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Modern Administrative Law - A Gallery

Posters from the Works Progress Administration (WPA), an agency created during the Great Depression by President Roosevelt (FDR). These programs and other new agencies were designed to help the U.S.'s employment and infrastructure during this economic depression.Photo Credit the National Parks Service.

"Ring Around a Roosevelt - Pockets Full of Dough" by Clifford Berryman (1935).Photo CreditGetty Images Archive.

President Truman signing the Federal APA on June 11, 1946. Photo Credit Truman Presidential Library.

FL Governor Reubin Askew signing the Florida APA, June 25, 1971.Photo Credit Florida Memory Project.

Political cartoon satirizing the Reagan Administration's efforts to deregulate in the 1980s. Here it is referencing EPA's CAA rules. President Reagan famously quipped, 'The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the Government, and I'm here to help."Photo Credit Steve Greenberg.

A recent Politico article reporting on Federal agencies' scramble to fulfill regulatory goals before the end of President Biden's first term. A conservative White House generally rolls back regulation, while liberal administrations tend to expand agency power. Credit Politico, Feb. 19, 2024.

Note the shift from regulation to deregulation, administration to administration. This means that researching regulations is critical as they frequently change, lapse, sunset, or are amended. Even entire agencies can change or be abolished.The GPO's bindery in Washington, D.C. circa 1960. Photo Credit Library of Congress.

The Government Publishing (fka Printing) Office's history goes back farther than you would think!GPO's D.C. Headquarters circa 1903. Photo Credit Streets of Washington Blog.

Women working in the GPO Office in Washington, circa 1912. The GPO was formerly known as the "Government Printing Office" (now the Publishing Office as less printing is done these days).Photo Credit Library of Congress

The GPO Building as it looks today (not very different).Photo Credit Wikimedia CC License.


The original GPO building in 1862.Photo Credit GPO.