During fall 2010, the Administrative Law Review’s Executive Board wrote a twenty-three-page pamphlet called A Citizen’s Guide to Influencing Agency Action. Written simply and for a lay audience, the pamphlet encourages citizen participation in the administrative rulemaking process by giving laypersons information that will help them participate meaningfully by writing comments, testifying at rulemaking hearings, and understanding what agencies can and cannot do.
This website serves as an up-to-date companion to A Citizen's Guide to Influencing Agency Action. It contains the following useful information:
- • the complete version of A Citizen's Guide to Influencing Agency Action. Use Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the pamphlet;
- • a listing of federal agencies and the areas they are in charge of regulating so citizens can identify which agencies they should be dealing with;
- • brief summaries of major statutes such as the Administrative Procedure Act and the Freedom of Information Act;
- • brief summaries of major administrative law-related cases, such as Chevron U.S.A. Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.;
- • a list of helpful organizations and their websites; and
- • a step-by-step guide to submitting comments online.
We hope that this website will become a valuable resource for those who wish to take part in the rulemaking process.