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Administrative Law: Federal Administrative Decision-making Procedure

The guide covers federal administrative powers, rule-making and decison-making and links to state administrative law materials.

Federal Administrative Decision-Making Procedure Overview

Each federal agency is responsible for publishing administrative materials not published in the Federal Register or Code of Federal Regulations. The type of material varies from agency to agency. Often, these materials are difficult to locate on an agency website or by using Google or another search engine. Fortunately, there are both free and commercial resources to guide you to agency resources.  Material produced before the mid-1990s is usually available only on commercial websites.

The University of Virginia Library's Research Portal has a comprehensive list of federal agency links to administrative activities engaged in by the agency.  

Both Westlaw and Lexis have federal administrative decisions.  

HeinOnline has federal agency materials organized by agency and by publication title.

LLMC has federal agency publications, organized by agency and then by publication title.

In addition, Both Westlaw and Lexis have treatises that cover administrative law generally (West's Administrative Law and Practice; Lexis's Stein et al., Administrative Law).  West's Federal Administrative Practice coverage is by topic and agency.  

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