| Alasdair S. Roberts, the Rappaport Professor of Law and Public Policy at Suffolk University Law School, has been appointed a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS), an independent agency that provides nonpartisan advice on federal administrative law and regulation.
President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of the ACUS on July 8, 2010, calling it “a public-private partnership designed to make government work better.” The 40-member body was initially established by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 but discontinued by Congress in 1994. Its mission is to improve how federal agencies interact with citizens and business in regulatory and adjudicatory functions.
"I’m honored to have this opportunity to participate in the Conference’s activities," said Roberts. "Reviving public trust in government depends on its ability to work fairly and efficiently."
Roberts was appointed as the first holder of the Jerome Lyle Rappaport Chair in Law and Public Policy at Suffolk University Law School in 2008. He is also an elected fellow of the congressionally-chartered National Academy of Public Administration.
“These forty distinguished citizens, who together have hundreds of years of high-level experience in the government and private enterprise, have agreed to contribute their expertise and energies toward this project,” said ACUS Chairman Paul R. Verkuil. “We are creating a forum where a politically balanced group of experts from the public and private sectors will team up to make government work better for everyone.”
ACUS is designed to produce recommendations that will last beyond the term of any single presidential administration. Over the years, the Conference has approved more than two hundred recommendations for improved agency decision-making, enlightened judicial oversight of the administrative process and creative statutory proposals.