Start tracking the status of petitions
At the FCBA/ETPC lunch on 1/14 it became clear that not only the public was kept in the dark about petitions gathering dust in the Secretary's Office but that even the 8th Floor advisers don't know about petition status, especially for older petitions.
While maybe there might be some justification for not announcing every petition that is filed, if you think that way at least reveal a histogram of the ages of petitions that have not been either put out for comment or dismissed.
Certainly the 8th Floor should be kept informed about petitions that have not been acted on and held accountable.
I agree with Mr. Whedbee: The Commission should be obligated to take action on a Petition for Rulemaking within 180 days. Either start an NPRM (or at least an NOI), or dismiss the petition. But if it's dismissal, there should be a reasonable justification given.
Richard Weil commented
See my note below on waiting almost 10 years for a petition to be acted upon. This sort of thing shouldn't happen.