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Email Notifications Now Available

In our latest update of FederalRegister.gov we made some important changes, such as adding parent/subagency names to the “key information sidebar” in Federal Register articles, and tweaking the site for Google Chrome users. But the most requested feature now available in the new release is an email notification service that you can tailor to your suit your interests.

Since we launched the site this past summer, we have offered various RSS feeds.  But we found that many customers prefer to receive notifications through email rather than use an RSS aggregator. So for those of you who have been waiting or received “IOU email subscriptions” through our feedback tool, you can now create both pre-configured and/or customized email notifications based on your needs.  With the addition of email functionality to FederalRegister.gov, you can also email any Federal Register article to friends and associates (look for the mail graphic next to Twitter and Facebook icons).

How Do Email Notifications Work?

It is easy to subscribe to notifications. Just look for the light orange “subscribe” button with the RSS and email symbols off to the right side of a page. When you click on the subscribe button, you can select from three RSS options and an email option.  If you choose email for notifications, just fill in your email address and click on “subscribe.” You will immediately receive an email with a link to confirm your subscription. You can easily unsubscribe at any time with a click on “unsubscribe” in the email, and another click to confirm.

Pre-configured and Customized Notifications

Pre-configured email subscriptions are available all over FederalRegister.gov.  So for instance, you can get the Table of Contents of each day’s issue in an email, you can subscribe to the documents in any of our News Sections, you can subscribe to a particular agency’s documents from their agency page, or to a particular topic from the Topics pages. In many instances, you have the option of limiting notifications to “significant” documents as defined under E.O. 12866.

You can also create custom notifications by subscribing to very specific search results. For example, if you are involved in the aircraft industry you may want to track aircraft safety documents, such as Airworthiness Directives issued by the FAA. Enter “Airworthiness Directives” in the search box and click. To exclude other agencies that reference airworthiness documents, choose FAA as the agency in the left column of search results. If you only want to see proposed directives, choose “Proposed Rule” as the document type. Complete the process by clicking on “subscribe.” Once you subscribe via email, you will start getting notifications in your in-box as soon as new FAA airworthiness documents become available.

9 Responses to Email Notifications Now Available

  1. This is very much appreciated – well done!

  2. This is fantastic. We appear to be on the verge of a true government “of the people, by the people and for the people.”

  3. Really great to see that our government can set the example in user friendliness in a site. Keep it up!

  4. E-mail notifications of proposed and finalized rules (per federal register) is a great option; however, I would like to be able to go to one page that has all update options from which I can choose. For example, I currently get federal register updates for the EPA and Coast Guard. I had to go to each of the agencies sites on federalregister.gov to subscribe. It would be nice if I could go to one site to select all the subscriptions that I want.

  5. great
    It’s a good step and useful
    & i agree with Mark Bell :
    “It would be nice if I could go to one site to select all the subscriptions that I want”

  6. It would be great if I could get notified on daily basis of anything in the FR from the particular agencies I carre about and track vs gong over the table of contents every day to look to see if there is something there I care about. 95% of the time that is an unfruitful daily exercise

  7. You can easily create notifications for any agency. Go to our Agencies page under the “Browse” tab federalregister.gov/agencies and you will see a list of all agencies. Pick the one you are interested in and then look for the “Subscribe” button on the agency page.

  8. I am interested in subscribing to the email notices for specific topics, but that feature doesn’t seem to work. All I can find is the RSS feed, which I don’t want. Can you direct me to the right place, or is this feature not available yet? Thanks

  9. There should be a link to email subscriptions next to the link for an RSS feed.

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