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What are regulations?

Regulations are "designed to implement, interpret, or prescribe law or policy or to describe the procedure of practice requirements of an agency" - E.O. 12866, section 3(d)

Many laws enacted by Congress require agencies to issue regulations. Executive branch agencies are granted the power to implement regulations relating to matters within their jurisdiction.

Agencies translate laws into detailed and precise rules for implementing statutes assigned to them. Regulations have the force and effect of law.

The above applies to both federal and state agencies.

For Michigan specifically, the Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth defines a rule as:

"An administrative rule is an agency's written regulation, statement, standard, policy, ruling, or instruction that has the effect of law. A state agency writes rules under authority of state statute, the Michigan Administrative Procedures Act, the Michigan Constitution, and applicable federal law. The Administrative Procedures Act, Act No. 306 of the Public Acts of 1969, being MCL 24.201 et seq., defines the term "rule" as follows:

An administrative rule is an agency's written regulation, statement, standard, policy, ruling, or instruction that has the effect of law. A state agency writes rules under authority of state statute, the Michigan Administrative Procedures Act, the Michigan Constitution, and applicable federal law."

 

      

    The Regulatory Process

    • How the Sausage is Made
      Chart of the regulatory process from ProPublica.
    • The RegMap
      The Reg Map is a chart that gives an overview of the "informal rulemaking" process. (Reginfo.gov)
    • OMB Watch Regulatory Resource Center
      "The Regulatory Resource Center is designed to educate citizens on how they can become involved in the regulatory process (Advocacy Center) and to inform the public about the workings of the regulatory process (Policy Library)." Provides an excellent overview of the regulatory process, researching regulations and additional reference material.
    • RegInfo.gov
      Information on regulatory information and process from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the General Services Administration (GSA). "GSA's Regulatory Information Service Center (RISC) is responsible for gathering and publishing information on Federal regulations through the semiannual Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions and the annual Regulatory Plan..."
    • Federal Regulatory Directory
      Profiles of federal regulatory agencies, their history, structure, purpose and actions along with contact information.
      Main Library Reference KF5406.A15 F4
     

    Understanding Citations

    60 FR 41578 = volume 60 of the Federal Register, page 41578

    42 CFR 102.34 = title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 102, subsection 34

     

    How to Read the Federal Register

    Interactive guide to the Federal Register (OMBWatch)

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