Under the Federal Register Act, the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) within the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) produces the Federal Register. That publication compiles and organizes thousands of rules, regulations, executive orders, presidential documents, and notices generated by federal departments and agencies. Currently, the Federal Register is updated daily and is printed and published Monday through Friday, except for federal holidays. The OFR, working with the Government Publishing Office (GPO), has made the Federal Register available online since 1994. In addition, the OFR produces the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), which contains all agency rules that first appeared in the Federal Register.
Under H.R. 1654, OFR would no longer be required to print the Federal Register or the CFR, but would be required to continue making it available online. CBO expects that under H.R. 1654 fewer copies of the Federal Register and CFR would be printed; however, we estimate that any decreased costs over the next five years would be insignificant because most of the costs associated with the submission of those documents involve their preparation, not their duplication.