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.
What rulemaking is; who takes part;
how to participate.
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.
Guidelines, articles and proposals that advance
public participation through online rulemaking and
other governmental policy-making processes.