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Federal Register Marks 75th Anniversary with New Website

Federal RegisterThe past year or so has been an exciting time for the Federal Register, the newspaper of the United States Government. On July 26, the newspaper celebrated its 75th anniversary. Just a few days before that, Archivist of the United States David Ferriero announced that the Government Printing Office (GPO) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) were launching a new “Federal Register 2.0″ website to celebrate the anniversary. According to Ferriero, the website “takes into consideration the 21st century user and turns the Federal Register into a daily web newspaper.” It is built using XML and open source code, in itself a major development for government publishing. It is also very slick, and very usable – also a major development for government publishing. Continue reading

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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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