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.
■ About the Energy Department
The modern Energy Department was established as cabinet-level agency under the Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977. The new agency had a bifurcated mission related to economic and national security. The first was domestic energy development and security for a nation that had been held hostage to foreign oil exports during the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) oil embargo of 1973–1974. The national security mission was tied to the federal government’s history of developing and testing nuclear weapons, which dated back to the Manhattan Project, and had been regulated under the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). AEC also regulated the development of nuclear energy post–World War II, a responsibility that was transferred to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission ...