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Executive orders are usually first published in the Daily (previously Weekly) Compilation of Presidential Documents, then in the Federal Register. The Daily/Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents includes EOs, signing statements, proclamations, etc. Each year, the entirety of the Daily Compilation is then printed in the Compilation of Presidential Documents (which is organized by year). This yearly compilation is in the Code of Federal Regulations Title 3 Compilation when that title is revised in print, starting from 1936. This is important for citation purposes, so you can be confident you are looking at the correct language, and so that you understand how government documents are organized.
Generally, executive orders are published in this process:
The President announces the EO and provides some details.
A version is printed on the White House website.
The official version is printed in the Federal Register.
All presidential documents are published as part of the Presidential Compilation of Documents.
The Yearly Presidential Compilation of Documents in printed in the most recent version of Title 3 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
There are many ways of finding and researching executive orders. You will come across references to them in secondary sources as you start your research. You can also search collections of EOs.
Because EOs are published in the Federal Register or the Code of Federal Regulations, you can search any of those collections to find EOs as you would search them for any other regulation. You can also search the Compilation of Presidential Documents from the U.S. Government Publishing Office, the official publisher of the U.S. government.
A useful tool in any collection of EOs is a disposition table. This table will help you determine if an EO has been amended, revoked, or suspended by a subsequent EO. Here is an example from the Federal Register website.
Code of Federal Regulations - 1996-2016, annual edition (follows the format of the print version). While regulations may be searched via the eCFR, the eCFR will re-direct you to the GPO yearly compilation link noted above.
Be cautious when relying on this! An unofficial publication may have mistakes - It was recently reported that there were some mistakes in the versions printed on the White House website, not present in the Federal Register printing – for example, the wrong USC provision is referenced in the White House version. Compare the White House version and the Federal Register version of EO 13769 on immigration:
These collections focus primarily on presidential materials/EOs. These materials can also be found on official government websites and any website that has collections of the relevant government documents, including HeinOnline, Westlaw, and Lexis Advance.
Contains over 100,000 documents from 1789-present, includes EOs from 1826-present. It does not have the official publication but is still a rich resource. It is a good resource for finding the information, but if you want to rely on the document's language, also find the official publication.
This library includes such titles as Messages and Papers of the Presidents, Public Papers of the Presidents, CFR Title 3 (Presidents), Daily and Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, and other documents related to U.S. Presidents.