The Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking a research consultant for a project examining agency procedures for ex parte communications in informal rulemaking? The RFP provides subject matter background on the project and instructions for those interested in submitting a proposal. Proposals are due by 6 pm EST on Monday, July 8, 2013, and should be emailed to ebremer [at] acus.gov.
The Administrative Conference frequently hires outside research consultants, typically legal academics or other qualified experts, to deliver research reports to its six subject matter committees. These committees, in consultation with staff and the consultant, prepare draft recommendations that are then debated and adopted at the agencys semiannual Plenary sessions. In addition to payment, consultants receive extensive, high quality feedback on their work from the Conferences staff and members (see http://www.acus.gov/committees/rulemaking and http://www.acus.gov/assembly), have the opportunity to help shape recommendations designed to make government work better, and come away with new professional connections and a significant, publishable work. Past consultants and in-house researchers have published articles based on their reports in a variety of excellent journals, including the Michigan Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, and Administrative Law Review.