Legislation, Regulations, and Policies
Code of Federal Regulations
The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by executive departments and agencies of the federal government. The CFR is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to federal regulation and each volume of the CFR is updated once each calendar year and is issued on a quarterly basis.
Published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, the Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. Sign up to freely receive the daily Federal Register Table of Contents via email!
On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as PPACA or just ACA. Among the mandates included in this comprehensive health reform legislation are the development of new prevention programs and increases in monitoring and development of the public health workforce.
- Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, text and PDFs of the full act
- Healthcare.gov, (formerly HealthReform.gov) information about health reform for consumers
- HHS Prevention and Public Health Fund, provide information on the planned use of funds, funding opportunities, and the recipients of awards
- National Public Health Improvement Initiative (NPHII), OSTLTS-managed initiative funded through PPACA
- National Prevention Strategy
Policies and regulations
Many laws affect the work of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and in turn the work of CDC and its grantees. HHS issues regulations to implement laws and develops policies and guidance for industry, state and local governments, and other organizations. The HHS Regulations page covers topics such as health information technology standards, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), additional laws and regulations, and policies and guidelines are covered.
Office of Management and Budget
As the implementation and enforcement arm of Presidential policy government-wide, the Office of Management and Budget out its mission through five critical processes that are essential to the President's ability to plan and implement priorities across the Executive Branch:
- Budget development and execution, a significant government-wide process managed from the Executive Office of the President and a mechanism by which the President implements decisions, policies, priorities, and actions in all areas (e.g. economic recovery, health care, energy policy, national security)
- Management and oversight of agency performance, federal procurement, financial management, and information/IT (including paperwork reduction, privacy, and security)
- Coordination and review of all significant federal regulations by executive agencies to reflect Presidential priorities and to ensure that economic and other impacts are assessed as part of regulatory decision-making, along with review and assessment of information collection requests
- Legislative clearance and coordination (review and clearance of all agency communications with Congress, including testimony and draft bills) to ensure consistency of agency legislative views and proposals with Presidential policy
- Executive Orders and Presidential Memoranda to agency heads and officials, which are the mechanisms by which the President directs specific government-wide actions by Executive Branch officials
Regulations.gov is an online source for U.S. government regulations from nearly 300 federal agencies. On this site you can
- Search for a regulation, such as a proposed rule, final rule, or Federal Register (FR) notice
- Submit a comment on a regulation or to another comment
- Submit an application, petition, or adjudication document<
- Sign up for e-mail alerts about a specific regulation
- Quickly access regulations that are popular, newly posted, or closing soon directly from the home page
- Subscribe to RSS feeds by agency of newly posted FR notices
The Thomas site, a service of the Library of Congress, provides the text of federal bills and legislation, information on Congress, and other legislative resources.
The United States Code is the codification of general and permanent U.S. laws by subject matter. The Code is divided by broad subjects into 50 titles and published by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives. Since 1926, the United States Code has been published every six years. Between editions, annual cumulative supplements are published in order to present the most current information.