Federal Government Information

Executive Branch

Whereas the Legislative Branch makes laws, the Executive Branch enforces the laws. In this capacity, it produces different forms of information.

Regulations
Agencies Public Papers of the President
Executive Orders & Proclamations
Federal Budget U.S. Government Manual
Presidential Messages Weekly Compilation of Presidential Papers

 


AGENCIES

The President has many Agencies to help perform his duties. There are literally dozens executive and independent agencies that deal with anything from farm animals to space travel. Agencies can publish their own information, and they can publish through the Government Printing Office (GPO).

  • Agencies Check individual agencies for their documents and information online

 

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EXECUTIVE ORDERS & PROCLAMATIONS

The President uses Executive Orders to command government agencies or officials and Proclamations to address the public.

About This Resouce
The digital resource allows you to search by administration, word, or subject. Executive Orders are numbered with EO followed by the number. For example, Executive Order 12744 was President Bush's order in 1991 to invade Iraq. If full text is not online, consult paper version.
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Paper

The National Archives: The Federal Register

Code of Federal Regulations, which contain Executive Orders, goes back to 1936. They are compiled under Title 3.

Pre-1936 orders can be found on microfiche at Roger Williams University Law Library.

Check out the Index and the mircofiche record.

 

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FEDERAL BUDGET

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Paper

Budget of the United States Government is a collection of documents that contains the yearly budget message of the President, information about the budget proposals, and other budgetary publications.

The Budget of the United States Government back to 1923.

 

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PRESIDENTIAL MESSAGES

These are typically communication to Congress, such as vetoes or treaties.

  • Messages to Congress
About This Resouce
The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of Congress. Online resources allow text searches.
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Paper

LexisNexis: Congressional Record & Rules Full-tex back to 1989.

U.S. Congressional Record (GPO Access) has full-text from 1994.

From 1875-1994, please consult the paper copies.

Congressional Record Debates and Proceedings, 1873-1875 has the records of floor activity and votes.

Congressional Globe Debates and Proceedings, 1833-1873 has the records of floor activity and votes.

Congressional Record Permanent Edition 1873-1998

Congressional Globe 1833-1873

  • Vetos
About This Resouce

Search these resources for the veto. Using numbering systems of House or Senate Reports (Types of Federal Documents).

Digital
Paper

GPO Congressional Documents: back to 1995. Use search word veto.

LexisNexis: Congressional Publication Select only House & Senate Documents (1817-present)

In Josiah, do a Title search for the Serial Set. This set goes back to 1817, and is located both in the Hay and Rockefeller.

 

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PUBLIC PAPERS OF THE PRESIDENT

A compilation of papers and speeches of the presidents.

About This Resouce
Each official document is titled and dated. They are compiled into year, book, presidency, and page numbers. For example, Remarks Following Discussions With Prime Minister Jean Chretien from March 14, 2002 is found in 2002 Book 1, George Bush, pages 413-414.
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Paper
Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States has full text back to 1991.

Public papers of the presidents of the United States goes back to 1929, but missing FDR (1933-1945).

 

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REGULATIONS

Since the amount of legislation that goes through Congress is mind-boggling, there is no way they can have exact details in each law. Laws are more the general plan of the legislation. Afterwards, when the President needs to enact the laws, regulations are made to give the exact details that are needed for proper administration.

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  • The Federal Register have agency regulations. It contains daily announcements of proposals and meetings for input.
  • The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the subject listing of the Federal Register.

Online sources have full text back to 1981. Use paper for prior dates. Regulations are cited by title, CFR section number and sometimes year: 47 CFR 73.1940

Digital
Paper

Federal Register has U.S. federal codes for federal agencies back to the 1990s.

LexisNexis: Regulations has a wide range of search methods for regulations back to 1981.

Code of Federal Regulations. The most recent edition is in Reference. Also, explore the microfiche and material in the Annex for historical research back to 1949.

Federal Register in Reference. Issues go back to 1936.

 

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U.S. GOVERNMENT MANUAL

The Manual contains information about all the agencies of the executive branch.

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Paper

U.S. Government Manual has full text back to 1995.

U.S. Government Manual goes back to 1973.

 

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WEEKLY COMPILATION OF PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS

Presidential matierals released weekly by the White House.

About This Resouce
Online resource you can search keyword in the text of the document. Documents are listed by date and title. The paper version is compiled by volume, number, page. For example, Volume 42 - Number 7, page 231 "The President's Radio Address" on February 11, 2006.
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Paper
Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents has full text to 1993.

Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents goes back to 1965.

 

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