Proposed amendments to the ACR bylaws were emailed to the ACR Listserv on June 5, 2014, and June 23, 2014. The proposed amendments were presented for discussion at the first business meeting in Baltimore on July 14, 2014, and deferred until next year.
We are gathering information for the summer conference. Please fill out this survey form.
Click here to take ACR Summer Conference survey
We are also gathering information for the ACR State/Federal Survey
It has been two years since the last survey was produced. At that time we updated information that was contained in a web-based survey created by Jane Chaffin. If you completed the survey two years ago, you will be able to edit the information you entered then, which should make this update much easier.
Below you will find the web address to access two separate surveys – one for the Administrative Register and the other for the Administrative Code. Please be sure to complete both surveys. Even if you do not publish a Register or Code, please complete the first page of both surveys.
A few things to note regarding the survey:
1. Each survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.
2. You must click the “Next” button at the bottom of each page to record your responses for that page
3. You do not have to complete the survey(s) in a single session. If you are interrupted while taking the survey or need time to find information in your files, the survey allows you to return at a later date to complete any remaining questions. Close your browser to exit the survey (it is best to finish a page and then click the “Next” button at the bottom of the page to make sure your responses are recorded). The next time you log in, you will be taken to the place you left off.
4. After you have completed the final question and clicked the “Finish” button, you can return to the survey to change any of your responses, if needed. To do this, click on the survey web address and log in. You will receive a message that says you have already taken the survey. Click the Edit icon (contains a pencil on a page) to the left of the survey creation date, and you will be allowed to edit any questions by moving through the survey using the “Next” button at the bottom of the screen.
5. CONTACT ACR VP Kerry Radcliff for your survey password, or refer to the listserve e-mail sent March 11, 2014.
6. To access the surveys, either click on the link below or copy and paste the web address into your browser:
7. Once you log in, click “Surveys” in the upper left-hand corner of the screen,
If you completed the survey questions two years ago, that information is still stored and just needs to be updated. You will receive a message that says you have already taken the survey. Click the Edit icon to the right of the survey creation date, and you will be allowed to edit any questions by moving through the survey using the “Next” button at the bottom of the screen. Please do not click the “Click here” button, that will create a new survey.
8. If there is someone else should respond to one or both surveys for your state, please forward this request to them and provide them with the survey URL, the username and password. Thank you for doing this!
9. Please complete the surveys by April 23, 2014. Completion by this date should give me enough time to compile the responses and have the survey printed and available at the summer conference in July.
10. A copy of the printed survey will be made available free of charge to those states that complete the survey. After April 23, 2014, online access to the survey responses will be limited to those states that have responded.
If you have any questions or difficulties with the survey applications, please contact me directly. Thank you so much for your cooperation and assistance.
Kerry S. Radcliff, ACR VP
It is with deep sorrow that I give you this news.
I have tears in my eyes this morning as I have learned about the passing of our good friend Bob Colborn.
A service celebrating Bob’s life will be held in Washington D.C. Those ACR members who live in the area are encouraged to attend his memorial February 7, 2014.
Time: 11 a.m.,
Day/Date: Friday, February 7, 2014
Place: All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20008
See obit at:
Bob will be remembered for his big heart and big smile. How appropriate they used an ACR photo for his obit. RIP my friend.
Please feel free to leave a message to his family below.
– See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/CapitalGazette/obituary.aspx?pid=169365211#sthash.km6lZlxG.dpuf
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NASS Administrative Rules Organization Honors Utah Division of Administrative Rules as 2013 Robert J. Colborn, Jr. Award Winner
Utah’s Division of Administrative Rules Recognized for eRules Administrative Rule Filing and Publication System
For Immediate Release
August 13, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC – Administrative Codes and Registers (ACR), a section of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), awarded Utah’s Division of Administrative Rules with the 2013 Robert J. Colborn, Jr. Innovation Award. Presented as part of the association’s annual meeting held on July 18-21 in Anchorage, Alaska, this year’s Colborn award recognizes Utah’s Division of Administrative Rules for its eRules system, a web-based filing and publication application.
