USA: Regulations.gov

Regulations.gov

http://www.regulations.gov

1. Implementation procedure

Name of the institution running website/application:U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the “eRulemaking Program” federal interagency initiative
Type of the institution running website/application:

an implementation execute by a government institution

Source of financing:

public resources - state budget

Year of launching the website/application: 2003
Service's/application's rating:

2. Implementation's characteristics

The idea behind the website is to bring American citizens into the process of introducing regulations by federal governmental agencies. One of the rules underlying the American legal system is that new laws are adopted by the Congress and, then, enforced through regulations made by federal agencies. The Regulations.gov service makes it possible for citizens to become familiar that particular agencies are currently working on (published in the Federal Register – the government’s official journal) and submit their comments and proposals. The service also offers API allowing for presenting data in other services.

The service’s user can:

  • Review all available public materials related to the regulatory process such as problem analysis, published comments, notes from the Federal Register, etc.;
  • Submit their comments to a given regulation or other comment; new comments are passed to agencies responsible for respective regulations;
  • Back up their comments by attaching supporting documents;
  • Download regulation-related materials published by agencies in the form of .csv files;
  • Subscribe to e-mail alerts related to chosen regulations;
  • Sort the available regulations by their popularity, date of issue and predicted enforcement;

Gain access to the service’s API. One of the possible uses of API is integrating external websites to the mechanism of commenting regulations in such a way as to enable publication of comments on Regulations.gov through private websites.

3. Detailed description categories

Type of the service's/application user:
  • G2C: citizens
  • G2B: business
  • G2G: state administration (and possibly the site owner. Others)
  • G2N: non-governmental (3rd sector)
The application service's usage area:
  • participation and opinions ("we inform and talk")
A communication - an indication of all the media and dissemination
  • Independent website dedicated to the application / solution eGov
Access to the full functionality of the service
  1. Access to the service is not required to verify the identity of users / does not require registration of your account.
Tracking of user's activity:
  • verification via a link sent to your email
The service's/application's usage areas
  1. The public consultation the government dialogue with citizens, eg. On infrastructure solutions
Forms of interaction with users:
  1. Social networks (connected with Fb, Twitter, etc.)
  2. Search engine
  3. Comments
Service's/Application's integration to social networking sites
  • Yes
Availability of service/application use instruction
Is the connection encrypted?
  • No

4. Service's/Application's integration with social networking sites

As for: 17.02.2015
Facebook number of fans: 4877
Twitter number of followers: 3728, number of tweets: 17600
YouTube number of subscribers: 133, number of films: 18

5. Screen gallery

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Example of a regulation undergoing public consultation << Przykładowa regulacja, etap konsultacji społecznych >>

Example of a comment to a proposed regulation << Przykładowy komentarz do proponowanej regulacji >>

The way of submitting comments << Ekran publikacji własnego komentarza >>