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The United States Government Manual was published at first as a loose-leaf notebook, its pages held in place by three metal rings. For over eight decades, this New Deal-era publication has been the "official handbook" of the Federal Government. It is a regularly updated special edition of the Federal Register that describes agency activities and programs of the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of Government, as well as the activities and programs of quasi-official agencies, international organizations in which the United States participates as a member, and Federal boards, commissions, and committees. The U.S. Government Manual also includes many sources of information on a range of resources and topics: aircraft and ships, artists, blogs, bullying, business opportunities, bus travel safety, chemical exposure, Chief of Staff's reading list, climate and sustainability, datasets and statistics, disease, earthquakes and landslides, employment, gardening, glossaries, history and timelines, learning American English, LGBT youth, maps, news and announcements, plain language, publications, public debt, recreation, search tools, seigniorage, shipwrecks and ship disposal, site maps and AZ indices, social media, suicide prevention, travel warnings and wait times, underage drinking, whistleblower disclosures, wildlife, women in the labor force, the Open Government initiative and Freedom of Information Act, and more.

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