H.R. 4195, the Federal Register Modernization Act

H.R. 4195

Federal Register Modernization Act

Date
July 14, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, July 14, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 4195, the Federal Register Modernization Act, under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 4195 was introduced on March 11, 2014 by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and was referred to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.  The bill was marked up on March 12, 2014 and was ordered reported by voice vote.[1]

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[1] House Committee Report 113-515.

Bill Summary

H.R. 4195 amends the Federal Register Act to remove two requirements: “(1) the requirement to print the Federal Register; and (2) the requirement for agencies to submit multiple copies of documents to be published in the Federal Register.  The bill replaces the requirement to print with the requirement to publish—which includes a requirement to circulate or distribute.”[2]

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[2] Id. at 2.

Background

“Under the Federal Register Act, the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) within the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) produces the Federal Register.  [It] compiles and organizes thousands of rules, regulations, executive orders, presidential documents, and notices generated by federal departments and agencies.  Currently, the Federal Register is updated daily and is printed and published Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.”[3]

The first publication of the Federal Register in 1936 was comprised of sixteen pages.[4]  The first electronic version was produced in 1994 and by 2013, the Federal Register contained more than 80,000 pages.[5]  The Archivist of the United States has requested H.R. 4195 “to take advantage of modern technology to improve efficiency.”[6]

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[3] CBO Cost Estimate: H.R. 4195, Federal Register Modernization Act.
[4] House Committee Report 113-515 at 2.
[5] Federal Register Pages Published 1936-2013, Federal Register.
[6] House Committee Report 113-515 at 3.

Cost

According to CBO estimates, implementing H.R. 4195 would have no significant effect on the federal budget.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.