Regulations.gov Exchange: Connecting With Public Stakeholders<br />Open Government Directive Workshop<br />January 11, 201...
eRulemaking Program —Overview<br />Vision: Citizens can easily access and participate in a high quality, efficient, & open...
eRulemaking Program – Open Government 	<br />Directly supports Open Government Directive<br />Publish Information Online: ...
Regulations.gov provides data in an open format (no additional cost to agencies); soon will provide data to Data.gov
FDMS.gov supports electronic records, DOD 5015.2 compliant (offered to all agency users)
Agencies can post FOIA responses on Regulations.gov for public access
“Each agency shall comply with guidance on implementing specific Presidential open government initiatives, such as eRulema...
Public can track status of rulemakings and other actions </li></ul>3<br />
eRulemaking Program – Open Government continued<br />Directly supports Open Government Directive<br />Create and Instituti...
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Regulations Exchange

  1. 1. Regulations.gov Exchange: Connecting With Public Stakeholders<br />Open Government Directive Workshop<br />January 11, 2010<br />Department of Transportation<br />Washington, DC<br />
  2. 2. eRulemaking Program —Overview<br />Vision: Citizens can easily access and participate in a high quality, efficient, & open rulemaking process<br />Projects:<br />Regulations.gov: Public can find, view, download, comment, and track all regulations and many non-rulemakings (e.g., environmental impact statements, FOIA responses, guidance, adjudications, information collection requests, info. quality guidelines)<br />FDMS.gov: 37 departments & agencies (&gt;90% of government) use site to publicly post scientific/technical / legal / economic documents, manage and post public comments, and coordinate the rulemaking process<br />Regulations.gov/Exchange: agencies can use social networking features to collaborate on issues; also presents new designs & features for Regulations.gov<br />2<br />
  3. 3. eRulemaking Program – Open Government <br />Directly supports Open Government Directive<br />Publish Information Online: <br /><ul><li>Regulations.gov provides the premier online service for agencies to provide access to & receive feedback on actions
  4. 4. Regulations.gov provides data in an open format (no additional cost to agencies); soon will provide data to Data.gov
  5. 5. FDMS.gov supports electronic records, DOD 5015.2 compliant (offered to all agency users)
  6. 6. Agencies can post FOIA responses on Regulations.gov for public access
  7. 7. “Each agency shall comply with guidance on implementing specific Presidential open government initiatives, such as eRulemaking, …” (see Appendix for additional details)</li></ul>Improve the Quality of Government Information:<br /><ul><li>Regulations.gov enables agencies to post and receive comments on info. quality guidelines
  8. 8. Public can track status of rulemakings and other actions </li></ul>3<br />
  9. 9. eRulemaking Program – Open Government continued<br />Directly supports Open Government Directive<br />Create and Institutionalize a Culture of Open Govt<br /><ul><li>Regulations.gov / Exchange supports agencies seeking to public engagement and collaboration (agencies can pose questions, public can write responses, vote, set up profiles, watch videos)
  10. 10. eRulemaking serves a forum to share best practices (all agencies are welcome to participate in workgroups, conferences, and other interactions)
  11. 11. Regulations.gov / Exchange designed as a way to experiment with new technologies and methods to increase transparency, participation, and collaboration
  12. 12. eRulemaking supports and can help agencies fulfill their Open Government Plan requirements</li></ul>Create an Enabling Policy Framework for Open Govt<br /><ul><li>Regulations.gov, Regulations.gov/Exchange, and FDMS are compliant with federal security standards, section 508, privacy, paperwork reduction act, and records management requirements, among others</li></ul>4<br />
  13. 13. Regulations.gov/Exchange: Example of Open Government<br />Launched May 21, 2009<br />Preview new web site designs and capabilities<br />Experiment and test new tools<br />Enable public input and exchange<br />Increase transparency through new technologies<br />Promote “public engagement” in the design and development of a major government-wide web site <br />Facilitate citizen collaboration<br /> Features<br />User profiles<br />Comment threads<br />Rating of topics<br />Download sample data<br />RSS feeds, email alerts<br />Share links<br />Blogs<br />5<br />
  14. 14. Regulations.gov/Exchange – Findings<br /><ul><li>Feedback (over 60 days)</li></ul>Public favored the proposed Regulations.gov redesign over alternative designs<br />Participants would like to see:<br /><ul><li>RSS feeds by topic, agency, docket and search results
  15. 15. Interactive educational tools and tutorials on the regulatory process
  16. 16. Links relating to advanced notices & proposed regulations to legislation
  17. 17. Personalization of Regulations.gov,
  18. 18. Lists of proposed regulations from federal and state governments
  19. 19. More social tools to allow on-line collaboration (eg, threaded discussions, user rating, polling, digital petitions, on-line forums, blogs, etc).
  20. 20. Improved search (eg, results categorized by submitter / organization, topic)
  21. 21. Media coverage has been positive</li></ul>“Today it’s easier to spill your thoughts on all rules federal agencies craft. eRulemaking added the power of Web 2.0 to Regulations.gov Exchange.” Federal News Radio<br />“Regulations.gov Exchange shows a different approach to crowdsourcing.” Gartner Blog<br /><ul><li>Statistics (as of July 2009)</li></ul>User profiles – 745; Posts – 139; Hits – 301,200; Pageviews – 132,900<br />
  22. 22. Regulations.gov/Exchange – Next Steps<br />Public feedback and suggestions being considered for future iterations of Regulations.gov<br />Next Regulations.gov release: January 23, 2010<br />Home page enhancements<br />Topics<br />Re-launch of Regulations.gov/Exchange<br />Discussion topics to continue to gain public feedback on Regulations.gov<br />Agency Information on the Exchange<br />eRulemaking Program is making the Exchange platform/technology available to partner agencies <br />Generate exposure for agency’s regulatory actions<br />Initiate collaboration and gain feedback from agency stakeholders<br />7<br />
  23. 23. eRulemaking Program and Regulations.gov <br />John Moses, Director<br />eRulemaking Program Management Office<br />Phone #: 202-566-1352<br />Email: moses.john@epa.gov<br />
  24. 24. Appendix: eRulemaking Authorities and Guidance (Open Government Directive)<br />E-Government Act of 2002 (H.R. 2458/S. 803)<br />Section 206 directs Federal Departments and Agencies to:<br />Post to the Internet regulatory dockets using www.regulations.gov<br />Accept electronic submissions to online dockets <br />OMB Memorandum on Implementation of EO 13422 (amending EO 12866) & OMB Bulletin on Good Guidance Practices – April 2007<br />Agencies must use Regulations.gov to process public comments for economically significant guidance documents. <br />Regulations.gov may also be used to process public comments for significant guidance documents.<br />OMB Requirements Memorandum –March 2008<br />Requires Agencies to incorporate records management & archival functions into the design, development and implementation of information systems.<br />Agencies must focus on the following areas:<br />Provide cost-effective & consistent access to and dissemination of govt information<br />Incorporate records management into capital planning & investment control process<br />Simplify the activities, systems, processes of records creation, maintenance, & use<br />Plan for lifecycle of information including the transfer of permanent records to the National Archive and Records Administration (NARA)<br />9<br />

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