OMB Watch Launches Regulatory Resource Center
Today, OMB Watch launched
a web-based Regulatory Resource Center at www.ombwatch.org/regresources.
The Resource Center provides tips for advocates who want to
get involved in regulatory decision making and educational
resources for anyone interested in how the federal regulatory
The first part of the Regulatory Resource Center is the Advocacy Center.
The Advocacy Center shows users how to comment on
federal regulations and provides instructions for using
Regulations.gov, the government's portal for public comments.
The Advocacy Center also has instructions for filing a petition
for rulemaking and tips on how to find rules in
the Federal Register.
The second part of the Resource Center is the Policy Library. The
Policy Library contains a flowchart showing
how rules move through the regulatory pipeline; a list and brief
description of rulemaking agencies; background
information describing how the regulatory process works
from beginning to end; and a glossary of common
terms relating to regulation. The Policy Library also has
section, which provides links to legislation, executive
orders, and government reports on regulatory policy.
In October 2007, OMB Watch released a developmental version
of the Regulatory Resource Center and surveyed the public for
comments and ideas. Responses to the survey were
overwhelmingly positive. A number of respondents complimented
OMB Watch on its efforts to centralize all information about
the regulatory process in one place. One respondent called it
"a tremendous gift to citizens and to students."
OMB Watch will continue to improve the site based on public
needs, comments, and concerns. We welcome and encourage
feedback at any time. Please e-mail us with your comments at