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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. The Manual also includes information on quasiofficial agencies; international organizations in which the United States participates; and boards, commissions, and committees.
A typical agency description includes a list of principal officials, 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, and a "Sources of Information" section. This last section provides information on consumer activities, contracts and grants, employment, publications, and many other areas of public interest.
The 1996/97 Manual was prepared by the Presidential and Legislative Publications Unit, Office of the Federal Register. Karen L. Ashlin was Managing Editor, assisted by Scott Andreae, Brad Brooks, Anna Glover, Margaret A. Hemmig, Carolyn W. Hill, Alfred Jones, and Rachel Rondell. COVER: The U.S. Army's "buffalo soldiers," comprising the 9th and 10th Cavalry and the 24th and 25th Infantry, served on the Western desert and plains, laid hundreds of miles of roads and telegraph lines, and protected mail coaches. They also fought with Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders in Cuba during the SpanishAmerican War and remained active through the Korean War. This year's Manual cover features a print entitled “Buffalo Soldier" by the artist Kuntu. The print is copyrighted by A&H Fine Arts, Inc., Indianapolis, IN, all rights reserved.
THE FEDERAL REGISTER AND ITS SPECIAL EDITIONS The Manual is published as a special edition of the Federal Register (see 1 CFR 9.1). Its focus is on programs and activities. Persons interested in detailed organizational structure, the regulatory documents of an agency, or Presidential documents should refer to the Federal Register or one of its other special editions, described below.
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The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents serves as a timely, up-to-date reference source for the public policies and activities of the President. It contains remarks, news conferences, messages, statements, and other Presidential material of a public nature issued by the White House during the week reported.
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President since Herbert Hoover, with the exception of Franklin D. Roosevelt, whose papers were published privately.
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