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Federal Legislative

US House of Representatives

U.S. Senate Homepage

Contacting the Congress: — A Citizen's Congressional Directory

Statutory Codes and Session Laws

U.S. Code Online

~ Federal statutes published in the U.S. Code are posted on the US Congress House of Representatives website. Be informed that as published online, they are not always current. Please check on recent updates to code sections by using the "Classification" tables.

US Private & Public Laws

U.S. Public & Private Laws

~ Federal laws recently created, including laws not yet combined into the U.S. Code may be found here. Coverage begins at the start of the commercial Internet in 1995.

Legislative History

~ Serves as the bona fide website covering the federal legislative branch. It provides links useful to congressional staff members, government agencies, and the public. It is a service of the Library of Congress.

LLSDC Legislative Source Book — Law Librarians' Society of Washington, DC

~ Information about legislative history information, sometimes complex and puzzling research, unravels here.

Federal Executive Information

The White House

Presidential Documents

Compilation of Presidential Documents — (1993 - Current)

~ As a presentation of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), various daily and weekly compilations are available.

Administrative Agencies

A-Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies

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Administrative Regulations

Code of Federal Regulations (1996 - current)

~ The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) codifies the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It contains 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. Available in various viewing formats with search options, you may even check the "List of CFR Sections Affected (LSA)" to research updates.

Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR)

~ This is the unofficial e-version of the CFR. It is more current that the print edition, although the Federal Register may indicate more recent updates.

Federal Register

~ This is online access to the official Federal Register print version. It publishes rules, notices, orders, and other documents daily. The online version includes entries since 1994.

~ Often called "Federal Register 2.0," it is an unofficial e-version of the Federal Register. It is organized differently than the print version, being easier to navigate and search.

CFR Parts Affected from the Federal Register

~ Users can browse CFR Parts Affected from the Federal Register to find final and proposed rules that affect the CFR and have been published in the Federal Register within the past 24 hours, week, month, or within a specific date range.

List of CFR Sections Affected (LSA)

~ The LSA lists proposed, new, and amended Federal regulations that have been published in the Federal Register since the most recent revision of a CFR title. Each LSA issue is cumulative and contains the CFR part and section numbers, a description of its status, and the page number where changes may be found.

~ It is a source for information on the development of Federal regulations and other related documents issued by the U.S. government. Through this site, you can find, read, and comment on important regulatory issues.

~ As a service of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), presents information on all significant regulatory actions. Executive Order 12866 requires analysis of costs and benefits of rules and, to the extent permitted by law, action only when a reasoned determination finds that the benefits justify the costs.

Administrative Agency Decisions

A-Z Index of U.S. Government Departments & Agencies

~ See each individual agency regarding its decisions or opinons.

Administrative Decisions

~ A service of the University of Virginia Library, it links to administrative actions that are outside of the publishing scope of the CFR or the Federal Register.

Federal Judicial Information

US Courts

~ Links to courts, information about the federal court system and about its publications.

Federal Judicial History

~ A service of the Federal Judicial Center, historical data about the courts and judges, various landmark publications, and more is presented. The Supreme Court enjoys a rich history since 1790.

U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court of the United States

~ Links to recent opinions, orders, oral arguments, court rules, docket details, and general information can be found. Its decisions affect the federal governmentÕs three branches of government and the public.

U.S. Supreme Court Opinions

~ Offers a searchable database of Supreme Court opinions and decisions. It is browsable by year and with respect to the volumes of "U.S. Reports," and can be searched with a party name, case tile, citation, or docket number.

Google Scholar — Advanced Scholar Search for legal opinions

~ The "Legal Opinions and Journals" findings of this site are immense. Even should you seek to "search opinions of," you will find advanced scholarly results. The span of coverage includes Supreme Court cases since 1791. A Google account is required for access.

Legal Information Institute (LII) — Supreme Court Decisions

~ Serves as an alternative source for Supreme Court opinions. A presentation in association with Cornell Law School.

Oyez — Hear Ye, Hear Ye

Other Federal Court Decisions


~ A creation of the Free Law Project, the site offers a database that is searchable. It has Federal and state court decisions, recordings of oral arguments, and other features.

Justia — US Federal Courts of Appeals Case Law

Judicial Opinions — LII Federal Law Materials

~ Offers links to various individual federal court sites

LLSDC U.S. Court Opinions — Quick Links

~ Official U.S. court sites often have opinions available since the 1990's to the present day.

Findlaw's Links to Federal District Courts

PACER — Public Access to Court Electronic Records

~ Permits access case docket details and information for federal district, bankruptcy and appellate courts, including e-filings for many of the courts.

Federal Courts in New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Eastern District of New York

Northern District of New York

Southern District of New York

Western District of New York

Government Information Resources

Bureau of Justice Statistics

~ A valuable resource, it offers statistics on the criminal justice system.

~ Is the home of the U.S. Government's open data. It is a place to find data, tools, and resources to conduct research, develop web and mobile applications, design data visualization, and more.


~ A subset to, this part regarding ethics includes required disclosures by the White House and those doing business with the US government. — Federal Digital System

~ This is free U.S. Government information for all, a service of the United State Government Publishing Office (GPO). GPO publications are now widely available on the Internet.

Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP)

Federal Data and Statistics —

Government Information Online — Ask a Librarian

~ Ask government information libraries questions on about any subject.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) — Government Attic

~ Provides electronic copies of thousands of interesting Federal documents obtained under FOIA requests.


