ODDS AND ENDS : SEPTEMBER 1995

With Hypertext Links to Web Sites Where Appropriate

Table of Contents

Senator Spencer Abraham
ACE Updating Electronic Resources Guide
Big Emerging Markets
Business Advisor Unveiled
Business Statistics of the United States
Census Bureau Reports Disappearing
Decennial Census Endangered?
Census Bureau Media Fax Service
Census Bureau Redesigns Home Page
Understanding the Census
Child Labor Report
Claitor's Publishing Division
Clintov/Gingov Political Babble Generator
Congressional E-Mail Use
CRS Index
Congressman John Conyers
DOE Congressional Testimony Database
EDGAR Saved by SEC
Congressman Vern Ehlers Now on Web
DNR Calendar Available Online
DNR Grant and Loan Information
EIA Web Site
FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin Now on Web
FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives
Foreign Agricultural Service Home Page
Govline
Gulflink
Gulf War Syndrome Part Two
Human Rights Home Page
Internet Sites, the 10 Best Federal
Legislative History Free-For-All Service
Senator Carl Levin
Local Government Listserv
LSU Depository Home Page
Michigan Constitution
Mich. Dept. of Education Grant Info
Mich. Dept. of Env. Quality Created
Michigan DNR Calendar Available Online
with the Governor of Michigan
Michigan Insurance Bureau
Michigan Lawmakers at Work
Michigan Legislation Available
Michigan Legislature Info
Mich. Leg. Committee Meeting Schedules
NASIRE's StateSearch
NCJRS Launches Electronic Newsletter
NII Virtual Library Established
National Security Agency Home Page
NTDB Gopher and Anonymous FTP Sites
Occupational Outlook Handbook Online
OTA's Last Days
Packwood Report
Patent Office to Provide Patent Information
Population in Statute
The Reporter's Source Book
Secrecy and Government Bulletin
Senate Home Page In the Works
Call Your Senator Free
Congressman Nick Smith
Southeast Asia Combat Casualties
SDCs To Publish Census Data?
Supreme Court To Offer Dial-In Access
Thomas Criticized
Tomorrow's News
U.S. Business Advisor Unveiled
U.S. Government Owner's Manual
USIA Online
Usenet Newsgroups on Gvmt. Info?
Voter's Self-Defense Manual
4th World Conference on Women
4th WCW, The U.S. Viewpoint
X-Files Update

SENATOR SPENCER ABRAHAM.

Senator Spencer Abraham now has a gopher site, including biographical information and press releases. The URL address is [gopher://ftp.senate.gov:70/11/member/mi/abraham].

ACE ELECTRONIC RESOURCES GUIDE.

Back in October 1994, Americans Communicating Electronically compiled and made available via ftp over 350 pages of "U.S. Federal Government Information, Internet and Other Resources". ACE is currently updating this information--Internet addresses and guest passwords, government gopher sites, electronic bulletin boards, federal and state world wide web sites, MARVEL (Library of Congress), and information about CD-ROMs by and about the federal goverment--for a 1996 release. For more information, contact Glynis Long, Project Coordinator, at [glong@capcon.net]. Source: Maggie Parhamovich, Library Programs Service, GPO, GOVDOC-L, October 6, 1995.

BIG EMERGING MARKETS : 1996 OUTLOOK AND SOURCEBOOK,

a joint venture between NTIS and Bernan Press, targets Argentina, ASEAN, Brazil, China, India, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, and Turkey as the big emerging markets of our world today and provides essential background information on political alliances, hot new markets, market access, competitive analysis, case histories, and socio- economic details that are vital for doing business with countries whose political infrastructures are vastly different from our own. Available October 1995, 480pp, 0-89059-053-2, order #63485, $39.95, 800-274-4447.

BUSINESS STATISTICS OF THE UNITED STATES (1995 EDITION).

