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Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at GPO Access
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cfr/index.html
The official online source for the Code of Federal Regulations, consisting of all codified federal administrative regulations currently in force, updated annually on a staggered, quarterly basis (CFR volumes are added to GPO Access concurrent with the release of the paper editions, beginning with Titles 1-16, then 17-27, 28-41, followed by Titles 42-50), subject to additions and changes announced in the Federal Register. Researchers can do a quick search of the entire current CFR from the CFR main page, click on "Browse and/or search the CFR" to search or browse one or more CFR titles for a given year back to 1997, or click on "Retrieve by CFR Citation" if you know the title, part, and section number or subpart letter.
Publisher: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR) at GPO Access
http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr
The e-CFR is an editorial compilation of CFR material and Federal Register amendments produced by the National Archives and Records Administration's Office of the Federal Register (OFR) and the Government Printing Office. It is not an official legal edition of the CFR but is the most current source, as the National Archives and Records Administrationís (NARA) Office of the Federal Register (OFR) updates the material in the e-CFR on a daily basis and states that it is generally current within two business days. Note that the current update status appears at the top of all e-CFR web pages. The Administrative Committee of the Federal Register (ACFR) has authorized the OFR and the Government Printing Office (GPO) to develop and maintain the e-CFR as an informational resource pending ACFR action to grant the e-CFR official legal status. As stated on the e-CFR site, "[w]hile every effort has been made to ensure that the e-CFR on GPO Access is accurate, those relying on it for legal research should verify their results against the official editions of the CFR, Federal Register and List of CFR Sections Affected (LSA), all available online at www.gpoaccess.gov. Until the ACFR grants it official status, the e-CFR editorial compilation does not provide legal notice to the public or judicial notice to the courts."

Code of Federal Regulations at LII
http://cfr.law.cornell.edu/cfr/
Besides retrieving regulations by citation or by browsing a hierarchical table of contents, at this site you can search an index of all section headings. The advantage of the section heading search is that it retrieves sections in context, and you not only get sections whose headings contain your search terms but also those related sections in the same Part of the CFR.
Publisher: Cornell's Legal Information Institute.

Federal Register (FR) at GPO Access
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html
Official daily journal of federal government agency notices, proposed rules, final rules, and Presidential documents. Search the Federal Register to find regulations issued since a CFR Title was published. From the main FR page you can do a quick search of the current year's FR or use the advanced search to search by fields, such as section (rules, proposed rules, notices, et cetera) and issue date. You can also search previous issues of the FR from 1994 forward.
Publisher: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Federal Register (FR) 2.0
http://www.federalregister.gov/
A new, more user friendly site for researching the Federal Register, launched on July 26, 2010 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Federal Register Act. Currently in beta testing; not an official source.
Publisher: The National Archives Office of the Federal Register and the U.S. Government Printing Office

Federal Register on HeinOnline
http://heinonline.org/HOL/Index?collection=fedreg
Federal Register, vols. 1–70, 1936–2005.
Publisher: HeinOnline.

List of CFR Sections Affected (LSA)
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/lsa/index.html
The LSA lists proposed, new, and amended federal regulations that have been published in the FR since the most recent revision date of a CFR title. Do a quick search of the current year's LSA from the main LSA page or click to browse the List of CFR Parts Affected Today, Current month's List of CFR Parts Affected, and Last Month's List of CFR Parts Affected.
Publisher: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Steps In Using the Code of Federal Regulations
http://www.law.siu.edu/lawlib/guides/CFRsteps.pdf
Handout prepared by Frank Houdek for use in Lawyering Skills II.

Comparing the Publication of Federal Statutes and Regulations
http://www.law.siu.edu/lawlib/guides/StatutesRegsCompared.pdf
Handout prepared by Frank Houdek for use in Lawyering Skills II.

Public Participation in Federal Rulemaking
Regulations.gov (official site) http://www.regulations.gov/search/index.jsp
RegInfo.gov http://www.reginfo.gov/public/
Public Inspection Desk, http://www.federalregister.gov/inspection.aspx
Access to Unified Agenda & Regulatory Plan Via GPO Access http://www.gpoaccess.gov/ua/

Administrative Decisions & Other Actions - by Agency
http://www.lib.virginia.edu/govdocs/fed_decisions_agency.html
Administrative Decisions & Other Actions - by Subject
http://www.lib.virginia.edu/govdocs/fed_decisions_subject.html
Links to administrative actions outside the scope of the Code of Federal Regulations and the Federal Register.
Publisher: University of Virginia Library. Government Information Resources.

Executive Branch Resources
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/executive.html
Includes Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations, executive orders and other presidential documents, agency reports, etc., U.S. Government Manual, Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.
Publisher: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Federal Agency Directory: Executive
http://www.lib.lsu.edu/gov/Executive/
Links to Executive agencies and councils, offices and boards in the Executive Office of the President. Browse hierarchical categories or search by agency keyword (but not by subject).
Publisher: Louisiana State University Libraries.

Federal Executive Branch on USA.gov
http://www.usa.gov/Agencies/Federal/Executive.shtml
U.S. Government's Official web portal. Links to executive office of the President; executive departments and their agencies; independent agencies and government corporations; boards, commissions, and committees, quasi-official agencies.
Publisher: U.S. General Services Administration.

Federal Government Resources - Executive Branch
http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/fedexec.html or
http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/frames/fedexfr.html
Federal Government Resources - Laws and Regulations
http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/fedlaws.html#regs
Part of the Documents Center's central reference and referral point for government information, including local, state, federal, foreign, and international, these pages provides links to federal regulations and executive branch agency directories and websites.
Publisher: University of Michigan Library. Documents Center.

FedStats
http://www.fedstats.gov/
Provides access to official statistics collected and published by more than 100 federal agencies without having to know in advance which agency produces them. Direct links to statistics through Topic links A-Z, MapStats, Statistics by geography from U.S. agencies, and the Statistical reference shelf. Links to statistical agencies through Agencies listed alphabetically, Agencies by subject, Press releases, and Data access tools.

Official US Executive Branch Web Sites
http://www.loc.gov/rr/news/fedgov.html
"With the time we have available, it is not possible to keep this page totally comprehensive. Agencies are often included because they requested to be listed."
Publisher: Library of Congress.

U.S. Blue Pages
http://www.usbluepages.gov/
Multi-agency effort that establishes a standard, easy-to-use format for acquiring key federal telephone listings. Offers search capabilities to find phone numbers by key words, city, and state; also has quick links to the most frequently requested federal sites.
Publisher: U.S. General Services Administration.

 

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