Annual Revision Date
The 50 subject matter titles of the official Code of Federal Regulations is updated in print annually on a staggered quarterly basis as follows:
Titles 1 -- 16 as of January 1
Titles 17 -- 27 as of April 1
Titles 28 -- 41 as of July 1
Titles 42 -- 50 as of October 1
For example. Title 34 Education is revised every year on July 1st. The revision date of each print volume of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is printed on its cover. Many libraries do not have access to the print CFR volumes; however, the Code of Federal Regulations (Annual Edition) is available for free on the GPO's govinfo website.The annual revision date appears below the listing for each title:
Updating Between Annual Revision Dates
A federal agency could amend or repeal a regulation or issue new regulations before a title's annual revision date (e.g., July 1 for Title 34 Education). We use two publications to check for changes to a regulation or if new regulations have been issued for a title since its annual revision date:
- List of Sections Affected (monthly)
- Federal Register (daily)
List of Sections Affected (LSA)
The List of Sections Affected (LSA) is a monthly pamphlet that lists by title any section that has been affected since that title's annual revision date. Title 34 Education is revised annually on July 1st.The LSA is cumulative, so to check for changes to 34 C.F.R. § 300.17 (the definition of free appropriate public education) since July 1 you need only check the latest LSA volume. The monthly LSA is available on the GPO's govinfo website.
Although the LSA is cumulative, because it is published monthly, to fully update a regulation, you may need to check the daily Federal Register. The Federal Register is also available on the GPO's govinfo website. If on May 13 you checked the April LSA for any changes to 34 C.F.R. § 300.17 since the previous July annual revision date for Title 34 Education, you would need to check for CFR PARTS AFFECTED DURING MAY in the back of the May 13 Federal Register. The CFR PARTS AFFECTED section is cumulative for that month .
Any changes to a regulation listed in either the monthly List of Sections Affected (LSA) or CFR PARTS AFFECTED section of the daily Federal Register will include a page number in the current Federal Register to learn about those changes.
Skipping the List of Sections Affected
Unofficial versions of the CFR are more up-to-date, requiring only one step for updating a federal regulation—checking the Federal Register. This allows you to skip the List of Sections Affected (LSA). For example, the GPO's unofficial e-CFR is typically current within a few days.
As shown above, on May 13, 2020 the e-CFR database was current as of May 11, 2020. Therefore, all that was necessary to update 34 C.F.R. § 300.17 was to check under Title 34 in the May 13th Federal Register's CFR PARTS AFFECTED DURING MAY.