The eRules application improves access to regulatory information, the timeliness of that information, the efficiency of the process and the security of the data.
“I commend Utah’s Division of Administrative Rules for using technology to improve the efficiency and transparency of the regulatory process,” said Utah’s Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell. “The Division plays an important role in the state’s efforts to make Utah a business and citizen-friendly place to work and live. This well-deserved award recognizes a small but dedicated staff at the Division.”
ACR created the Robert J. Colborn, Jr. Innovation Award in July 2001, in honor of Robert J. Colborn, Jr., who served as the administrator of the Maryland Division of State Documents from 1974 through 2001 and founded ACR. The Colborn Award annually recognizes a program that demonstrates creativity and innovation in providing public access to, or management of, administrative rules. It honors a state agency that has made substantial contributions to the flow of information to the public by improving efficiency and delivery of services to citizens, businesses and other governmental entities.
“For a generation, the State of Maryland and Bob Colborn set the high water mark for all of the states in publishing administrative rules. It is a great honor for Utah to be recognized by our peers in the other states for our efforts to improve the flow of and access to regulatory information,” said Kenneth A. Hansen, director, who accepted the award on behalf of the Utah Division of Administrative Rules.
The award is not the first time that Utah has served as an innovative leader in the area of administrative rulemaking. In 1994, the state created one of the nation’s first completely electronic administrative rules filing processes.
As a forerunner in establishing electronic filing, the state was selected by the Awards Committee for its on-going commitment to improve access to regulatory information while being cost-efficient and user-friendly to state agencies.
2013 ACR Robert J. Colborn Jr. Committee
Elizabeth Palen – Executive Director, Joint Commission on Administrative Rules, Richmond, Virginia
Jon Davidson – Administrative Rules Coordinator, Office of the Arkansas Secretary of State, Little Rock, Arkansas
Scott Cancelosi – Director, Public Services Division, Office of the Arizona Secretary of State, Phoenix, Arizona
Past Colborn Award Recipients
2012 — Award not issued
2011 — Florida Division of Library and Information Services
2010 — New Mexico State Records Center and Archives Administrative Law Division
2009 — Virginia Division of Legislative Services
2008 — Arkansas Secretary of State
2007 — Colorado Secretary of State
2006 — Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
2005 — Award not issued
2004 — Office of the Federal Register
2003 — Missouri Secretary of State, Administrative Rules Division
2002 — Virginia Department of Planning and Budget
For more information, visit http://www.administrativerules.org/.
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NASS Director of Communications
ACR bylaws were updated at the second business meeting in Anchorage, AK. To learn more view the minutes of the meeting posted on this site under the conference archive. A final version will be posted on this site as soon as it becomes available.
Please note that the LexisNexis sponsored dinner will be at 7:30 p.m. on THURSDAY at the Hotel Captain Cook, Club Room II. Please RSVP to Brian Kennedy, LexisNexis, (434) 972-7614-o, (434) 249-0751-c e-mail Brian.Kennedy@lexisnexis.com if you haven’t already done so.
Post updated: July 12, 1013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Scott Cancelosi, ACR President, (602) 542-0223
April 18, 2013
LexisNexis to Sponsor ACR Dinner
LexisNexis is once again generously sponsoring a dinner at the 2013 NASS/ACR summer conference, our good friend Brian Kennedy confirmed today. We welcome LexisNexis as ACR’s first official sponsor for this conference.
NASS left Thursday night open for ACR members. Dinner will be provided at a place yet to be determined by Mr. Kennedy and the Program Committee.
Once the time and place is determined we will be sending an invitation via the listserv to ACR members to determine how many will be attending this event.
Last year LexisNexis provided dinner on Saturday, July 14 at Morton’s The Steakhouse at the Caribe Hilton, following the NASS welcome reception.
We thank LexisNexis once again for its continued support of the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of NASS.
