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Federal Regulation Research

Federal Regulation research is divided into two separate areas: (1) administrative law, which deals with the validity and creation of agency created law; and (2) the research of the agency law itself. This series of research guides deals with the latter.

Step 1: Initiating Event

Step 1: Initiating Event

Action that starts an Agency's creation of a regulation.

What to look for:

  • News about one of the many actions that can be "Initiating Events." Some of the most common to look for are:
    • Federal public law which gives authority to or requires an agency to create a regulation.
    • Regulatory review;
    • Petition by an individual or organization;
    • Judicial decision and;
    • Executive order.
  • Unified Agenda, inclusion in.
  • Federal Register document, some of the most common to look for are:
    • Notice of regulatory review;
    • Advanced notice of proposed rulemaking;
    • Notice of proposed rulemaking and;
    • Executive order.
  • Document:
    • Federal public law which gives authority to or requires an agency to create a regulation;
    • Regulatory review, see Federal Register;
    • Petition by an individual or organization;
    • Judicial decision and;
    • Executive order, see Federal Register.

Where to look:

  • News about:
    • News sources (e.g. New York Times).
    • Current Awareness Publication, go t0 Major Treatises by Topic.
    • Agency website, either issue page or regulation page.
  • Unified Agenda:
  • Federal Register.
  • Document:
    • Federal public law which gives authority to or requires an agency to create a regulation.
    • Petition by an individual or organization.
    • Judicial decision.
      • Issuing court.