

“The Assembly is the name given to the full Conference membership.”

The Council suggests things to the Assembly which is the same thing as the Conference:

“Among the Council’s functions are to call plenary sessions of the Conference, propose by-laws and regulations for adoption by the Assembly, review budgetary proposals…”

The Committees are made up of Conference members named by the Chairman under authority of the Council to make recommendations to the Assembly which is the same thing as the Conference:

“The Council delegated to the Chairman the authority to appoint Conference members to the Committees.

 “…the Committees ultimately develop the recommendations that are considered by the Assembly.“

Now, before you pass judgment on the ACUS, you have to remember this:

It has absolutely no real power beyond issuing reports and suggesting things.

So at least there's that.


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You don't even have to try, do you? I mean, when you find and share stuff like this, the humor just writes itself.

The government is a satire of itself.

Posted by: Linda | Mar 17, 2011 11:10:47 AM

Uh oh, I've been found out!

In my defense, I will point out that in order to actually find this stuff, I have to wade through the Federal Register every day. I do it out of love.

And the Google AdSense dollars. Well, pennies.

Posted by: Planet Moron | Mar 17, 2011 11:53:27 AM

LOL! Actually, I AM pretty dang impressed. Glad somebody is paying you SOMEthing.

Posted by: Linda | Mar 21, 2011 10:12:55 PM

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