New Government Resources: Interpreting the Constitution and Help with Tracking Regulations

Constitution Annotated

For the first time, the Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation along with Supreme Court interpretations are now searchable online.  This new website, Constitution Annotated, created by the Library of Congress, provides a historical record and current analysis for how the Supreme Court has interpreted the nation’s core governing document over the years.

Tracking Federal Regulations 

A new educational webcast, Tracking Regulations in govinfo, produced by the Government Publications Office is now available. This 27 minute webcast focuses on the following major regulatory publications which are available online through govinfo:   

  • Federal Register (FR)  – AE 2.106:
  • Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)  – AE 2.106/3:
  • List of CFR Sections Affected (LSA)  – AE 2.106/2:
  • Unified Agenda  (part of the Federal Register)

The webcast explains how to use each one as well as introducing search strategies for tracking rules and regulations about a topic of interest. Each of these publications plays a role in the regulatory process and understanding federal requirements. 

  •  Federal Register – a daily publication that announces proposed rules, notices and final rules of federal agencies, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. 
  • Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) – an annual publication that codifies all regulations into 50 separate titles. Each title covers a broad subject area.
  • List of CFR Sections Affected (LSA) – a monthly index connecting proposed, new, and amended rules issued in the Federal Register to the associated part and section number in the Code of Federal Regulations.
  • Unified Agenda – a place where the public can learn about an agency’s upcoming or recently completed regulatory revisions.

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