Administration and Management

Federal employees and contractor employees are subject to widely disparate ethics regimes.

This proposed recommendation examines perceived and real constraints to cross-agency collaboration under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) Modernization Act and highlights tools available to help agencies collaborate.  It offers guidance to help increase transparency, improve information sharing, and facilitate better agency reporting under the Act.  The recommendation is also aimed at enhancing the role of agency attorneys...

This proposed statement highlights potential mechanisms for reducing the backlog of rules under review by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), including promoting enhanced coordination between OIRA and agencies prior to the submission of rules, encouraging the return of rules that require additional analysis, and ensuring that OIRA has adequate staffing to complete reviews in a timely manner.

Incorporation by reference allows agencies to fulfill their legal obligation to publish rules in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) by referring to standards or other materials that have been published elsewhere.  For example, when an agency adopts a standard created by a private standard-setting organization as a mandatory regulation, it typically publishes the standard by incorporating it by reference into the CFR.  Such incorporation by...

Recommendation 2012-8, “Inflation Adjustment Act,” addresses agency adjustments to civil monetary penalties under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act, codified as amended at 28 U.S.C. 2461 note. The recommendation urges Congress to change the current...

This study examined whether the text of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), 44 U.S.C.