7 Days to Have a Say!

If you’ve been keeping up with what bureaucrats in your federal government departments are up to, you know from daily readings of the Federal Register what’s happening now!

Well, more accurately, you know some of what’s happening. In the last 7 days, 491 new public documents were created in the 16 departments. And, another 182 on which the public may comment have comment periods that close within 7 days, which is July 22, 2022.

The chart below depicts the distribution of new documents among the departments, and the additional numbers (orange) of documents for which public comments are due no later than July 22, 2022.

Transportation Department headed by Pete Buttigieg leads the pack with 75 new documents and 46 proposals. The general public, although entitled by Constitutional rights to participate in the Nation’s government, most likely have no idea about what is proposed, the impact on daily life, or the consequences of not participating.

As of 11:15 a.m. today, July 15, 2022, Special Filings include 11 documents from 11 agencies; 6 Notices; 2 Proposed Rules, and 3 Rules. Regular Filing as of 8:45 a.m. today, July 15, 2022, include
75 documents from 35 agencies; 57 Notices; 7 Proposed Rules, and 11 Rules.

What are the 14 new rules today about? Who is affected? What is the cost to taxpayers? WHO KNOWS?

Certainly it is too much for anyone to read the 491 documents received during the week ended July 15, and too much to research and comment on the 182 proposals whose comment period ends in one week.

Yet, for anyone interested in making the effort to have a say about one or a few, go to https://www.federalregister.gov/ and scroll down to “Explore Agencies” and click on the links to the particular department or to the numbers representing new documents or numbers open for public comment by July 22, 2022.

The scenario, and the process, continues daily.

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