Use these helpful educational articles, tutorials and videos increase your understanding of the eCFR point-in-time system.

Using the eCFR Point-in-Time System view

  • Getting Started
    The Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (eCFR) provides a way of exploring the Code of Federal Regulations as it exists today and at points in time back to January 2017. The eCFR allows you to:The eCFR is not an official legal edition of the CFR. Understanding the eCFR explains its status and the editorial process. The... Continue reading “Getting Started”
  • Navigating to Content of Interest
    Each title in the CFR is organized hierarchically – for example a title may be divided into chapters, parts, subparts, sections and appendices. Each level of hierarchy provides some context about the content contained in it and is useful in understanding the broader purpose of the content. You can see an example below or... Continue reading “Navigating to Content of Interest”
  • Reading eCFR Content
    In the following screenshot you see a single section of eCFR. You can see this same page on the eCFR here. The main content is shown in the center of the page. It includes the title of the section, § 578.5 Inflationary adjustment of civil penalties, the text of the content, “The civil penalties set forth ….”, and a... Continue reading “Reading eCFR Content”
  • eCFR Changes through time
    Timeline views allow you to compare changes to eCFR content across time. When viewing content, the timeline utility menu item on the left side of the document will allow you to view all changes to the content within the system. The timeline view gives you an overview of all changes (starting 2017) to the content you are... Continue reading “eCFR Changes through time”

Understanding the eCFR view

  • What is the eCFR?
    The Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (eCFR) is a web version of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) that we update daily to better reflect its current status. The eCFR is an editorial compilation of CFR material and amendments published in the daily Federal Register. The Administrative Committee of the Federal... Continue reading “What is the eCFR?”

Government Policy and OFR Procedures view

  • About This Site
    The Office of the Federal Register (OFR) of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) jointly administer the website. We developed this website to make it easier for citizens and communities to understand the regulatory process and to... Continue reading “About This Site”
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  • Accessibility
    We designed this site following Section 508 and W3C accessibility design guidelines. This site uses text-based files and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files, which are text-accessible through the use of Adobe PDF Tools. See more about Adobe Acrobat Reader and PDF Files below. The OFR and GPO are committed to... Continue reading “Accessibility”
  • FOIA
    Federal Register publications, including the website and the various editions of the daily Federal Register, the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Federal Register/CFR indexes, and the Public Laws posted on the Federal Digital System ( are not subject to the request for records provisions of... Continue reading “FOIA”

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