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This page lists resources you may find useful when learning about NARA's regulations. Many of these sites and resources cover laws and regulations more broadly than this website, looking at multiple agencies or across the Federal government. NARA does not necessarily endorse, or necessarily have influence over, any of the sites listed on this web page.


United States Code (USC) - the codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. It is divided by broad subjects into 50 titles and published by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives and is available from the Government Printing Office's Federal Digital System website (FDSys). FDSys allows access to the present version of the USC and has a cumulative index of past versions.

THOMAS - legislative information from the Library of Congress, including access to current and past bills in the U.S. Congress, proceedings and debates in the U.S. Congress, roll call votes, and treaties.

U.S. House of Representatives Committees - browse legislation being prepared by these committees.

U.S. Senate Committees - browse legislation being prepared by these committees.

USA.gov: Laws and Regulations - portal for Federal websites dedicated to laws and regulations.


Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) - The CFR annual edition is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies of the Federal government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. Title 36: Parks, Forests, and Public Property, Chapter XII - National Archives and Records Administration, is the section of the CFR that includes most of NARA's regulations.

Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR) - The e-CFR is an online version of the CFR that is updated daily. It is not an official legal edition of the CFR. The e-CFR is an editiorial 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.

Federal Register (FR) - published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the FR 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. In a daily journal format - jointly administered by GPO and NARA.

Federal Register 2.0 - this site displays a "web 2.0" version of the daily Federal Register. It is not an official legal edition of the Federal Register, and does not replace the official print verison or the official electronic version on GPO's Federal Digital System (FDSys.gov).

FR Documents on Public Inspection - provides a list of documents available for review before they are printed in the FR. In most instances, this list allows you to see what will be published in the FR the next Federal business day. This site is maintained by NARA.

Agency Rulemaking

Regulations.gov - your source for all regulations (or rulemakings) issued by Federal government agencies. The site includes regulations that are open for public comment (i.e., proposed) and closed for comment (i.e., final). It also includes other non-rulemaking documents, such as notices, supporting materials, public comments, and guidance and adjudications.

reginfo.gov - Federal government website produced by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the General Services Administration (GSA). It gives you access to:

A map of the rulemaking process (PDF) (1 pg, 51KB)     About Portable Document Format (PDF) Files

Searchable Unified Agendas at regulations.gov - like reginfo.gov, regulations.gov provides a place where you can search and browse the regulatory plans and Unified Agendas published since Fall 2007.

OTHER Resources

Cornell University's Legal Information Institute - free searchable database of the United States Code, Supreme Court opinions, state laws, and world laws.

Regulatory Resource Center - (Formerly OMB Watch) by the Center for Effective Government provides information on how to find and comment on rules.

FDSys - a website from the Government Printing Office (GPO) that allows you to search all documents from the three branches of Federal government, including Presidential documents, Federal Register (FR) documents, Congressional bills and hearings, and public and private laws.

USA.gov: Laws and regulations - portal for Federal websites dedicated to laws and regulations.

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