As the scope and complexity of regulatory programs have grown, agencies have relied on guidance documents to inform the public and to provide direction to their staffs. And as the impact of guidance documents on the public has grown, so too, has the need for good guidance practices - clear and consistent agency practices for developing, issuing, and using guidance documents.

OMB Bulletin 07-02 defines the term "significant guidance document" as a guidance document disseminated to regulated entities or the general public that may reasonably be anticipated to:

  • Lead to an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more or adversely affect in a material way the economy, a sector of the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or safety, or State, local, or tribal governments or communities;
  • Create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency;
  • Materially alter the budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs or the rights and obligations of recipients thereof; or
  • Raise novel legal or policy issues arising out of legal mandates, the President's priorities, or the principles set forth in Executive Order 12866, as further amended.

The OMB Bulletin further defines an "economically significant guidance document" as a significant guidance document that may reasonably be anticipated to lead to an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more or adversely affect in a material way the economy or a sector of the economy. The definition excludes guidance documents on Federal expenditures and receipts.

While Reclamation has no guidance documents that meet the definitions above or in Executive Order 12866, the following links to other Reclamation guidance documents are provided below as a measure of transparency.

Reclamation has an extensive library of internal guidance that details Reclamation's internal procedures, including staff and office responsibilities. We have made these internal guidance documents available and transparent to the public at Reclamation Manual.

Last Updated: 8/4/22