Federal Regulations

Legal Notice of Administrative Rules and Notices

Published every Federal working day, the Federal Register is the official journal of the United States Government. It provides legal notice of administrative rules and notices and Presidential documents in a comprehensive, uniform manner. The Federal Register contains: 

  • Federal Agency Regulations
  • Proposed Rules and Public Notices
  • Executive Orders
  • Proclamations
  • Other Presidential Documents.

Comment on Proposed Regulations

Rulemaking is the policy-making process for Executive and Independent agencies of the Federal government. Agencies use this process to develop and issue Rules (also referred to as “regulations”). Members of the public interested in commenting on a regulation may go to Regulations.gov, and, through this website, can participate and impact Federal rules and regulations.

Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA)—the White House office that serves as a clearinghouse for agency rules—regularly holds private meetings with stakeholders about regulations that are under OIRA review. OIRA provides oversight in the rulemaking process, ensuring that draft agency regulations are congruent with the administration’s priorities, represent good public policy, and are analytically sound. These meetings are referred to “12866 meetings” (in reference to Executive Order 12866, which governs regulatory review.