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U.S. Federal Documents

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Congressional Information

Guide to Government Publications Series

Laws, codes, regulations

Laws
Public and private laws are prepared and published by the Office of the Federal Register (OFR), National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The bound volumes represent the laws passed by the particular congress but may have been revised, amended, cancelled by later laws. Each volume includes an index.

United States statutes at large, 1789 to date.
KF50.U5 IC

1973/74 (93rd Congress) to date
1995/96 (104th Congress) to date
1989/90 (101st Congress) to date
1789 (1st Congress) 1875 (43rd Congress)

United States Code (USC)
The Office of the Law Revision Counsel http://uscode.house.gov/ prepares and publishes the United States Code which is a consolidation and codification by subject matter (50 topics) of the general and permanent laws of the United States. Since 1926, the United States Code has been published every six years. In between editions, annual cumulative supplements are published in order to present the most current legislation.

United States code (USC), 1926 to date.
KF61.U55/lstest ed. IC earlier editions in the Law Library

1994 to date
1981 to date

Regulations
The daily Federal register is published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and is the official publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. This daily publication also updates the Code of federal regulations (CFR) which is annually revised and includes the approved final regulations. These two publications work in tandem.

Federal register, 1938 to date (issued daily)
Published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.

AE 2.106:latest 5 years Government Documents Stacks; earlier issues Law Library
1981 to date
1994 to date

Code of federal regulations, 1938 to date
Publication includes codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. Each volume of the CFR is updated once each calendar year and is issued on a quarterly basis. Title 3 of the regulations includes presidential executive orders, proclamations, etc. and all editions are maintained in the Information Center.

KF70.A3/latest ed IC earlier editions Law Library
1981 to date
1996 to date

The Unified agenda
Executive Order 12866 (58 FR 51735) and the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 602) require that agencies publish semiannual regulatory agendas describing regulatory actions they are developing or have recently completed. Agencies of the United States Congress are not included. The agendas are published in the Federal Register, usually during April and October each year, as part of the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The Unified Agenda has appeared in the Federal Register twice each year since 1983 and is available electronically on GPO Access from 1994 forward.

 


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