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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.

Issued each Federal working day, the Federal Register provides a uniform system for publishing Presidential documents, regulatory documents with general applicability and legal effect, proposed rules, notices, and documents required to be published by statute.

The Code of Federal Regulations is an annual codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register. The Code is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. The Code is kept up to date by the individual issues of the Federal Register.

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.

A companion publication to the Weekly Compilation is the Public Papers of the Presidents, which contains public Presidential documents and speeches in convenient book form. Volumes of the Public Papers have been published for every

President since Herbert Hoover, with the exception of Franklin D. Roosevelt, whose papers were published privately.


The Office of the Federal Register publishes slip laws, which are pamphlet prints of each public and private law enacted by Congress. Slip laws are compiled annually as the United States Statutes at Large. The Statutes volumes contain all public and private laws and concurrent resolutions enacted during a session of Congress; recommendations for executive, legislative, and judicial salaries; reorganization plans; proposed and ratified amendments to the Constitution; and Presidential proclamations. Included with many of these documents are sidenotes, U.S. Code and statutes citations, and a summary of their legislative histories.

The publications of the Office of the Federal Register are available for sale by

Superintendent of Documents
P.O. Box 371954
Pittsburgh, PA 15250–7954

and are also sold at Government Printing Office bookstores located in several major cities. Telephone inquiries should be directed to 202-512-1800.

The Office of the Federal Register maintains a free electronic bulletin board service,
FREND (Federal Register Electronic News Delivery), for public law numbers, Federal
Register finding aids, and related information. To access by modem: phone, 202-

In addition, the Federal Register's public inspection list and table of contents are also available on the National Archives' Fax-on-Demand system. Phone, 301-713– 6905.

The texts of The United States Government Manual and the Federal Register are available in electronic format. For more information, contact Electronic Information Dissemination Services, U.S. Government Printing Office. Phone, 202-512-1530. E-mail, gpoaccess@gpo.gov.

Information on The United States Government Manual and other publications of the
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Office of the Federal Register
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Inquiries should be directed by phone to 202-523-5227 or faxed to 202-523-6866.

Independent Establishments and Government Corporations

African Development Foundation 489

Central Intelligence Agency 490

Commodity Futures Trading Commission 491

Consumer Product Safety Commission 493

Corporation for National and Community Service 496

Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board 501

Environmental Protection Agency 503

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Export-Import Bank of the United States 515

Farm Credit Administration 517

Federal Communications Commission 521

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 527

Federal Election Commission 530

Federal Emergency Management Agency 532

Federal Housing Finance Board 536

Federal Labor Relations Authority 539

Federal Maritime Commission 543

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 546

Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission 547

Federal Reserve System 549

Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 555

Federal Trade Commission 556

General Services Administration 562

Inter-American Foundation 576

Merit Systems Protection Board 577

National Aeronautics and Space Administration 580

National Archives and Records Administration 589

National Capital Planning Commission 596

National Credit Union Administration 599

National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities 602

National Labor Relations Board 607

National Mediation Board 611

National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak)

National Science Foundation 615

National Transportation Safety Board 621

Nuclear Regulatory Commission 625

Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission 631

Office of Government Ethics 633

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