Lobbying by E-Mail Rejected by Forest Service

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on April 21, 2003

According to this article in PC World, “the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service is currently considering a regulation that would let it ignore any public comments on its rule-making process sent to it through Web-based forms.” The agency also intends to ignore comments sent using form letters and postcards that result from lobbying/advocacy efforts. Furthermore, the Forest Service does not participate in the e-gov initiative Regulations.gov, the portal through which users may “find, review, and submit comments on Federal documents that are open for comment and published in the Federal Register.”
For reference, the origin of these proposed changes were buried here: National Forest System lands; projects and activities; notice, comment, and appeal procedures, December 18, 2002 Federal Register, for which the comment period has already passed.

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