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Using the eCFR Point-in-Time System

Reader Aids

Reader Aids help people use and understand the eCFR. Reader Aids information is not published in the Code of Federal Regulations.

Reader aid items in this section

  • 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”