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Federal Eye: Regulate this!

Happy Wednesday! The Obama administration made it a little easier to track the federal rulemaking process on Tuesday with the launch of a
new Web site.

Users can now track proposed changes to government policy by visiting the redesigned RegInfo.gov, yet another “Dashboard” built by the Office of Management and Budget to
display government information in a user-friendlier online format.

The new site posts information from the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (the one run by Cass Sunstein) and allows users to find and sort rules by agency, where a proposed rule change is in the rulemaking process and a rule’s potential economic significance.

“With the help of intuitive and graphical displays, the Dashboard will make it easier for people to identify the rule or category of
rules they are interested in, and will allow them to monitor progress,”
OMB Director Peter Orszag commented on his blog. “Simply put, the Dashboard democratizes the data.”

Colleagues reminded The Eye that a similar version of RegInfo.gov existed during the Bush administration. (It helped reporters track so-called “midnight regulations,” among other things.) But Obama administration officials said the new site is much easier to navigate.

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