For the last couple of years, we've been involved with our sister organization CeRI (the Cornell e-Rulemaking Initiative) in looking at the ways people interact with Federal regulatory agencies. The most visible artifact of that involvement was the ABA committee report on regulations.gov, which has already led to some important improvements in that system and in the ways that people can find out about and act on new Federal regulations. Now, CeRI has a new website (www.regulationroom.org) that is meant to significantly enhance the process of public participation. Right now, it's in beta -- with lots to learn about what people want and how they interact with the system, and a series of experiments planned for the next several months. Check it out.
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