The US government wants to provide its citizens with a one-stop shop web portal to enable them to view proposed laws over the internet.
The Online Rulemaking Initiative is expected to be online by the end of the year, and will allow people to find out what legislation is set to be debated and how they can comment on it.
Americans are keen to express their views on prospective legislation. Last year more than 42 million looked up federal regulations over the internet, and 23 million submitted comments on proposed rules, regulations and policies.
But the government is worried that citizens have to spend too much time working out which agency is responsible for a given piece of legislation, and that finding out how to approach the agencies is not clear.
The new initiative will consolidate back-end technology services to save cash.
Several information systems will be potentially redundant when the $72m scheme goes ahead, which could save the US government more than $28m a year.
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