Rulemaking Comments

Recommendation 2011-2, “Rulemaking Comments,” recognizes innovations in the commenting process that could promote public participation and improve rulemaking outcomes. The recommendation encourages agencies (1) to provide public guidance on how to submit effective comments, (2) to leave comment periods open for sufficient periods, generally at least 60 days for significant regulatory actions and 30 days for other rulemakings, (3) to post comments received online within a specified period after submission, (4) to announce policies for anonymous and late-filed comments, and (5) to consider when reply and supplemental comment periods are useful.


76 Fed. Reg. 48,791 (Aug. 9, 2011).