Lisa Schultz Bressman has been appointed as a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS), an agency that functions as an independent public-private partnership whose members study U.S. administrative processes with an eye to recommending improvements to Congress and agencies.
As a public member of the ACUS, Dean Bressman will serve on one or more committees that prepare recommendations for approval by the ACUS. She will also attend meetings of the ACUS in Washington, D.C. She is one of 40 public members of the agency, which also includes a 10-member council and 50 government members.
The ACUS was originally established by statute in 1964 as an independent agency of the federal government. Its purpose is to promote improvements in the efficiency, adequacy and fairness of the procedures by which federal agencies conduct regulatory programs, administer grants and benefits, and perform related governmental functions.
The ACUS conducts research and issues reports concerning various aspects of the administrative process and, when warranted, makes recommendations to the President, Congress, particular departments and agencies, and the judiciary concerning the need for procedural reforms.
The ACUS resumed operations in March 2010 after a 14-year hiatus, with expanded responsibilities that include specific attention to achieving more effective public participation and efficiency, reducing unnecessary litigation, and improving the use of science in the rule making process.