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New Look for the Federal Register

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On July 26th, the U.S. Government Printing Office and the National Archives' Office of the Federal Register launched its new Federal Register website, which is designed to be easier to use:

  • Notices are divided by popular sections such as Money, Science and Technology, and Business and Industry.
  • Notices in each of the sections are displayed as blog posts.
  • Each notice is displayed as a web page with clearly labeled headings and a sharing toolbar at the start of each paragraph, so you can share Federal Register notices via Twitter, Facebook, or Digg.
  • There is also a comment submission button which lets you submit your views through regulations.gov, a federal regulations website we blogged about earlier this year.
  • Other new features include a What's Hot section and the ability to follow notices via RSS feeds.
The new Federal Register website is similar to regulations.gov. Like regulations.gov, you can search by keyword or browse notices by agency name or topic. The new Federal Register page also has presidential documents such as executive orders and proclamations.

The website is in its beta testing phase, so it's not yet considered the official Federal Register source. You can still access the official version of the Federal Register online through FDSys or in print at your local Federal Depository Library.

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