Department of Energy

Make Plans and Specifications Available to the Public

Agencies declare their intentions to introduce or revise programs in the Federal Register. Yet they do not have to publish drawings and specifications for construction or fabrication of real and personal property. This often causes problems because agencies rarely involve the public unless required by local authorities, putting off feedback from a concerned public only after execution, when the construction or fabrication may have negatively impacted their lives somehow. Even for classified work, agencies should find ways to share the less sensitive details of their construction and fabrication. This will save agencies significant costs fighting public interest groups “after-the-fact,” involve these groups early in processes, and potentially with their assist, find issues before incurring significant implementation costs.

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Idea No. 13103