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Laws and Regulations (United States): Regulations

Regulatory History Research


The chart below summarizes and simplified the regulatory process.


Another way to look at things is here:



The Federal Register

The Federal Register, begun in 1936, is the publication where notices of proposed rules are published. Twice per year executive branch agencies publish their proposed rules in the Unified Agenda. The Federal Register is the daily journal of the U.S. government (the executive branch), and the chart below shows the differences between the various places to get Federal Register content.


Code of Federal Regulations

Final rules are codified in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). CFR is published annually, and FR is published daily. The bridge between FR and CFR is LSA (List of CFR Sections Affected), as shown in the chart below.

Unified Agenda

Federal Register

Code of Federal Regulations


All charts on this page are © Christopher C. Brown