GPO’s Authenticated PDFs of Archival Federal Registers & Congressional Record Available via HeinOnline
The Federal Register is a primary source for United States federal government agencies’ proposed rules, final rules, changes to existing rules and notices, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. The Federal Register is the official journal of record for the acts of the U.S. Government. It’s updated daily and printed Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. This publication is divided into four categories:
- Presidential documents, executive orders, and proclamations
- Rules and Regulations (policy statements and interpretations of rules by federal agencies)
- Proposed Rules (petitions by agencies for assistance in rulemaking and other proposals)
- Notices (scheduled hearings and meetings open to the public, grant applications and administrative orders)
The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session.
The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) offer historical issues of the Federal Register from 1990-1994 and the Congressional Record from 1951-1998. The issues are now digitally available to the public via the GPO’s website. The project will digitize a total of 14,587 individual issues of the Federal Register and more than one million pages of the Congressional Record.
What does this mean for HeinOnline subscribers?
Many HeinOnline users have access to comprehensive coverage of the Federal Register and Congressional Record, both with daily updates! With the digital release of the GPO material, users are now given the option to view the HeinOnline version of these documents, or to view the GPO authenticated archival version directly from the GPO. The text and pagination in both versions are identical, as they’re both scanned replicas of the original. The HeinOnline version is available in black & white, fully searchable, and provides users with inline linking to previous citations in the Federal Register, U.S. Code, and other sources within HeinOnline. The GPO’s version is available in full-color government archival quality, fully searchable, but does not include the advantage of inline linking.
There are two ways to access the 1990-1994 GPO authenticated PDFs in HeinOnline.
1. Within a Federal Register or Congressional Record document in HeinOnline, users will see a “GPO Authenticated PDF” link in the upper right-hand corner of the page. Selecting this option will link you to the GPO’s version.
2. Within search results, users may view the page in HeinOnline, download the PDF from HeinOnline, or download the GPO authenticated PDF.
Selecting the “GPO Authenticated” version from either a document or search result will direct you to the GPO’s version.