Weighing in on federal proposals is no longer a hefty chore with

In a step forward for eGovernment, the Bush administration has unveiled a new web site, Regulations.gov, that allows individuals to participate in the federal rule-making process more easily. The site enables educators and other users to search for, review, and submit comments on federal proposals and other documents open for comment and published in the Federal Register, the government’s legal newspaper. The idea is to provide one centralized location where stakeholders can go to offer their opinions on major issues—from school reform to technology integration and more—and have their comments considered by lawmakers. The site gives users the opportunity to express their opinions about specific documents, as well as pose questions to particular federal agencies. Regulations are searchable by keyword—or, if it’s a certain agency you’re looking for, just type in the department name in the top right corner of the screen. A section for frequently asked questions explains how comments are solicited, received, and reviewed by federal employees.

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