Federal agencies issue many documents targeted to the general public. These guidance documents help explain things like how employers can comply with workplace safety laws or how Head Start grantees can meet requirements.
Although these documents are not legally binding, they can change behavior, and concerns have been raised about their oversight, including whether agencies seek feedback from the public when they create these documents.
In May 2015, we released a report on the guidance processes at the Departments of Agriculture, Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor. Check out the infographic below for some of our findings: