eRulemaking Workshop 2.0 Draft Report Page 1
DRAFT FOR REVIEW & COMMENT ONLY
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This workshop report was made possible with a small grant for exploratory
research from the National Science Foundation (NSF
Any opinions, findings and
conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and
do not necessarily reflect those of the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Jamie Callan graciously made six plenary presentations over the course of
three days. These talks were vitally important for guiding workshop participants to
think critically and knowledgeably about how human language technologies might
help, or possibly hurt, the electronic rulemaking process. Also, special thanks go to the
dozen invited speakers who made valuable presentations to help spur the small group
discussions. They were: Bob Carlitz, Devin Certas, Neil Eisner, Rosemary Gunn, Jay
LaGarde, Andrew Langer, Bruce Lundegren, Tom Mattzie, Christine Reed, Seth Schoen,
Peter Strauss, and Jim Tozzi. This workshop also greatly benefited from the wide range
of agency personnel and nongovernmental stakeholders who took the time to attend
and actively participate in the sessions.
The author also wishes to acknowledge the assistance of Dr. Lisa Thrane, who
served as the moderator for half the focus groups and oversaw the recording and
transcription of the focus group data. Mark Perry, Dmitri Shanin, and Jonah Katz
served as effective recorders during the focus group sessions. Jonah Katz, Dawn Harms,
and Karla Stevens were tireless and articulate advocates for wider stakeholder
representation, as they made hundreds of phone calls during May 2004 to ensure that
there would be enough participants. Karla Stevens and Dawn Harms provided timely
and effective transcription service.
Staff at the federal eRulemaking Initiative provided high
level guidance as the
workshop was being designed. The eRulemaking Initiative Director, Oscar Morales,
and Deputy Director, John Moses, were especially welcome as lunch speakers each day.
Kevin Landy, Minority Counsel for the Senate Government Affairs Committee,
convened a useful stakeholder outreach meeting on Capitol Hill prior to the workshop
and delivered well
received remarks at lunch on June 3. Larry Brandt, Program
Manager in the NSF’s Digital Government program, has been instrumental raising the
profile of eRulemaking research for the last three years by supporting this effort and
several other workshops, and we were grateful for his lunch remarks on June 2.
Dr. Steven J. Balla, of The George Washington University School of Public Policy