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NEWS | OIRA Listening Session March 7

Public participation in the regulatory process is a priority on every level in every phase.

On March 7 at 3:00 p.m. EST, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will host a virtual public listening session on “Public Participation in the Regulatory Process.”

Along with several agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor and the Environmental Protection Agency, OIRA Administrator Richard Revesz will offer opening remarks and share current efforts to expand public engagement in the regulatory process. OIRA is looking for participants to share ideas and feedback on how federal agencies can better engage the public in the regulatory process.

From drafting to implementation, OIRA is offering the following questions as a starting point for consideration:

  1. How to most effectively broaden public engagement in the Federal regulatory process, especially from members of underserved communities and those who do not typically participate in the regulatory process;

  2. How to eliminate or remove obstacles or barriers to greater public participation;

  3. How can existing materials be effective in revising and enhancing engagement; and

  4. How can intermediaries—such as trade associations or coalitions—be helpful in reaching stakeholders.

Interested members of the public can submit written or recorded audio and video feedback to OIRA will be actively reviewing any submissions received through 5 PM ET March 10, 2023.

Read the full OIRA announcement and objective list here, and RSVP to attend the virtual public listening session next Tuesday.


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