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Many thanks to those of you who submitted nominations already for the 2013 Robert Colborn Innovation Award.
As many of you know the deadline for submitting your Colborn Award nominations was June 10th.
However, after long deliberations with the other member of the Awards Committee (Elizabeth Palen (VA) – with helpful input from President Scott Cancelosi (AZ) ) we have decided to extend the deadline to Wednesday June 26th.
If you are considering submitting an entry for the award please do so. The more submissions the better. Please use this opportunity to brag on yourself and your office. The forms and instructions are located on the ACR website: www.administrativerules.org, and look under the ACR Colborn Award tab at the top of the page.
Let’s make this a record breaking year for submissions. You’ve been given a second chance, so please send the submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Warning – The email listed for Elizabeth on the submission webpage is incorrect. We are working to correct this.) So, please use the email contained in this message.
The awards committee looks forward to reviewing your submissions.
ACR Awards Committee
Arkansas Secretary of State
The program committee has begun to work on this summer’s conference. We are still looking for a chair for this committee. Please see the vacancies below and let the ACR president know if you would like to participate!
2013 ACR Program Committee
Member: Brad Hunt, Idaho
Member: Julie Yamaka, Oregon
2013 Awards Committee
Chair: Elizabeth Palen, Virginia
Member: Jon Davidson, Arkansas
2013 Web Committee
Chair: Scott Cancelosi, Arizona
Member: Jeff Hague, Delaware
Member: Jane Chaffin, Virginia
2013 Social Media Committee
2013 By-Laws Committee
Chair: Deanna Maiolo, Colorado
Member: Amy Bunk, Fed
2014 Survey Committee
Chair: Standing Appointment ~ ACR Vice President
2014 Nominations (Officers) Committee
NASS Administrative Rules Organization Elects National Officers Arizonan Scott Cancelosi to Lead National Administrative Codes and Registers (ACR) Section
Washington, D.C. – The Administrative Codes and Registers (ACR) Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) today announced the election of its new slate of national officers for a two-year cycle. Arizona Public Services Division Director Scott Cancelosi will serve as president of the group, which includes administrative rules professionals from the federal government and all fifty U.S. states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and American Samoa.
“I am extremely honored to be leading such an experienced, committed group of state professionals,” remarked Cancelosi, who leads the state division under Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, and has served under four different Arizona Secretaries of State since he began his tenure with the office in 1996. “In addition to showcasing ACR’s collective expertise in rulemaking processes, I am committed to engaging our membership in efforts that will further support the strategic mission of our organization.”
Cancelosi was elected along with other ACR officers in July at the NASS summer conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. ACR members elected Washington State Register Editor Kerry Radcliff to serve as vice-president of the organization. Kentucky Assistant Administrative Regulations Compiler Emily Caudill was selected to serve as secretary-treasurer. As the organization’s national officers, Radcliff and Caudill will work with Cancelosi to direct ACR activities, including annual conferences and a biennial survey of state rulemaking processes.
The NASS Administrative Codes and Registers (ACR) Section, formed more than thirty years ago, brings together federal and state professionals—often employed by secretary of state offices—who are responsible for reviewing and compiling government rules and regulations that have been adopted and are in effect. Some members also oversee the production of “blue books,” which are the official government directory and fact book for each state.
ACR members are committed to fostering the development of better rule-writing skills and rule review techniques and developing more effective management of the rule promulgation process, particularly in the publication of administrative codes and registers. They are also focused on increasing public access to the rulemaking process.
In July 2012, NASS recognized the Office of the Nebraska Secretary of State with the NASS IDEAS Award for innovation and achievement in recognition of its creation of a state tracking and email notification system for proposed rules/regulations, a cross-agency application that has yielded significant savings in many areas.
ACR’s new national officers will serve a two-year term from July 2012 to July 2014.
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Founded in 1904, the National Association of Secretaries of State is the oldest professional, non-partisan organization of public officials in the United States. Association members include the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information, visit www.nass.org.