Once legislation is enacted, regulations, which are written by an executive agency, provide more specific guidance on how the legislation will be interpreted and implemented (e.g., how grants will be structured, how a program will be coordinated). The public often is able to provide comments on draft regulations before they are finalized. This section will help you plan for providing comments on draft regulations. It poses important considerations and questions designed to help you make key decisions, design effective strategies, and identify next steps in a comprehensive action plan to promote the development of regulations that advance your program objectives.
This section of the Policy Action Guide will walk you through the key aspects of an initiative to provide comments on draft regulations, including:
Reminder: As you proceed, keep in mind your initial policy objectives and how they apply to the rulemaking process.
Carefully thinking through the considerations in each of the preceding sections can help your policy team systematically plan and set the groundwork for a successful response to draft regulations. If you have not done so already, download a copy of the Action Plan Form (PDF - 1.19 MB) for regulation and complete the fields to create your own tailored plan.
As you proceed with your response to draft regulations, remember that there is not a one-size-fits-all policy process. You should remain flexible in your approach, which will better enable you and your partners to work within an ever-changing social and political environment. Additionally, keep in mind that policy development is only one component in a comprehensive change process and needs to be implemented in conjunction with supportive infrastructure elements. Above all, though, remember the ultimate underlying goal in your policy efforts: improving the lives of children and families.