Some Guidance About Federal Agencies and Guidance
Law Library Journal, Vol. 105, No. 3, pp. 385-94 (Summer 2013)
10 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2013
Date Written: August 14, 2013
This essay explores for legal researchers some of the complexity and variety of the federal administrative system. It also discusses the increasingly important role of "guidance documents" — agency pronouncements that have not gone through the rule-making process but state positions on the law and enforcement (and therefore have practical effect even if not legal effect).
Keywords: administrative law, subregulatory guidance, nonlegislative rules, regulations, rule-making, Administrative Procedure Act, Federal Register, agencies, legal research
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