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RFI + Industry Day: IT Support Services for Federal Regulations Management

GSA intends to improve the IT support services for our eRulemaking and Regulatory Information Service Center (RISC) programs, and you are invited to participate in two ways:


Respond to the Request for Information (RFI). The purpose of the RFI is to obtain information to support the future technical direction of GSA IT Regulations Management IT Support Services and promote an acquisition environment that mitigates supply chain risks and is compliant with statutes/policies. The RFI is available on Beta SAM ( ID # RFI12172020GSAITSupportServices), eBuy (RFI ID # RFQ1470527 ) and NASA SEWP ( ID # 178589). We invite you to provide technical feedback on our market research.


Attend the industry day. GSA  will host an industry day on Thursday, January 14, 2020, 1-3 p.m. ET, which will provide in-depth details and solicit questions from industry about the RFI.


To attend the industry day, visit this link to register:  https://gsa.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItcumorzooGHNU22LiYgRdNcZNvoRI9Hw



GSA oversees the program management functions of the federal regulatory process through two program offices: eRulemaking and the Regulatory Information Service Center (RISC). GSA IT manages the supporting IT systems: (1) eRulemaking, comprised of Regulations.gov and the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS), which primarily serve agencies and the public and (2) RISC/OIRA Combined Information System (ROCIS) and Reginfo.gov, which primarily serve the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the Office of Management and Budget along with the public. 


In October 2019, the eRulemaking program transitioned from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to GSA. The eRulemaking program is managed by GSA’s Office of Government-wide Policy and fulfills essential government services identified in the  Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. Chapter 5) E-Government Act of 2002 and currently supports over 39 federal agencies.  


FDMS is a web-based application that provides a universal access point for public participation in the federal regulatory process through the Regulations.gov website. FDMS.gov provides all participating federal agencies with a customizable interface to manage their docket materials through the use of role-based access controls; workflow and collaboration processes; creating/managing/revising content; comment management; and integrated commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) scanning solutions. FDMS supports over 9,500 federal users, representing 175 federal agencies. In addition to these functions, GSA has released an application programming interface (API) that allows web and application developers to incorporate data from Regulations.gov into their own sites and applications.


Regulations.gov provides citizens, small businesses, educators, corporations, civic organizations, and all levels of government one-stop internet access to view, download, and submit comments on all federal regulations currently under review. Agencies are required to accept electronic submissions via the website and ensure regulatory dockets are electronically accessible and searchable using Regulations.gov. Since its initial launch, use of Regulations.gov has grown steadily. In 2020, Regulations.gov received 3.8 million visits and over 614,000 public comments via the webform. 


ROCIS (Regulatory Information Service Center/Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Consolidated Information System): RISC provides the means for OIRA to be able to review the regulatory information submitted by federal agencies. RISC created ROCIS , which it has used to gather and compile the necessary information to edit and prepare that information for publication. This activity enables federal agencies to comply with the agenda and regulatory plan requirements of Executive Order 12866 and Executive Order 13771. Using the ROCIS System, agencies submit information collection requests to OIRA for review. The information is then released to the public on RegInfo.gov, which is a U.S. government website produced by OMB and GSA.


RegInfo.gov provides information about all OIRA reviews under EO 12866 (and its predecessor, EO 12291). The user can browse by agency the list of pending reviews, and the lists of reviews concluded in the last 30 days. 


GSA actively seeks to connect with our industry partners to be engaged and educated on current best practices and innovative developments.

If you have any questions, please contact Vivian Fields- vivian.fields@gsa.gov


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