I work at the US Environmental Protection Agency, and we’re trying out some old tools in new ways.
Currently, our enforcement office is using two blogs to post concepts and then taking comments from anyone who wants to join in.
And this is just the beginning. For example, our chief financial officer is going to use the same idea to invite the public to revise our strategic plan. And I know of at least one other program already planning to use a blog the same way.
We’re also avidly exploring how to use social media for formal rulemaking, where the contributions can directly affect regulations.
I’m excited about these developments, and I encourage you to check ’em out!