Through this portal comments on proposed regulations and related documents published by the U.S. Federal government can be submitted. In addition, this site can be used to search and review original regulatory documents as well as comments submitted by others

Type of content: Assets
Type of asset:
Use case
Data source
Big data potential
Policy domains: Justice, Legal System & Public Safety
Phase in the policy cycle:
Policy Monitoring and Evaluation
Open license availability
Ease of use
Tags: Open Data Citizen-centred policy-making
SWOT Analysis for
Helpful Harmful
Strengths• Search for a regulation such as a proposed rule, final rule, or Federal Register (FR) notice
• Submit a comment on a regulation or on another comment
• Submit an application, petition, or adjudication document
• Sign up for e-mail alerts about a specific regulation
• Quickly access regulations that are popular, newly posted, or closing soon—directly from the homepage
Weaknesses• Lack of consistency across agencies: various naming conventions for regulatory data maintained by different federal agencies add unnecessary complexity for the agency user.
• Lack of comprehensive search capabilities reduces public access to regulatory information and therefore decreases overall participation (e.g. the ability to perform a targeted search by various document subtypes or the ability to search for information specific to regulatory categories)
• Lack of plain writing in regulatory content and Plain writing is clear, simple, and meaningful; it avoids unnecessary complexity and specialized terms.
Opportunities• Incorporate plain writing descriptions of regulatory content on Avoid unnecessary complexity and specialized terms with the use of Plain writing which is clear, simple, and meaningful.
• Increase public engagement in policy making cycle
Threats• Equality of access: Not every household has access to internet due to its cost. If political participation is a right, and the Internet is required to participate, it follows that Internet access for that purpose should also be a right
• Marginalizing certain groups of the population: the cost of the equipment to access the platforms (e.g. smartphones, tablets, or computers) is a potential factor promoting exclusion.

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