Rulemaking

Procedures for Noncontroversial and Expedited Rulemaking

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Direct Final Rulemaking Direct final rulemaking is a technique for expediting the issuance of noncontroversial rules. It involves agency publication of a rule in the Federal Register with a statement that, unless an adverse comment is received on the rule within a specified time period, the rule ... View more

Review of Existing Agency Regulations

Federal agencies generally have systems in place to develop new regulations. Once those regulations have been promulgated, the agency's attention usually shifts to its next unaddressed issue. There is increasing recognition, however, of the need to review regulations already adopted to ensure that ... View more

Improving the Environment for Agency Rulemaking

Informed observers generally agree that the rulemaking process has become both increasingly less effective and more time-consuming. The Administrative Procedure Act does not reflect many of the current realities of rulemaking. The APA's cumbersome “formal rulemaking” procedures ... View more

Agency Policy Statements

This recommendation addresses use of agency policy statements. Policy statements fall within the category of agency actions that are "rules" within the Administrative Procedure Act's definition because they constitute "the whole or a part of an agency statement of general or particular ... View more