This Forum is managed by the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness (CRE), a regulatory watchdog founded and managed by former regulatory officials of the regulatory review office (OIRA) of the White House Office of Management and Budget. CRE manages a number of websites dedicated to increasing the transparency of the regulatory process, including TheOMB.US, a website focused on OMB’s role in centralized regulatory review beginning with the Johnson Administration and updated constantly to reflect the actions of the current Administration.
CRE personnel through years of government service have made notable contributions to the formation and operation of OIRA. In order that OIRA remain a viable and effective institution it must have access to timely information as it discharges its role of “regulating the regulators”.
The period between the close of a public comment period on a proposed rulemaking and the date it is promulgated or implemented, is traditionally a blackout from public comments. In the meantime, new data and other relevant information is being developed on a continuous basis. An interactive public docket captures the aforementioned information and while there is no requirement that federal regulators consider such information, they may do so if they wish.
To address the continuity of data generation, CRE has developed this interactive public docket. The contents of the docket are available to the public and the public is encouraged to submit additional information which CRE will make available to federal regulators through the home page of its website www.thecre.com and other e-comment mechanisms.
The consideration and ultimate acceptance of the material on an IPD by federal regulators and their regulatory overseers depends in large part on the recognized regulatory expertise and federal credentials of the managers of the organization which hosts the IPD.