Editor’s Note: The tool for enhancing and streamlining effective public participation in the regulatory process is the Interactive Public Docket. For an example of how an IPD changed a federal regulatory decision, please see the Kratom Policy Forum.
From: The Hill
By John Davis II
How much does it cost our government to wade through public comments across its vast network of regulatory agencies?
In a recent Op-Ed in The Hill about the inefficiencies and costs of public comment consideration in the rulemaking process, I described the procedural delays and technical failures which occurred at the FCC during Net Neutrality rulemaking in 2015. I roughly calculated the consideration process required a staff of 700 FCC lawyers nine months to complete, at an estimated cost of $50 million — a dollar figure which stirred up some fervor within the Commission, as well as outside.