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house Bill H.R. 4809

Should Agencies be Required to Publish Guidance Documents on Their Websites?

Argument in favor

Businesses can’t be expected to comply with agency guidance if they can’t find it online. Forcing federal agencies to publish their guidance online in a timely manner, and to collect all current guidances in one place, will help businesses meet their compliance obligations while increasing federal government transparency.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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10/11/2018
By all means YES as Businesses can’t be expected to comply with agency guidance if they can’t find it online. Forcing federal agencies to publish their guidance online in a timely manner, and to collect all current guidances in one place, will help businesses meet their compliance obligations while increasing federal government transparency. 10*10*18 ..... SneakyPete.....
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10/11/2018
Yes... and we should throw them a party welcoming them into the 1990s.
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LookingatLaw's Opinion
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09/26/2018
Transparency and effective communication. It should be easy enough for a layman to find and access. If that is not possible, I would seriously question the need for the existence of the agency.
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Argument opposed

While transparency from federal agencies is a worthwhile goal, too many types of guidance are subject to this bill, which will lead to an overwhelming volume of guidance being published on agencies’ websites.

Laura's Opinion
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10/11/2018
This is what the Code of Federal Regulations is for. Since this is a partisan bill, I sense something nefarious in its creation. The Code of Federal Regulations is the codification of the general and permanent rules and regulations published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the federal government of the United States. Check it out at: https://gov.ecfr.io/cgi-bin/ECFR
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davidf's Opinion
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09/27/2018
What we don’t need is further rollback if rules intended to protect the consumer. If Republicans could be trusted to look out for the common good this bill would make sense. Unfortunately, the only thing Republicans can be trusted to do is screw the American public in favor of the rich.
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J. scott's Opinion
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10/11/2018
The Code of Federal Regulations are widely available online and most Departments and Agencies do in fact publish them online as well. In my view this requirement is redundant and unnecessary.
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    By all means YES as Businesses can’t be expected to comply with agency guidance if they can’t find it online. Forcing federal agencies to publish their guidance online in a timely manner, and to collect all current guidances in one place, will help businesses meet their compliance obligations while increasing federal government transparency. 10*10*18 ..... SneakyPete.....
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    This is what the Code of Federal Regulations is for. Since this is a partisan bill, I sense something nefarious in its creation. The Code of Federal Regulations is the codification of the general and permanent rules and regulations published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the federal government of the United States. Check it out at: https://gov.ecfr.io/cgi-bin/ECFR
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    Yes... and we should throw them a party welcoming them into the 1990s.
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    Transparency and effective communication. It should be easy enough for a layman to find and access. If that is not possible, I would seriously question the need for the existence of the agency.
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    What we don’t need is further rollback if rules intended to protect the consumer. If Republicans could be trusted to look out for the common good this bill would make sense. Unfortunately, the only thing Republicans can be trusted to do is screw the American public in favor of the rich.
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    This sounds like common sense. Why this isn’t already a legal requirement is a little shameful. Government agencies should have this information quickly and easily accessible and should be transparent about the times and dates of changes.
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    Prove to us all this would have Bipartisan support. Clearly express your true intentions.
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    Transparency Transparency Transparency
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    The Code of Federal Regulations are widely available online and most Departments and Agencies do in fact publish them online as well. In my view this requirement is redundant and unnecessary.
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    The Government needs to be held to the same accountability as the public businesses of the United States, Government isn’t exempt from rules
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    It needs more information! And bipartisan support to pass!
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    Transparency and effective communication. It should be easy enough for a layman to find and access. If that is not possible, I would seriously question the need for the existence of the agency.
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    Already have the Code of Federal Regulations so why do we need this redundancy???
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    Who's paying for the extra employees necessary to implement this? We are! I'm sick of paying for an inefficient/ineffective government.
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    Although, I’m suspicious of the actual intent of this bill, I think publishing guidance documents on an agency’s website should just be common practice and should be just be another aspect of a transparent government.
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    To what end? If the goal here is transparency, you have hit the mark - you are once again transparently putting business above the good of the people you were elected to serve. If this is such a good idea, why can't you get bipartisan support? Congress needs to start working for ALL citizens, not just those belonging to the 'tribe' in the majority. Majority rule should never be confused with bully rule - although that ship, unfortunately, sailed long ago. Stop working for lobbyists and special interests and start thinking about the individuals by whom you were elected! Businesses and special interest groups may buy elections for you, but in the end you work for US.
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    Overwhelment is not an excuse the government agencies should use for not publishing guidance online.
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    TRANSPARENCY INOCULATES OUR DEMOCRACY AGAINST THE AUTHORITARIAN ROT IN DC ! REMOVE ALL REPUBLICANS FROM ALL PUBLIC OFFICES ! 💙🌊BLUE TSUNAMI WAVE IN NOVEMBER !!!
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    Of course people should be aware and have access to all information
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    Transparency, transparency, transparency!
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