The agencies working to update federal regulations on human subjects protection (colloquially known as the Common Rule) have extended the deadline for public comments. Originally set for next Sunday, December 6, it has been extended to January 6, 2016.
(I know in my original post I had made noises about making more detailed comments on the request for comments. I will do my best to make the original December 6 deadline.)
The extension has been made in part due to requests received from the public for additional time to comment. Given that the comment period for the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking released in 2011 was also extended one month, this extension is not surprising.
It would be nice if the Administration would get off of its annoying trend of very short – often 90 days or less – to comment on significant policy documents like the proposed changes to the Common Rule. Dumping these notices at the beginning of weekends or holiday periods (this was published the day before Thanksgiving) is also annoying, and undercuts any intentions on being really open and transparent with goings-on.