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Funding Restrictions Impact Federal E-Gov, including E-rulemaking, Initiatives

Yesterday, Cary Coglianese, Chair of Harvard’s Regulatory Policy Program, posted the following letter on the e-rulemaking listserv (see http://www.erulemaking.org/) from the co-chairs of the federal government’s eRulemaking Executive Committee.

December 19, 2005

E-Rulemaking Executive Committee Members:

Recently-signed provisions of the FY06 Treasury/Transportation/HUD appropriations bill contain restrictions on government-wide funding of E-Government (E-Gov) Initiatives. This significant legislation requires agencies to inform and secure Congressional approval to fund E-Gov initiatives including eRulemaking. The Office of Management and Budget and the eRulemaking Program Management Office (PMO) are aware of this and other Congressional appropriations restrictions and are working to resolve them.

At the current rate of expenditures, the eRulemaking PMO available funding will expire in mid-February 2006. In response, as Co-Chairs of the eRulemaking Executive Committee and in conjunction and concurrence with the OMB E-Gov Administrator, we have decided to allocate remaining funds to operate and maintain the current Federal Docket Management System, Regulations.gov. This will ensure continued operations and service for federal agencies that have already implemented and use FDMS/Regulations.gov as well as millions of public users of the system. In addition, in light of the funding shortfall, eRulemaking will suspend all further agency implementation and development activities, effective beginning second quarter FY2006. As funding is approved and received, the PMO will resume agency implementation and system development activities to the extent that resources allow. The eRulemaking PMO will keep the eRulemaking Initiative partner agencies apprised of any future developments as information becomes available.

We recognize that this action will impact E-Gov implementation plans for several agencies. We will continue to work with those agencies affected by this decision and renegotiated new migration and implementation dates.

We regret that this decision had to be made but are doing so in consideration of the importance of maintaining functionality for all of our participating agencies and the user community. If you have any concerns or wish to discuss further please contact us at 202-564-6665 (Kimberly T. Nelson) and 202-395-5897 (Don Arbuckle). We look forward to our continued collaboration on this important government-wide initiative.


Kimberly T. Nelson
Co-Chair, eRulemaking Executive Committee
Chief Information Officer and Assistant Administrator
Office of Environmental Information
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Donald R. Arbuckle
Co-Chair, eRulemaking Executive Committee
Deputy Administrator
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
Office of Management and Budget

Dr. Coglianese then followed this letter with some contextual information. The ensuing exchange of E-mails has explored the reasons behind the Congressional funding restrictions. This exchange is helpful for those of us looking at rulemaking automation projects at the state level.

If you are not a member of the e-rulemaking listserv, and this issue interests you, you should sign up. To sign up, visit the e-rulemaking web site and follow the ListServ link.

UPDATE: See related article at OMB Watch.


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E-Rulemaking Blog

Dr. Stuart Shulman, assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh, announced this morning over the E-Rulemaking ListServ that he has created an E-rulemaking blog — http://erulemaking.blogspot.com/.

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E-rulemaking Resources

Earlier this week, a message was posted to the ACR ListServ with information that originally came from the E-rulemaking ListServ (Thanks Kevin). The post is an important one that has implications for all of us. Realizing that some ACR members might not be aware of some of these resources, I thought I’d pass along some links.

Update:  On 05/16/2011, it was discovered that all of the links in this post had been discontinued and the addresses will return 404 errors or redirect the user to an unrelated page.  Try http://www.erulemaking.org/ for related information.

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