Congressional report shines light on regulatory secrecy

Regulators are coming under scrutiny for holding an increasing number of secret meetings during the rulemaking process.

A new report from the Congressional Research Service casts a shadow on advisory committees formed by federal agencies to help promulgate new rules.

These advisory committees held 7,173 meetings in 2014, but more than 70 percent of the meetings were held behind closed doors, according to the report.

They are made of up experts, which often times include industry representatives and others who have a stake in the rules they are advising the government about, as the International Business Times points out.

"Federal advisory committees are established to allow experts from outside the federal government to provide advice and recommendations to executive branch agencies or the president,” according to the CRS report.

The report was released last week.