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Profiling the regulators of U.S. legislation: The Federal Regulatory Directory, 17th Edition

February 11, 2016

Los Angeles, CA- Preventing terrorism and enhancing homeland security, limiting greenhouse emissions and the provision of healthcare are just a few issues that have contributed to the growth of federal regulatory agencies, or authorities tasked by the Congress to oversee and enforce U.S. legislation. Profiling an array of agencies with different forms and functions, the Federal Regulatory Directory, 17th Edition (published by CQ Press, an imprint of SAGE Publishing) contains the history, structure, purpose, actions, and key contacts of more than 100 federal agencies and departments.

“Regulation engages the time and resources of all the major institutions and actors in the U.S. political system: Congress, the president, agencies, departments, and commissions of all sorts, the courts, the ubiquitous interest groups, the press, business, and individuals,” write the editors. “Because regulation continues to be a pervasive presence in American economic and social affairs, controversy over it provides much of the fuel for the U.S. political system.”

Updated with an enhanced searching structure, the Federal Regulatory Directory, 17th Edition is a resource for students, researchers and anyone interested in understanding federal regulations and contains information on federal agencies under the following governmental departments:

  • Agriculture Department 
  • Commerce Department 
  • Defense Department    
  • Education Department  
  • Energy Department      
  • Health and Human Services Department
  • Homeland Security Department 
  • Housing and Urban Development Department    
  • Interior Department       
  • Justice Department      
  • Labor Department        
  • State Department         
  • Transportation Department        
  • Treasury Department    
  • Veterans Affairs Department     

In addition to these profiles, the 17th Edition includes an introductory section that outlines reasons for regulation, the early history and growth of regulation, the development of social regulation, regulatory tools, implementation techniques, dispute resolution, analysis in the regulatory process, regulatory personnel accountability and oversight, and reform and the future, which looks at past and future challenges for the regulatory community.

The editors write, “The varied processes of rulemaking will continue to attract the interest and efforts of powerful political forces. Americans will rely on it to formulate and implement solutions to some of the most serious, intractable, and contentious problems that face society. The results it achieves will have a profound effect on the quality of American life.”

The Federal Regulatory Directory, 17th Edition contains an Appendix, whereby readers can search by subject or by name of the regulatory personnel, as well as a section on regulatory oversight and coordination. For more information, click here.

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Federal Regulatory Directory, 17th Edition

November 2015                                      1,072 pages

ISBN: 978-1-4833-8477-1            Print Price: $215.00

eISBN: 978-1-4833-8475-7

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