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The Document Drafting Handbook is intended to help agencies prepare documents for publication in the Federal Register.

Federal Register Document Drafting Handbook, October 1998 Revision

I. Federal Register Publication Requirements

  • Introduction:  
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  • Chapter 1:   How do I write a document for the proposed rules category?  
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  • Chapter 2:   How do I write a document for the rules category?  
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  • Chapter 3:   How do I write a document for the notices category?  
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  • Chapter 4:   How do I correct my document?  
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    • Supplement 2, May 1, 2004:   Corrections to a Rule  
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  • Chapter 5:   Can I Submit a Computer File?  
    January 2011 Revision, supersedes all previous versions of DDH Chapter 5 and Supplement 3 dated October 1, 2007
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  • Chapter 6:   What is Incorporation by Reference, and How do I do it?  
    April 2014 Revision, supersedes all previous versions of DDH Chapter 6
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  • Chapter 7:   Illustrations, Forms, Footnotes, Appendices, and Tables  
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  • Chapter 8:   Frequently asked questions  
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  • Appendix A:   Model Letters  
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  • Appendix B:   What Services Does the Office of the Federal Register Provide?  
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  • Appendix C:   Laws That Affect Federal Register Publication  
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  • Appendix D:   What's New in This October 1998 Revision?  
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  • Appendix E:   Procedure for Submittal of Documents to the Federal Register During a Continuity Emergency  
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II. Making Regulations Readable     HTML   |   PDF

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