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Schools interested in the GSA recruitment program should contact the Personnel Operations Division (CPS), Office of Personnel, Washington, DC 20405 (phone, 202-566-0370), and/or the appropriate Regional Office listed on page 584.

Freedom of Information Act Requests The Information Collection Management Branch, Information Management Division, Office of Administrative Services, Office of Administrative Programs and Support, Office of Administration, is in charge of implementing the FOIA regulations. FOIA requests concerning headquarters elements should be addressed to the General Services Administration (CAIR), Attn: GSA FOIA Officer, Room 3016, Washington, DC 20405. Phone, 202535-7983. FOIA requests concerning GSA regions should be directed to the FOIA officers for that particular region. See the listing on page 584.

Public and News Media Inquiries The Office of Public Affairs is responsible for the coordination of responses to inquiries from both the general public and news media, as well as for maintaining an information network with GSA employees with regard to items of interest to the Federal worker. The Office, through its Office of Media Relations, issues news releases. Its Office of Internal Communications is responsible for printing the GSA Update, a weekly bulletin of noteworthy items designed to keep Agency employees apprised of pertinent GSA issues. Publications Many GSA publications are available at moderate prices through the bookstores of the Government Printing Office or from GSA customer supply centers. Others may be obtained free or at production cost from a Business Service Center or a Federal Information Center. The telephone

numbers and addresses of the Federal Information Centers and of the Government Printing Office bookstores are listed in local telephone directories. If a publication is not distributed by any of the centers or stores, inquiries should be directed to the originating GSA service or office. The addresses for inquiries are:

Public Buildings Service (P)
General Services Administration
Washington, DC 20405

Federal Supply Service (F)
General Services Administration
Washington, DC 20406

Office of Finance (BC)

General Services Administration
Washington, DC 20405

Information Resources Management
Service (K)

General Services Administration
Washington, DC 20405

Federal Property Resources Service (D)
General Services Administration
Washington, DC 20405

Those who would like a brief index of GSA publications or who are not certain of the service or office of origin should write to:

Director of Publications

Office of Internal Communications (XS)
General Services Administration
Washington, DC 20405
Phone, 202-566-1235

Small Business Activities Inquiries concerning programs to assist small business should be directed to one of the Business Service Centers listed on page 584.

Speakers Inquiries and requests for speakers should be directed to the Director of Internal Communications, General Services Administration, Washington, DC 20405 (phone, 202535-7698); or contact the nearest GSA regional office.

For further information concerning the General Services Administration, contact the Office of Public Affairs, General Services Administration, Washington, DC 20405. Phone, 202-566-0705.


1515 Wilson Boulevard, Rosslyn, VA 22209

Phone, 703-841-3800

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The Inter-American Foundation is an independent Government corporation that supports social and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean. It makes grants primarily to private, indigenous organizations that carry out self-help projects benefiting poor people.

The Inter-American Foundation was created by Congress in 1969 (22 U.S.C. 290f) as a public corporation to support the self-help efforts of poor people in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Foundation was established because of congressional concern that traditional programs of development assistance were not reaching poor people. Instead of working through governments, the Foundation responds directly to the initiatives of the poor by supporting local and private organizations. Approximately one-half of the Foundation's funds come from congressional appropriations and the remainder from the Social Progress Trust Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank.

The Foundation was created as an independent agency so that its operations

would not be affected by short-term U.S. foreign policy considerations. It is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. By law, six members of the Board are from private organizations and three are from the Government.

The Foundation has made 2,512 grants, totaling $250 million. Most grants are made to private, grassroots organizations, including community associations and small urban enterprises or to larger organizations that work with local groups and provide them with credit, technical assistance, training, and marketing services. A small number of grants each year are made to centers in Latin America and the Caribbean for research on the problems of poor people and grassroots development.

For further information, contact the Office of the President, Inter-American Foundation, 1515 Wilson Boulevard, Rosslyn, VA 22209. Phone, 703-841-3810.


Twelfth Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20423

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[For the Interstate Commerce Commission statement of organization, see the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Part 1011]

The Interstate Commerce Commission regulates interstate surface transportation, including trains, trucks, buses, water carriers, freight forwarders, transportation brokers, and a coal slurry pipeline. The regulatory laws vary depending on the type of transportation; however, they generally involve certification of carriers seeking to provide transportation for the public, rates, adequacy of service, purchases, and mergers. The Commission assures that the carriers it regulates will provide the public with rates and services that are fair and reasonable.

The Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) was created as an independent regulatory agency by act of February 4, 1887 (49 U.S.C. 1–22), now known as the Interstate Commerce Act, to regulate


ICC's responsibilities include regulation of carriers engaged in transportation in interstate commerce and in foreign commerce to the extent that it takes place within the United States. Surface transportation under the Commission's jurisdiction includes railroads, trucking companies, bus lines, freight forwarders, water carriers, transportation brokers, and a coal slurry pipeline.

The Commission's authority has been strengthened and its jurisdiction broadened by subsequent legislation, such as the Hepburn Act, the Panama Canal Act, the Motor Carrier Act of 1935, and the Transportation Acts of 1920, 1940, and 1958.

However, with enactment of the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976 (45 U.S.C. 801 note), the Commission's statutory mandate was altered to provide for less regulation over rail freight rates and practices. This fundamental shift in national transportation policy was reinforced by enactment of the Motor Carrier Act of 1980 (49 U.S.C. 10101 note), the Staggers Rail Act of 1980 (49 U.S.C. 10101 note), the Household Goods Transportation Act of 1980 (49 U.S.C. 10101 note), and the Bus Regulatory Reform Act of 1982 (49 U.S.C. 10101 note). These measures provided for a sharply reduced Federal

role in regulating the trucking, railroad, and bus industries.

The Chairman is designated by the President from among the Commissioners. The Commissioners elect their own Vice Chairman annually and may delegate certain duties and functions to individual Commissioners or to boards consisting of not less than three eligible employees.

Field offices are maintained in various cities to audit carrier accounts, monitor the utilization of railroad freight cars in order to avoid severe shortages, investigate violations of the Interstate Commerce Act and related laws, and provide assistance to the public in its use of regulated carriers that provide transportation by railroad, highway, and waterway.


In broad terms and within prescribed legal limits, Commission regulations encompass transportation economics and service.

In the transportation economics area, the Commission settles controversies over rates and charges among competing and like modes of transportation, shippers, and receivers of freight, passengers, and others. It rules upon applications for mergers, consolidations, and acquisitions of control. It prescribes accounting rules, awards reparations, and administers laws relating to railroad bankruptcy. It acts to prevent unlawful discrimination, destructive competition, and rebating. It also has jurisdiction over

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