The Office of the Federal Register (OFR) of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) jointly administer the FederalRegister.gov website. The OFR/GPO partnership developed this unofficial, HTML (XML-based) edition of the daily Federal Register (“Federal Register 2.0″ or “FR2″). We built the HTML edition of the Federal Register to make it easier for citizens and communities to understand the regulatory process and to participate in Government decision-making.
In this new edition, Federal Register documents are organized and displayed in an easier to read format with extensive navigation aids and links to related material, such as the Code of Federal Regulations and the United States Code. We also added various web tools and user aids designed to help people find material relevant to their interests, such as broad topical sections in six areas of interest, suggested searches for trending items, and agency “home pages” that list every Federal Register document published by an agency and its sub-agencies.
Please note that you can now find the Federal Register electronic public inspection desk for previews of documents at FederalRegister.gov and OFR.gov. The FederalRegister.gov public inspection page tracks the full cycle of an action from initial display of the manuscript version to the final formatted versions, as published on FDsys.gov and FederalRegister.gov.
See the “Legal Status” page of this website for more information on the unofficial status of this HTML edition of the Federal Register, and the process for granting it official legal status under the authority of the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register.
Mission, Authority, and Vision for Public Participation
The Office of the Federal Register informs citizens of their rights and obligations, documents the actions of Federal agencies, and provides a forum for public participation in the democratic process. Our publications provide access to a wide range of Federal benefits and opportunities for funding and contain comprehensive information about the various activities of the United States Government. In addition, we administer the Electoral College for Presidential elections and the Constitutional amendment process.
The Federal Register is updated daily by 6 a.m. and is published Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, and consists of four types of entries.
- Presidential Documents, including Executive orders and proclamations.
- Rules and Regulations, including policy statements and interpretations of rules.
- Proposed Rules, including petitions for rulemaking and other advance proposals.
- Notices, including scheduled hearings and meetings open to the public, grant applications, administrative orders, and other announcements of government actions.
We recommend reading the “Learn” pages of this site for more on the structure and value of the Federal Register and for an overview of the regulatory process.
The Office of the Federal Register was created in 1935 under the Federal Register Act (44 U.S.C. 1501, et seq.) and its mission was enlarged by the Administrative Procedure Act of 1946 (5 U.S.C. 551 et seq.) and the Freedom of Information Act of 1966 (5 U.S.C. 552 and 553). Federal Register regulations are published in 1 CFR chapters I and II.
Our goal in converting print-based material to machine-readable XML data is to make the Federal Register more searchable, more accessible, easier to digest, and easier to share with people and information systems. As we build a more user-friendly version of the Federal Register, the OFR and GPO encourage every citizen to become more involved in the workings of their government and to make their voices heard on the things that matter to them, from the smallest to the largest issues.
Read or Purchase Copies of the Federal Register
Visit a Federal Depository Library for reference copies of Federal Register publications at gpo.gov/libraries
Shop at GPO’s Electronic Bookstore, http://bookstore.gpo.gov.
Purchase by phone or fax:
Telephone: 202-512-1800, M-F, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fax orders and inquiries to: 202-512-2250 (anytime).
Purchase by mail:
Superintendent of Documents
P.O. Box 371954
Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954
Business Hours and Locations
The Federal Register Office is open:
- 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Eastern Time
- Monday through Friday
- We are closed on Federal Holidays.
Washington, DC (See also our Alternate Location)
The Federal Register Office is located three blocks north of the Union Station Metro, at:
800 North Capitol Street, NW
Washington DC 20001
Use our North Capitol Street address for:
- Pick-up and delivery by messenger or express courier
- Viewing public inspection documents in our reading room
- Appointments with our staff
Do not address U.S. Mail to 800 N. Capitol Street.
Address your stamped envelope to:
Office of the Federal Register (NF)
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Call the Federal Register Office at: (202) 741-6000
Send a fax to the Federal Register Office at: 202 741-6012
Call the Federal Register Office using TTY for deaf and hard of hearing at: 202 741-6086
Alternate Location in West Virginia at the NARA/OFR COOP Site
National Archives, Office of the Federal Register COOP Site
Building 494, Robert C. Byrd Hilltop Office Complex
610 State Route 956,
Rocket Center, WV, 26726
Telephone: 304-726-7800 (Operator), 304-726-7862, 304-726-7863
Directions to the NARA/OFR COOP Site in Rocket Center, WV:
- From the Washington Beltway (I-495):
- Take I-270 west toward Frederick
- Take exit 32 to merge onto I-70 west toward Hagerstown
- Take exit 1A on the LEFT to merge onto I-68 W/US-40 west toward Cumberland
- Take exit 42 for Greene St/US-220 south
- Turn LEFT at MD-956/Patriot Pkwy (signs for MD-956 east)
- Continue on WV-956, 410 feet to Allegany Ballistics Laboratory
- Turn LEFT into plant entrance and proceed to security check point