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Tired of fake news? We don’t blame you! It’s almost always advisable to do your own research — on trusted sites — when you hear something you’re not sure you should believe — and that includes plenty of what you hear in the media. Information about new government rules and regulations can be easily checked in the Federal Register. This is a central repository of all government agency’s regulations — as opposed to previous days when each agency would publish its own notices, bulletins etc. When even the Department of Justice couldn’t figure out what the current rules were a centralized approach was developed. Tired of fake news? We don’t blame you! It’s almost always advisable to do your own research — on trusted sites — when you hear something you’re not sure you should believe — and that includes plenty of what you hear in the media. Information about new government rules and regulations can be easily checked in the Federal Register. This is a central repository of all government agency’s regulations — as opposed to previous days when each agency would publish its own notices, bulletins etc. When even the Department of Justice couldn’t figure out what the current rules were a centralized approach was developed.
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 +**News February 2019**
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 +Interestingly — and perhaps frighteningly — the wall Street Journal has recently uncovered thousands and thousands of fake comments posted on documents in the Federal Register. They sent surveys to almost a million citizens in the U.S. and confirmed that comments had been posted using their names but that they were fakes. This is potentially quite serious since our democracy requires that public comments be accepted and that they can have a bearing on the decisions made about new regulations. The current case regarding net neutrality is a prime example, as more than 800,000 duplicate postings were uncovered, all of which were in favor of the new internet policy . The people whose names were used on the comments were contacted and over 72% of them said that they knew nothing about them and certainly had not submitted them. Many of the comment  letters  are apparently sent from a fake email generator website. A reminder not to trust everything (or maybe anything) you learn on the web or in email…
re you a curious techie or perhaps have a friend who is? The Federal Register has an API that lets you have access to all the site’s contents since 1994. Installing the Federal Register package is relatively simple. It would make it easy for you to see, for example, all the Executive Orders that have been issued since that time — so that would be under Obama, Bush, and Clinton. You can also retrieve the executive orders to see precisely what they say. So if you’re not sure you’re always getting a complete and unbiased story from your news sources you can always go directly to the official source for much government-related information. re you a curious techie or perhaps have a friend who is? The Federal Register has an API that lets you have access to all the site’s contents since 1994. Installing the Federal Register package is relatively simple. It would make it easy for you to see, for example, all the Executive Orders that have been issued since that time — so that would be under Obama, Bush, and Clinton. You can also retrieve the executive orders to see precisely what they say. So if you’re not sure you’re always getting a complete and unbiased story from your news sources you can always go directly to the official source for much government-related information.
-==Update December 2017==+**Update December 2017**
The Federal Register is huge — and got a lot larger under the Obama administration. In fact, at the end of the Obama administration’s tenure theRegister hit more than 97,000 pages — almost a 23% increase in just eight years — and it costs the U.S. taxpayers almost $19 trillion every year. That’s about $15,000 per U.S. household, yikes! It is a major goal of the current administration to roll back many of the most burdensome rules which hurt the economy, empower the bureaucracy and limit limit people’s freedoms. So there may be a bit less to read if you want to comb through the Federal Register but that sounds like it’s probably a good thing. The Federal Register is huge — and got a lot larger under the Obama administration. In fact, at the end of the Obama administration’s tenure theRegister hit more than 97,000 pages — almost a 23% increase in just eight years — and it costs the U.S. taxpayers almost $19 trillion every year. That’s about $15,000 per U.S. household, yikes! It is a major goal of the current administration to roll back many of the most burdensome rules which hurt the economy, empower the bureaucracy and limit limit people’s freedoms. So there may be a bit less to read if you want to comb through the Federal Register but that sounds like it’s probably a good thing.
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