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Using CFR Tools
CFR Index and Finding Aids.
The CFR Index and Finding Aids volume is revised once a year as of January 1. It contains:
- A subject/agency index for rules currently codified in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
- A list of agency-prepared indexes appearing in individual CFR volumes.
- A table of laws and Presidential documents cited as authority for regulations currently codified in the CFR (i.e. Parallel Table of Authorities and Rules, below).
- A list of CFR titles, chapters, subchapters, and parts.
- An alphabetical list of agencies appearing in the CFR.
Parallel Table of Authorities and Rules.
Use this table to find regulations relating to a statute or presidential proclamation. Within each segment the citations are arranged in numerical order:
- For the United States Code, by title and section;
- For the United States Statutes at Large, by volume and page number;
- For public laws, by number; and
- For Presidential documents (Proclamations, Executive orders, and Reorganization plans), by document number.
Cases or Agency Decisions Citing Regulations
You may be able to find cases and agency decisions citing CFR or FR by the following methods:
- Search directly in judicial case databases and Federal Agency decisions databases on Lexis, Westlaw or others.
- For agency decisions, Hein's Federal Agency Library has a list of publications that have decisions from many different federal agencies.
- Individual agencies usually make their decisions available on their official website. Consult the U.S. Government Manual for current links to government agencies.
- When you do a keyword search, using the CFR citation or FR citation as a keyword maybe the most efficient way to find relevant decisions and cases.
- Commercial databases (Cheetah, RIA Checkpoint, etc.) provide cross-references to CFR or FR citation.
HeinOnline: Federal Agency Library
Featuring reports, decisions, and records, this library is a complete collection of the official case law of some of the United States' most important U.S. Federal Agencies such as: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
U.S. Government Manual
The United States Government Manual is the official handbook of the Federal Government. This special edition of the Federal Register is currently updated to provide comprehensive and authoritative descriptions of the programs and activities of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. The Government Manual also includes information about quasi-official agencies, international organizations with U.S. membership, and Federal boards, commissions, and committees.
Is This Regulation Current?
The Code of Federal Regulations can't be republished every time a new regulation is finalized. Instead, the 50 titles are split into four sections, and each of those sections is updated once a year according to the following schedule:
- Titles 1–16 are updated as of Jan. 1
- Titles 17–27 are updated as of April 1
- Titles 28–41 are updated as of July 1
- Titles 42–50 are updated as of Oct. 1
Perhaps a new regulation that affects Title 3 is promulgated in April. The final regulation will be published in the Federal Register, but the change will not be reflected in the official CFR for several months.
How do you know the regulation you are looking at is the most recent one?
How to Find Out
1. Find the date of revision of the CFR volume that contains your regulation. It will say something like "Revised as of July 1, 2019."
2. Browse LSA: List of CFR Sections Affected to update the regulation to the latest date you can, such as December 1, 2019.
3. Browse CFR parts affected by Federal Register by date, or search by a date range.
LSA: List of CFR Sections Affected
Monthly publication designed to lead users of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to amendatory actions published in the Federal Register (FR).
CFR Parts Affected from the Federal Register
Final and proposed rules that affect the CFR and have been published in the Federal Register within the past 24 hours, week, month, or within a specific date range.