Regulations.gov in Web 2.0 look and feel redesigned




Regulations.gov

Originally uploaded by Ines Mergel.

Regulations.gov is a website that hosts U.S. government regulations from over 300 agencies with the following functionality (quoted from the site):

Search for a regulation such as a proposed rule, final rule or Federal Register (FR) notice

Submit a comment on a regulation or on another comment

Submit an application, petition or adjudication document

Sign up for e-mail alerts about a specific regulation

Quickly access regulations that are popular, newly posted or closing soon-directly from the homepage

Subscribe to RSS feeds by agency of newly posted FR notices

Besides supporting the traditional e-rulemaking process, the website has a remarkable design: The site itself looks like a page in a book and tabs have the look of post-its. In addition to the search functionality (search for proposed rules, search for final rules, submit comments, submit and read comments), the page has a few Web 2.0 functions including sharing to over 60 different social networking services and RSS feeds.

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About Ines Mergel

I am Full Professor of Public Administration at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at University of Konstanz, Germany. Previously, I served as Assistant and then Associate Professor (with tenure) at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, NY. In my research, I focus on informal social networks in the public sector and the adoption and diffusion of digital service innovations in government organizations. I teach classes on social media management, digital government, public management, and social network analysis.

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