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The Administrative Agency in an Electronic Age

Friday, April 20, 2012
8:00 am


Friend Center Convocation Room
35 Olden Street
Princeton, 08544 United States
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The past decades’ rapid technological developments sweeping effects include transformations in how government agencies handle traditional tasks. This conference brings together leading academics and government officials to review how technological change does, might, and should affect agency rulemaking, other interactions with the public, openness, and monitoring.

Co-sponsored by The Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP), the Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA), and the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. The conference is free and open to the public, however registration is required and there is a charge for those requesting CLE credit. Lunch costs $25 but is free to anyone with a Princeton ID. Click here for more information and instructions on how to register.

The event will be of interest to academics, attorneys, government officials, and students with an interest in the interaction between governance and technology, and in good governance generally. The two afternoon panels each will earn attorneys 1.5 hours of CLE credit.


Continental Breakfast and Registration (9:30 AM – 10:15 AM)

Welcome and Introductions (10:15 AM – 10:30 AM)

Panel One: Maximizing the Value of Agency Websites (10:30 AM – 12:00 PM)
Cary Coglianese, Kathy Conrad, Laura DeMartino, Jeff Weiss

Federal agencies’ primary point of contact with the general public and regulated entities is now the website. With the move online complete, this is an appropriate time to take stock, to review the value of agency websites for attorneys and their clients, and to chart future developments. This panel will do so, focusing on, among other things, current efforts at the Office of Management and Budget to revise its 2004 guidelines for agency websites and a recent recommendation for reform from the Administrative Conference of the United States.

Lunch (12:00 PM – 1:30 PM)
Keynote Address: Theresa A. Pardo, Technological Transformations and Public Value: The Case of Open Government

Panel Two: Effective Public Engagement in eRulemaking and Beyond – CLE CREDIT (1:30 PM – 3:15 PM)
Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Neil R. Eisner, Cynthia R. Farina, Carol Ann Siciliano

The Internet allows direct public engagement with agency decisionmaking in a way never before possible. Electronic rulemaking is the dominant but not the only, and perhaps not the most important, locus for such engagement. Contrary to the expectations of many, the move online, which eliminates significant barriers to effective public participation, has not produced a significant increase in effective public participation. This panel will address what the remaining barriers are, how they might be overcome, and whether doing so is an important goal.

Break (3:15 PM – 3:30 PM)

Panel Three: Ubiquitous Monitoring, Information Flows, and Privacy – CLE CREDIT (3:30 PM – 5:00 PM)
Ed Felen, Gregg Macey, Frank Pasquale, Kevin Werbach

Remote pollution sensors, cameras everywhere, GPS tracking devices, and similar advances enable monitoring that is ubiquitous, constant, exquisitely sensitive, and comprehensive, and the results of which can be widely and costlessly distributed. This panel will address the potentially profound consequences these developments have for regulatory activities. As monitoring becomes ever more complete and sensitive, what impacts does or should this have on substantive regulation? Do agencies regulate what they can monitor rather than monitoring what they regulate? Is it corrosive, or just effective, to crowdsource enforcement? Does the flood of monitoring information enable even greater use of information disclosure as a regulatory tool?


Driving directions to Princeton and campus maps are available on the Princeton Visitor Site.

Please see the Visitor Parking website for information regarding parking in the appropriate visitor lots on campus. You will probably want to park in Lot 21. There is also metered parking along William, Olden, and Prospect.

When coming by train from NYC, take the NJTransit northeast corridor line from New York Penn station to Princeton. When coming by train from Philadelphia, take the SEPTA train from Philadelphia to Trenton. Then take NJTransit northeast corridor line from Trenton Station to Princeton. In either case, you must change trains at Princeton Junction and take a smaller train called the “dinky” to Princeton, or take a cab to campus. When headed home, trains leave from the Princeton station roughly every half hour. Assume about two hours to go from Princeton Station to Philadelphia, New York Penn Station, or to get to your terminal at Newark Airport. If you are going to Newark Airport on NJTransit, be sure to buy the “Newark International Airport (EWR)” ticket rather than the “Newark” ticket — you will use this ticket to ride the airport shuttle train called the “Airtrain” to your terminal.

The E-Quad is within walking distance from the Princeton train station and from most parking lots. CITP’s building, called Sherrerd Hall, and the Friend Center building are both in the E-Quad area between William Street and Prospect Avenue, near Olden Street (the best address for GPS is: 35 Olden Street, Princeton, New Jersey, 08544). If you wish to take a shuttle instead of walking, refer to the shuttle tracking map for details of which shuttle to take. Your stop is the Friend Center building on the corner of Olden and Nassau.