Thirty-five Percent of Major Regulations Were Issued Without Public Notice
A report from the Government Accountability Office indicates that 35 percent of the major federal regulations issued from 2003 to 2010 were done so without public notice. Likewise, 44 percent of non-major regulations were also issued without public notice, also known as a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).
â€śDuring calendar years 2003 through 2010, agencies published 568 major rules and about 30,000 nonmajor rules,â€ť the GAO said in a December report to Congress. â€ś[Federal] agencies published about 35 percent of major rules and about 44 percent of nonmajor rules without an NPRM during those years.â€ť
Federal law generally requires that regulations, both major and minor, be opened for public comment, allowing interested parties to read the rules and remark on them, potentially enacting changes to the proposed rules. The GAO report notes that the majority of the regulations published without a...