January 23, 2022

GPO Begins Digital Release Of Historical Federal Register, 1990-1994 Available Today

From the Government Publishing Office:

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) start the digital release of historic issues of the Federal Register with issues from 1990-1994.

This project will digitize a total of 14,587 individual issues, dating back to the first Federal Register in 1936. Nearly two million pages are being digitized.


“The digital versions of the Federal Register will give the public easy access on smartphones, tablets, laptops and personal computers to the historic rules and regulations of our Government dating back to the Administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt,” said GPO Director Davita Vance-Cooks.  “Today’s release is a milestone for the long-term relationship between the between GPO and the Office of the Federal Register in providing the American public with regulatory information in multiple platforms.”


The first issue of the Federal Register came off GPO presses and was published on March 16, 1936. President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the first document, an executive order, to be published. The Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. It is updated daily by 6 a.m. and is published Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

Direct to Access Federal Register of the U.S. (via GPO govinfo)

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