Why should I submit comments?
As the FMCSA and other agencies develop and issue regulations, it is important that truckers submit comments "to the docket" about regulatory proposals. After reviewing the proposal, truckers should generally focus on the specific issues as well as impacts - both positive and benefits - to safety, their business, and other areas. If you have specific data, please provide that information (recognizing that anything submitted will be viewable by the public). Learn more about writing effective comments here.
The calendar on this page provides links to webpages for regulatory notices and dockets, which have links to forms where you can submit comments over your computer, tablet, or phone. Just look for a green "Submit a formal comment" button or a blue "Comment Now!" button depending on the site. You can learn more about the rulemaking process in this FAQ.
What is on this calendar? What is an NPRM?
The calendar on this page includes important regulatory and rulemaking actions impacting small business truckers. Here are some keys to understanding the information:
"COMMENTS DUE" - signifies the date that comments are due on a particular regulatory notice. The calendar item will include a link to the Federal Register Notice where you can submit comments or it will link to further information from OOIDA to help you compose and submit comments.
"ANPRM" - Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. An ANPRM is an optional rulemaking action that an agency may take before issuing a full proposal or NPRM. The ANPRM is used by an agency as a vehicle for obtaining public participation in the formulation of a regulatory change before the agency has done significant research or investigation on its own. Thus, one of the primary uses of an ANPRM is to involve the interested public in a regulatory action at an early stage, before the agency has arrived at even a tentative decision on a particular regulatory change. In some cases the agency may issue an ANPRM to test public reaction to a proposal. If an agency chooses to use an ANPRM, it still must issue an NPRM before issuing a final rule on that subject.
"NPRM" - Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. A NPRM is both a notification to the public that an agency is considering a regulatory change as well as publication of the exact regulatory changes that the agency is considering. Also refered to as a "proposal" or a "draft rule," the NPRM will also state how and for how long the public can comment on the proposal.
"Final Rule" - Final regulatory change made by an agency, following development and publication of an NPRM, consideration of submitted public comments, and satisfaction of any cost-benefit requirements set by law. When published in the Federal Register, the final rule will state when it is effective.
"PROJECTED" - these are dates for actions projected based upon the most recent "Report on Significant Rulemakings" as issued by the Department of Transportation. These are simply projections and do not represent guranteed dates action will take place. For instance, a projected data for a proposal going to the OMB for review could be 11/13 in the October report, but by November it could become 1/10.
"OST" - Office of the Secretary of Transportation. The Secretary must sign off on all major regulatory actions.
"OMB" - Office of Management & Budget's Offifce of Information & Regulatory Affairs. OMB must review all major rulemakings to ensure they meet Administration standards for cost-benefit analysis and reflect the policy agenda of the current Administration in the White House.