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Explanation

The Code of Federal Regulations is a codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the Executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. The Code is divided into 50 titles which represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. Each title is divided into chapters which usually bear the name of the issuing agency. Each chapter is further subdivided into parts covering specific regulatory areas.

ISSUE DATES

Each volume of the Code is revised at least once each calendar year and issued on a quarterly basis approximately as follows:

Title 1 through Title 16 as of January 1

Title 17 through Title 27 as of April 1

Title 28 through Title 41 as of July 1

Title 42 through Title 50 as of October 1

The appropriate revision date is printed on the cover of each volume.

LEGAL STATUS

The contents of the Federal Register are required to be judicially noticed (44 U.S.C. 1507). The Code of Federal Regulations is prima facie evidence of the text of the original documents (44 U.S.C. 1510).

HOW TO USE THE CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS

The Code of Federal Regulations is kept up to date by the individual issues of the Federal Register. These two publications must be used together to determine the latest version of any given rule.

To determine whether there have been any amendments since the revision date of the Code volume in which the user is interested (in. this case, July 1, 1976) the following two lists must be consulted: the "Cumulative List of CFR Sections Affected" issued monthly and the "Cumulative List of Parts Affected" which appears daily in the Federal Register. These two lists will refer the user to the Federal Register page where he may find the latest amendment of any given rule.

EFFECTIVE DATES

Each volume of the Code contains amendments published in the Federal Register since the last revision of that volume of the Code. Source citations for the regulations are referred to by volume number and page number of the Federal Register and date of publication. Publication dates and effective dates are usually not the same and care must be exercised by the user in determining the actual effective date. In instances where the effective date is beyond the cut-off date for the Code, a note has been inserted to reflect the future effective date.

Provisions that become obsolete before the revision date stated on the cover of each volume are not carried. Code users may find the text of provisions in effect on a given date in the past by using the appropriate numerical list of sections affected. For the period before January 1, 1964, the user should consult the "List of Sections Affected, 1949-1963" published in a separate volume. For the period beginning January 1, 1964, a "List of CFR Sections Affected" is published at the end of each CFR volume.

CFR INDEXES

The subject index to the Code, which is revised annually is contained in a separate volume entitled "General Index." This volume also contains a list of CFR titles, chapters, and parts, an alphabetical list of agencies appearing in the CFR, and lists of current and superseded CFR volumes.

An index to the text of Presidential documents is found at the end of each compilation of Title 3A, The President.

ADDITIONAL FINDING AIDS

A separate annually revised volume, entitled "Finding Aids", contains additional narrative assistance and tabular guides to materials in the Code of Federal Regulations. This volume contains a description of all the publications of the Office of the Federal Register, as well as the following tables:

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This volume also contains lists of current and superseded CFR volumes, an alphabetical list of agencies appearing in the CFR, and a table of CFR titles, chapters, and parts.

The Federal Register Index is issued monthly, quarterly, and annually, and is a consolidation of the "Contents" entries in the daily Federal Register.

GENERAL INQUIRIES

Inquiries concerning technical or legal aspects of this volume should be addressed to the Director, Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Service, General Services Administration, Washington, D.C. 20408 (telephone 202-523-5240).

SALES

Sales are handled exclusively by the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402.

Fred J. Emery,

Director,

July 1,1976. Office of the Federal Register.

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Title 32—National Defense is composed of eleven volumes. The parts in these volumes are arranged in the following order: Parts 1-39 (Volumes I, II and III), Parts 40-399, Parts 400-589, Parts 590-699, Parts 700-799, Parts 800-999, Parts 1000-1399, Parts 1400-1599, and Part 1600 to end. The contents of these volumes represent all current regulations codified under this title of the CFR as of July 1,1976.

AS PR REGULATIONS

The Armed Services Procurement Regulations (ASPR) comprise the first 3 volumes of Title 32 organized as follows:

(1) Title 32, Parts 1-39, Volume I (containing ASPR Sections I-VI),

(2) Title 32, Parts 1-39, Volume II (containing ASPR Sections VII-XIX), and

(3) Title 32, Parts 139, Volume III (containing ASPR Sections XX-XXVI, and Appendices A through P.

PRIMARY PUBLICATION IN CFR

Normally, text appearing in the CFR is derived from matter previously published in the Federal Register. In this instance, however, the ASPR are being updated and incorporated directly into the CFR. Currently, the ASPR are contained in a loose leaf edition of over 3,000 pages and are distributed by the Defense Department through subscriptions to the Government Printing Office. Because of the great bulk of this material, a decision was made to bypass the Federal Register and make the CFR the place of primary publication for the ASPR.

This special mode of promulgation was first announced in the Federal RegisTer on May 5, 1976 (41 FR 18558). Subsequently, the OFR published the 1975 edition of the ASPR in three CFR volumes updated to include amendments issued through November 1,1975.

On August 3, 1977 (42 FR 39213), the ASPR Committee announced the promulgation of the 1976 edition of ASPR. The agreements made between the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) and ASPR Committee for the 1975 edition are continued and made applicable to this 1976 edition. The following notes explain those agreements insofar as they affect standard CFR format, numbering of units and pagination.

ASPR NUMBERING

The ASPR, as updated in these CFR volumes, contains the material from the July, 1976 ASPR loose leaf edition. The CFR volumes have been reproduced photographically from the ASPR edition, and, thus, are identical in content. As

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