Rulemaking is the term used when a federal government agency creates, modifies, or deletes rules published in the Code of Federal Regulations (also known as the CFR). Rules are government agency statements that either:

  • Implement, explain or prescribe law or policy
  • Describe an agency's organization, procedure, or practice requirements

Regulatory Agenda

On November 20, 2019, the Department's fall 2019 regulatory agenda was published. The regulatory agenda is a listing of all the regulations the Department of Labor expects to have under active consideration for promulgation, proposal, or review during the next 6- to 12-months.

Regulations Currently Open for Comment

As part of the rulemaking process, the American public has the opportunity to comment on proposed rules and other regulatory actions. See the Department’s list of regulations currently open for comment.

Rulemaking and Regulations Resources

Below are further resources that can help you find and understand the Department’s rulemaking activities and regulations:

Public Engagement 

Executive Orders and Office of Management and Budget Guidance