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The Office of the Federal Register (OFR), National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) publish The United States Government Manual.  The U.S. Government Manual website (usgovernmentmanual.gov) is jointly administered by the OFR/GPO partnership. Go to the OFR.gov website for more information and links to our publications and services. 

About the U.S. Government Manual

The United States Government Manual is the official handbook of the Federal Government. This currently updated edition of the Government Manual provides comprehensive and authoritative information on the legislative, judicial, and executive branches.  It also includes information on quasi-official agencies, international organizations with U.S. membership, and Federal boards, commissions, and committees. 

Agency descriptions typically include:

  • A list of officials heading major operating units.
  • A summary of the agency's mission and role in the Federal Government.
  • A brief history of the agency, including its legislative or executive authority.
  • A description of agency programs and activities.
  • A set of websites, street addresses, and phone numbers for services, benefits, contracts and grants, employment, publications, and other public information.

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Editorial Process and Updates

The currently updated Government Manual database is developed from documents submitted to the OFR by Federal agencies and organizations, as required under 1 CFR part 20.  The OFR edits the text of those documents to produce an organized and compact description of Federal agency programs and activities. Agency liaision officers are consulted to verify the text of Government Manual material at least once a year. The OFR maintains final editorial control over all editions of the Government Manual.   To keep pace with changes in Government programs and leadership, OFR may amend the currently updated edition throughout the year using information verified by liaisons or by OFR editors.   

Official Edition and Legal Status

The U.S. Government Manual is a special edition of the Federal Register, issued under the authority of the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register (see 1 CFR part 9).  In addition to the currently updated edition, annual editions of the Government Manual are available on the Federal Digital System

Federal Register publications and services are provided to the public under the Federal Register Act (44 U.S.C. Ch. 15), the GPO Electronic Information Access Enhancement Act of 1993 (44 U.S.C. 4101), and related public information laws of the United States.


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