A request for proposals (RFP) — with submission deadline of 6 July 2012 — has been posted by the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) for “a consultant to undertake a research project that will consider legal and policy issues raised by agency use of social media to support rulemaking activities.”
According to the RFP here is the project description:
The Conference seeks to study various policy and legal issues agencies face when using social media in rulemaking. The goal of the project is to identify relevant issues, define applicable legal and policy constraints on agency action, resolve legal uncertainty to the greatest extent possible, and encourage agencies to find innovative ways to use social media to facilitate broader, more meaningful public participation in rulemaking activities. [...]
For more information, please see the complete RFP.