October 12, 2017

Executive orders, congressional oversight among topics at ABA Administrative Law Conference

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2017 — Legal experts and former and current U.S. government officials from regulatory agencies will offer insight into international regulatory cooperation, the relationship between the federal government and state governments under the new administration and the latest on ethical issues during the American Bar Association’s 2017 Administrative Law Conference on Oct. 19-20 in Washington, D.C. 

This conference includes panels exploring presidential executive orders, ethical red flags for public lawyers and congressional oversight of the federal bureaucracy. Attendees and panelists include several former and active federal judges and prominent officials from government agencies, including the Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency, Administrative Conference of the United States, Department of Energy, Transportation Security Administration, Department of Transportation and Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

What:    
Administrative Law Conference, sponsored by the
ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice

When:    
Thursday-Friday, Oct. 19-20, 2017

Where:   
Capital Hilton
1001 16th St.  NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Program highlights include:

“Anything Up at OIRA? Exploring the Trump Administration’s Big Moves in the Regulatory Space” — Three former OIRA administrators will provide their assessments of the Trump administration’s ambitious regulatory reform agenda, including recent executive orders 13771 and 13777. They will explore the challenges and opportunities in the two-for-one and regulatory budget requirements and assess the impact of deregulatory efforts to date, what lies ahead for OIRA and the agencies and the prospects for additional regulatory reforms through executive action. Thursday, 10:45-12:15 p.m., Presidential Ballroom.

“Collision Course: Determining Where the Executive’s Deliberative Process Privilege Ends and the People’s Right to Know Begins” — The executive branch’s increasing invocation over recent presidential administrations of the deliberative process privilege in response to congressional and other inquiries necessarily questions the competing constitutional mandates of the co-equal branches as well as the public’s right to know. A panel of experienced congressional investigators and current and former executive branch officials will consider whether recent courts have interpreted the scope of the privilege correctly and how Congress’s ability to conduct effective oversight of the current administration is being affected by its invocation. Thursday, 3-4:30 p.m., Presidential Ballroom.

“Cleaning Out Regulatory Closets: Deregulation in Agencies” — In early 2017, President Trump issued two executive orders directed at regulatory reform: Executive Order 13771, Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs, requires agencies to identify two prior regulations for elimination and equivalent cost offsets before issuing one new regulation. In addition, it provides that the director of the Office of Management and Budget shall identify a regulatory cost allowance for each agency in fiscal year 2018 and beyond. Executive Order 13777, Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda, requires agencies to establish regulatory reform task forces and to designate regulatory reform officers. This panel will explore the practical aspects and effects of these executive orders. Through a diverse panel comprised of agency personnel, industry representatives and advocacy representation, speakers will explore the on-the-ground experience with these regulatory reform executive orders. Thursday, 3-4:30 p.m., Presidential Ballroom.

A complete agenda can be found online.

This event is free and open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Jennifer Kildee at Jennifer.Kildee@americanbar.org.

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