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Government Information

A Guide to Government Information Sources

United States Government Manual

The United States Government Manual is the official handbook that describes the activities and programs of the three branches of the federal government (executive, legislative, and judicial), agencies and quasi-official agencies, and international organizations of which the U.S. is a member. The manual includes descriptions and organizational charts of each component, and identifies key employees. It is updated annual as a special edition of the Federal Register.

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CRS Reports are created by the Congressional Research Service as summaries of a variety of topics relevant to law-making activities.


GAO Reports are produced by the Government Accountability Office. The GAO is a government "watchdog" that investigates how agencies spend tax dollars.

Major databases

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