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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 is jointly administered by the OFR–GPO partnership. Go to the OFR.gov website for more information and links to our publications and services.
The United States Government Manual is the official handbook of the Federal Government. This current edition of the Government Manual provides comprehensive 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.
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The current Government Manual database relies on information submitted to the OFR by Federal agencies and organizations, as required under 1 CFR part 20. OFR editors review and edit the submissions to produce organized and concise descriptions of Federal agency programs and activities. Agency liaison officers are consulted to verify the currency of the Government Manual's content at least once a year. The OFR exercises final editorial control over all editions of the Government Manual. To keep pace with changes in Government programs and leadership, OFR editors may amend the current edition throughout the year, using information verified by them or by the liaison officers.
The United States 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 current edition, previous editions of the Government Manual are accessible on the govinfo website, and some previous editions are available in hardcopy from the GPO Bookstore.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.