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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 and international organizations in which the United States participates as a member. The U.S. Government Manual also includes many sources of information on a range of resources and topics: aircraft and ships, America the Beautiful passes, artists, auctions, blogs, bullying, bus travel safety, career and business opportunities, chemical exposure, Chief of Staff's reading list, climate and sustainability, credit unions, datasets and statistics, disease, earthquakes and landslides, Electoral College, endangered species and wildlife, Freedom of Information Act and Open Government, gardening and organic agriculture, glossaries, Green Card and naturalization, green jobs, historic Federal courthouses, history and timelines, homelessness and homeless veterans, Landsat, learning American English, LGBT youth, maps, Marine Corps bands and tattoo policy, Medals of Honor, minimum wage, museums, news and announcements, organ donation and transplantation, plain language, planets, publications, public debt, recreation, renewable energy, savings bonds and Treasury bills, search tools, seigniorage, sexual assault, shipwrecks and ship disposal, site maps and AZ indices, social media, suicide prevention, tobacco-free living, travel warnings and wait times, underage drinking, whistleblower disclosures, wild horses and burros, women in the labor force, and more.

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