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Quick Start: Regulatory Insight

Regulatory Histories created by ProQuest for enacted Public Laws

What is Regulatory Insight

A law’s been passed.  What happens next?   Regulatory Insight takes you to the next stage. Regulatory Insight provides researchers with workflow solutions to facilitate research tasks associated with administrative law. As a companion to Legislative Insight, Regulatory Insight offers U.S. federal administrative law histories for the period 1936-2014 organized by federal statute and Executive Order.

Regulatory Insight creates regulatory histories for individual federal statutes and Executive Orders by compiling pertinent Federal Register articles into a research-friendly workspace similar to the workspace provided in Legislative Insight. "Search within" functionality and the ability to limit by content type (e.g. notices, proposed rules, final rules) are available through the filters.

  • The default display is organized by federal agency to facilitate research into the history of agency-specific and sub-agency regulations.  Histories are also sortable by date.
  • When complete, the content will include fully searchable PDFs of all Federal Register issues from 1936-present, plus separate PDFs of all FR “articles” with both browse and search options.
  • When complete,the content will include fully searchable PDFs of all CFR volumes 1938-present plus separate PDFs of all CFR Titles and Parts, with browse and search options.
  • Regulatory histories also include links to Legislative Insight.

What goes into a Regulatory History?

Regulatory histories associated with a public law are compilations of Federal Register (FR) notices, proposed rules, and rules representing the complete rulemaking process associated with specific Public Laws. These histories are compiled by human researchers. 

The first thing that happens is that all FR articles that mention a law specifically by citation, short title, popular name, cited act or any other way that refers specifically to the law are brought together for review by the researcher who examines each article to determine whether or not it is directly associated with the law. An article that says something like “P.L. 111-XYZ was enacted since this rulemaking began, but was not considered in the making of this rule” would obviously not be included, but many things are taken into account as the decision to include/exclude is made.

In addition to consulting the text of the Federal Register articles, researchers check such sources as the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR),  the Public Law text, and, at times, the Parallel Table of  Authorities and Rules.

Once the history is compiled, the editorial team reviews the compilation for accuracy.

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Current Content

The Federal Register is updated in Regulatory Insight within 48 hours.  The information is reviewed and the regulatory histories are updated twice each week. 

As of March 27, 2017 we have the following content loaded:

  • Federal Register documents for 1964-present
  • Code of Federal Regulations from 1986-current.

Regulatory Histories Loaded

As of March 13, 2017 the product contains ProQuest Regulatory Histories for Public Laws enacted from 1965-2016 amd Executive Orders beginning in 2000.

When complete, this product will contain regulatory histories from 1936-2016.  Prospective (2017 and future) public laws will be covered as they are enacted as an additional module.

Histories Associated with Public Laws and Executive Orders will load completely in 2017 on this schedule:

  • Q1:  93rd – 89th Congress; EO 1990 - 2009
  • Q2:  88th – 84th Congress; EO 1970 - 1989
  • Q3:  83rd – 79th Congress; EO 1950 - 1969
  • Q4:  78th – 74th Congress; EO 1936 - 1949

Coming Q1 2017

  • Submitted comments for proposed pages (2016 only)