INFORMATION RENAISSANCE
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN RULEMAKING
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Rulemaking is the process that national regulatory agencies use to translate Congressional enactments into law -- a process that has been called "absolutely central to the definition and implementation of public policy in the United States." Many state governments use similar procedures. In notice and comment rulemaking, public comment is invited. However, while agency dockets have been maintained on paper, it has been difficult for those outside Washington DC to access documents and participate fully. This disconnects citizens from their government, and deprives decision-makers of the full benefit of the experience, knowledge and intelligence of the American people. Information Renaissance is working to make use of the interactive capabilities of the Internet to improve public participation in rulemaking. Our goal is e-government that enhances transparency and participation and increases public understanding of how government functions.

  • Background: What rulemaking is; who takes part; how to participate.
  • Projects: Information Renaissance is working to develop a program to encourage the implementation of electronic methods for agency rulemaking that will increase the level and quality of public participation. We are seeking governmental, academic, non-profit and business partners who share these goals.
  • Resources: Guidelines, articles and proposals that advance public participation through online rulemaking and other governmental policy-making processes.
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