Notice & Comment

Forum on Underserved Communities and the Regulatory Process (ACUS Update)

ACUS is hosting a multi-day, virtual Forum on Underserved Communities and the Regulatory Process this November. Leading policymakers, community advocates, and other experts will discuss underserved communities’ participation in the processes, including rulemaking and adjudication, by which federal agencies make regulatory policies. The forum will address Executive Order 13985, which requires federal agencies to “pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all,” including communities “that have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality.” 

The first panel, Identifying Underserved Communities, will take place on Wednesday, November 3, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET. Danielle Conley (Office of the White House Counsel), Sabeel Rahman (Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs), Lee Rainie (Pew Research Center), and William Yeatman (Cato Institute) will explore best practices for identifying underserved communities and their representatives. Panelists will discuss the data and assessment tools that agencies need to the effects of regulatory policymaking processes on different communities and their involvement in those processes. Adam White (C. Boyden Gray Center) will moderate.

You can register for the first panel here. Information about the second and third panels (November 8 and 10) is available at Additional panels will be announced soon.

For more information about the Forum on Underserved Communities and the Regulatory Process, please contact ACUS Deputy Research Director Mark Thomson at

This post is part of the Administrative Conference Update series, which highlights new and continuing projects, upcoming committee meetings, proposed and recently adopted recommendations, and other news about the Administrative Conference of the United States. The series is further explained here, and all posts in the series can be found here.

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