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Press Release
July 12, 2010

National Archives Unveils New Federal Register 2.0 Web Site to Mark 75th Anniversary

WHAT: Washington, DC…Press-only preview of the National Archives Federal Register 2.0 web site (FR 2.0), a new user-friendly version of the daily online Federal Register to encourage citizens to participate in the democratic process.

To mark the 75th anniversary of the Federal Register Act on July 26, 2010, the National Archives Office of the Federal Register (OFR) and the Government Printing Office (GPO) will launch FR 2.0 on FederalRegister.gov.

The FR 2.0 web site will be similar to a daily web newspaper, with a clear layout and new tools to guide readers to the most popular topics and relevant documents. The site will display individual news sections for Money, Environment, World, Science & Technology, Business & Industry, and Health & Public Welfare. FR 2.0 will have greatly improved navigation and search tools and will highlight each agency’s significant rules. The new web site takes advantage of social media and integrates seamlessly with Regulations.gov and the Unified Agenda to make it easy for users to submit comments directly into the official e-Rulemaking docket, and view the history of rulemaking activity through a regulatory timeline.

WHEN:
Thursday, July 15, 2010. 10 A.M.
Note: Please allow 15 minutes to clear through lobby security

WHO:
Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero
Office of the Federal Register Director Ray Mosley
Federal Register Managing Editor Michael White

WHERE:
Office of the Federal Register
800 North Capitol Street, NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20001

Background

The concept of FR 2.0 originated with Open Government advocates, and was later advanced by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In technology terms, FR 2.0 uses the bulk XML from GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) to present regulatory material in new configurations. The applications on the site are built from open source code, which will be returned to the open source community for unrestricted use in other applications. FR 2.0 will be posted as an unofficial prototype on July 26, 2010, on FederalRegister.gov to gather public feedback, and may be approved as an official edition in 2011.

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