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Researching Federal Administrative Agencies
There are 100s of federal administrative agencies that have the power and authority to make regulations, enforce the regulations, and try violators in their own mini-court systems with administrative law judges. Play this informational video (all parts) on how to research federal administrative agencies and the regulations they pass: http://guides.ll.georgetown.edu/admin_tutorial/1
Now that you have learned the basics about administrative law researching (via the video you just played!) Go to this link: https://www.usa.gov/federal-agencies/a and select an administrative agency from the list that starts with the same letter as your LAST name. Now answer the following questions:
1. Find this federal administrative agency’s website and learn about it. What is the power and authority of the agency granted to it by Congress or the President? Who is in charge of your administrative agency (name the person or persons)? How did they get their job? Give a brief history of its existence and give the link to its official internet page in your answer below (explain in 5 sentences or less).
2. Find a proposed rule or regulation that this agency is thinking about passing which is published to the public for comment and input. Proposed rules or regulations are published in the “Federal Register” and this can be searched by going to: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/search Briefly describe the rule or regulation being proposed that requires businesses or individuals to do or not do something or sets some standard. Copy/paste your link to this notice in your answer for the instructor to quickly review it when grading your answer. [If you can’t find a proposed rule or regulation or action, then you should pick a different agency and start back to #1 above]
3. Find a rule or regulation already passed by this agency and has the effect of a law. Passed agency rules and regulations are published to the public in the “Code of Federal Regulations” which can be searched by going to: http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/ECFR?page=browse. Briefly describe the rule or regulation that is in effect that requires businesses or individuals to do or not do something or sets some standard. Copy/paste your link to this notice in your answer for the instructor to quickly review it when grading your answer. [If you can’t find a passed rule or regulation or action, then you should pick a different agency and start back to #1 & redo #1 & #2 above]
4. As to your selected agency, search its website and see if it publishes its administrative law judge’s decisions (ALJ decisions) or of issued opinions or administrative appeals decisions. If so, search and find one decision in the last 5 years and explain its facts and holding. Copy and paste the link in your below answer. If your specific agency does not provide such decisions or opinions or orders (some do not), then go to this site and search for one from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) which regulates labor relations in the USA. https://www.nlrb.gov/cases-decisions/board-decisio… However, only use the NLRB search if your agency does not post such decisions on its own website.
5. Now find a federal case in which the agency was involved in litigation (as a plaintiff or defendant) in the last 5 years by using the free search engine https://scholar.google.com/ (www.googlescholar.com) This should be an actual federal court (not an administrative law judge’s opinion). When reaching this first screen at the search screen for Google Scholar make sure you select “search cases” option. Then, select your case data base as “federal courts”. Once you find a case, give a brief summary of what the allegations are and the court’s final ruling. Copy/paste its link for the instructor to review. Learn how to search using google scholar by playing this short video: Legal Research Tutorial: Finding Case Law Using Google Scholar [If you can’t find a case then you will have to pick a different agency and redo #1, #2 & #3 dealing with this new agency you picked]