EDITORIAL RECLASSIFICATION
TITLE 25, UNITED STATES CODE



BRIEF SUMMARY OF CHANGES

Provisions from chapter 14 of title 25, United States Code, are being reorganized and transferred to four new chapters at the end of title 25 in order to improve the organization of the title. In addition, provisions from chapters 14 and 19 of title 25 that are not general and permanent are being omitted from the Code. No statutory text is repealed or amended. The changes are made merely to improve the organizational structure of the Code. For the online version of the Code, the changes will occur on September 1, 2016, after which the new Code citations should be used. For the printed version of the Code, the changes will occur in supplement IV of the 2012 edition.

BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR CHANGE

The Office of the Law Revision Counsel is responsible for maintaining and publishing the United States Code, which is a codification of the general and permanent laws of the United States organized into titles based on subject matter. An integral part of producing the United States Code is determining where new laws should be placed, a process known as classification.

Classification is a challenging task because new law must be classified not only to fit logically within existing Code categories, but also to allow room for future development. Over time, due to the enactment of new laws and amendments, some areas of the Code become less organized and harder to navigate.

In chapter 14 of title 25, under the broad heading "Miscellaneous", over 900 sections have collected over the years. The general and permanent provisions from this material are being reorganized and transferred to form four new chapters, with appropriate and descriptive headings, at the end of title 25. In addition, provisions from chapters 14 and 19 of title 25 that are not general and permanent are being omitted from the Code. No statutory text is repealed or amended. The changes are made merely to improve the organizational structure of the Code.

HIGHLIGHTS OF REORGANIZATION - NEW CHAPTERS IN TITLE 25

* Chapter 45, Protection of Indians and Conservation of Resources (25 U.S.C. 5101 et seq.)

* Chapter 45A, Oklahoma Indian Welfare (25 U.S.C. 5201 et seq.)

* Chapter 46, Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance (25 U.S.C. 5301 et seq.)

* Chapter 47, Conveyance of Submarginal Land (25 U.S.C. 5501 et seq.)

RESOURCES FOR TRANSITION

Disposition table for provisions transferred or omitted from chapters 14 and 19 of title 25

Outline of new chapters 45 to 47

QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS

Questions and comments may be directed to:
     Office of the Law Revision Counsel
     U.S. House of Representatives
     Washington, DC 20515
     Email: uscode@mail.house.gov