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A regulatory or administrative agency is a public authority that is responsible for managing and supervising activity in a specific area of government oversight. When a legislative body creates a law, these policies are often too vague to be implemented successfully— this is where an agency comes in. After its passage in the state or federal legislature, a law is sent to a relevant agency, where details are supplied such as the interpretation of the new law’s meaning and how it will be enforced. To do this, agencies create rules and regulations that govern how this law will influence current activity in a specific area. Without the action of agencies, laws would not be nearly as effective. The visual below demonstrates the rulemaking process of a typical agency.

Now that you know what an agency is and what it does, it’s important to emphasize why getting involved in the regulatory process is just as crucial as doing so in the legislative process. You have the unique opportunity to educate agency officials about the impact a regulation or rule will have on you and others in the PI community. Whether through a meeting, letter, phone call, or public comment, agency advocacy helps ensure that the laws passed by Congress and state legislatures are implemented the way they were intended. In collaboration with IDF, you can help create a real impact in the rules and regulations created by agencies at both the state and federal levels.

 

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