When Time is of Essence

Posted By on February 3, 2012

When dealing with regulatory topics, and when your time is of essence, you may want to consult both the Federal Register and the agency’s website to learn more about recent regulatory developments.

Here is why:

The agency’s web site may list an upcoming final rule on its website before the final rule gets published in the Federal Register.  For example, “Giant constrictors have a huge impact on the complex food web of the Everglades,” see Cutis Morgan, Pytons Feasting in Everglades, STL Post Dispatch on 01/31/2012 at A4.

Is the government responding to this problem at all?  A quick search in FDSys’s Federal Register’s leads you to 77 FR 3330  This final rule was published on 1/23/2012.  However, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service mentioned this forth coming final rule on its website as early as 1/19/2012, five days before the rule was published in the Federal Register.

The research itself does not take long time. Only two steps.

  1. Check the Agency web site
  2. Check the Federal Register

Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning

About The Author

Tove Klovning oversees foreign, comparative, and international law services at the law library and teaches Legal Research Methodologies I & II. She often guest lecturers on legal research methodology strategies in seminar classes and assists researchers with legal research questions relating to foreign law, comparative law, and international law, as well as questions related to the American legal system. She has written several research guides on American, international, and foreign legal issues.

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