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Federal Regulatory Processes

Learn about the Administrative Procedures Act and about agency adjudicative procedures.


I. Introduction

Few Americans understand how administrative rulemaking and adjudication occur, even though they affect virtually every aspect of Americans’ daily lives. Certain constitutional principles, such as the nondelegation doctrine, govern how agencies operate. We’ve previously examined how administrative agencies are creatures of statutes that define the agencies’ existence, jurisdiction, objectives, and processes. Another statute governing agency activities is the Administrative...