Public comments analysis projects can be challenging. This is often compounded by the sheer volume of submissions, many of which are similar or duplicates- the review of which can take time and significant effort. Here is some practical guidance on how to manage the deluge with an approach that DocketScope software makes easy to implement.
The public comment phase of rulemaking can be incredibly complex and involve hundreds of person-hours to complete. That means successful projects must be well-coordinated and organized, which puts a heavy burden on project managers. Plus, managers often spend as much time reviewing important submissions as they do organizing and following up with the rest of the team. Managers risk getting overwhelmed by the extra work and responsibility in many cases.
Clients or agency leaders frequently ask for more detail about various comments during or after a comments analysis project. These requests could occur at any point in the rulemaking process. Furthermore, if there are hundreds or thousands of comments, responding to the questions could take hours, especially if teams have to pore through notes and mappings in Word docs or spreadsheets. However, a software tool like DocketScope™, designed for analyzing and organizing public comments, will make it much easier to satisfy these requests with just a few clicks of the mouse.
Managing a public comments analysis project can be incredibly difficult. Government workers or contractors often face thousands of public comments, including many long, complex, substantive comments. However, a good project manager can successfully tackle such a project using the right tools and strategy with solid planning and management.