Monthly Archives: February 2010

Federal Register in XML allows for new possibilities in government interaction

In October, 2009, the Obama administration announced that the National Archives and Records Administration and the Government Printing Office will begin publishing the Federal Register in XML. This is a major step forward for open government and is probably as significant as the creation of the register itself.

The Federal Register was created by the Federal Register Act of 1935 after a Supreme Court case (Panama Refining Company vs. Ryan 293 U.S. 388) that ruled that companies could not be held responsible for violating interstate trading regulations if the regulations were not made public. Continue reading

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