Since last summer, there have been a series of articles discussing the impending introduction of a new e-gov portal that will facilitate easy online access to, and accept public comments on, the thousands of proposed rules and regulations from over 150 federal agencies that appear each year in the Federal Register.
After much delay, the portal was launched this morning at 8:00 am. Regulations.gov provides two options for locating proposed rules currently open for comment. Users may find regulations using a keyword search, or choose to review regulations arranged by specific government agency. The text of the regulations are available in PDF and HTML formats, and include the CFR and Federal Register citation, the date published, and the date by which comments are due. Users may then choose to submit a comment on the respective regulation using an online form generated by the system, or comment by postal mail/commercial delivery or by e-mail.