Press Release nr97-96
Press Release · Wednesday, September 24, 1997

Washington, DC

Press Release
September 24, 1997
Federal Register Publishes 1997/98 U.S. Government Manual

Washington, DC... Archivist of the United States John W. Carlin announced today the publication of the 1997/98 edition of "The United States Government Manual," the official guidebook to the Federal government.

The new 867-page "Manual" provides up-to-date information about the missions, programs and activities of Federal agencies, as well as the names of top officials of each agency in the Clinton Administration and listings of Senators and U.S. Representatives. It also contains other useful information on the legislative, judicial and executive branches of the government and has comprehensive name and agency/subject indexes.

A special feature of this invaluable reference book is the Sources of Information section, which lists addresses and telephone numbers for each agency for employment, government contracts, publications, films and other services available to the public.

In addition, the volume contains agency organization charts, a list defining commonly used Federal abbreviations and acronyms and a detailed section on Federal agencies which have been terminated, transferred or changed in name since March 1933.

The "Manual" has been compiled and published by the Office of the Federal Register of the National Archives and Records Administration since 1948.

The 1997/98 "Manual" (Stock Number 069-000-00072-0) can be purchased for $40.00 from the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office (GPO). All orders must be accompanied by remittance (check, money order, GPO Deposit Account, VISA, Master Card or Discover) and mailed to the Superintendent of Documents, GPO, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954. Charge orders may be telephoned to the GPO Order Desk, Monday through Friday, at telephone (202) 512-1800, from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. (Eastern time) or FAX your charge orders anytime to (202) 512-2250.

The 1997/98 "U.S. Government Manual" may also be accessed electronically through the Government Printing Office’s "GPO Access" system. The "Manual" is on the NARA/GPO home page at To discuss alternate methods of electronic access to the "Manual" call the GPO support line on (202)512-1530.

For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or e-mail


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