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Federal Regulations

How do you update Federal Regulations?  **

1. Find your regulation in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)  Index volume at the end of the set.  Note the year of the volume.

2. Check the latest monthly pamphlet of the CFR entitled LSA: List of CFR Sections Affected, which  cumulates all changes back to the last published revision of the CFR title in question (inclusive dates for each title are indicated on the inside cover and should relate back to the year of your volume in step 1.  If it does not, see the librarian).  This pamphlet is located at the end of the CFR set.

3. Beginning with the month following that for which the pamphlet found in step 2 was published, check the Federal Register (FR) Monthly Indexes, Cumulative (for each month) List of CFR Parts Affected (last issue for the month.  List is in the back of each index).

4. Check the Cumulative List of CFR Parts Affected in the Daily Issue of the Federal Register for the most recent day in the current month.

5. For example, on December 20, 2008 assume you wish to update 45 CFR 612.8.  On that date you would do as follows:

(a) 45 CFR 612.8 is found in volume 45 of the CFR revised as of October 1, 2007.

(b) On the inside cover of the September, 2008 List of CFR Sections Affected pamphlet (most recent that we have received as of 12/20/08) it indicates that titles 42-50 cover changes from October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008.

(c) Check the Federal Register CFR Parts Affected for the latest issue that we have received for the months of October and November located in the back of the issue.

(d) Check the December 20, 2008 issue of the daily Federal Register (or the most current issue).

6. You may also find current Federal Regulations using Westlaw, Lexis or the U.S. Government Website at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/

7. Do not forget that for many subject areas, there are looseleaf services that bring together Federal Regulations along with statutes, court decisions and commentary.

**   Remember, you can Shepardize the CFR, Presidential Proclamations, Executive Orders and Reorganization Plans online in Lexis and through Keycite in Westlaw.