I. Introduction

II. The New Guidelines for Ex Parte Communications in Informal Rulemaking … A. Ex Parte Contacts from Interested Parties and Their Representatives Should Cease after the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Has Been Issued … B. Irregular Ex Parte Communications Will Require a Special Hearing to Determine Their Nature and Source … C. Agency Officials and Employees Expected to Be Involved in the Decisional Process Should Avoid Receiving Ex Parte Contracts … D. Interested Private Parties, Their Attorneys, and Agents Are Forbidden from Engaging in Ex Parte Contacts with Those Involved in the Decisional Process … E. When Ex Parte Communications Occur, They Must Be Disclosed in the Public File

III. Conclusion