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United States, Office of the Federal Register.
Document Drafting Handbook

Office of the Federal Register
National Archives and Records Administration

Revised Edition

April 1986

For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office Washington, D.C. 20402

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The Office of the Federal Register presents this revised edition of the "Document Drafting Handbook.” This edition replaces the handbook published June 1980. The updated requirements in this handbook reflect recent changes in regulatory development procedures, document format, and printing technology

The handbook is designed to help Federal agencies prepare documents for publication in the Federal Register.

We have attempted to present the information in this handbook in a functional manner. The material has been divided into segments that allow the user to identify the information necessary to solve a particular problem.

Editors of this handbook were Robert D. Fox, Roy Nanovic, and Ernie Sowada.

This handbook is issued under the Federal Register Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 15) and the regulations of the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register (1 CFR 15.10). Inquiries and comments should be addressed to the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408.

Table of Contents

The Federal Register/Code of Federal Regulations System

Historical background

Organization

The Code of Federal Regulations

The Federal Register

Federal Register services

Documents

Publication in the Federal Register

Document categories

The President

Rules and regulations

Proposed rules

Notices

Sunshine Act meetings

Can a rule, proposed rule or notice be combined in the

same document?

Can a document be issued jointly?

Rule and Proposed Rule Document Requirements

Headings

Preamble requirements

AGENCY caption

ACTION caption

SUMMARY

DATES caption

ADDRESSES caption

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT caption

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION

List of Subjects

Words of issuance

Authority citation

Regulatory text

Citing text within a section

Headings in regulatory text

Amendatory language: General

Amendatory language: Terms

Display of amendatory language with regulatory text

Nomenclature change

Addition or revision of a part or subpart

Amendment to a section

Table of contents

OMB control number

Cross references

Incorporation by reference

Interim rule

Sample rule document

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