Do you often find yourself looking for an administrative rule and are not sure where to start in the Federal Register? The Federal Register, the daily journal of the federal government, publishes federal agency regulations, changes to government requirements, policies, and guidance including proposed new rules and regulations, final rules, changes to existing rules, notices of meetings and proceedings, and presidential documents including executive orders and proclamations. This week’s tip explores how to search across the Federal Register to find a Final Rule.
If you are a seasoned HeinOnline researcher, you know that keyword searching is an incredibly effective search technique. For example, if we wanted to research the final rule that was published October 2, 2018 on the Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans of Jamestown, New York, we can use the Advanced Search tool. Since we know quite a bit about what we’re looking for, we can plug in the phrase of the rule, the section description, and the date. See below for an example.
Alternatively, you can also search using the Full Text tab from within the Federal Register Library. Simply enter “approval and promulgation of air quality” AND “October 2, 2018” into the Full Text tab and search.
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SEARCHING WITH A CFR CITATION
At the beginning of a final rule the CFR part is referenced. The CFR citation for our final rule is 40 CFR Part 52. We can use a similar strategy as outlined above to search across the full text for that citation. Using the Advanced Search tool, plug in the CFR citation, the Section Description, and the year.
SEARCHING USING AN AGENCY/DOCKET NUMBER
Similar to the CFR citation, we can also search for our final rule using the Agency/Docket Number. In this case, the agency number is EPA-R02-OAR-2018-0422. Having this information will drastically cut down the number of results. Again, using the Advanced Search tool, follow the example below to search by agency/docket number.
SEARCHING USING AN AGENCY NAME
Using the same strategy as we have been, you can also search using an agency name. In this case, the final rule was published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Mimic the example below to search using an agency name.