FAQs about Executive Orders (National Archives)
Executive orders are official documents, numbered consecutively, through which the President of the United States manages the operations of the Federal Government.
The text of Executive orders appears in the daily Federal Register as each Executive order is signed by the President and received by the Office of the Federal Register. The text of Executive orders beginning with Executive Order 7316 of March 13, 1936, also appears in the sequential editions of Title 3 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
Text of Executive Order No. 13769
Executive Order 13769, 82 Fed. Reg. 8977 (January 27, 2017)
Executive Order 13780, 82 Fed. Reg. 13,209 ( March 6, 2017)
Executive Orders (Federal Register)
You can access every newly issued Executive Order in the Federal Register, usually a day or two after signature by the president. They will also appear at roughly the same time in the Compilation of Presidential Documents. The Compilation of Presidential Documents collection consists of the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents and the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents which are the official publications of materials released by the White House Press Secretary. The Compilation of Presidential Documents is published by the Office of the Federal Register (OFR), National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
Congressional Research Service Reports
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate.
John Contrubis, J., Cong. Research Serv., 95-772 A, Executive Orders and Proclamations (1999)
This report examines the origin and usage of these presidential instruments. It also analyzes the scope of the PResident's authority to use such instruments and possible responses by Congress and the Judiciary
Vivian S. Chu & Todd Garvey, Cong. Research Serv., RS20846, Executive Orders: Issuance, Modification, and Revocation (2014)
Executive orders, presidential memoranda, and proclamations are used extensively by Presidents to achieve policy goals, set uniform standards for managing the executive branch, or outline a policy view intended to influence the behavior of private citizens. The U.S. Constitution does not define these presidential instruments and does not explicitly vest the President with the authority to issue them. Nonetheless, such orders are accepted as an inherent aspect of presidential power. Moreover, if they are based on appropriate authority, they have the force and effect of law. This report discusses the nature of these written instruments, executive orders in particular, with a focus on the scope of presidential authority to execute such instruments, as well as judicial and congressional responses to their issuance.
Kate M. Manuel, Cong. Research Serv., R44743, Executive Authority to Exclude Aliens: In Brief (2017)
The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides that individual aliens outside the United States are “inadmissible”—or barred from admission to the country—on health, criminal, security, and other grounds set forth in the INA. However, the INA also grants the Executive several broader authorities that could be used to exclude certain individual aliens or classes of aliens for reasons that are not specifically prescribed in the INA.