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Administrative Law Research

Primary and secondary sources for finding rules, proposed rules, agency activity, including decisions, and presidential documents.

Admin Law in Brief

Administrative law research has three distinct but related content: (1) Substantive administrative law and the underlying powers and procedures of administrative agencies; (2) regulatory activities and actions of administrative agencies, including agency regulations, decisions and reports; and (3) issuances of the President, namely Executive Orders. 

Administrative Procedures Act (APA) requires agencies to

  • Publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register
  • Take comments from “interested persons” on the proposed rule
  • Publish a final rule in the Federal Register after considering those comments
  • Make the rule effective not less than 30 days after it is published

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