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What is this Regulatory Insight?
ProQuest Regulatory Insight offers researchers unique insight into administrative law histories from 1936-2017, organized by Public Law, in this companion to the Legislative Insight collection. The content and functionality of Regulatory Insight enables researchers to engage in discovery and analysis related to historic and current administrative law. Users benefit from the ability to quickly access expertly compiled regulatory histories associated with specific laws and executive orders.
An Overview of the Insight Product Collection
ProQuest Insight products include select collections of U.S. government documents with workflow tools to facilitate research, teaching, and learning involving historic and current legislative, judicial, and executive branch materials. Primary source content in each collection is compiled by our professional research staff and made accessible through a user-friendly, dynamic work space allowing for easy, in-depth discovery. Existing and planned features offering interoperability between collections enhance the value of the individual collections, facilitating understanding of government processes and multiple viewpoints. The Insight product features empower users to focus on what really what matters – achieving superior research results.
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Our Product Vision and the path to getting there!
On December, 2015, ProQuest Regulatory Insight database launched as a new product on the ProQuest Government platform. Access URL:
At launch, Regulatory Insight included histories associated with public laws enacted between 2001-2015. When complete, Regulatory Insight will also include histories associated with executive orders and tools to facilitate administrative law research with a focus on Federal agencies, and will be applicable for libraries at all institutions with strong research programs. Users will be able to search and browse the Code of Federal Regulations and the Federal Register. Functionality similar to Legislative History functionality make it easy for users to work with the content to solve a variety of multi-disciplinary research tasks.
What is Available Now:
Regulatory Histories Associated with Public Laws
- To date, 3,199 histories with a public law have been loaded and additional histories will be loaded on a weekly basis
- 176 Executive Order histories are complete
- View list of currently loaded histories on the Regulatory Insight Libguide
- Insight functionality—search within, sort, jump
- Links to most recent CFR Part and CFR version cotemporaneous with FR rulemaking
- Links to enable researchers at institutions with access to Legislative Insight to navigate between compilation pages associated
Federal Register articles
- To date, Federal Register articles from 1971-to-present have been loaded.
Code of Federal Regulations
- To date, the CFR has been loaded from 1987-to-present
Recent Updates: New!
Regulatory Insight now includes three new features:
Regulatory Histories Related to Executive Orders
- “An Executive Order is issued—what happens next?” Similar to existing feature providing histories associated with public laws
- Each history compiles notices, proposed rules, and rules related to an Executive Order
- Provides top of the page filters
- Use the Search by Number page to retrieve this example of a History Related to an Executive Orders: 13559. Notice how the proposed and final rules indicate that the rulemaking process for the executive orders works the same way it does for public laws. Just like public laws, executive orders do not always have rules, and, in fact, there are far fewer executive orders than laws generating any rules
- Use the Advanced form content type options to search Regulatory Histories Related to Executive Orders alone or with other content
- Compiles final rules for CFR Parts over which an Agency has current or historic jurisdiction. Facilitates understanding of agency jurisdiction and changes in rulemaking over time. Default is organized by CFR Part with Part names displayed to help users quickly grasp the scope of agency jurisdiction
- Provides top of the page filters, including search within, CFR Part, subject, and date
- Provides links to other agencies within the same department
- Provides a link to a list of proposed and final rules promulgated in the most recent two years
- Provides the date of the most recent rule on the page so users can quickly discern whether the agency view covers on agency that is currently issuing rules, or whether it is historic. For example, look at the Agency View of Immigration and Naturalization Service. Towards the top of the summary you will see that the last rule published was on March 07, 2003. This is an historic agency that no longer exists and no longer promulgates rules.
- Facilitates understanding of jurisdictional changes through
- Predecessor/Successor links, which create links between
- Agencies that moved from f department to another
- Agencies that were independent and became part of a department or vice versa
- Agencies that changed names throughout the years
- An example of Predecessor/Successor links are the links between Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Department of Homeland Security, and United States Customs Service, Department of Treasury
- Agencies with Related Jurisdiction links, which create links between
- Agencies with current or historic jurisdiction over a CFR Part in cases where the jurisdiction has moved from one agency to another
- Agencies with current or historic jurisdiction over a CFR Part in cases where jurisdiction over a CFR Part is shared by more than one agency
- An example of Agencies with Related Jurisdiction links are the links between Consumer Finance Protection Bureau and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Federal Reserve System, and Federal Trade Commission
Note that the predecessor/successor and related links were added to the product because market research told us that students do not know how to find out what these relationships are, and in fact do not even know that such relationships exist.Enhanced Subject Indexing:
Additional Features releasing later this year include:
- Subject indexing related to the CFR Part has been added throughout to in order to facilitate the ability of users to retrieve similar content in a single search
- Note that Regulatory Histories Related to a Public Law continue to also offer P.L.-based subject indexing
- Comments Archive with comments for dockets open at the beginning of 2016 going forward
- Code of Federal Regulations browse
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