In 1951, America’s Community Bankers first published The Federal Guide, a compilation of the most important federal laws, regulations, rulings and interpretations affecting the operation of savings institutions and co-operative banks. Over the years, it expanded from one volume to four, plus supplements and ancillary materials. Several years ago, it became available on CD-ROM. This fall, for the first time, it became available on the Web as well at

Intended for use by attorneys, bank executive officers and directors, compliance officers, federal regulators and regulatory specialists, The Federal Guide is impressive in its scope. It contains the full text of basic banking laws and implementing regulations; agency official bulletins, guidance and advisory opinions; and comment rulings on safety and soundness topics such as application procedures, branches, capital, directors and officers, loans, and trust services.

The Internet version adds daily updates of agency regulations and industry information; links to industry resources; more than 90 handbooks, manuals and forms from federal agencies; links to state codes and legislatures; securities laws and regulations; and more. It is organized using an expandable tree format. Users can select either HTML or Java versions, although the latter seemed a bit faster and easier to use. The entire collection can be searched, including documents in Adobe’s portable document format.

The site gives no pricing information. To get this, you will have to call a sales representative. It does, however, offer a free trial.

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Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division.