~ The service of the GPO, it makes available free public access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal government.

Social Security Administrations — Program Operations Manual System (POMS)

~ The POMS is a primary source of information used by Social Security employees to process claims for Social Security benefits. The public version of POMS is identical to the version used by Social Security employees except that it does not include internal data entry and sensitive content instructions.

TRAC — Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse

~ It is a service of Syracuse University to provide comprehensive information about federal enforcement, staffing, and spending. Among TRAC's many subject areas, some with pertinent data and analysis are as follows:

Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (ATF)

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)


Internal Revenue Service (IRS)


U.S. Government Manual

~ As the official handbook of the Federal Government, The United States Government Manual provides information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies; international organizations in which the United States participates; and boards, commissions, and committees.

~ The mission is to create and organize timely, needed governmental information and services and make them accessible anytime, anywhere, via your channel of choice. It is the official U.S. government information portal, a service of the U.S. General Services Administration's Technology Transformation Service.

U.S. Census Bureau Publications

Statistical Abstract Series — (Historical)

~ Statistical Abstract data present here ranges from our most recent edition to the historical abstracts compiled throughout the decades. Some of the data were scanned as an effort to make historical abstract information available to the public. The display of data will continue as historical records become available.

States & Local Area Census Data

~ The State and Local Area Web site allows online access to the data provided by the Statistical Abstract supplement publications, State and Metropolitan Area Data Book and County and City Data Book. The electronic version provides more current data as well as source links which allow the user to access additional data not included in Census Bureau publications.

Quick Facts — U.S. Census Bureau

~ QuickFacts is an easy to use site that provides tables, maps, and charts of commonly requested statistics from censuses, surveys, and programs. Profiles are available for the nation, all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and all counties.

Paid Legal Research Services


~ LexisNexis is a paid legal research subscription service with exhaustive resources.

Thomson Reuters — Westlaw

~ Westlaw is a paid legal research subscription service with exhaustive resources.

Popular Government & Other Useful Sites

~ The following is a partial list of many federal agency websites and other useful information.

ANA — Administration for Native Americans

~ ANA supports Native American communities by providing financial assistance and capacity building, gathering and sharing data, and advocating for improved policies within HHS and across the federal government.

Administrative Office of the US Courts

~ Day-to-day responsibility for judicial administration rests with each individual court. By statute and administrative practice, each court appoints support staff, supervises spending, and manages court records.

US Department of Agriculture (USDA)

~ The USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues.

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)

~ BPA markets wholesale electrical power from 31 federal hydroelectric projects in the Northwest, one nonfederal nuclear plant and several small nonfederal power plants. The dams are operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation.

Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)

~ The BIA role is to enhance the quality of life, to promote economic opportunity, and to carry out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives.

Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)

Federally Recognized Tribes — Wikipedia List

~ Federally recognized tribes are those Native American tribes recognized by the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs for certain federal government purposes.

~ The BJS publishes information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

~ The BLS measures labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy.

Centers for Medicare-Medicaid Services (CMS)

~ The CMS provides guidance as to health coverage to more than 100 million people through Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, and the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Copyright Office

~ Search the Copyright Public Records Catalog online. 1978 to present.

Health & Human Services (HSS)

~ It is the mission of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans. We fulfill that mission by providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services.

Department of Veterans Affairs VA

~ The VA runs programs benefiting veterans and members of their families.

Federal Maritime Commission

~ The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is the independent federal agency responsible for regulating the U.S. international ocean transportation system for the benefit of U.S. exporters, importers, and the U.S. consumer.

Indian Health Service

~ The provision of health services to members of federally-recognized tribes grew out of the special government-to-government relationship between the federal government and Indian tribes. This relationship, established in 1787, is based on Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, and has been given form and substance by numerous treaties, laws, Supreme Court decisions, and Executive Orders.

Japan - USA Friendship Commission

~ The Commission was established to strengthen the U.S.-Japan relationship through educational, cultural, and intellectual exchange.

Department of Justice

~ The Department of Justice enforces federal laws, seeks just punishment for the guilty, and ensures the fair and impartial administration of justice.

Library of Congress

~ The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.

National Cemetery Administration

~ Manages US national cemeteries at home and abroad. Thousands of Americans are buried overseas.

US Patents & Trademark Office (USPTO)

~ The USPTO is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks.

Office of Servicemember Affairs

~ Works to help military families overcome unique financial challenges by providing educational resources, monitoring complaints, and working with other agencies to solve problems faced by servicemembers.

Smithsonian Institute (SI)

~ The SI is the world's largest museum, education, and research complex, with 19 museums and the National Zoo, shaping the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world.

Social Security Administration (SSA)

~ The SSA is an independent agency of the federal government that administers Social Security, a social insurance program consisting of retirement, disability, and survivors benefits.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services (SAMHSA)

~ The SAMHSA is part of the HHS that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

US Post Office (USPS)

~ The USPS mission is to provide a reliable, efficient, trusted and affordable universal delivery service that connects people and helps businesses grow. Everyone living in the United States and its territories has access to postal products and services and pays the same for a First-Class postage stamp regardless of their location.

Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)

~ The OVW provides federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

National Indian Law Library (

~ The National Indian Law Library (NILL) is a law library devoted to American Indian law. It serves both the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) and the public. NILL serves the public by developing and making accessible a unique and valuable collection of Indian law resources and by providing direct research assistance and delivery of information.

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