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The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of the general and permanent rules and regulations (sometimes called administrative law) published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the U.S. federal government. The CFR is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to federal regulation.

The CFR is written to explain in detail how the laws are to be carried out. When a law is written, it usually does not explain in great detail what procedures are to be followed, nor does it include descriptions of the special situations which can arise. This is the job of the regulations, which govern the day-to-day business of the federal government. Regulations are written by the government agencies responsible for the subject matter of the laws.

The CFR is published by the Office of the Federal Register, an agency of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

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