U.S. Code of Federal Regulations
Regulations most recently checked for updates: Feb 25, 2024
Rulemaking proceedings may be initiated on the Secretary's motion, or on the recommendation of a Federal, State, or local government or government agency, or on the petition of any interested person.
An Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued in accordance with § 10.1 of this part is published in the
(a) The proposed new program or program changes, and why they are needed;
(b) The major policy issues involved;
(c) A request for comments, both specific and general, as to the need for the proposed rule and the provisions that the rule might include;
(d) If appropriate, a list of questions about the proposal that will elicit detailed comments;
(e) If known, an estimate of the reporting or recordkeeping requirements, if any, that the rule would impose; and
(f) Where comments should be addressed and the time within which they must be submitted.
Each notice of proposed rulemaking required by statute or by § 10.1 is published in the
(a) The substance or terms of the proposed rule or a description of the subject matter and issues involved;
(b) A statement of how and to what extent interested persons may participate in the proceeding;
(c) Where participation is limited to written comments, a statement of the time within which such comments must be submitted;
(d) A reference to the legal authority under which the proposal is issued; and
(e) In a proceeding which has provided Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, an analysis of the principal issues and recommendations raised by the comments, and the manner in which they have been addressed in the proposed rulemaking.
(a) Unless the notice otherwise provides, any interested person may participate in rulemaking proceedings by submitting written data, views or arguments within the comment time stated in the notice. In addition, the Secretary may permit the filing of comments in response to original comments.
(b) In appropriate cases, the Secretary may provide for oral presentation of views in additional proceedings described in § 10.12.
The Secretary may invite interested persons to present oral arguments, appear at informal hearings, or participate in any other procedure affording opportunity for oral presentation of views. The transcript or minutes of such meetings, as appropriate, will be kept and filed in the Rules Docket.
(a) The provisions of 5 U.S.C. 556 and 557, which govern formal hearings in adjudicatory proceedings, do not apply to informal rule making proceedings described in this part. When opportunity is afforded for oral presentation, such informal hearing is a nonadversary, fact-finding proceeding. Any rule issued in a proceeding under this part in which a hearing is held is not based exclusively on the record of such hearing.
(b) When a hearing is provided, the Secretary will designate a representative to conduct the hearing, and if the presence of a legal officer is desirable, the General Counsel will designate a staff attorney to serve as the officer.
All timely comments are considered in taking final action on a proposed rule. Each preamble to a final rule will contain a short analysis and evaluation of the relevant significant issues set forth in the comments submitted, and a clear concise statement of the basis and purpose of the rule.
Petitions for reconsideration of a final rule will not be considered. Such petitions, if filed, will be treated as petitions for rulemaking in accordance with § 10.20.
(a) Any interested person may petition the Secretary for the issuance, amendment, or repeal of a rule. Each petition shall:
(1) Be submitted to the Rules Docket Clerk, Room 5218, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC 20410;
(2) Set forth the text of substance of the rule or amendment proposed or specify the rule sought to be repealed;
(3) Explain the interest of the petitioner in the action sought; and
(4) Set forth all data and arguments available to the petitioner in support of the action sought.
(b) No public procedures will be held directly on the petition before its disposition. If the Secretary finds that the petition contains adequate justification, a rulemaking proceeding will be initiated or a final rule will be issued as appropriate. If the Secretary finds that the petition does not contain adequate justification, the petition will be denied by letter or other notice, with a brief statement of the ground for denial. The Secretary may consider new evidence at any time; however, repetitious petitions for rulemaking will not be considered.