Federal Statutes, Regulations and Legislation

The full text of the Constitution of the United States of America, with annotations.

The United States Code

The United States Code is the official compilation of all statutes enacted and codified by the United States Congress. The Code consists of fifty numbered “titles” corresponding very roughly to the organizational charts of federal departments and agencies. Statutes enforced by the United States Department of Education, for example, are typically found in Title 20.

The Code of Federal Regulations

The Code of Federal Regulations, or “CFR” for short, contains the official compilation of regulations issued by federal departments and agencies. Like the United States Code, the CFR is organized into consecutively numbered “titles,” but, confusingly, title numbers are not always the same as the corresponding title number in the United States Code. Regulations issued by the United States Department of Education, for example, appear in Title 34 of the CFR.

The Federal Register

The Federal Registered is issued daily by the United States Government Printing Office. It is a compendium of notices from federal departments and agencies organized chronologically by date and time of issuance. Notices of proposed rulemaking, announcements of federal contract and grant programs, and other time-sensitive notices often appear first in the pages of the Federal Register.

The Library of Congress’s “THOMAS” Website

This comprehensive web site offers a rich array of materials on the activities of the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives, including texts of all introduced bills, legislative histories, information on Congressional committees, and the full text of Congress’s daily journal, the Congressional Record.