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Welcome to the eRulemaking Initiative

In October 2002, the eRulemaking Program was established as a cross-agency E-Gov initiative under Section 206 of the 2002 E-Government Act (H.R. 2458/S. 803) and is based within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The eRulemaking Management Office (PMO) leads the eRulemaking Program and is responsible for the development and implementation of the Federal Docket Management System. Agency users access the system at www.FDMS.gov, while Regulations.gov is the publicly facing website of FDMS and is accessed by the public at www.regulations.gov.
The vision of the eRulemaking Program is to enable the public ease of access to participate in a high quality, efficient and open rulemaking process. The primary goals of the Program are:


The Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) is a federal-wide document management system structured by dockets (i.e., file folders) offering the federal agencies an adaptable solution to service a wide array of routinely performed regulatory activities: searching, viewing, downloading, and reviewing comments on proposed federal rules. In addition, FDMS offers agencies extensive functionality to facilitate their regulatory business activities, including the ability to:


The first milestone of the eRulemaking Initiative was the official launch of Regulations.gov in January 2003. Regulations.gov is an innovative website providing the public users ease of access to federal regulatory content and a way to submit comments on agencies regulatory documents published in the Federal Register (FR). On Regulations.gov, the public can:


Since 2002, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has served as the managing partner of the eRulemaking Program. EPA established a Program Management Office (PMO) to oversee the system development, maintenance and collaboration of agency partners. The PMO is governed by dozens of Federal organizations participating in a tiered governance structure. In addition to the leadership provided by the PMO, many of the participating Federal departments and agencies are involved in the program's governance. There is an Executive Committee comprised of Chief Information Officers (CIO), Regulatory Policy Officers, and/or Deputy Secretaries from 39 Federal Departments and Agency partners. The program's Advisory Board is made up of senior representatives from partner agencies. Additionally, the various workgroups extend the program's technical and business process expertise in a range of areas, e.g., usability, budget and legal issues.
eRulemaking Program Governance Structure

eRulemaking Program Governance Structure