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Administrative Law: Federal Regulations
An exciting guide on administrative law, giving a background on general resources in the field.
The federal administrative process generates a regular stream of information, most notably, during the promulgation of regulations through notice and comment in the Federal Register, and topical publication in the Code of Federal Regulations. In addition, agencies generate individual sources of information on the subjects under their jurisdiction as well as issuing quasi judicial determinations of their administrative tribunals. Of course, the President, as Chief Executive, also issues pronouncements to direct agency activities in their respective missions. Some of the most important sources of federal administrative law are listed below.
Collection of federal agency documents and reports, administrative decisions and case law affecting agencies.
Code of Federal Regulations
The Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) is the topical organization of federal regulations as they exist now (or since they were last updated by the publisher). Note that the official titles 1-16 are revised as of January 1; titles 17-27 are revised as of April 1; titles 28-41 are revised as of July 1; and titles 42-50 are revised as of October 1 of each year. (Often, the official volumes are published late.) While, Lexis, Westlaw and e-CFR update regulations more quickly, the official status of a regulation requires reviewing the Federal Register (see below), to find out whether or not any changes were made since the regulation's last publication in the C.F.R.
Database compiled by UC Santa Barbara. Search by year, browse by document category or use Search button to conduct keyword search across all document types or pick one to search in. Includes Executive Orders, Signing Statements, Eulogies, Press statements, Inaugural and Farewell Addresses and many other types of documents. Full coverage of Executive Orders from 1945 to present; some earlier orders from 1800s - 1945 included and continues to be updated with new orders from the current administration as well as older materials. Dates vary depending on document type--some coverage goes back to George Washington's presidency. NOTE: reprints the text of the executive orders and other documents but does not provide scans of the orders as they appeared in the Federal Register. Use the date information provided to locate the official Federal Register image for of that order on Govinfo.gov or in print.
Independent federal agency that solicits expert opinions on improvements to administrative processes. The site includes reports, recommendations and articles and links to articles with research sponsored by the conference. This is a great place to discover and research general and specific issues with federal administrative law.
Government "watchdog" that reviews agency activities and recommends improvements. The site includes an extensive list documenting issues with specific agencies and government programs.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows citizens to request certain documents from federal agencies. Many agency web sites have virtual FOIA 'reading rooms', that offer access to documents requested under FOIA. The sources below are of more general applicability.
Federal Register Notices
A sampling of recent notices published in the Federal Register