LRAW Notes: Federal Statutes

Us Code Beta Site


This week, our focus is on federal statutes. The U.S. House of Representatives is the keeper of the U.S. Code. Their new beta site is much easier to use. It has a nice Popular Name Tool. You can also retrieve a statute by citation, browse the table of contents, and search for statutes by subject.

The beta site also provides a link to the official, authenticated U.S. Code on the Government Printing Office’s (GPO’s) Federal Digital System (FDsys) website. FDsys is not as easy to use, so you may want to search for the statute on the House’s website and then retrieve it on FDsys.