If you’re a Government Publishing Office (GPO) Online Bookstore regular or a public official, you probably know we’re speaking about the “Code of Federal Regulations.” CFRs are produced routinely by all federal departments and agencies to inform the public and government officials of regulatory changes and updates for literally every subject that the federal government has jurisdiction to manage.
For the general public these constantly updated federal regulations can spell fantastic opportunity. Farmer, lawyer, construction owner, environmentalist, it makes no difference. Within the 50 codes are a wide variety of regulations that impact citizens from all walks of life. Federal Rules, Regulations, Processes, or Procedures on the surface can appear daunting, confusing, and even may seem to impede progress. In fact, the opposite is true. By codifying critical steps to anyone who operates within the framework of any of these sectors, the CFR focused on a particular issue can clarify what’s legal, how to move forward, and how to ultimately successfully translate one’s projects or ideas into reality.
Without CFR documentation the path could be strewn with uncertainty, unknown liabilities, and lost opportunities, especially regarding federal development programs, simply because an interested party wouldn’t know where or how to find what’s available within their area of interest.
The authors of CFRs are immersed in the technical and substantive issues associated within their areas of expertise. For a private sector employer or entrepreneur who becomes familiar with the content of CFRs relative to their field of work, it’s like having an expert staff on board.
CFRs are easily found by subject. Visit the Government Bookstore CFR page to start your search; then select a CFR title to review the kind of information that’s provided. Note how it’s organized and identifies in great specificity how to find and choose sections that best serve your needs and interests.
For attorneys, CFRs are a must-use resource. For everyone else, it will arm you with a much greater understanding of topics that could directly impact your present and future operations. It might even save you trips to your attorney’s office when you can directly extract what you need from the primary source, the Federal Government.
CFRs are routinely updated based upon new federal legislation, changes in economic or social objectives.
CFRs, how did we ever live without them?
HOW DO I OBTAIN THIS RESOURCE?
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About the Author: Blogger contributor Ed Kessler is a Promotions Specialist in GPO’s Publication and Information Sales program office.