The eRulemaking Program has launched a significant upgrade to the Web site that provides one-stop, public access to information related to current and forthcoming regulations issued by the federal government, according to a press releases from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Enhancements to regulations.gov include improved search capabilities, new navigation tools, and easier access to areas for the public to provide comments on proposed regulations. EPA is the managing partner of the inter-agency eRulemaking Program, which operates regulations.gov.
Visitors to regulations.gov can now streamline search results with date ranges, select specific U.S. government departments or agencies, and view results by docket or file folder. Other changes include interactive icons and links to common user tasks that pre-populate search fields to help users find regulations and comments. The Web site also provides quick access, simplified navigation and additional information sharing, such as social bookmarking and RSS feeds by specific government departments or agencies.
These enhancements were previewed publicly on Regulations.gov Exchange, an online forum featured in the White House Open Government Initiative. From May 21 to July 21, 2009, the public was able to explore proposed new designs and features, provide comments, and engage with other site visitors and the eRulemaking Program staff.
Regulations.gov helps individuals provide written comments to agencies before regulations are finalized. The site supports more than 160 federal agencies accounting for 90 percent of all federal rulemaking production. On average, federal agencies, departments, and commissions issue 8,000 regulations annually. To date, the public can access more than 2 million documents on regulations.gov, and in the first half of 2009, visitors to the Web site submitted more than 200,000 comments on new or existing regulations.
For more information on the Web site, visithttp://www.regulations.gov