Happy Birthday, ACUS Chairman! Oh the places we’ll go!

Paul R. Verkuil, the tenth Chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States, was sworn in by Vice President Biden on April 6, 2010. Today marks the one-year anniversary of the President Emeritus of the College of William & Mary and former Dean of the Tulane and Cardozo Law Schools’ appointment to lead the Administrative Conference of the United States.

Since “starting up” the Administrative Conference, a “public-private partnership designed to make the government work better,” the Chairman has reinvigorated the agency and the administrative law and regulatory community: speaking at and collaborating on events and symposia, convening plenary sessions and committee meetings, cohosting workshops (with federal agencies, the Administrative Law Review, the ABA, the Brookings Institute, and the US Chamber of Commerce) about topics such as Retrospective Review, Regulatory Reform and other interagency initiatives, and leveraging innovative technology (webcasting public meetings and use of social media) to engage the public, government entities, academia and private industry.

Under the Chairman’s leadership, the Administrative Conference, composed of 10 Council members and its public-private Assembly of 150 members, passed a recommendation in December. Currently the Conference’s six committees are collaborating on projects that include Government Contractor Ethics, Legal Issues in E-Rulemaking and FACA in the 21st Century. The 54th Plenary Session has been set for June 16-17, 2011.

Congratulations on a successful year, Paul.

The Administrative Conference of the United States 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. Its membership is composed of innovative federal officials and experts with diverse views and backgrounds from both the private sector and academia.

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