The process of amending, repealing, or creating an administrative regulation by regulatory agencies is known as rulemaking.
The most common method of formal rulemaking is informal rulemaking, which involves soliciting written feedback from the public on proposed rules during a comment period.
When required by statute, certain government agencies must undergo the formal rulemaking process, which incorporates a trial-type hearing instead of an informal comment period, or hybrid rulemaking, which mixes randomly chosen elements of formal rulemaking into the informal rulemaking process.
In the context of administrative law, the negotiated rulemaking process allows agencies and stakeholders to negotiate the content of a proposed rule prior to beginning informal rulemaking.
Negotiated rulemaking, also known as regulatory negotiation or reg-neg, is generally used at the discretion of the agency with the goal of improving communication between agencies and affected parties, avoiding litigation, and increasing efficiency in the rulemaking process.
Negotiated Rulemaking: Background And Origin
Negotiated rulemaking aims to bring together agency officials and affected parties in an effort to reach an accord on a proposed rule prior to initiating the informal rulemaking process.
During the negotiated rulemaking, an advisory committee made up of stakeholders, at least one agency official, and one or more neutral mediators, known as “convenors,” meet to negotiate a consensus on a proposed rule.
Advisory committees are generally made up of no more than 25 members. Congress passed the Negotiated Rulemaking Act in 1990 to officially endorse the use of negotiated rulemaking, which administrative agencies had started to employ in the 1980s.
According to the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS), Congress formally approved the use of negotiated rulemaking in an effort to improve communication between agencies and stakeholders, avoid litigation, and increase efficiency:
Congress had found that traditional informal rulemaking may discourage the affected parties from meeting and communicating with each other, and may cause parties with different interests to assume conflicting and antagonistic positions and to engage in expensive and time-consuming litigation.’
Congress found that negotiated rulemaking could increase the acceptability and improve the substance of rules, making it less likely that the affected parties will resist enforcement or challenge such rules in court and that negotiation could ‘shorten the amount of time needed to issue final rules.
Negotiable rulemaking is frequently utilized at the discretion of the agency to facilitate the development of a detailed rule. Congress has sometimes required the use of negotiations in rulemaking through statute.
According to the ACUS Subsequent Law on Negotiable Rulemaking, agencies should not rule out using negotiated rulemaking in the event of the following circumstances:
- There are a limited number of identifiable interests that will be significantly affected by the rule;
- ‘There is a reasonable likelihood that a committee can be convened with a balanced representation of persons who (a) can adequately represent the [identifiable and significantly affected] interests and (b) are willing to negotiate in good faith to reach a consensus on the proposed rule;’
- ‘There is adequate time to complete negotiated rulemaking and the agency possesses the necessary resources to support the process;’ and
- ‘The agency, to the maximum extent possible consistent with the legal obligations of the agency, will use the consensus of the committee with respect to the proposed rule as the basis for the rule proposed by the agency for notice and comment.’
Negotiated Rulemaking: Process
When an agency decides to employ negotiated rulemaking, the agency first prepares a notice of negotiated rulemaking in the Federal Register.
The notice must include information about the purpose of the negotiated rulemaking committee and a list of proposed members.
After publishing the notice, the agency must allow for public feedback on the proposed committee and membership before moving forward.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, negotiated rulemaking generally proceeds according to the following five steps:
- The agency evaluates the suitability of reg-neg and gives its go-ahead or a particular statute requires the agency to utilize the reg-neg process.
- It convenes all the stakeholders and selects a facilitator
- It organizes the negotiating committee, which
- Negotiates the proposed rule in committee meetings, then
- Compiles and submits a report to the rulemaking agency.
At the conclusion of negotiated rulemaking, the agency either reaches a consensus with stakeholders or the two groups fail to agree.
If the agency and affected parties reach a consensus, the committee issues a report that outlines the negotiated proposed rule.
If the agency and stakeholders disagree, the committee may issue a report that describes any areas in which the groups were able to find common ground.
If the parties fail to reach a consensus and the agency still chooses to move forward with drafting a proposed rule, the agency may incorporate any areas of consensus or information gathered through negotiated rulemaking.
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