Rulemaking is the process by which federal agencies produce the
rules that implement new laws. The U.S. government is moving
forward with a major initiative to develop electronic rulemaking
dockets for for all agencies. This initiative will embody
features sought by Information Renaissance and other individuals
and organizations who have recognized the potential of online
rulemaking to transform the nature of public
participation in this vital process.
The first stage of this work is visible at the eRulemaking
Web site www.regulations.gov.
You can use this site to find rules that are open for public
comment and to submit simple comments on those rules.
With funding from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation,
Information Renaissance is monitoring the progress of
the eRulemaking Initiative and working to facilitate
public involvement in the newly-developed system.
In July, 2004 there was a call for comment on the system; this is our
For background on these activities, see our publications
in the Administrative Law
Review and the Government