Rulemaking is the process executive and independent agencies use to create regulations. It’s designed to ensure you are informed of proposed rules, have the opportunity to comment on them, and have access to the rulemaking record.
What Is the Rulemaking Process?
- Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. In this optional step, agencies publish initial analysis of the subject and ask for public comment.
- Proposed Rule. Next, the proposed regulatory language is published in the Federal Register, including the justification and analysis behind the rule, as well as the agency's response to any advance public comment.
- Public comment. After publication in the Federal Register, a public comment period begins. Depending on the complexity of the rule, comment periods could stretch 30 to 60 or even as much as 180 days.
- Final Rule. After the comment period, the agency publishes its response to issues raised by public comments and an updated analysis and justification for the rule, including an analysis of any new information from public comments.
In some cases, the agency may publish a second draft proposed rule. This and any subsequent drafts also appear in the Federal Register. Once the agency has analyzed and satisfied public concerns on every draft, the rule is published in the Code of Federal Regulations.
For more information about the federal rulemaking process and to review rules and comments published by other federal agencies through the Federal eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov.
Finance Board Regulations
The Federal Housing Finance Board regulations are found in parts 900-997 of Title 12 of the Code of Federal Regulations (12 C.F.R. parts 900-997). This link will direct you to a page that includes the Finance Board regulations in the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR). The e-CFR is a prototype of a currently updated version of the Code of Federal Regulations that is maintained by the National Archives and Record Administration, Office of the Federal Register, and the Government Printing Office.
NOTE: The e-CFR prototype is a demonstration project. It is not an official legal edition of the Code of Federal Regulations and we can not guarantee its accuracy.
Federal Register Publications
To view and print all Finance Board proposed and final rules and selected notices published in the Federal Register from 2004 forward see Regulations, Notices and Public Comments page. You can also find Finance Board rules and notices from 1989 to the present by searching the Resolution index (for rules) or the Federal Register Notice index (for notices) in the FHFB FOIA Reading Room.
The OFHEO regulations are found in parts 1700-1799 of Title 12 of the Code of Federal Regulations (12 C.F.R. parts 1700-1799). This link will direct you to a page that includes the OFHEO regulations in the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR).
Federal Register Publications
To view and print all OFHEO proposed and final rules and selected notices published in the Federal Register from 1995 forward see Regulations, Notices and Public Comments page.