Code of Federal Regulations

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"CFR" also refers to the Council on Foreign Relations

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. Each volume of the CFR is updated once each calendar year and is issued on a quarterly basis.

  • Titles 1–16 are updated as of January 1
  • Titles 17–27 are updated as of April 1
  • Titles 28–41 are updated as of July 1
  • Titles 42–50 are updated as of October 1

Each title is divided into chapters, which usually bear the name of the issuing agency. Each chapter is further subdivided into parts that cover specific regulatory areas. Large parts may be subdivided into subparts. All parts are organized in sections, and most citations in the CFR are provided at the section level. A list of agencies and where they appear in the CFR may be found in Appendix C of the U.S. Government Manual.

The online CFR is a joint project authorized by the publisher, the National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA) Office of the Federal Register (OFR), and the Government Printing Office (GPO) to provide the public with enhanced access to Government information.

CFR volumes are added to GPO Access concurrent with the release of the paper editions. When revised CFR volumes are added, the prior editions remain on GPO Access as a historical set. Some CFR records on GPO Access date back to 1996; all titles are available from 1997 to the current year. Documents are available as ASCII text and PDF files.

Cost of Regulation

A study by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) in 2016 concluded that the cost of regulations to the economy reaches nearly $1.9 Trillion dollars.[1] In 2017, the CEI found that the cost of these regulations on taxpayers and businesses exceed the amount they paid in taxes to the government.[2]


  1. Federal Regulations Now Cost Almost $1.9 Trillion, Study Finds, Investors Business Daily
  2. Bedard, Paul (August 16, 2017). Shock: Bill for regulations higher than taxes to Uncle Sam, $3.7T total. Washington Examiner. Retrieved August 16, 2017.

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