Federal agencies would be required to post on their public websites the guidance they issue on carrying out laws and regulations, under a bill (S-2296) sponsored by the chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

“Making regulatory guidance documents more accessible will help make agencies more accountable to following the required rule-making process and also provided needed transparency,” Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said on introducing the bill.

He said that unlike in the formal rules-making process, guidance is not issued first in proposed form, “making it hard for businesses and industry groups to follow.”

Republican leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee recently wrote to three dozen departments and agencies asking for the policy guidance documents they have issued in the last 10 years, similarly saying that such documents impose obligations on the public without the opportunity for prior input.