Notice & Comment

Author: Jennifer Mascott

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Register to Attend a Discussion of “The Year Ahead: Regulation in the Supreme Court and the Circuits”

On Friday, September 29, the Hoover Institution and the Antonin Scalia Law School’s Center for the Study of the Administrative State will host a lunchtime panel discussion on circuit court and Supreme Court litigation in the coming Term that may impact the landscape of administrative law.  With the advent of Justice Gorsuch to the Supreme […]

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If ALJs are “Officers,” Who Should Appoint Them?

As Aaron Nielson has reported on this blog, yesterday afternoon the D.C. Circuit issued a judgment in the SEC ALJ case. The judgment essentially reinstates the D.C. Circuit’s earlier panel decision finding that the ALJs are not Article II “officers” subject to the Constitution’s Appointments Clause requirements. The judgment thus also reinstates the D.C. Circuit’s […]

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D.C. Circuit’s Double-Header on Article II

This week the D.C. Circuit sitting en banc heard arguments in its blockbuster (by Washington standards) double-header featuring the appointments and removal implications of Article II. In a nutshell, the cases address whether Article II’s transparency and accountability requirements mean (i) a single head of an executive branch agency must be removable at will (PHH […]

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Federal Circuit Rules that Expedited Veterans Affairs Removal Procedures Create an Appointments Clause Violation

This past week the Federal Circuit issued a significant decision* interpreting the Appointments Clause in Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution. In Helman v. Department of Veterans Affairs, the court held unconstitutional part of Congress’s new statutory scheme for expedited removal of senior executives in the Veterans Affairs Department (DVA). In the court’s view, […]