Comments on FEMA’s Proposal on Public Petitions
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is proposing to update its regulations on the rulemaking process, which include amendments to how it accepts and considers public petitions for rulemaking. While the proposed changes are all appropriate, we offer additional changes that would increase government transparency in our comments to the agency. FEMA should give the public an option to submit petitions electronically, log publicly all received petitions online, provide clear timelines for when the agency will respond to petitions, and create a way for petitioners and the public to learn the status of their pending petitions. These suggestions follow recommendations by the Administrative Conference of the United States on petitions for rulemaking to federal agencies.