Podcast: The I Spy Minute – More "Transparency" from the Feds

Posted on May 8, 2012 by

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Ever heard of the Federal Register? It gives cover for federal agencies to skirt public-notice laws before implementing new rules.

It’s public disclosure without genuine public disclosure. It’s how bad administrative rules and fiats are spawned into existence.

Take a listen: I Spy Minute Tues May 8 2012

Or read the transcript below.

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Yesterday, I talked about how the Forest Service can slip one by us when it comes to public notice on things like the road closures.

To fulfill their public notice obligations all any agency is legally required to do, is post a notice in the Federal Register.

You know all those legal notices in the newspaper? Imagine a multi-volume encyclopedia full of them from every department in the federal government.

That’s the federal register.

Today’s issue is 202 pages long. It has 89 notices, 8 proposed rules, 12 rules, and 4 “significant documents.”

That’s on the small side. For the last month, there was only one daily issue fewer than 200 pages.

Several were over 400, including one whopper for 541 pages. At an average of 278 pages per day, the register is on pace to reach 70,890 pages for the year.

And did I mention that once they drop it in here, it’s up to the public to find it before it becomes a new rule?

Nothing says transparency like a 24-foot high stack of paper.

For the I Spy Minute, I’m Mark Anderson.

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