Statute Compilations of Office of the Legislative Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives

The Office of the Legislative Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives handily posts a number of “Statute Compilations” at:

The site reads:

Statute Compilations

A list of our frequently requested compilations in PDF format

Provided below are the frequently requested compilations of those public laws that either do not appear in the United States Code or that have been classified to a title of the Code that has not been enacted into positive law.  They have been prepared by our Office for the use and convenience of the Members and committees of the House.

Unofficial documents: The compilations of public laws, as amended, provided at this site are unofficial documents and should not be cited as legal evidence of the law.

Status: Please note carefully the date of the last amendment compiled, as some of these files have not yet been updated to reflect the most recent amendments enacted.

Corrections: Please contact us at if you notice any error in a compilation.

Cross-posted at Law Library Blog.

“Search the USCprelim” from the U.S. House of Representatives Office of the Law Revision Counsel

The U.S. House of Representatives Office of the Law Revision Counsel (OLRC) has posted a new “Search the USCprelim” webpage that permits searches on what will eventually be a “posting of the next online version of the United States Code [USC].”

USCprelim is described as follows:
USCprelim: Pilot Project to Update Certain Titles Faster
Starting in 2010, the OLRC began a pilot project, called the USCprelim, to update certain titles of the U.S. Code on the website throughout the year as laws affecting those titles are enacted, rather than waiting until the end of the congressional session. Although these titles are also prepared from the same database used to prepare all other versions of the Code, they are posted to the website as a preliminary release, before all editorial notes have been added and before all work has been thoroughly reviewed. Thus, it should be expected that the preliminary release will be subject to further revision before it is released again as a final version. Nevertheless, the preliminary release should be useful to those seeking a more current version of the law. As with other online versions of the Code, the U.S. Code classification tables should be consulted for the latest laws affecting the Code. The first title being updated in this project is title 26, containing the Internal Revenue Code.

As indicated above, at present, searches on USCprelim are limited to Title 26 (the Internal Revenue Code).

A sample search “estate AND gift AND tax” brought up 221 hyper-linked results.

USG Plum Book for 2008 is Available

The Plum Book (United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions): 2008 Edition is now available.

It is published after each presidential election by, alternately,  the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

It contains data (as of September 1, 2008) on over 7,000 Federal Government Civil Service leadership and support positions in the legislative and executive branches of the Federal Government that may be subject to noncompetitive appointment (e.g., positions such as agency heads and their immediate subordinates, policy executives and advisors, and aides who report to these officials). The duties of many such positions may involve advocacy of Administration policies and programs and the incumbents usually have a close and confidential working relationship with the agency head or other key officials.