The Federal Register is the official daily publication for notices, proposed rules and final rules of Federal agencies. The Bureau of Land Management uses the Federal Register to announce and explain our plans to solve problems and accomplish goals, and to give the public an opportunity to comment on the actions we propose. We encourage citizens to make their voices heard on the issues that are important to them.
View recent notices and rules for comment in the Federal Register feed below. Find more opportunities to comment on regulations.gov.
For more information on how your comments and user information are utilized on Regulations.gov, please visit User Notice.
- About Federal Register Notices and How to Comment
The BLM publishes notices in the Federal Register to inform the public about proposed actions and decisions that affect public lands, such as public meetings, plans to develop environmental impact statements, and public land closures. A notice that is open for comment will specify a deadline and methods for submitting comments.
- About rules and how to comment
Congress passes the laws that govern the United States. It also gives the BLM and other Federal agencies authority to help put those laws into effect by creating and enforcing regulations through rulemaking.
A proposed rule is the official document that tells the public how the BLM would implement a law. The proposal is published in the Federal Register so members of the public can comment on it. The BLM considers the comments we receive before we issue a final rule. This final rule is also published in the Federal Register. Final rules have the force and effect of law.
Public Comment Procedures
You may submit comments, marked with the rule’s RIN, by any of the methods described in the ADDRESSES section of the proposed rule. If you wish to comment on the information collection requirements, you should send those comments directly to the OMB as outlined in the ADDRESSES section of the proposed rule; however, we ask that you also provide a copy of those comments to the BLM.
Please make your comments on the proposed rule as specific as possible, confine them to issues pertinent to the proposed rule, and explain the reason for any changes you recommend. Where possible, your comments should reference the specific section or paragraph of the proposal that you are addressing. The comments and recommendations that will be most useful and likely to influence agency decisions are:
- Those supported by quantitative information or studies; and
- Those that include citations to, and analyses of, the applicable laws and regulations.
The BLM is not obligated to consider or include in the Administrative Record for the final rule comments that we receive after the close of the comment period identified in the DATES section of the proposed rule or comments delivered to an address other than those listed in the ADDRESSES section of the proposed rule.
Comments, including names and street addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the address listed under "ADDRESSES: Personal or messenger delivery" during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.), Monday through Friday, except holidays.
Personal Identifying Information
The BLM does not require commenters to disclose their identity when submitting comments on rulemakings.
Before including your address, telephone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment--including your personal identifying information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
The BLM will post on the Regulations.gov website all public comments that it receives during the rulemaking process. However, the BLM may post a single example when it receives duplicate comments, along with a count of the number of duplicate comments received.