Negotiated Rulemaking Sourcebook

David M. Pritzker
Publication Date
September 1, 1995

In September 1995, the Administrative Conference published the second edition of its Negotiated Rulemaking Sourcebook. The Sourcebook was designed to be a handbook and reference manual intended primarily for use by federal agencies interested in improving their rulemaking procedures. This publication included guidance on whether negotiated rulemaking is appropriate for developing a particular regulation, followed by a step-by-step guide to conducting the process. The discussion of each step was supplemented by model documents and commentary from various sources. The Sourcebook also included a compendium of articles discussing negotiated rulemaking from various perspectives. The Download button on this screen will give you the Table of Contents, introductory pages, and Chapter 1: "What Is Negotiated Rulemaking?" Copies of the Sourcebook are available without charge from the Administrative Conference at:

Legislation authorizing and encouraging appropriate use of negotiated rulemaking was first enacted in 1990 (Public Law 101-648), but with a sunset provision. The Negotiated Rulemaking Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-320) made the Congressional endorsement of the process permanent. The 1996 legislation is available at: Negotiated Rulemaking Act