Hot Docs: United States Government Manual

The 2008-2009 edition of the United States Government Manual is now available on GPO Access at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/gmanual/index.html or from our library catalog. As the official handbook of the Federal Government, the United States Government Manual provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies; international organizations in which the United States participates; and boards, commissions, and committees. The Manual begins with reprints of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. The Manual is published as a special edition of the Federal Register (see 1 CFR 9.1).

A typical agency description includes:

* A list of officials heading major operating units.
* A summary statement of the agency’s purpose and role in the Federal
Government.
* A brief history of the agency, including its legislative or executive
authority.
* A description of its programs and activities.
* Information, addresses, and phone numbers to help users locate
detailed information on consumer activities, contracts and grants,
employment, publications, and other matters of public interest.

GPO Access contains the U.S. Government Manual from 1995-96 to the present. The new edition of the Manual is available to the public each year in the late summer. Files are available as ASCII text and
Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF).

Class: AE 2.108/2:2008-2009

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