Federal Register 2.0

The Office of the Federal Register and the Government Printing Office have released the “Federal Register 2.0” website.  According to a National Archives press release, http://www.federalregister.gov/ is “a new user-friendly version of the daily online Federal Register to encourage citizens to participate in the democratic process.”  The release of the new website on July 26, 2010, coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Federal Register Act.

A Government Printing Office press release further describes the new Federal Register website.

This daily journal of government has provided the public with access to government information and federal regulations for the past 75 years. Federal Register 2.0 features a new layout that organizes the content by topics similar to a newspaper Web site. The site displays individual sections for Money, Environment, World, Science and Technology, Business and Industry, and Health and Public Welfare. The Web site has improved search and navigation tools to guide readers to the most popular topics and relevant documents. Users can submit comments and stay connected through social media.

The Utah Division of Administrative Rules commends the Office of the Federal Register and the Government Printing Office on this innovative effort to make regulatory information more accessible.

For more information, the press release from the National Archives may be found at http://archives.gov/press/press-releases/2010/nr10-119.html .  The press release from the Government Printing Office may be found at http://www.gpo.gov/pdfs/news-media/press/10news26.pdf .

Federal Register Celebrates 70 Years

March 14, 2006, marked the 70th anniversary of the Federal Register. In 1935, Congress passed the Federal Register Act (44 USC Chapter 15; July 26, 1935, ch. 417, 49 Stat. 500). This act creates the opportunity for citizens to be well informed about the actions and decisions of government.

In a resolution recognizing the anniversary, Administrative Codes and Registers (ACR), a section of the National Association of Secretaries of State, noted:

The scope and complexity of governmental activity has grown enormously since the Federal Register began publishing in 1936. Now more than ever, we rely on the Federal Register for the accuracy and integrity of official information, for ensuring transparency and accountability of government, and for maintaining our system of checks and balances in administrative rulemaking and constitutional democracy.

For seventy years the Federal Register has been published every business day, without fail, providing indispensable information about the actions of the President, the full and exact text of the proposed and final regulations of Federal agencies, and many other documents that enable the American people to participate in the making of law and policy.

The Division of Administrative Rules congratulates the Office of the Federal Register for 70 years of dedicated service informing the citizens about our government’s actions.