The document is a summary of the requirements imposed on DOT as it implements its responsibilities for rulemaking. This document was originally prepared for DOT professionals who are involved in the rulemaking process.
This summary of the informal rulemaking process was prepared to help the public better understand how the rulemaking process works so that you may more effectively participate in it. We prepared it particularly for individuals, small businesses, and others who do not participate in the process on a regular basis. We want to stress that this web page provides only a brief summary – and one that we attempted to keep simple – of what we believe are the important elements in the process. It should not be relied on as a legal document.
The Significant Rulemakings Report provides a summary and the status for all significant rulemakings that DOT currently has pending or has issued recently. We update the Report at the beginning of each month. The information in the Report is not intended to commit DOT to specific conclusions or actions. For example, after further analysis, DOT may decide the effects of the rule would be different or it may decide to terminate the rulemaking.