Regulations.gov is a web site that allows you to find, review, and submit comments on proposed Federal rules and regulations. Launched by the Federal government in 2003 to enhance public participation in Federal regulatory activities, it provides one-stop online access to all Federal Register documents open for comment from more than 160 different Federal departments and agencies. The site also includes the rulemaking "dockets" of selected departments and agencies. These dockets, which serve as a repository for documents and information related to a particular rule, generally include materials referenced in the Federal Register, any public comments received, and other related information, such as supporting analyses.
There are a number of ways to search for and retrieve documents: you can do a basic keyword search from the main page, or click on "Search for Documents" to go to the Advanced Search page and search by keyword, agency, topic, comment date, CFR citation, or document type. Quick links on the main page also allow you to "Browse and Comment by Topic" or go directly to documents published that day or documents for which the comment period closes that day. You can also create custom reports which will display only certain fields and return the results in a report format, and you have the option of viewing/printing documents in either html or pdf format. You can also sign up for email alerts which will notify you every time a new document is added to a specific docket.