Engaging in the Rulemaking Process

June 4, 2021

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The public has many opportunities to provide input as regulations are being developed.



People and organizations interested in influencing public policy often focus on Congress, but most policy details are actually developed in the executive branch by specialist agencies. As regulations are being developed, the public has opportunities to share insights, preferences, information, and experience. This Insight offers an overview of the rulemaking process and highlights opportunities to engage at different stages.


Image of the U.S. Rulemaking Process: Authorizing Legislation, Regulatory Drafting, Interagency Review, Public Comment, Agency Revisions, Interagency Review, Final Publication, Legislative/Judicial Review.