Answered By: Chris Pollette
Last Updated: Feb 19, 2015     Views: 105

Government regulations are issued by executive branch agencies to implement the laws passed by Congress. Agencies take the following steps to alert the public that regulations are being proposed. (Note: agencies do not have to do this.)

First, the agency publishes in the Federal Register an advance notice of proposed rule making (ANPRM). This is the intent to issue a regulation.

Next, is the notice of proposed rule making (NPRM), which contains the proposed rule and asks for public comment. The public is allowed to make comments for a certain amount of time.

After reviewing comments, the agency will issue a final rule making. This final edition of the regulation may include a summary or analysis of comments received.

Regulations in effect are codified annually in the Code of Federal Regulations which is organized by subject.

 


Federal Register

Electronic Access:

1936 to present: Hein Online (Emory Only)
1980-present: Proquest Congressional (Emory Only)
1994-present: GPO's FDsys

In print, we have from 1936 to 1956, and 1968 to the present. Print volumes are in the government documents shelving (GOVDOCS) on Level 1, under call number AE 2.106:
1956 through 1967 is in Microfiche 1532, also on Level 1.

 


Code of Federal Regulations

Electronic Access:

1996-present: GPO's FDsys
1981-present: Proquest Congressional (Emory Only)
1938 to 1983: Hein Online (Emory Only)

In print, we have the latest edition only, except for Title 3, which we have from 1938 to the present. Print volumes are in the government documents shelving (GOVDOCS) on Level 1, under call number AE 2.106/3:
Macmillan Law Library has previous issues in print.

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