Q. What is the federal rulemaking process for the Department of Transportation (DOT)?


  • Rulemaking Process Overview provided by the DOT

    • What is rulemaking?

    • What is a rule?

    • What is the agency’s authority to issue legislative rules?

    • How does an agency identify the need for a rulemaking?

    • How does an agency initially determine the best solution to a problem?

    • What are the legal requirements for the informal rulemaking process?

    • May an agency supplement the APA requirements?

    • What is the role of DOT, the President, and other executive branch agencies in the rulemaking process?

    • What is the role of Congress in the rulemaking process?

    • What is the role of the courts in the rulemaking process?

    • What actions do agencies take after they issue legislative rules that could affect regulated entities?

    • How does an agency determine whether its rules are working effectively?

    • How do I get information on, or notices about, rulemakings on which agencies are working?

    • How do I submit comments to DOT on proposed rules?

    • How do I prepare effective comments?

Questions? Contact The Office of the General Counsel

Jonathan Dols

Deputy Assistant General Counsel

Office of Regulation

1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE

Room W94-304

Washington, DC 20590

United States


Phone: 202-366-6828

Business Hours: 
8:30am-5:00pm ET, M-F


  • Last Updated May 15, 2019
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  • Answered By Victoria Milam

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