HHSignite (beta): Increasing Efficiency in Rulemaking by Organizing Public Comment
Submitted by staff from: HHS / Office of the Secretary (IOS + ASPA + ONC) + CMS + EPA
- Oliver Potts, HHS/IOS
- Katerina Horska, HHS/IOS
- Sheila Bayne, HHS/IOS
- Emma Di Mantova, HHS/IOS
- Craig Lafond, HHS/ASPA
- Mindy Hangsleben, HHS/ONC
- Martique Jones, CMS/OSORA
- Adam McWillisams, EPA/eRulemaking Branch
Project Lead’s Approving Supervisor:
Jennifer Cannistra, Executive Secretary, HHS/IOS
Summary: Test an iteration of Regulations.gov that facilitates a more organized collection of public comments.
Increasing Efficiency in Rulemaking by Organizing Public Comment will streamline the submission and review of public comments on the Department’s regulations.
Presently, the public may submit comments on regulations on the Regulations.gov website, which is managed by the e-Rulemaking organization located at the Environmental Protection Agency. Under the current framework, after the public comments on proposed regulations on Regulations.gov, the agency exports the comments, and contractors or agency staff sort through and catalog the comments. There can be thousands of comments on a given regulation. Agency program offices then review the pre-sorted comments to determine which comments apply to their portion of the regulations. This process is costly and inefficient.
This project proposes to find a new way for the public to categorize its comments when it submits them in order to decrease the amount of time that contractors and staff spend sorting the comments. The proposal estimates the savings in time and money to be approximately 4,000 FTE hours and $1 million in contractor costs.