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  •  Look just a bit closer.....for the blue globe (0+ / 0-)

    thingies.....those blue thingies are only next to the fields
    that will actually display in regulations.gov...see the
    legend  "Information entered will be viewable on Regulations.gov"

    However, they don't show the blue thingie icon next to your address, email address or telephone number, so those won't be displayed along with the PDF comment you're filing.   Only the www.regulations.gov SYSOP will have access to it, and the only reason they want that information is to contact you in case there is a problem with the submittal.

    •  Scroll way to the bottom below the "continue" (1+ / 0-)
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      and you will see:

      Any information (e.g., personal or contact) you provide on this comment form or in an attachment may be publicly disclosed and searchable on the Internet and in a paper docket and will be provided to the Department or Agency issuing the notice.
      I put the bolding in.

      That's the problem.

      You're correct that the blue globe indicates the information that will be disclosed with my comment and I'm fine with that, but no fine with the "any information you provide may be publicly disclosed".

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Mon Sep 09, 2013 at 01:28:48 PM PDT

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      •  I guess you're confronting the price of (0+ / 0-)

        transparency in government policy in a manner I've not personally confronted before since I've never hesitated to provide such contact information when I've filed comments with EPA and other agencies in the past....and I don't mind that information being broadcast.....  However I understand your reticence under the circumstances.

        The issue you raised is not unique to just www.regulations.gov

        In general most paper communications with EPA and other federal agencies would be disclosable under FOIA unless it met one of the exemptions from disclosure under FOIA or some other enabling statute.

        •  I do comprehend that (0+ / 0-)

          but there have been lots of problems with those same disclosures in a searchable database of people who signed and circulated Scott Walker recall petitions and those never involved giving up my email address (I get more than enough spam already) so I'm perhaps more sensitive to it.

          It's the searchable database I have a problem with along with the extent of the information they'll have in there.  It would be tantamount to the IRS making their tax records searchable, IMHO.  I don't want shady people to get my SS number either.

          There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

          by Puddytat on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 10:28:13 PM PDT

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      •  Dear Puddytat (0+ / 0-)

        Before leaving the issue of what http://www.regulations.gov is, I also want to let you and others know that the www.regulations.gov web site is extremely useful for activists and researchers who want to find and locate regulatory information.

        For example, let's say you are interested in health care and the ACA.   If you can identify the docket number of a HHS rulemaking dealing with the implementation of ACA, all of that material can be found in a docket accessible through http://www.regulations.gov    This means you can see what all of the groups trying to influence the process are saying in response to any agency's proposed action.

        This makes that site a very important tool for researchers doing work on such specific matters of federal government activity.

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