GPO to Digitize Two Million Pages of the Federal Register

The Federal Register (the daily newspaper of the Federal government) is a legal newspaper published every business day by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). It contains proposed and final administrative regulations of federal agencies.

frGPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides free online access to the Federal Register, but like many online databases, coverage begins in the early 90’s.  So if you needed to do historical research in the Federal Register and you wanted to do it electronically, you would have to use a fee-based database.

Now, however, this will be changing. GPO and NARA plan to make every issue of the Federal Register digitally available to the public. Approximately 14,587 individual issues, which go back to 1936, will be digitized. The digital collection will be released in stages as each decade is digitized.

The completed digitization of the Federal Register is expected to be completed in 2016.



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