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E-Rulemaking
Resource Website

This website is dedicated to technological and institutional issues related to e-rulemaking. It makes research papers, policy documents, conference materials, and key websites accessible to anyone who is interested in the use of information technology in the regulatory process.

What is E-Rulemaking?

E-rulemaking refers to the use of digital technologies by government agencies in the rulemaking process. Each year, regulatory agencies -- such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, and Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- collectively issue thousands of new rules which have the binding effect of law on businesses, professionals, and citizens. How these agencies make and implement these regulations can have significant effects on the economy as well as on the advancement of important social goals. Appropriate use of information technology is thought to hold the potential for helping agencies manage the rulemaking process more effectively, enhance the legitimacy of their regulatory decisions, and promote more cost-effective compliance.

The Regulatory Policy Program

The Regulatory Policy Program draws together faculty from across Harvard University who study and contribute to regulatory policymaking at all levels of government. The Program fosters and disseminates research, engages policymakers, and trains current and future leaders in the public and private sectors. Our faculty play leading roles across a broad range of areas of economic and social regulation, as well as focus on issues of regulatory process and management that cut across different policy fields. For more information about the Regulatory Policy Program, please visit our program website.

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