What document is the most retrieved item in the history on FDsys?

Posted By on January 17, 2014

FDsys was established by the US government in 2009 to provide secure and archival  access to federal documents. According to a news release on December 11th  2013, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, is currently the most retrieved item in FDsys’s history!   As of December 11the 2013, the act had nearly 9 million retrievals!

What if you need to know where the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s  Pub. L. No. 111-148, 124 Stat. 119 got codified?  You have several options. One option is to consult the Statutes at Large via the FDsys platform, or via the print of Statutes at Large set, since public laws usually will, in a side note,   mention where the various sections will end up getting codified.  A second option would be to check the ‘Tables Volumes’ in an annotated code.  However, the most updated information will via the website of the Office of Law Revision Council . You will need to select the ‘Classification Table’ >‘prior tables > 111th Congress, 2nd Session > finally filter to the ‘Sorted in Public Law Order’ html option. From here all you need to do is to locate the corresponding title and section in the United States code.  Answer to question presented is: Where is § 1(a)of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act codified?  42 U.S.C. § 18001 note.

Mark Kloempken & 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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