United States Code

Federal statutes which are of a “general and permanent” nature are compiled into the United States Code.


Private laws are not included in the Code.


The Government Publishing Office publishes a new edition of the Code every six years and publishes annual supplements in each of the five intervening years.


The Code is divided into titles, with each title covering a different subject.


For example, title 5 covers Government Organization and Employees, whereas title 18 deals with Crimes and Criminal Procedure.


And each of these titles are divided into different sections.


(Strictly speaking, the titles are composed of parts, which are composed of chapters, which are composed of sections.)


For example, section 7301 of title 5 covers the authority of the President to prescribe regulations for the code of conduct of executive branch employees.


We cite the United States Code with a title number, followed by U.S.C., a section number, and the edition of the Code you are citing.


For example, 5 U.S.C § 7301 (2016) refers to section 7301 of title 5 of the U.S. Code and indicates that you are citing the 2016 edition of the Code.  


You can view the United States Code here.

Published: December 7, 2017