From July 26th to July 30th of this year, two software defects at Regulations.gov prevented over 100 comments directed towards 11 federal agencies to be submitted. Aside from EPA and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Regulations.gov, itself, has not informed the public of what other agencies were affected by this “glitch.”
In addition to the software problem, the lack of transparency about this issue is very troubling. The failure to file a timely comment could have consequences in a rulemaking proceeding, and the combination of the software difficulties and the lack of openness do not inspire confidence in the system.
You can read more about the problem at http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20090828_6883.php
[Submitted by Barbara Brandon, former AALL Government Relations Committee member]