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Sunday, April 10, 2011

National Archives Federal Register puts new U.S. Government Manual on web for 1st time

Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero has announced the first-ever web release of the new United States Government Manual (the Manual), the official handbook of the Federal Government online. The new Manual, created by the Office of the Federal Register with the Government Printing Office, provides timely access to descriptions of the many organizations, programs, and leaders of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of the Federal Government. The new online Manual presents information in a standardized format, using extensible markup language (XML). Uniform data fields make it possible to display changes quickly, and also provide bulk access to XML data through Data.gov and FDsys.gov.The database tracks vacancies and replacements to maintain current listings of top officials in the both the Obama administration and the 112th Congress. The Manual also provides useful information about quasi-official agencies, international organizations with U.S. membership, and Federal boards, commissions, and committees. The Office of the Federal Register will continuously update this online version – a marked improvement over the annual snapshot of the printed edition

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