Under the Administrative Procedure Act provisions of 5 U.S.C. 553, an agency must provide the public the opportunity to submit written comments for consideration by the agency.
As required by Public Law No. 107-347, agencies must provide for submission of comments by electronic means and must make available online the comments and other materials included in the rulemaking docket under 5 U.S.C. 553 (c).
Executive Order 12866 established 60 days as the standard for the comment period.
The holding of a public hearing is discretionary unless required by statute or agency policy.