Public comments allow agencies to understand the perspectives of those who regulations are intended to benefit.
Experts explore how federal agencies can better include and serve marginalized communities.
What is lost when those with something to say join the mass comments bandwagon?
Scholars and policymakers should recognize the democratic benefits of public comments.
Alternative agency outreach methods can garner useful feedback and reduce pressure on the notice and comment process.
ACUS should discourage the submission of mass comments in the notice and comment rulemaking process.
Agencies can welcome public participation while discouraging the submission of mass comments.
Mass comments policy should consider agencies’ roles as apolitical policymakers.
Experts consider the value of mass comment campaigns during notice-and-comment rulemaking.
ACUS assesses the changing landscape of how agencies use new technologies to hold hearings.
Agencies can do more to disclose input on regulatory alternatives during notice-and-comment processes.
ACUS recommends best practices for how agencies manage mass, computer-generated, and falsely attributed public comments.