E-RULEMAKING

The Penn Program on Regulation builds on the University of Pennsylvania Law School's leadership in the study and teaching of regulation and administrative law, facilitating collaboration between the law faculty and faculty throughout the University of Pennsylvania.

This website is dedicated to technological and institutional issues related to E-Rulemaking. It makes research papers, policy documents, conference materials, and key websites accessible to anyone who is interested in the use of information technology in the regulatory process.

What is E-Rulemaking?

E-Rulemaking refers to the use of digital technologies by government agencies in the rulemaking process. Each year, regulatory agencies -- such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, and Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- collectively issue thousands of new rules which have the binding effect of law on businesses, professionals, and citizens. How these agencies make and implement these regulations can have significant effects on the economy as well as on the advancement of important social goals. Appropriate use of information technology is thought to hold the potential for helping agencies manage the rulemaking process more effectively, enhance the legitimacy of their regulatory decisions, and promote more cost-effective compliance.

The Penn Program on Regulation

The Penn Program on Regulation, based at the Penn Law School, draws together faculty from across the University of Pennsylvania whose work focuses on regulatory issues. The Program helps disseminate research on regulation and engages in both academic and policy dialogues across a broad range of fields of economic and social regulation. For more information about the Penn Program on Regulation, please visit our program website.