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The 2005-2006 edition of the United States Government Manual is now
available on GPO Access at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/gmanual/index.html. 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
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
A brief history of the agency, including its legislative or executive
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.
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.
GPO Access contains the U.S. Government Manual for 1995-96 and all
subsequent editions to the present. The new edition of the Manual is
available to the Public each year in the late summer. The Manual is
available as ASCII text and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files.
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(Toll-free) or at 202-512-1800, (DC Metropolitan Area) Monday through
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