Mass, Computer-Generated, and Falsely Attributed Comments

Recommendation 2021-1, Managing Mass, Computer-Generated, and Falsely Attributed Comments  offers agencies best practices for managing mass, computer-generated, and falsely attributed comments in agency rulemakings. It provides guidance for agencies on using technology to process such comments in the most efficient way possible while ensuring that the rulemaking process is transparent to prospective commenters and the public more broadly. 

Citation: Admin. Conf. of the U.S., Recommendation 2021-1, Managing Mass, Computer-Generated, and Falsely Attributed Comments86 Fed. Reg. 36075 (July 8, 2021).

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Final Recommendation

  • Recommendation number: 2021-1
  • Adopted on: June 17, 2021
  • Committees: Rulemaking

Under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), agencies must give members of the public notice of proposed rules and the opportunity to offer their “data, views, or arguments” for the agencies’ consideration.[1] For each proposed rule subject to these notice-and-comment procedures, agencies create and maintain an online public rulemaking docket in which they collect and publish the comments they receive along with other publicly...

Project Documents

Name Committee Type Date
Mass, Computer-Generated, and Fraudulent Comments RFP RFP April 29, 2020 Download
Mass, Computer-Generated, and Fraudulent Comments (Draft Report 4.2.21) Rulemaking Report April 2, 2021 Download
Comment from Senior Fellow Richard J. Pierce, Jr. Rulemaking Member Comment April 3, 2021 Download
Draft Recommendation - Mass, Computer-Generated, and Fraudulent Comments Rulemaking Recommendation April 13, 2021 Download
Committee Meeting Agenda - April 16, 2021 Rulemaking Agenda April 15, 2021 Download
Comment from Senior Fellow Richard J. Pierce, Jr. Rulemaking Member Comment April 17, 2021 Download
Comment from Senior Fellow Randolph J. May (04-19-2021) Rulemaking Member Comment April 19, 2021 Download
Comment from Senior Fellow Richard J. Pierce, Jr. (04-21-2021) Rulemaking Member Comment April 21, 2021 Download
Draft Recommendation - Mass, Computer-Generated, and Fraudulent Comments Rulemaking Recommendation April 27, 2021 Download
Comment from Senior Fellow Nina A. Mendelson (04-28-2021) Rulemaking Member Comment April 28, 2021 Download
Comment from Senior Fellow Richard J. Pierce, Jr. (04-28-2021) Rulemaking Member Comment April 28, 2021 Download
Comment from Special Counsel Andrew Emery (04-28-2021) Rulemaking Member Comment April 28, 2021 Download
Committee Meeting Agenda - April 29, 2021 Rulemaking Agenda April 28, 2021 Download
Draft Recommendation - Mass, Computer-Generated, and Fraudulent Comments Rulemaking Recommendation May 7, 2021 Download
Comment from Senior Fellow Nina A. Mendelson (05-09-2021) Rulemaking Member Comment May 9, 2021 Download
Comment from Liaison Representative Rebecca Orban (05-10-2021) Rulemaking Member Comment May 10, 2021 Download
Comment from Senior Fellow Richard J. Pierce, Jr. (05-10-2021) Rulemaking Member Comment May 10, 2021 Download
Comment from 84 Advocacy Organizations and Individuals Rulemaking Public Comment May 11, 2021 Download
Committee Meeting Agenda - May 11, 2021 Rulemaking Agenda May 11, 2021 Download
Draft Recommendation - Mass, Computer-Generated, and Fraudulent Comments Rulemaking Recommendation May 12, 2021 Download
Comment from Senior Fellow Lon B. Smith (05-17-2021) Rulemaking Member Comment May 17, 2021 Download
Comment from Government Member Robert F. Stone (05-18-2021) Rulemaking Member Comment May 18, 2021 Download
Comment from Free Press (05-21-2021) Rulemaking Public Comment May 21, 2021 Download
Comment from Friends of the Earth (05-21-2021) Rulemaking Public Comment May 21, 2021 Download
Comment from Senior Fellow Nina A. Mendelson (05-21-2021) Rulemaking Member Comment May 21, 2021 Download
Comment from alternate Government Member William Piervincenzi (05-21-2021) Rulemaking Member Comment May 21, 2021 Download
Comment from Senior Fellow Richard J. Pierce, Jr. (05-22-2021) Rulemaking Member Comment May 22, 2021 Download
Committee Meeting Agenda - May 24, 2021 Rulemaking Agenda May 23, 2021 Download
Comment from Democracy Forward Rulemaking Public Comment May 24, 2021 Download
GSA Commenter's Checklist Rulemaking Member Comment May 24, 2021 Download
Recommendation from Committee on Rulemaking - Managing Mass, Computer-Generated, and Malattributed Comments Rulemaking Recommendation May 24, 2021 Download
Comment from Senior Fellow Richard J. Pierce, Jr. (05-25-2021) Rulemaking Member Comment May 25, 2021 Download
Comment from Government Member Helen Serassio with Noelle Green (05-27-2021) Rulemaking Member Comment May 27, 2021 Download
Final Report on Mass, Computer-Generated, and Fraudulent Comments Rulemaking Report June 1, 2021 Download
Proposed Recommendation for Plenary - Managing Mass, Computer-Generated, and Malattributed Comments Rulemaking Recommendation June 2, 2021 Download
Comment from Public Member Jack M. Beermann Rulemaking Member Comment June 13, 2021 Download
Comment from Senior Fellow Nina A. Mendelson (06-14-2021) Rulemaking Member Comment June 14, 2021 Download
Managing Mass, Computer-Generated, and Falsely Attributed Comments Rulemaking Recommendation June 30, 2021 Download

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