Related Documents Feature

Download the Related Documents Quick Reference Guide (PDF) - Last updated July 2017


What is the Related Documents feature?

govinfo offers a feature that makes it easier than ever to navigate to documents that are linked within the complex network of legislative, regulatory, and judicial publications.

On select Content Details pages for a document, a “Related Documents” tab will display other documents within govinfo that have a functional relationship or reference to that particular document. The purpose of the Related Documents feature is to make it easy for users to navigate to associated content without having to conduct multiple searches or manually go into and read each document’s text.


Important Things to Know

  • This feature is intended to provide a convenient way to access related documents on govinfo but not to be a complete legislative history.
  • The links between related documents are dependent on having documents and metadata already in the system.
  • If you do not see any documents under Related Documents on a given document’s page, it is possible that:
    • related documents are not yet in the system for that document,
    • the Related Documents feature has not yet been built for that document or collection, or
    • metadata is not available in the system to support a relationship for that document.
  • If you do not see a document you expect to see, make sure to try additional searches.

What's linked together?

Additional relationships between and across documents will be implemented on an iterative basis over time. Currently, the following relationships are available:

Congressional Bills Details pages- Other bill versions of the legislation; Congressional Reports for the legislation; Presidential Signing Statements and Remarks for legislation from the Compilation of Presidential Documents; Public Laws for the legislation; Statutes at Large document for the legislation; U.S. Code documents that reference the legislation.
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Public and Private Laws Details pages- Bill versions of the legislation; Congressional Reports for the legislation; Presidential Signing Statements and Remarks for the legislation from the Compilation of Presidential Documents; Public Laws for the legislation; Statutes at Large document for the legislation; U.S. Code documents that reference the legislation.
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Congressional Reports Details pages- Bill versions and Public Laws for the Legislation.
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Congressional Record Details pages- Bill versions referenced.
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Presidential Signing Statements and Remarks from the Compilation of Presidential Documents Details pages- Bill versions and Public Laws for the legislation.
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Federal Register- Other Federal Register rulemaking documents related via the same Regulatory ID Number, CFR documents referenced by that Federal Register document.
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How to Find Related Documents

You can find related documents on govinfo in just 3 steps:

  1. Find a publication- through searching or browsing
  2. Click Details
  3. Click the Related documents tab

Here are some examples of how to find related documents in just 3 steps:

Congressional Bills
Search for hr 803, click details, then the related documents tab. You will find these documents related to hr 803: other bill versions, Congressional reports, the Presidential Signing Statement, Public Law, Statutes at Large document, and documents where the legislation is referenced in the U.S. Code.

Public and Private Laws
Search for public law 108-201, click details, then the related documents tab. You will find these documents related to this public law: bill versions, Congressional reports, the Presidential Signing Statement, Statutes at Large, and documents where the legislation is referenced in the U.S. Code.

Congressional Reports
Search for H. Rept. 106-513, click details, then the related documents tab. You will find these documents related to this Congressional Report: bill versions and the Public and Private Law.

Congressional Record
Search for congressional record public bills and resolutions, click details, then the related documents tab. You will find these documents related to this Congressional Record document: bill versions.

Presidential Signing Statements (in the Compilation of Presidential Documents)
Search for wildlife and wetlands signing statement, click details, then the related documents tab. You will find these documents related to this signing statement: bill versions and the Public and Private Law.

Federal Register
Search for rearview mirrors, click details, then the related documents tab. You will find these documents related to this FR document: other Federal Register documents related by the Regulatory ID Number, or RIN, and documents containing the FR references in the Code of Federal Regulations.


Will related documents in other collections be linked together?

GPO has identified numerous relationships, most identified by subject matter experts and stakeholders during the initial requirements gathering stage of FDsys development, approximately 8 years ago. Each collection has a unique set of relationships within or to other collections or documents. The approach is to incorporate individual use cases or groupings of use cases by collection. Implementation of use cases will be on an iterative basis throughout the course of development. Priorities are established by complexity of implementation, anticipated appeal or popularity, and the overall design and planning roadmap.