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Government Policy and OFR Procedures

Reader Aids

Reader Aids help people use and understand the federal rulemaking process. Reader Aids information is not published in the Federal Register.

About This Site

The Office of the Federal Register (OFR) of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) jointly administer the website. We developed this website to make it easier for citizens and communities to understand the regulatory process and to participate in Government decision-making.


The OFR/GPO partnership is committed to presenting accurate and reliable regulatory information on with the objective of eventually establishing the XML-based Federal Register as a publication officially recognized by the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register. While we try to ensure that the material on is accurately displayed, consistent with the official PDF version on, those relying on it for legal research should verify their results against an official edition of the daily Federal Register. This prototype version will remain an unofficial informational resource until the ACFR grants it official legal status. You can learn more about, including how to access, OFR’s official publications.


Any person may reproduce or republish any material appearing in any regular or special edition of the Federal Register (1 CFR 2.6).  There are no restrictions regarding what is reproduced, who can reproduce it, or where it can be reproduced.

Enhanced Content

In this HTML version, Federal Register documents are organized and displayed in an easier to read format with extensive navigation aids and links to related material, such as the Code of Federal Regulations and the United States Code. We also added various web tools and user aids designed to help people find material relevant to their interests, such as broad topical sections in six areas of interest, suggested searches for trending items, and agency “home pages” that list every Federal Register document published by an agency and its sub-agencies.

Public Inspection

This site also has the electronic Public Inspection list. Although we make a concerted effort to reproduce the original document in full, in some cases graphics may not be displayed, and non-substantive markup language may appear alongside substantive text. If you are using public inspection listings for legal research, you should verify the contents of documents against a final, official edition of the Federal Register. Only an official version of the Federal Register document provides legal notice to the public and judicial notice to the courts under 44 U.S.C. 1507.

We recommend reading the “Learn” pages of this site for more on the structure and value of the Federal Register and for an overview of the regulatory process.

Authority: The Office of the Federal Register was created in 1935 under the Federal Register Act (44 U.S.C. 1501, et seq.) and its mission was enlarged by the Administrative Procedure Act of 1946 (5 U.S.C. 551 et seq.) and the Freedom of Information Act of 1966 (5 U.S.C. 552 and 553).Federal Register regulations are published in 1 CFR chapters I and II.

Public Participation:Our goal in converting print-based material to machine-readable XML data is to make the Federal Register more searchable, more accessible, easier to digest, and easier to share with people and information systems.As we build a more user-friendly version of the Federal Register, the OFR and GPO encourage every citizen to become more involved in the workings of their government and to make their voices heard on the things that matter to them, from the smallest to the largest issues.

Read or Purchase Copies of the Official Editions of the Federal Register

§View our publications on GPO’s Federal Digital System or

§Visit a Federal Depository Library for reference copies of Federal Register publications at

§Shop at GPO’s Electronic Bookstore,

§Purchase by phone or fax:

    • Telephone: 202-512-1800, M-F, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Fax orders and inquiries to: 202-512-2250 (anytime).
  • Purchase by mail:

oSuperintendent of Documents
P.O. Box 371954
Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954

Business Hours and Locations

Business Hours

The Federal Register Office is open:

  • 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Monday through Friday
  • We are closed on Federal Holidays.


Washington, DC (See also our Alternate Location)

The Federal Register Office is located three blocks north of the Union Station Metro, at:

800 North Capitol Street, NW
Suite 700

Washington DC 20001

Use our North Capitol Street address for:

  • Pick-up and delivery by messenger or express courier
  • Viewing public inspection documents in our reading room
  • Appointments with our staff

Do not address U.S. Mail to 800 N. Capitol Street.

U.S. Mail

Address your stamped envelope to:

Office of the Federal Register (NF)
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road

College Park, MD 20740-6001


Call the Federal Register Office at: (202) 741-6000


Send a fax to the Federal Register Office at: 202 741-6012


Call the Federal Register Office using TTY for deaf and hard of hearing at: 202 741-6086

Alternate Location in the Washington, DC Metro Area

Office of the Federal Register Satellite Work Site

U.S. Government Printing Office Bookstore, Retail Sales Outlet

Laurel, MD 20707

Telephone: 301-317-3953, 301-317-9635, 301-317-7940, and 301-317-9641

Fax: 301-317-6883

Directions to the Alternate OFR/GPO Work Site in Laurel, MD:

  • From New York Ave in NW Washington, or the Washington Beltway (I-495), take the Baltimore-Washington Parkway north (MD-295).
  • At the MD-197 (Laurel/Bowie) exit, take the ramp for Laurel 0.3 miles.
  • Bear LEFT at Laurel/Bowie Road, and go 2.2 miles.
  • Turn LEFT onto Cherry Lane, and go 0.6 miles.
  • Look for the GPO Book Warehouse entrance to the right.

Alternate Location in West Virginia at the NARA/OFR COOP Site

National Archives, Office of the Federal Register COOP Site

Building 494, Robert C. Byrd Hilltop Office Complex

610 State Route 956,
Rocket Center, WV, 26726

Telephone: 304-726-7800 (Operator), 304-726-7862, 304-726-7863

Directions to the NARA/OFR COOP Site in Rocket Center, WV:

  • From the Washington Beltway (I-495):
  • Take I-270 west toward Frederick
  • Take exit 32 to merge onto I-70 west toward Hagerstown
  • Take exit 1A on the LEFT to merge onto I-68 W/US-40 west toward Cumberland
  • Take exit 42 for Greene St/US-220 south
  • Turn LEFT at MD-956/Patriot Pkwy (signs for MD-956 east)
  • Continue on WV-956, 410 feet to Allegany Ballistics Laboratory
  • Turn LEFT into plant entrance and proceed to security check point