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The Federal Regulatory Directory, Eighteenth Edition continues to offer a clear path through the maze of complex federal agencies and regulations, providing to-the-point analysis of regulations. Information-packed profiles of more than 100 federal agencies and departments detail the history, structure, purpose, actions, and key contacts for every regulatory agency in the U.S. government. Now updated with an improved searching structure, the Federal Regulatory Directory continues to be the leading reference for understanding federal regulations, providing a richer, more targeted exploration than is possible by cobbling together electronic and print sources.

Departmental Resources
Departmental resources
■ About the Commerce Department

The Commerce Department has historical roots that trace back to colonial government. The Articles of Confederation, the precursor to the U.S. Constitution, gave authority for instituting tariffs, taxes, and other economic regulation to the states. The patchwork of rules, as well as access to the individual states’ ports and waterways, made trade among the states difficult to navigate. Further, states were able to negotiate individual foreign trade relationships with foreign powers. States began to recognize the need for interdependent trade arrangements and regional trade alliances took form. This system remained in place until the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, which vested trade authority in the federal government. More formally, the Commerce Department was founded as the U.S. Department ...

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