- 1. A bill becomes a Law
- - Consult Congressional bills, reports, and the law for information detailed information
2. The law is published in the Statutes at Large and eventually in the US Code
3. The law may call for development of specific regulations for a specific subject, or problem and may specify a federal agency to oversee the regulatory process.
4. A federal agency drafts a regulation and publishes it in the Federal Register for comments
5. Comments are received, revisions may take place; final regulation is published in the Federal Register
- 6. Final regulation will be published in the next annual revision of the CFR (Code of Federal Regulations). CFR is organized by subject areas.
- - Both the FR and the CFR have indexes that are easy to use. Most databases, legal information services, etc. will cover changes.
7. Enforcement of the regulation is assigned to specific federal agencies. Some agencies have courts that try violators of regulations.
8. Through trial and error, revisions are made to the regulations. Revisions of regulations appear in the FR and then the final revisions in the CFR.