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The APA does not define the term 'general statements of policy' as it is used in section 553. See Burroughs Wellcome Co. v. Schweiker, 649 F.2d 221, 224 (4th Cir. 1981); Pacific Gas and Electric Co. v. Federal Power Commission, 164 U.S. App. D.C. 371, 506 F.2d 33, 37 (D.C. Cir. 1974). However, it is defined in the Attorney General's Manual on the Administrative Procedure Act, which was issued in 1947, just after the APA's enactment, as 'statements issued by an agency  to advise the public prospectively of the manner in which the agency proposes to exercise a discretionary power.' The Supreme Court has accorded deference to the interpretations of APA provisions contained in the Attorney General's Manual, both because it was issued contemporaneously with the passage of the APA and because of the significant role played by the Justice Department in drafting the APA. See, e.g., Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corp. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, 435 U.S. 519, 546, 55 L. Ed. 2d 460, 98 S. Ct. 1197 (1978); see also Pacific Gas and Electric Co. v. Federal Power Commission, 164 U.S. App. D.C. 371, 506 F.2d 33, 38 n.17 (1974). Attorney General's Manual ...

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