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GSA Unveils Updated Site Used for Public Comment Submission; Krystal Brumfield, Virginia Huth Quoted

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The General Services Administration (GSA) has launched an updated version of Regulations.gov, a federal shared service that allows the public to gain access to regulatory and deregulatory actions and submit comments on rulemakings.

“The new Regulations.gov re-envisions the public site, with enhanced search capabilities, a simplified commenting process, and mobile-friendly interface,” Krystal Brumfield, associate administrator of the office of government-wide policy, said in a statement published Wednesday.

The updated site, which has been in the testing phase since July 2019, comes with reCAPTCHA and a new comment application programming interface.

“The new commenting API coupled with reCAPTCHA will help the federal government to not only reduce fraudulent comments but also introduce transparency into the organizations who are submitting bulk automated comments,” said Virginia Huth, deputy associate administrator for regulation management at the office of government-wide policy. 

“GSA is providing a more secure, reliable, and stable way for submitting large volumes of comments while deterring real or perceived threats to the integrity of the rulemaking process,” Huth added.