The Regulatory Process: Government Resources

Reginfo.gov

Reginfo.gov provides information on all current and recent rulemaking. The Regulatory Information Service Center is a federal government office located in the General Services Administration, with responsibility for facilitating development of and access to information about federal regulatory activities

  • The Reg Map is a chart that gives a detailed overview of the "informal rulemaking" process.

  • The Regulatory Review Dashboard is an excellent way to see regulatory actions currently under review by agencies, viewable by agency or by rulemaking stage, and provides links to the proposed regulations.

  • The semi-annual Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions provides uniform reporting of data on regulatory and deregulatory activities under development throughout the federal government, covering approximately 60 departments, agencies, and commissions.

Each edition of the Unified Agenda includes regulatory agendas from all federal entities that currently have regulations under development or review. Fall editions of the Unified Agenda include the Regulatory Plan, which presents agency statements of regulatory priorities and additional information about the most significant regulatory activities planned for the coming year. It is a wonderful tool for identifying future regulatory actions, by the issuing agency, topic or CFR part affected.

Other Regulatory Activity

Although the Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations are the primary repositories for federal rules and regulations, many agencies also publish their own regulations separately, which can be more convenient.

  • Congressional Budget Office
    The CBO examines the fiscal impact of some regulatory actions. The CBO has faceted searching, so you can find specific topics or cost estimates of proposed legislation or regulation.
  • Congressional Quarterly’s Federal Regulatory Directory. Biennial. 1979/80-2012, incomplete
    Columbia Libraries Catalog Call Number:
    JK 901 .F4
    Discusses each of the regulatory agencies, with background and process.
  • GAO Federal Rules Database
    The Government Accountability Office provides a report to the standing committees of jurisdiction of both Houses of Congress on major rules proposed by Federal agencies.

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Page edited and updated by Julia Robbins, September 2015.