Legislation, Regulations & Policies

The following laws, regulations, and policies have implications for federal, state, tribal, local, and territorial governments, as well as the general public.

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.

Federal Register

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.

HHS Policies and Regulations

Many laws affect the work of HHS and, in turn, the work of CDC and its grantees. HHS issues regulations to implement laws and develop policies and guidance for state and local governments, industry, and other organizations.

Office of Management and Budget

As the implementation and enforcement arm of Presidential policy government-wide, the Office of Management and Budget performs its mission through five critical processes that are essential to the President’s ability to plan and implement priorities across the Executive Branch:

  1. 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)
  2. Management and oversight of agency performance, federal procurement, financial management, and information/IT (including paperwork reduction, privacy, and security)
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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 US 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 notice
  • Submit a comment on a regulation or to another comment
  • Submit an application, petition, or adjudication document
  • Sign up for email 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 Federal Register notices


Congress.gov is the official online database for federal legislative information. It provides the text of federal bills and legislation, the status of Congressional bills, legislative calendars, voting histories, and other legislative resources

US Code

The United States Code is the codification of general and permanent US laws by subject matter. The US Code is divided by broad subjects into 50 titles and published by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the US House of Representatives. Since 1926, the US Code has been published every six years. Between editions, annual cumulative supplements are published to present the most current information.

US Government Printing Office

The US Government Printing Office provides publishing and dissemination services for official and authentic government publications to Congress, federal agencies, federal depository libraries, and the public.

Public Health Law Program

The mission of CDC’s Public Health Law Program is to advance the public’s health through law. PHLP has three strategic goals: 1) to improve the understanding and use of law as a public health tool, 2) to develop CDC’s capacity to apply law to achieve health protection goals, and 3) to develop the legal preparedness of the public health system to address all public health priorities.