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GSA Looks to Modernize Approach to Mitigating Fake Public Comments on Rulemakings

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The General Services Administration has launched an effort to update its processes related to combating fake comments on federal rulemaking actions, FedScoop reported Friday.

GSA plans to modernize the procedures under its eRulemaking Program, which leverages shared services that enable the public to submit comments and review dockets through an electronic platform.

Tobias Schroeder, director of the eRulemaking Program, said at a public meeting that his office is taking rulemaking procedures seriously and will implement a multiphase approach to modernizing procedures.

“So we want to make sure that we’re gathering all the available information we can — and I emphasize available — from the partner agencies that we interact with to get the statistics so that we can independently validate what those numbers are and identify what the risks are and respond in a prioritized way to those risks,” he said.

GSA first began its effort to prevent comments from fake accounts in 2017 and began acting as a managing partner for the eRulemaking Program in October last year.