Documents Incorporated by Reference
Incorporation By Reference (IBR) allows Federal agencies to comply with the requirement to publish rules in the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) by referring to material already published elsewhere. The legal effect of Incorporation By Reference is that the material is treated as if it were published in the Federal Register and CFR. This material, like any other properly issued rule, has the force and effect of law. Congress authorized incorporation by reference in the Freedom of Information Act to reduce the volume of material published in the Federal Register and CFR. (See 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51). Congress gave complete authority to the Director of the Federal Register to determine whether a proposed incorporation by reference serves the public interest and approve the agency's IBR request.
For a list of BSEE incorporated standards see § 250.198 Documents incorporated by reference at www.ecfr.gov under Title 30, Part 250.