Rules and regulations are the formal procedures through which a statute adopted by Congress and signed by the President is translated into specific written requirements to be carried out and enforced by executive branch and independent agencies.
See Lynn Thitchener's guide to Researching Regulations for helpful tips on locating historical background, public comment, and amendments to regulations.
|1994 - current||Federal Register Online
Federal Register via FDsys
|July 1, 1980 - current||Federal Register via ProQuest Congressional; click on Regulations, then choose Federal Register from the Search Within menu. Updated daily.|
|July 1, 1980 - current||Federal Register via Lexis Nexis Academic
Click on the Sources button in the left column, then on Browse Sources, then on Administrative Materials & Regulations link, then on Registers link. Check the appropriate Federal Register box(es) then click the red "OK -- Continue" button.
|1936 - current||Federal Register via Hein Online (Click on "Federal Register Library")|
|1981 - current||Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) via Congressional Publications; click on Regulations, then choose Code of Federal Regulations from the Search Within menu. Updated every 2 weeks.|
|1981 - current||Code of Federal Regulations via Lexis Nexis Academic
Click on the Sources button in the left column, then on Browse Sources, then on the Administrative Materials & Regulations link, then click on Regulatory Codes link. Advance the list until the CFR check boxes appear. Check the appropriate boxes and and click the red "OK - Continue" button.
|1996 - current||Code of Federal Regulations via FDsys|
|2006 - present||Federal Register; print; Lower level, OLIN J1 A2+; current issues in storage range L123B|
|1973 - 2005||Federal Register; print; LIBRARY ANNEX J1 A2+|
|1936 - 1972||Federal Register; microfilm; Lower level, Film 5553|
|latest 2 editions||Code of Federal Regulations; print; OLIN REF KF 70 A3a|
The Federal Register, What It Is and How to Use It. OLIN REF +J1 A2 A32 (latest vol.)
The general public may submit comments on Federal regulations that are open for comment and published in the Federal Register. This can be done in writing to the relevant agency, or online via Regulations.gov. These comments are public records and may be viewed on the Web sites of the regulatory agencies.
See Researching Regulations for more information on locating public comment.