H.R. 2480: Administrative Conference of the United States Reauthorization Act of 2011

H.R. 2480

Administrative Conference of the United States Reauthorization Act of 2011

Date
August 2, 2011 (112th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

On Monday, August 1, 2011, the House is scheduled consider H.R. 2480 under a suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage.  The resolution was introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) on July 8, 2011, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Bill Summary

H.R. 2480 would extend the authorization of appropriations for the Administrative Conference of the United States (“ACUS” or “Conference”) through the end of fiscal year 2014.  The bill would authorize $2.9 million annually over the 2012-2014 fiscal period for the Conference.

Background

According to the House Committee on the Judiciary, the Conference is an independent, nonpartisan agency created to analyze the federal administrative law process and to provide Congress, the President, the Judiciary,  and federal agencies with recommendations and guidance on ways to improve the process.  Historically, the Conference’s recommendations have led to millions of dollars in agency savings.  The Conference’s last authorization, which passed in the 110th Congress, expires on September 30, 2011.  H.R. 2480 would extend the authorization of appropriations for the Conference through the end of Fiscal Year 2014.

Cost

According to the Congressional Budget Office, assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts, implementing the bill would cost about $9 million over the 2012-2016 period.  Pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply to this legislation because it would not affect direct spending or revenues.