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Perez Appointed to Council of the Administrative Conference
By Leah Nylen | July 9, 2022 12:05 pm

Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division Thomas Perez (photo by Channing Turner / Main Justice)

President Barack Obama has appointed Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas Perez to be a member of a federal agency that seeks to improve government efficiency.

Perez will become a member of the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS). The 10-member council acts as the executive board of the conference. The conference, established in 1964, issues reports on issues affecting government agencies and regulatory programs, and makes recommendations for changes to the president. Council members are selected by the president and serve 2-year terms.

The conference ceased to exist for more than a decade after Congress declined to appropriate funding for its work. It was re-established in 2010 after Congress provided new funding and Obama nominated a new chairman.

On Thursday, Obama also appointed Preeta D. Bansal to be the council’s vice chairwoman. Bansal is currently general counsel to the Office of Management and Budget and has been suggested as a potential successor to Solicitor General Elena Kagan. During the Clinton administration, she held positions in the White House counsel’s office and in the Justice Department’s Office of Policy Development (now the Office of Legal Policy).

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