DID YOU KNOW … ?
The American Public has an important role to play in developing or changing Federal Regulations. The law not only encourages members of the public to express their views on whether federal government agencies should create, eliminate, or change most types of regulations, but generally requires federal officials to consider what people outside of Government have to say.
Former President Trump’s “Regulatory Reform Agenda” sought to reduce the number of federal regulations and “rolled back” federal rules and policies issued during the Obama years as well as previous Administrations. This meant eliminating (“repealing” or “rescinding”) numerous regulations that were intended to protect or improve public health, safety, the environment, education, and financial well-being. The Biden Administration, in addition to developing new rules and policies of its own, is likely to seek to “roll back the roll-backs” in many areas and reinstitute some of those protections. However, in most cases a federal regulation cannot be issued, rescinded or changed unless the Government first:
- informs the public in advance by publishing a description in The Federal Register of what it wants to change and why (called a “Notice”),
- provides an opportunity for any member of the public to express an opinion about the proposed changes (called a “Comment”)
- gives consideration to every comment submitted in writing during the time before a specified deadline (called the “public comment period”).
What happens to the federal regulatory landscape over the next few years will likely have significant impacts on you and things you care about. Whether you favor deregulatory goals or believe federal regulation plays a critical role in protecting important public interests, you have a stake in the process that leads to regulations being created, eliminated, or changed. We want to give you information that will make it easy for you to participate in this process and make your voice heard before final decisions are made affecting us all.
Our Notice & Comment section contains a more complete explanation of the process and how public comments can have an impact on federal decision making. Our Topics for Comment section provides links to short descriptions of current proposals to repeal, weaken, or otherwise alter existing regulations, that we think you might be interested in knowing about and weighing in on with the government. (The descriptions also include links to the actual government Notices; but they can be confusing, technical, and lengthy — sometimes hundreds of pages long.) For each topic we provide a summary of what the government proposes to eliminate or change and why, additional information and links to other resources that may help you form an opinion and decide whether you want to submit written comments to the government, and information on how to comment, including a link to the government’s website for submitting electronic comments.
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Whether you believe there may be too many federal regulations, or you think more stringent regulation is needed to protect workers, consumers, the public at large, and the environment of our planet, there is no question that what is included in federal regulations matters. If you fear that without adequate regulation corporations and businesses can pursue financial profit to the detriment of the rest of society; or if you think federal regulators have gone overboard and there should be fewer federal regulatory requirements and restraints — this website is intended for you. Whatever your views, we hope you will read, learn, and make your voice heard on regulatory issues.
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