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Technical Standards: Government Regulations & Standards

Last Updated: Apr 26, 2024 4:34 PM

Government Regulations

This list contains the major regulations of the federal government and New York State.  Government agencies may also list their regulations on websites.

CFR - Code of Federal Regulations contains regulations adopted by the U.S. government and its agencies

FR - Federal Register contains announcements of the government as well as updates to federal regulations

Laws of New York provides access to the state's laws from the NYS legislature; see the NYS Legislature page for information on bills

New York State Register contains announcements and changes to regulations

Select U.S. Federal Agency Standards

Governments have their own standards for procedure, compatibility, and manufacture which may or may not be the same as industry. Individual States also issue standards.

EPA - Environmental Protection Agency

  • The EPA makes available online the full text of methods they have developed for measuring the concentration of substances or pollutants in various media (water, solid waste, air, etc.)  via their online Collection of Methods.

NHTSA - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (part of the US Dept. of Transportation)

NIST - National Institute of Standards & Technology

  • The Federal Information Processing Standards are available online by clicking here. We also have them in print in the Lockwood Library Government Documents Collection C 13.52: [standard number],

OSHA - Occupational Safety & Health Administration

U.S. Military Standards

Military specifications are extremely important for government contracts and supply, most of which are mandatory. A United States defense standard, often called a military standard, "MIL-STD", "MIL-SPEC", or (informally) "MilSpecs", is used to help achieve standardization objectives by the U.S. Department of Defense


  • Official source for specifications and standards used by the Department of Defense.



  • Provides free access to over 50,000 U.S. military, Department of Defense, Federal, NASA, DOE, and Government specifications, standards, handbooks, and publications