A new wave of interest has been building around e-Rulemaking, and the ABA has released a report
on the topic by a star-studded committee. I've written about
regulations.gov before, as they unveiled new, citizen-centric features to make the site easier to use for the public. The newly released report, and those speaking about it, have both praise for the incredible progress that has been made, and suggestions that will improve e-Rulemaking for everyone.
The speakers were quick to commend the regulations.gov team, who have made e-Rulemaking a vital part of both government services and citizen participation. However, with great success comes more demand; there is a demand for a better, more feature-filled e-Rulemaking platform that actively enhances citizen participation. This is one of the greatest signs of regulations.gov's success. When regulations.gov was conceived, there was not a system serving this purpose. The e-Rulemaking team had to come up with one and try it- there were understandable roadblocks encountered, but regulations.gov is now an indispensible part of the rulemaking process.
With that said, the report brings up many fantastic suggestions that could greatly improve regulations.gov and e-Rulemaking. The primary goal of e-Democracy, and e-Government, should be encouraging broader and better citizen participation, helping people outside government understand decisions as well as helping government get all points of view.
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