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Table 1.1: Business Information
Table 1.2: Federal Inspectors General
Table 2.1: Financial Information
Table 3.1: Information on People
Table 3.2: Designated Geographic Areas for Social

Security Number Issuance
Table 4.1: Information on Property
Table 4.2: Sales Dates of U.S. Savings Bond Series




Amtrak National Railroad Passenger Corporation
ATF Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
CID Criminal Investigation Division (IRS)
CIS Central Index System
CLASS Consular Lookout and Support System
CPA certified public accountant
DBA doing business as
DCII Defense Clearance and Investigations Index
DEA Drug Enforcement Administration
DOD U.S. Department of Defense
EPIC El Paso Intelligence Center
FAA Federal Aviation Administration
FAR Federal Acquisition Regulations
FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation
FCC Federal Communications Commission
FDA Food and Drug Administration
FDIC Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
FHA Federal Housing Administration
FinCEN Financial Crimes Enforcement Network
FTS Federal Telecommunications System
GAO U.S. General Accounting Office
GAODOCS U.S. General Accounting Office Documents Retrieval System
GSA General Services Administration
HHS U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
HUD U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
IBIS Interagency Border Inspection System
ICC Interstate Commerce Commission

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Office of Special Investigations

The Office of Special Investigations' 1988 Investigators' Guide to Sources of Information, GAO/OSI–88-1, was well received by the investigative community. When the guide was first published, we promised to update it periodically and requested your assistance. Your responses have helped us make this 1992 version, we hope, an even more useful locator of new, imaginative, and often overlooked sources of information for investigators.

This guide again contains sources of information—such as various offices within federal, state, and local governments—and lists the types of information these sources provide. Licensing and regulatory agencies at all levels of government are excellent sources for investigators. However, the guide should be used in conjunction with a full knowledge of federal and state privacy laws and access requirements.

We once more request your assistance in providing periodic updates. If you discover new sources that you believe other investigators may find useful, please write to me at the following address: Office of Special Investigations, U.S. General Accounting Office, 600 E. Street, N.W., Suite 1000, Washington, D.C. 20548.

Our common goal is to carry out thorough, useful investigations. I hope that you find this guide beneficial in pursuit of this goal.

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Richard C. Stiener

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