Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and the Federal Register

Upgrade your agency's ability to send documents to the Federal Register by moving to all-digital submissions using PKI.
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  • Lectures 5
  • Length 34 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2014 English

Course Description

This course explains the process by which federal, Executive branch agencies can begin to submit their Federal Register documents digitally. The course is made up of five videos:

  1. Lecture 1: What is PKI as it pertains to the Federal Register?
  2. Lecture 2: PKI Question and Answer.
  3. Lecture 3: EPA's PKI implementation process.
  4. Lecture 4: NIH's PKI implementation process.
  5. Lecture 5: Federal Register's document submission web portal demonstration.

Accompanying materials include:

  1. The entire conference slideshow.
  2. The Office of the Federal Register's FAQ.
  3. EPA's FAQ.
  4. EPA document submission cost comparison.

Lecture credits:

Ben Jordi- Lecture Series creator

Ryan Nolan- Filming and Editing

Laura Free- EPA presentation

Angelee Mullins- NIH presentation

What are the requirements?

  • There are no requirements necessary to complete this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • In this course, you will learn what PKI is and how you can use it to send documents to the Office of the Federal Register.
  • You will learn the different paths available to federal agencies to obtain digital certificates.
  • You will also learn how to create an account on our web portal and begin submitting documents for publication.

What is the target audience?

  • Only intended for federal Executive-branch agencies
  • The general public is welcome to learn about the process, but only official federal, Executive branch agencies can submit documents for publication in the Federal Register

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: The Federal Register and PKI

Introduction to digital signature submission of federal agency documents to the Office of the Federal Register.


Throughout the conference, we kept the floor open for questions. So we pulled the most common questions from the meeting and compiled them into a Q&A video.

Section 2: Federal Agency Testimonials

Laura Free, from the Environmental Protection Agency, discusses how her agency decided to use Government Printing Office(GPO) signing certificates for their PKI program.

Also attached is EPA's internal FAQ document and an Excel spreadsheet comparing the costs of sending paper documents vs sending them electronically.


Angelee Mullins, from National Institutes of Health, discusses how her agency began using the free General Services Administration (GSA) signing tool to digitally send documents to the Federal Register.

Section 3: Web Portal Demonstration

The web portal at is the method for digital submission to the Office of the Federal Register. This is a demonstration video on how to set up an account, submit a document, and look up your document history on the portal.

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Instructor Biography

The Office of the Federal Register (OFR) provides access to the official text of:

  • Federal Laws
  • Presidential Documents
  • Administrative Regulations and Notices
  • Descriptions of Federal Organizations, Programs and Activities

We also administer the Electoral College and the Constitutional Amendment Process.

Udemy Instructors for the Office of the Federal Register include:

Jim Hemphill- Special Assistant to the Director

  • Jim teaches the "Federal Register: What it is and How to use it" Course.
    Ben Jordi- Technical Writer-Editor
  • Ben teaches the "Federal Register PKI Program" Course. He currently serves as in the Information Services and Technology Division.

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