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Federal Administrative Law Research Guide

Basic guide to researching federal administrative law (rules, decisions, other documents, executive orders)

Sources for Presidential Documents

Federal Register

Presidential documents submitted by the President to the Office of the Federal Register, such as executive orders and proclamations, determinations, letters, memorandums, and reorganization plans are published in the Federal Register.  These documents appear in a separate Presidential Documents section in the Federal Register. Consult online sources for the Federal Register.

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 3

Executive orders and proclamations published in the Federal Register the previous year, are compiled annually in Title 3 of the CFR.  The CFR, including archive collections back to the inception of the CFR are available from various online sources. 

Compilations of Presidential Documents

Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents (1965 - 2009) and the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents (Jan. 20, 2009 - present) publish executive orders and presidential proclamations, along with various other presidential documents. FDsys and HeinOnline (below) offer the most complete retrospective coverage.


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