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The Document Drafting Handbook is intended to help agencies prepare documents for publication in the Federal Register.

Current Edition

Supplements to the October 1998 Revision

  • New "ADDRESSES" Template — required in documents that request comments.

  • Supplement 2, May 1, 2004:
    Corrections to a Rule — amends when and how a rule can be corrected.
    ASCII  |  PDF

  • Supplement 4, March 9, 2006:
    Amendatory Language:   Stays and Suspensions — discusses the terms "Stay" and "Suspend."
    ASCII  |  PDF

  • Supplement 5, October 23, 2006:
    Frequently Asked Questions:   Where do I deliver my document? — updates the Office of the Federal Register's mailing address.
    ASCII  |  PDF

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