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Glossary

(Federal Regulations)

 
Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking A preliminary notice, published in the FR, announcing that an agency is considering a regulatory action. These notices are issued only when an agency believes it needs to gather more information before announcing a notice of proposed rulemaking. (1)

 

Agency A governmental department that represents or acts on the behalf of others. (4)

 

CFR Code of Federal Regulations

 

Codification The process of collecting and arranging Federal or State laws, or regulations that cover a particular subject of law or practice. (2)

 

FR Federal Register

 

Law A body of rules of action or conduct with binding legal force, prescribed by a controlling authority. (2)

 

Notice Document other than a final or proposed rule that is applicable to the public. Notices are contained within the FR. (4)

 

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking The document an agency issues and publishes in the FR that describes and solicits comments on a proposed regulatory action. (1)

 

Order A mandate, command, or direction given by an authority; a rule or regulation. (2)

 

Preamble An official decree. (4)

 

Proclamation A formal declaration or public announcement giving notice of a governmental act that has been done or is to be done. (2)

 

Procurement The act of obtaining or acquiring services (through a government contract). (2)

 

Regulation A rule or order, issued by an executive authority, prescribed for management or government and having the force of law. (2)

 

Rule An authoritative statement of what may or may not be done; a regulation. (2)

 

Statutory Relating to a law enacted by a legislative body. (2)

 

Sunshine Act Requires that meetings of government agencies be open to the public with certain specified exceptions; a public announcement must be made in the FR stating the time, place, subject matter of the meeting, the name and telephone number of the agency official to contact for more information, and whether the meeting is open or closed to the public. (3)

 

Treaty A compact or agreement made between two or more independent nations, with a focus on public welfare. (2)

 

USC United States Code


Definitions followed by a (1) are found in the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, Vol. 61, No. 93, Book 2.

Definitions followed by a (2) are found in Black's Law Dictionary, West Publishing Co., 1990.

Definitions followed by a (3) are further explained in 5 USC 552b(e)(3).

Definitions followed by a (4) are found in Webster's II: New Riverside Dictionary, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1984.

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