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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Little Admin. Law Exercise

Last week USA Today reported that, to acknowledge the increasing size of an average American, the Federal Transit Authority proposes to raise the assumed average weight per bus passenger from 150 pounds to 175 pounds. We all know that news reports are secondary sources. To find the primary source for this news, how about using the Federal Register on the Government Printing Office's FDsys site? It is official and it is FREE. FDsys has its own search engine right at the center of its homepage. Searching for the proposed rule gives us the opportunity to test its Advanced Search feature with the following earch keys:

Date is after March 1, 2011

Avaliable Collections is Federal Register

Search in Full Text of Publications and Metadata for Average Passenger Weight

And the first of the 5 items retrieved is the one. Not bad at all. The search engine has additional features. But that will be another test for another day.

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