Congress has mandated through the legislative process that DHS develop a variety of new rules and regulations. In many cases DHS has significantly missed the mandated dates by which they were supposed to have published the final rules; for example: the ammonium nitrate security rule (RIN 1601-AA52) and the security training for freight railroad employees rule (RIN 1652-AA57). While there is almost certainly a good reason for the delay in the rule making process, there is no public accountability for the delays.
To help increase the transparency of the regulatory process, I would like to suggest that DHS establish a regulatory progress web page listing each legislatively mandated rule or regulation that has yet to be published in its final form. The web site could then list the current status of each rule and the reasons for the delays (if any) in getting the final rule published.