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cooperation with representatives from the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of the Treas. ury, and the Congressional Budget Office. The objective of our plan was to develop a comprehensive understanding of current Federal executive information capabilities: that is, to determine what information is available, how it is structured, how well it is organized into unique collections, which level within the agencies could be most responsive to our survey, and who are the working-level contacts within the agencies. Our staff followed up the mailing of survey materials with scheduled interviews at each agency site.

Our guidelines to the agencies included the following definitions: the term, sources, was defined as including publications (e.g., catalogs, directories), activities, or organizations oriented to centralized processing and dissemination of information (e.g., libraries, clearing. houses, information centers, documentation centers); the phrase, information systems, was defined as includ. ing organized collections of procedures and data bases used to store, manipulate, and generate information for specific purposes and functions.


The General Accounting Office has produced this volume of the Congressional Sourcebook to assist the Congress in fostering and promoting the development of standardized information systems in the Federal agencies. With that objective in mind, Congress has directed the Secretary of the Treasury and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, in cooperation with the Comptroller General, to develop, establish, and maintain for use by all Federal agencies, standardized data processing and information systems for fiscal, budgetary, and program-related data and information. This responsibility is set forth in Title VIII of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. Elaborating upon that responsibility, the Act also calls upon the Comptroller General to develop and maintain an up-to-date inventory and directory of sources and information systems containing such data and information.

Information Reliability

The Directory is not exhaustive. The agencies that kept organized system inventories of their own were able to supply extensive identification and accompanying descriptive information and data. However, only five agencies of the 63 respondents were able to supply offthe-shelf materials. Many agencies found it necessary to compile their own inventories to satisfy our request.

Working on the assumption that the agencies would find it more expedient responding to a rather unstruc1 red survey of existing information materials, we conditioned our request only by the general requirement that their materials should be supplied in the form of system directories, manuals, catalogs, or summary listings of agency sources and systems. Consequently, many of the agency submissions were not directly comparable in terms of level of detail or comprehensive. ness of content.

Purpose and Scope of this Directory

This Directory, Federal Information Sources and Systems, represents our initial effort under these provisions of the new legislation. It is an indexed reference guide to over 1,000 Federal sources and information systems in 63 agencies, which contain budgetary, fiscal and program-related data.

All the sources and systems cited in this volume were identified and selected from materials compiled in the first government-wide inventory of its kind. Initiated by a letter from the Comptroller General dated July 1, 1975 to 89 Federal departments and agencies, the inventory was conducted during the period from July through December 1975. The letter (Appendix) request. ed each agency to submit descriptions of their information systems and sources.

Our plan for conducting the inventory, including the mail-out instructions for the agencies, was reviewed in

Availability of Information

The General Accounting Office does not maintain copies for distribution of source documents and informational materials cited in this Directory. Readers are advised to request such materials from the agency contact given in the citation entry.

Questions or comments regarding the contents of this Directory should be addressed to:

Program Analysis Division
U.S. General Accounting Office
Washington, D.C. 20548


This Directory is designed to serve the reader as a handy desk reference to sources and information systems in the Federal executive branch. It contains two parts: a citation section, and an index section. Citation Section. A citation constitutes the complete record for each entry in the Directory. The citations are arranged in numerical sequence by executive agency. Each citation contains a number of information elements, as shown in the sample entry below. The information elements numbered in the sample are explained as follows:

(1) Issuing Agency: The department, agency, board, commission or other governmental organization which maintains the system or issues the source document cited.

(2) Accession Number: An 8-digit number which uniquely identifies each citation entry in numerical sequence.

(3) Title: Denotes the title of either a source or an information system and its identifying acronym or initials. An asterisk indicates that the system or source is considered to be especially significant.

(4) Budget Function/Subfunction: Indicates how the source or system is related to the Federal budget. Such indication is intended as a rough guide to function / subfunction categories identified in the FY 1976 Federal Budget.

(5) Agency Contact: Indicates the point of contact within an agency for obtaining additional information about a citation entry.

(6) Abstract: Describes or summarizes the objectives, information content, and outputs of the informa. tion system.

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-1975 Automotive Data Base.
-Budget Function/Subfunction: Other transportation (407).
-Agency Contact: Bruce Allen, Principal Analyst, Management
Information System. 426-1827.

This data base is used to support quick-reaction studies for the Office of the Secretary's Automotive Fuel Efficiency Program. It contains 216 vehicle models both domestic and import. Each model is described by 50 attributes which include engine characteristics emission system, transmission, fuel economy, emission level, performance, price, production, etc. A matrix of 50 x 216 is generated and each automobile is analyzed by its unique characteristics in relation to others.

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Index Section. This section has three separate indexes, which are printed on a different colored paper for ease of reference. The indexes are described below as follows: (1) Subject Index, (2) Agency Index, and (3) Budget Function/Subfunction Index.

