Recommendation 2013-5, “Social Media in Rulemaking,” provides guidance to agencies on whether, how, and when social media might be used both lawfully and effectively to support rulemaking activities.
Social Media in Rulemaking
Project Stages:1. Gather ideas - Completed
2. Select ideas - Completed
3. Council approval - Completed
4. Picking a researcher - Completed
5. Committee consideration - Completed
6. Back to the council - Completed
7. Consideration by the full conference - Completed
8. Implementation - Current
This study examined various policy and legal issues agencies face when using social media to support rulemaking activities. It evaluated whether and when agencies should use social media to support rulemaking activities and sought to define applicable legal and policy constraints on agency action, resolve legal uncertainty to the greatest extent possible, and encourage agencies to find appropriate and innovative ways to use social media to facilitate broader, more meaningful public participation in rulemaking activities.
On September 17, 2013, the Conference co-sponsored a workshop for this project with the George Washington University Center for Regulatory Studies. Video of that event is available here: