The Office of General Counsel plays a key role in all rulemaking and other public proceedings conducted by DOE. Robust public participation is essential to the rulemaking process. This participation provides DOE the benefit of the expertise from those who will be most affected by DOE’s proposed actions. It also offers the public a transparent, hands-on way of having its voice heard in the administrative process.
In addition to proposed rules and rulemaking related documents, DOE issues for comment and public notification Requests for Information, Public Meeting Notices, and other similar documents. These publications notify and solicit the public for input on various matters including DOE rules, policies, and procedures.
The following resources provide more information on DOE public proceedings:
- Learn about how the rulemaking process works with the Reginfo.gov Reg Map*.
- See all published DOE documents regarding public proceedings at the Federal Register.
- Search for DOE proposed rules and supporting documents, submit public comments on a proposed rule, and read other public comments at regulations.gov.
- Read currently effective DOE rules at the Electronic Code for Federal Regulations.
- Search pending and final DOE directives at the DOE Departmental Directives Program website.
- See which DOE proposed publications are currently under review at the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Reginfo.gov webpage or learn more about OMB’s role in reviewing Federal Regulations.
- Find a collection of rulemaking information regarding one of DOE’s largest regulatory programs at its Appliances and Commercial Equipment Standards Program website. This program develops test procedures and minimum efficiency standards for residential appliances and commercial equipment.
- Obtain regulatory information regarding the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), which sets energy use requirements for federal agencies.
- Use valuable resources provided by DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program. This program serves as an information resource on national model energy codes for residential and commercial buildings.
- Find numerous rules, directives, standards, and guidance provided by The Office of Health, Safety and Security, which establishes DOE safety regulations.
For more information, please contact the Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Legislation, Regulation, and Energy Efficiency.
*The Reg Map was created by ICF Consulting with the cooperation of the U.S. General Services Administration's Regulatory Information Service Center. DOE does not endorse the products, services, or views of ICF Consulting and takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over, the organizations represented.