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MAY 1 6 1990

The United States
Government Manual


Office of the Federal Register
National Archives and Records Administration

Revised July 1, 1989

Martha L. Girard

Acting Director of the Federal Register.

Don W. Wilson,

Archivist of the United States.

For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office

Washington, DC 20402


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 1989/90 Manual was prepared by the Presidential Documents and Legislative Division, Office of the Federal Register. Kenneth R. Payne was Managing Editor; John H. Hedges, Susannah C. Hurley, and Kristine M. Moss were Associate Editors.

This year's Manual cover incorporates a line etching, dated 1790, entitled "Federal Hall/The Seat of Congress" (artist, Peter Lacour; engraver, Amos Doolittle), which portrays the first inauguration of George Washington as President in New York City in 1789. It is reproduced courtesy of the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum.


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


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 the 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, reorganization plans, proposed and ratified amendments to the Constitution, and Presidential proclamations. Included with many of these documents are sidenotes, citations, and a guide to their legislative history.

The Codification of Presidential Proclamations and Executive Orders provides in one reference source proclamations and Executive orders issued from the Truman through the Reagan administrations that have general applicability and continuing legal effect. The Codification is divided into 50 chapters representing broad subject areas. Incorporated into each codified document are all amendments that were in effect on the most recent revision date.


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Superintendent of Documents
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The Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations are available in microfiche form as well as bound paper copies. In addition, these publications are available to the public at designated Government depository libraries and many other libraries. For more information, see the "Sources of Information" section of the Government Printing Office's statement in this book.


Information on the contents of The United States Government Manual and other publications of the Office of the Federal Register may be obtained by writing:

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Telephone inquiries concerning the editorial content of the Manual should be directed

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