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Subscription Email Improvements

Over the past couple of months we’ve been working towards updating and enhancing our email subscription process; so we’re excited to introduce you to the features we’ve recently rolled out to the public, improved emails and subscription management. This post will cover our improved emails, you can read more about subscription management here.

Improved Emails

If you subscribe to FederalRegister.gov documents via email you probably noticed that our emails have a new look and feel. Some of the changes such as the new design are obvious but we’ve also spent some time improving the readability and making the content in the email easier to scan.

One such change involves the length of the summary that is included in an email. Many of our users choose to subscribe to a broad swath of documents, such as each days Table of Contents. For these users it’s important to them to be able to quickly scan through all of the documents contained in the email in order to identify those that are relevant to them. With this in mind, whenever a large number of documents match a particular subscription we’ve kept the summary included to a minimum – making it easier to scan through such emails.

On the other hand we also have many users that create very focused searches that they then subscribe to. Because large numbers of documents do not generally march such focused subscription we’ve included a much longer portion of each document’s summary in these emails allowing users to get a greater sense of what each document is about.

Another more obvious change to our emails is the inclusion of ‘highlights’. As we continually refine and adding features to FederalRegister.gov we identified a need for a simple unobtrusive way to share tips and hints on ways to make the most of these features. Emails now include brief snippets that point out various features and ways to make the most of FederalRegister.gov – check them out and let us know what you think.

We’re excited to make these updates available to you, and as we continually work to make FederalRegister.gov meet your needs, we welcome your feedback, suggestions and ideas. So please make use of the ‘Site Feedback’ tab on the side of every page on the site and let us know what’s on your mind.

7 Responses to Subscription Email Improvements

  1. What’s the difference between document subscriptions and public inspections subscriptions? I was out on medical leave for 6 weeks and when I came back, my previous email alerts for the advanced notices had stopped. So about 3 weeks ago, I tried signing up for them again. I had to create an account to do so. I somehow have 5 different subscriptions and I don’t know what they all are. I’d like a TOC for the current days Federal Register and then I’d like the advance notices; more specifically, just for FDA. Can you help me with this?

  2. Ideally, it would be great to have the ability to receive an email alert that list federal register new, modified and updates from one particular agency and not the entire government. Is this possible?

  3. thank you

  4. You can subscribe to specific agency documents via the agency pages on the Web site.

  5. i just learned about the federal register…what an interesting read…just so musch information, i dont even know how to start. how do i keep informed and not have to spend 3 hrs every day …Is there a service that gives important items via e-mail or something like that ?? is it bipartisain ?? I dont need anything slanted (one way or the other )…thanks

  6. You can subscribe to specific agency documents via the agency pages on the Web site.

  7. It’s possible to only subscribe to search results. If you click “search” and then advanced search”, you can tailor your specific interests to a search and then subscribe to receive updates whenever something new publishes in the Federal Register. This can be done with or without creating a federalregister.gov account.

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