Bremer-Kovacs Collection – Heinonline

The expansion of administrative agencies during the New Deal and after World War II, is considered by some, to be one of the most impactful developments in American government and politics. The enactment of Administrative Procedure Act (APA) established a classification for different types of agency decision making, along with a set of procedural rules to govern this decision making.

However, the establishment of the act has not come without controversy. This controversy typically stems around the question of granting regulatory power to unelected officials, and whether the complexities of modern society can effectively be governed by experts who are largely restricted to the realm of government bureaucracy[1].

The APA was created over two decades with the contribution of private citizens as well as executive officials, and the ABA played an integral role in its reformation throughout the creation.

Now researchers have access to the Bremer-Kovacs Collection through Hein online. The Bremer-Kovacs Collection covers historic Documents Related to the APA of 1946 seeks to facilitate researchers hoping to access documents concerning the APA’s history.












Works within this database include:

  1. congressional hearings held on proposed legislation
  2. treatises written by the men involved in the issue of administrative reform
  3. reports on administrative agencies
  4. textbooks written after the APA’s passage

This collection includes first, reports, draft legislation, and other documents produced by ABA’s Special Committee on Administrative Law. Additionally, the database collection includes documents from the Attorney General’s Committee on Administrative Procedure. This committed authored a scientific study on the procedures used in administrative agencies and was the “intellectual foundation” for administrative reports, which started during the Roosevelt and is still relevant today.

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[1] Roni A. Elias, The Legislative History of the Administrative Procedure Act, 27 FORDHAM ENVTL. L. REV. 207 (2016).