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POL 100: United States Government

A place to find great research sources for students in POL 100.


Federal regulations (also known as quasi-legislation or bureaucratic laws) are general statements issued by an agency, board, or commission that have the force and effect of law. Congress often grants agencies the authority to issue regulations. Sometimes Congress requires agencies to issue a regulation; sometimes Congress grants agencies the discretion to do so. Many laws passed by Congress give Federal agencies some flexibility in deciding how best to implement those laws. 

Regulation Resources

Code of Federal Regulations 
The codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government, divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. 

Federal Register 
The official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents - Where to Find Federal Regulation Information  
A US government website produced by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the General Services Administration (GSA), responsible for gathering and publishing information on Federal regulations

Unified Agenda 
Also known as the Semiannual Regulatory Agenda and published twice a year (usually in April and October) in the Federal Register (FR), the Unified Agenda summarizes the rules and proposed rules that each Federal agency expects to issue during the next year