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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, committees, and commissions.
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 1988/89 Manual was prepared by the Presidential Documents and Legislative Division, Office of the Federal Register. Kenneth R. Payne was Managing Editor; John H. Hedges was Associate Editor. Also assisting were Albert K. Kapikian, Susannah C. Hurley, and Kristine M. Moss.
This year's Manual cover incorporates a photograph taken by White House Photographer Peter Souza.
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Administrative Conference of the United States 508
Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution 516
Commission on Civil Rights 518
Commission of Fine Arts 519
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 529
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 561
Federal Trade Commission 570
General Services Administration 578
Inter-American Foundation 596
National Aeronautics and Space Administration 605
National Capital Planning Commission 619
National Credit Union Administration 622
National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities 624
National Labor Relations Board 631
National Mediation Board 634 National Science Foundation 636
National Transportation Safety Board 642
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 645
Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission 651
Office of Personnel Management 653
Panama Canal Commission 657
Peace Corps 658
Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation 662
Securities and Exchange Commission 671
Small Business Administration 680
United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency 689
United States International Development Cooperation Agency 699
Veterans Administration 721
Guide to Boards, Committees, and Commissions 741
Quasi-Official Agencies 747
Legal Services Corporation 747
National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) 748
Smithsonian Institution 750
State Justice Institute 766
United States Institute of Peace 767
Selected Multilateral Organizations 769
Appendix A: Standard Federal Regions 783
Federal Executive Boards 783
Standard Federal Regions Map 784
Appendix B: Commonly Used Abbreviations and Acronyms 785
Appendix C: Terminated and Transferred Agencies 791
NAME INDEX 851
AGENCY/SUBJECT INDEX 885
RECENT CHANGES AND PENDING ACTIONS 892