U.S. Government Manual Gets New Website

The United States Government Manual is the official handbook of the Federal Government, published by the Office of the Federal Register(OFR), and the Government Printing Office(GPO). The Manual provides comprehensive and authoritative information on the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies, international organizations with U.S. membership, and Federal boards, commissions, and committees.

Agency descriptions typically include:

A list of officials heading major operating units.
A summary of the agency’s mission and role in the Federal Government.
A brief history of the agency, including its legislative or executive authority.
A description of agency programs and activities.
A set of websites, street addresses, and phone numbers for services, benefits, contracts and grants, employment, publications, and other public information.

Access to pdf versions of current as well as prior editions of the Government Manual has been available electronically via GPO Access(now Fdsys). Now, however, the Manual has been given its own website, providing far more searching and browsing capabilities as well as quick links to the various agencies, departments and organizations of the government.

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