We are changing the process for public review and comment of proposed records schedules to one using the Federal eRulemaking Portal, https://www.regulations.gov. We posted a Federal Register notice detailing this change in process today.
Currently, we publish notice in the Federal Register of agency records schedules open for comment. People who wish to review and comment on the schedules must request copies of the actual documents, submit comments, and receive responses via mail or email.
This new process eliminates the need to request copies of the schedules and appraisal memoranda. We will post batches of records schedules to regulations.gov as supporting “Other” documents at the same time as the notice. Comments on proposed records schedules can be posted directly on regulations.gov, thus streamlining the administrative process. We are also extending the comment period from 30 days to 45 days. The option to submit comments by mail remains for anyone who is unable to submit comments via regulations.gov.
We will consider all comments received by the posted deadline and consult with the Federal agency seeking the disposition authority as needed. After considering comments, we will post on regulations.gov a “Consolidated Reply” summarizing the comments, responding to them, and noting any changes we have made to the proposed records schedule. We will then send the schedule for final approval by the Archivist of the United States. You may subscribe to alerts and receive updates on the docket, including an alert when we post the Consolidated Reply, whether or not you submit a comment.
We are making the change to regulations.gov as a result of clear, widespread interest from the public to utilize a web-based platform for a more modern, transparent, and efficient way to review and comment on records schedules. We are interested in receiving feedback on this new process and will continuously strive to improve the experience for providing public comments on proposed records schedules. You may send feedback to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.