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The New Federal Register Index

The Office of the Federal Register is proud to introduce a completely re-engineered Federal Register Index.  It is available as a traditional printed product, but also as a currently updated online  service and a print-on-demand PDF file on

The FR Index has long been available to the public as part of a subscription to the printed Federal Register.  These days the printed edition is used mainly in a library setting. But even there, the product has never been particularly easy to use because date information was located in a separate table, not integrated into the text of Index entries. So a few months ago, the Federal Register 2.0 project team began brain-storming up a comprehensive solution to broaden public access.

The printed edition is now re-created in a two-column format, with a modern font, and direct access to publication dates (adjacent to page numbers).

For web users, our new online edition of the FR Index provides a snapshot of regulatory activity for each Federal agency. With just a glance at the FR Index, users can now see a definitive list of documents published by each agency, plus abstracts and hover tools showing which items are deemed to be significant under E.O. 12866, which items are open for comment, and how many comments have been received on items. And of course, all entries are hyper-linked for quick access to both the HTML and official PDF versions of Federal Register documents. The main link to the FR Index is located under the “Search” tab.

As an example, readers interested in tracking Food and Drug Administration regulatory activity can use the FR Index to quickly see a capsule summary of all FDA actions in 2013, and then survey the list of Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices for items of interest.

Our on-demand view/print PDF feature is another way to stay on top of regulatory activity. For example, you can download the entire FR Index issued to date, or just get an extract of a particular sub-agency, such as FDA.  For online viewing, hyperlinks are included in the PDF files.



17 Responses to The New Federal Register Index

  1. Very nice look on the new Index. In the past the Index was e-mailed to me daily. Does this service still exist and what do I need to do to sign up?

  2. Is the new “currently updated online” index linked from the front page of

  3. Please subscribe me in the Federal Register Index. The subject of interest for the Douglas County Housing Authority is affordable housing for the elderly, senior, and veterans.

  4. You can subscribe to many items of Just look for the light orange subscribe buttons.

  5. Look under the Search tab at the top of the page.

  6. You will have to subscribe on your own.

  7. 1 CFR 6.2 mandates the publication of “analytical subject indexes covering the contents of the Federal Register”. No such tangible indexes covering the contents of the Federal Register during the Bush and Obama administrations have been made available to me in the Federal regional depository library in Logan, Utah. Please explain!!!

  8. 1 CFR 6.2 mandates the publication of “analytical subject indexes covering the contents of the Federal Register”. No such indexes covering the contents of the Federal Register during the Bush and Obama administrations have been published in a tangible form and distributed to the Federal Regional Depository Library in Logan, Utah.

  9. Advance notice is required.

  10. We publish monthly, cumulative Federal Register indexes. You should be able to find our indexes in the depository libraries. To make sure you’re going to the correct library for your area, a list can be found at

  11. Hello there, There’s no doubt that your web site may be having internet browser compatibility issues. Whenever I take a look at your website in Safari, it looks fine however, when opening in IE, it’s got some overlapping issues. I merely wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Aside from that, fantastic website!

  12. This is not a “current updated online service.” The page for the IRS, for example, has numerous items, but each one links to the very page it is on, and not to the target publication.

    This is apparently unfinished and was unveiled prematurely.

  13. There are some IE browser issues. We’re working on it.

  14. After clicking on a document from an agency page, that specific document will be opened with a hyperlink to the entire issue beneath the title.

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  17. Thank you, but as a Federal agency we have to be very careful about any content we add to our site that isn’t directly related to the documents we publish.

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