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Posted by on Oct 6, 2009

A More Open Federal Register

If you think the contents of the Federal Register can be informative but have found the data hard to use and sort through, there is some good news. The Federal Register has been converted into XML, a form of text that allows users to browse, reorganize, and customize the data in just about any way they want.

For example, rather than browsing the daily contents of the Federal Register by agency or department as you used to do, you can now rearrange the information to see what announcements might affect your grant program or join real-time discussions about proposed regulations.

The transition is part of the Obama administration’s Open Government initiative and was implemented by the Government Printing Office and the National Archives and Records Administration. The XML version of the last ten years of the Federal Register are now available at

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