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The Internet and new media tools make two-way sharing of government information and public feedback not only possible, but also more convenient than previous paper methods. Public consultation is the solicitation of public participation in the form of public comments during the rulemaking process. Executive Order (EO) 13563 lays out new guidelines for regulatory process and analysis that require United States (U.S.) federal agencies to take special initiative to improve public consultation during the design and implementation of regulations. The Order “requires an ‘open exchange’ of information among government officials, experts, stakeholders, and the public [and]… is designed to foster better and more informed agency decisions.”

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