Traditionally, the notice-and-comment rulemaking process required by 5 U.S.C. § 553 was conducted on paper: the government issued a paper notice and the public submitted paper comments. Today it seems obvious that notice should be issued, and comments received, electronically, over the Internet. In 2002, the Office of Management and Budget determined that the government should create a single... read more
National Archives and Records Administration (Past Projects)
This study focused on the many legal issues that arise in e-Rulemaking, including how agencies may use software to determine that submitted comments are identical or nearly identical, and whether agencies can (and should) destroy paper copies of comments scanned to electronic form. Such innovations should reduce costs and improve efficiency.