Skip to main content
Banner Image

Public and Environmental Affairs 306: Regulatory Policy & Administration: Regulations

D. Helpap

Search the Federal Register

Federal Register Tutorial

Federal Register, the official newspaper of the U.S. government, was authorized by Congress in 1935 after the Supreme Court complained of the lack of a complete compilation of executive and administrative orders. It contains all presidential proclamations, executive orders, and federal agency regulations and proposed rules. It informs citizens of their rights and obligations, and it includes a listing of federal benefits and funding opportunities.

People read the Federal Register to learn about the daily operations of the federal government and how government actions are affecting health care, education, the environment, and other major issues.  

According the their website, is your online source for U.S. government regulations from nearly  

On this site you can: 

    • Search for a regulation such as a proposed rule, final rule or Federal Register (FR) notice

    • Submit a comment on a regulation or on another comment
    • Submit an application, petition or adjudication document 

    • Sign up for e-mail alerts about a specific regulation
    • Quickly access regulations that are popular, newly posted or closing soon-directly from the homepage 

    • Subscribe to RSS feeds by agency of newly posted FR notices


Selected Reference Tools

Cofrin Library- Your Guide to Answers
University of Wisconsin- Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
Phone: 920-465-2540 | Toll Free: 888-729-4611 | Email: