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23 november 2008

New Federal Reister with access to documents

USA: New Federal Register Site Provides Online Access To Documents

"The documents published by the Federal Register were already public records before the launch of this website, however, anyone who wanted to view these official documents would have to visit the office in Washington, DC. Thus, while these documents were technically available to the public, only very few actually had the privilege and opportunity to act on their rights to access. This new a service is called the : Electronic Public Inspection Desk, and it allows users to view documents that will be published the next day. In the past, these documents were made available before being published, but only available for inspection at the office. Regular filings are available to view at 8:45 AM on the day before they are entered into the Federal Register file. Documents not filed at the 8:45AM period are called “Special filings.”