A Model for Determining the Publication Requirements of Section 552(a)(1) of the Administrative Procedure Act

This article addresses the question of when the publication rule requires an agency to publish its results in the Federal Register, particularly “interepretations of general applicability” and “statements of general policy.” The vast number of recent cases involving violations of the publication rule provide ample· impetus for settling this controversy. Of striking significance is the broad spectrum across which these cases stretch: food stamp cases, prison matters, and immigration disputes. The list is as broad as the range of administrative practice.