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Bulk Data Download is here on Regulations.Gov!

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Members of the public often want to download documents and comments in order to review and analyze information outside of the Regulations.gov system. Now they can. 

In September, eRulemaking released a bulk-data-download feature for Regulations.gov that provides another opportunity to access and participate in the federal regulatory process and other non-regulatory decision-making. On Regulations.gov, anyone can already find, read, and comment on proposed regulatory and non-regulatory actions for most U.S. federal agencies. 

What changed?

With the bulk download feature, you can now download information directly from the Regulations.gov website without having to be a technical expert.

We also updated our FAQs for downloading data and described our comment data better, including its limits.

These changes directly support the President’s Management Agenda by making it easier for the public to engage with the federal government.

How does it work?

Users have options for downloading and filtering

Two places on Regulations.gov allow users to search for the bulk data download: 

  • Look on the footer for the bulk data download item.
  • Look for the create custom download option on the from the homepage bulk data download section.

Users can filter and download documents based on their choices for agency, docket, and document ID.

  • Agency: all documents from a specific agency.
  • Docket ID: documents associated with a specific docket.
  • Document ID: comments associated with a specific document.

The email will come from no-reply@regulations.gov. It will have instructions and a link to download the CSV file.

Have more questions about using the bulk data download feature? Contact regulationshelpdesk@gsa.gov.


Rulemaking is the policy-making process for executive and independent agencies of the federal government. Agencies use this process to develop and issue rules (also referred to as regulations). Over 180 agencies participate by posting their rules and regulations to Regulations.gov for commenting. 

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) are the most recent agencies to start participating in eRulemaking. The public now has more agencies working to create better informed and more accurate rules. 

To learn more about the rulemaking process, visit Regulations.gov.

 

Last Reviewed: 2022-10-27