(1) Subject Index: The subject index is derived from the titles and abstracts of each citation entry. This index allows the reader to search alphabetically for the keyword or phrase relating to his subject. If the keyword appears in the index, the associated system titles and accession numbers are listed below it.

(2) Agency Index: The agency index alphabetically lists the names of departments, agencies, and other organizations responsible for operating or maintaining the system or source. The titles and accession numbers are listed below their respective issuing agencies.

(3) Budget Function/Subfunction Index: The budget functional Index enables the reader to relate each system to the budget functional/subfunctional category by which Federal funds are classified in the FY 1976 Federal Budget. The system titles and accession numbers are listed beneath their respective functional categories.


Office of Management and Budget

departments, the index for the July-December issues of the Statistical Reporter, and the schedule of release dates for principal Federal economic indicators.

S00110-001 1972 Federal Statistical Directory. 23rd edition. Statistical Policy Division, OMB. December 1972. 290 pp. Budget Function/Subfunction: Executive direction and management (802). Public Availability: GPO, Stock No. 4101-00086, $2. Agency Contact: Phillip B. Larsen, Acting Assistant to the Director for Administration. 395-5163.

This directory lists, by agency and appropriate organizational units, the names and locations of key persons engaged in statistical programs, including not only statisticians and economists, but administrative and managerial personnel involved in statistical programs. It is designed primarily to facilitate communication among the various Federal offices working on statistical programs, and is a companion volume to 'Statistical Services of the United States Government,' last issued in 1968. The Federal statistical system is decentralized, with the responsibility for statistical programs and activities distributed among a number of departments and agencies. The Office of Management and Budget is responsi. ble for coordinating the work of the several departments and agencies. Acccordingly, this office requested each agency to furnish a list of its key professional, technical, and administrative personnel engaged in such statistical activities as the following: planning and operation of general-purpose data collection programs; planning and evaluation of statistical systems, including data process. ing and progress reporting; publication and dissemina. tion of general-purpose statistical information; development and application of statistical methods; and analysis and research that make extensive use of statistical data and methodology, including program planning and related activities.

Computer Output Report Inventory, Fiscal Year 1976.
Information Systems Division, OMB. April 1975. various
Budget Function/Subfunction: Executive direction and
management (802).
Agency Contact: Phillip D. Larsen, Acting Assistant to the
Director for Administration. 395-5163.

This computer output report inventory is intended to inform the Office of Management and Budget of information available from the computer, and to serve as a working document for the Management Information and Computer Systems ision. The reports contained are used in support of the President's Fiscal Year 1976 Budget, excluding Special Analyses. A brief description of the purpose, source, and sequence and summary levels is given for each report, along with a listing of the user, codes, and related reports, and a sample copy. Reports are grouped under the following subsystems: System Support, Treasury Combined Statement, Budget Master File, Receipts System, Budget Summary Tables, Obligations, Controllability, Account Titles, and Linotron. Specific tables with letter designations are also grouped by subsystem: B Tables-Funds in the Budget: D TablesInvestment, Operating, and Other Budget Outlays; E Tables-Federal Credit Analysis; and 0 Tables-Aid to State and Local Governments.

Statistical Reporter. Monthly. Statistical Policy Division,
Budget Function/Subfunction: Executive direction and
management (802).
Public Availability: GPO, $6 a year.
Agency Contact: Phillip B. Larsen, Acting Assistant to the
Director for Administration. 395-5163.

This publication presents an overview of major statistical programs of the Federal Government. It is prepared primarily for the interchange of information among Government employees engaged in statistical and research activities. Tables give budget obligations for programs by broad subject area, and by agency. Improvements in statistics related to inflation, local area estimates, and in major programs dealing with social, economic, and periodic programs are described. Current developments in the following are described in detail: 1974 Federal Statistical Directory, 1972 Census of Construction Industries, Advisory Committee on Social Indicators, Services to AFDC Families, Contributions by Low-Income Workers, Statistical Problems in Geographical Analysis, International Economic Indicators, Index of 1970 Census Reports, and International Forum for National Statistical Agencies. Brief descriptions of selected new reporting plans and forms approved by the Office of Management and Budget are included, along with changes in statistical personnel within government

The Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year
1976. Appendix. 1975. 1092 pp.
Budget Function/Subfunction: Executive direction and
management (802).
Public Availability: GPO, Stock No. 4101-00095, $19.20.
Agency Contact: Phillip D. Larsen, Acting Assistant to the
Director for Administration. 395-5163.

This report contains detailed information on the various appropriations and funds that comprise the budget, including the proposed text of appropriation language, budget schedules for each account, explanations of the work to be performed and the funds needed, proposed general provisions applicable to the appropriations of entire agencies or groups of agencies and schedules of permanent positions. Supplemental proposals for the current year and new legislative proposals are identified separately. Information is also provided on certain activities, whose outlays are not part of the budget total.

The Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year
1976. 1975. 384 pp.
Budget Function/Subfunction: Executive direction and
management (802).
Public Availability: GPO, $3.45.
Agency Contact: Phillip B. Larsen, Acting Assistant to the
Director for Administration. 395-5163.

This document contains the information that most users of the budget would normally need, including the S00110-008

Budget Message of the President. It presents an overview of the President's budget proposals which includes explanations of Federal spending programs and estimat ed receipts. Also contained are a description of the budget system, various summary tables on the budget as a whole, and tables pertaining to the transition to the new fiscal year. A Budget Accounts Listing details the budgets of the Federal program by agency and account.


The United States Budget in Brief, Fiscal Year 1976. 1975. 64 pp. Budget Function/Subfunction: Executive direction and management (802). Public Availability: GPO, Stock No. 4101-00096, $1.15. Agency Contact: Phillip B. Larsen, Acting Assistant to the Director for Administration. 395-5163.

This report summarizes the budget of the Federal Government for 1976. Major budget recommendations include: 1) income tax relief of $16 billion in 1975 and 1976--$12 billion for individuals, and $4 billion for businesses; 2) greatly increased aid to the unemployed, totalling $17.5 billion in insurance benefits; 3) an import fee on oil, and taxes on domestically produced petroleum and natural gas and on their producers; 4) a rebate to compensate users for the resulting higher energy costs; 5) an increase in outlays for defense of $8.8 billion; 6) a one year moratorium on new Federal spending programs other than energy programs; and 7) a temporary 5 percent ceiling on increases in pay for Federal employ. ees, and on those Federal benefit payments to individuals that are tied to the cost of living. Total outlays equal $349 billion, an increase of $36 billion over 1975; anticipated receipts total $298 billion, an increase of $19 billion over 1975. This results in a budget deficit of $52 billion. The budget related to the Federal program is summarized by function. Also included are descriptions of budget receipts, the long range outlook, and the budget process. Statistical budget tables, and glossary are provided.

Social Indicators, 1973; selected statistics on social
conditions and trends in the United States. Statistical
Policy Division, OMB. 1973. 258 pp.
Budget Function/Subfunction: Executive direction and
management (802).
Public Availability: GPO, Stock No. 0324-00256, $7.80.
Agency Contact: Phillip D. Larsen, Acting Assistant to the
Director for Administration. 395-5163.

This book contains a collection of statistics selected and organized to describe social conditions and trends in the United States. Eight major social areas are examined: health, public safety, education, employment, housing, leisure and recreation, and population. Within each of these categories, broad areas of social interest--or social concerns have been identified. In the area of health, for example, the identified social concerns are long life, life free from disability, and access to medical care. The concerns have been defined and selected to reveal the general status of the entire population; to depict conditions that are, or are likely to be, dealt with by national policies; and to encompass many of the important issues facing the Unites States. For each of the identified social concerns, one or more indicators--statistical measures of important aspects of the concerns-have been identified. The choice of indicators is based on two main criteria. These are that the indicators measure individual and family, rather than institutional or governmental, well-being and that they measure end products of, rather than imputes into, social systems. In education, for example, the indicators were selected to measure individual achievements and attainment rather than inputs--such as school budgets, classroom construction, and the number of teachers.


Special Analyses, Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 1976. 1975. 281 pp. Budget Function/Subfunction: Executive direction and management (802). Public Availability: GPO, $2.70. Agency Contact: Phillip D. Larsen, Acting Assistant to the Director for Administration. 395-5163.

This publication contains 17 special analyses that are designed to highlight specified program areas or provide other significant presentations of Federal budget data. Included is analytical information about Govern. ment finances and operations as a whole and how they affect the economy; Government-wide program and financial information for Federal education, manpower, health, income security, civil rights, and crime-reduction programs; and trends and developments in the areas of Federal aid to state and local governments, research and development, and environmental protection.

S00110-009 1975 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. Ninth edition. 1975. various pagings. Budget Function/Subfunction: Executive direction and management (802). Public Availability: GPO, $17. Agency Contact: Phillip D. Larsen, Acting Assistant to the Director of Administration. 395-5163.

This catalog is a comprehensive listing and description of 1,009 Federal programs and activities which provide assistance or benefits to the public. These programs are administered by 54 different Federal departments, independent agencies, commissions, and councils. The primary purpose of the Catalog is to aid potential beneficiaries in identifying and obtaining availa. ble assistance. It is also intended to improve coordination and communication on Federal program activities on Federal, state and local levels. Each program is described in terms of the specific type of assistance provided, the purpose for which it is available, who can apply for it, and how they should apply. Federal offices to be contacted for additional information are also identified. Programs, activities, and services included in the catalog are: grants, loans, loan guarantees, scholarships, mortgage loans, insurance or other types of financial assistance; assistance in the form or provision of Federal property, facilities, equipment, goods or services; technical assist. ance, counseling, and training; statistical and other expert information; and service activities of regulatory agencies. Detailed instructions and indexes are provided to facilitate use of the Catalog.

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