Thursday, May 26, 2016

What are the Code of Federal Regulations?

TransportiCA Note: As this site increases its postings and legal information, references to the Code of Federal Regulations ("CFR") will increase.  Below an is explanation of the CFR and reference to associated CFR Titles.


Code of Federal Regulations (CFRs) in Print

Code of Federal Regulations in Print

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is an annual codification of the general and permanent rules of the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government published by the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) in the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in the Federal Register. The purpose of the CFR is to present the official and complete text of agency regulations in one organized publication and to provide a comprehensive and convenient reference for all those who may need to know the text of general and permanent Federal regulations.
The CFR is divided into 50 titles representing broad areas subject to Federal regulation. Each Title is divided into chapters that are assigned to agencies issuing regulations pertaining to that broad subject area. Each chapter is divided into parts and each part is then divided into sections -- the basic unit of the CFR.  Those interested in a specific topic, such as Telecommunications, need only purchase a specific volume or groups of volumes that pertain to the desired topic. 
A full set of the CFR consists of approximately 200 volumes. The approximately 200 CFR volumes are revised at least once a year on a quarterly basis as follows:
  • Titles 1 -- 16 as of January 1
  • Titles 17 -- 27 as of April 1
  • Titles 28 -- 41 as of July 1
  • Titles 42 -- 50 as of October 1
The CFR is keyed to and kept up-to-date by the daily Federal Register. These two publications must be used together to determine the latest version of any given rule. When a Federal agency publishes a regulation in the Federal Register, that regulation usually is an amendment to the existing CFR in the form of a change, an addition, or a removal.

Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (eCFR)

The Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR) is a currently updated version of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). It is not an official legal edition of the CFR. The e-CFR is an editorial compilation of CFR material and Federal Registeramendments produced by the National Archives and Records Administration's Office of the Federal Register (OFR) and the Government Publishing Office. The OFR updates the material in the e-CFR on a daily basis. The current update status appears at the top of all e-CFR web pages

TransportiCA Note: CFR Titles discussed a lot In this blog are the following:
TITLE 10 - ENERGY
TITLE 23 - HIGHWAYS
TITLE 24 - HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
TITLE 33 - NAVIGATION AND NAVIGABLE WATERS
TITLE 40 - PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT
TITLE 46 - SHIPPING
TITLE 49 - TRANSPORTATION


(Source: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/catalog/laws-regulations/code-federal-regulations-cfrs-print; http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/ECFR?page=browse)

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