The new Regulations.gov, now live, incorporates several improvements that ACUS endorsed in Recommendation 2018-6, Improving Access to Regulations.gov’s Rulemaking Dockets.
Launched in 2003, Regulations.gov is intended to improve access to rulemaking materials and increase public participation in agency rulemakings. Given its significance in the administrative process, Regulations.gov has been the subject of several ACUS recommendations. In particular, Recommendation 2018-6 encouraged the eRulemaking Program to, among other things, help identify and meet user needs in navigating and finding materials on Regulations.gov and work with commercial search engines to make its publicly available data as open, accessible, and searchable as possible.
The Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations subsequently considered and agreed with ACUS’s recommendations.
The new Regulations.gov implements ACUS’s recommendations by making it easier for users to find important information and participate in the rulemaking process. The website’s user interface is more intuitive, and users can now use commercial search engines to locate relevant docket materials. The new Regulations.gov also incorporates additional recommendations stemming from the Senate’s report.
ACUS continues to engage with agencies and experts on how to further improve the e-rulemaking process. Visit our page on Notice-and-Comment Rulemaking for current projects and additional resources.