Petitions for Rulemaking

Recommendation 2014-6 – Petitions for Rulemaking identifies agency procedures and best practices for accepting, processing, and responding to petitions for rulemaking. It seeks to ensure that the public's right to petition is a meaningful one, while still respecting the need for agencies to retain decisional autonomy. Building upon ACUS’ previous work on the subject, it provides additional guidance that may make the petitioning process more useful for agencies, petitioners, and the public.  

Citation: 79 Fed. Reg. 75114, 75117 (Dec. 17, 2014)

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Final Recommendation

  • Recommendation number: 2014-6
  • Adopted on: December 5, 2014
  • Committees: Rulemaking

Under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), federal agencies are required to “give . . . interested person[s] the right to petition for the issuance, amendment, or repeal of a rule.”[1]  The statute generally does not establish procedures agencies must observe in connection with petitions for rulemaking.  It does, however, require agencies to respond to petitions for rulemaking “within a reasonable time,”[2] and to give...

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October 7, 2014 Committee Meeting (Committee on Rulemaking)

October 7, 2014 - 2:00 pm EDT
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October 23, 2014 Committee Meeting (Committee on Rulemaking)

October 23, 2014 - 1:00 pm EDT
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