Bernan Press has released a new compilation (patterned after the former depository title Business Statistics) containing approximately 2,000 economic data series, as well as industry profiles on construction and housing; mining, oil, and gas; manufacturing; transportation and utilities; retail and wholesale trade; services; and government. The industry profiles go into great detail, providing a summary at the beginning of each section as well as inclusive background notes for each data set. This easy-to-use reference tool also features a review of major changes in Federal statistical programs, and an extensive overview of historical economic trends, including data on: gross domestic product; consumer income and spending; industrial production; employment hours and earnings; business sales; money and financial markets; U.S. international transactions; and international comparisons. State and regional data are included in appendices. October 1995, 424pp, Order #63393, 800-274-4447.

CENSUS BUREAU PRINTED REPORTS DISAPPEARING.

According to Robert Samuelson, the Census Bureau's phasing out of printed reports is a colossal blunder. "Our public conversations depend heavily on these dry numbers. They shape our concept of who we are, of how society is performing and of what government should or shouldn't do." "The shift away from print clearly discriminates against people who don't surf the Internet or use CD-ROMs." He also mentions the problem of historic preservation. "Let's not become too infatuated too soon with the Information Superhighway." Source: Newsweek, September 11, 1995, p.59.

DECENNIAL CENSUS ENDANGERED?

The 2000 census could be much smaller and less detailed than many of its users expect. Two members of Congress, Rep. Hal Rogers and Sen. Phil Gramm, will control census budgets in an era of slashed federal spending. Rogers wants to eliminate most census questions, even those required to carry out federal laws. If data users continue taking the census for granted, he could have his way. See John Hoeffel, "Shrinking the Census", American Demographics, October 1995, p.32-37. Extra bonus: Kenneth Gelman, "Life Without the Census", American Demographics, October 1995, p.38-42.

CENSUS BUREAU OFFERS NEW FAX SERVICE FOR MEDIA.

On September 5, the Census Bureau inaugerated a new fax-on-demand service available 24 hours a day for media representatives. You can select up to three press releases, statistical briefs, or selected tables to be faxed in one phone call. If the document is available through the fax-on-demand system, it will have a document number in parentheses at the end of the item description. The telephone number (for media representatives only) is (301) 457-4178. Non-media people should call 1-900-555-2FAX. If you have any questions or comments, call the Census Bureau's Public Information Office at (301) 457- 3030. Source: Census Bureau Press Release TP95-16, September 15, 1995.

CENSUS BUREAU REDESIGNS HOME PAGE.

The Census Bureau has revamped its home page. It now features graphical buttons offering the following selections : Population and Housing, Economy, Geography, Data Access Tools, Latest News, Ask the Experts, Market Place, and About the Census Bureau. Press releases are also available. Source : Electronic Publishing Information Newsletter, July 14, 1995.

UNDERSTANDING THE CENSUS : A GUIDE FOR MARKETERS, PLANNERS, GRANT WRITERS, AND OTHER DATA USERS.

The decennial Census of Population and Housing is the largest, most encompassing, and complex statistical series published by the U.S. government. Michael Lavin has created an essential guide to mining the census for the valuable but often illusive information it contains. He combines in-depth explanations of important concepts with detailed descriptions of resources and discussions of research methods. Designed to be used as a ready-reference tool, handbook, and textbook. Oryx Press, October 1995, 420pp, 0-89774-995-2, $59.95. Call toll free 1-800-279-6799.

CHILD LABOR REPORT.

"By the Sweat and Toil of Children : The Use of Child Labor in American Imports", which reveals the extent to which children workers are involved in the production of imported products, is now available over the Internet. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, the Catherwood Library at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, has mounted this report on its server as a public service. Previous reports mounted in this manner include the reports of the Dunlop Commission and the Glass Ceiling Commission. Source: Stuart M. Basefsky, GOVDOC-L, August 1, 1995.

CLAITOR'S PUBLISHING DIVISION,

which claims to have the largest stock of GPO titles outside the Government Printing Office, has set up a web site for those interested in ordering extra copies of government documents or who want to try a book vendor to locate an out- of-stock item. Claitors can also be contacted by sending an e-mail message to [CLAITORS@mail1.premier.net].

CLINTOV/GINGOV POLITICAL BABBLE GENERATOR.

Haven't you always suspected that a randomly selected bunch of hackneyed phrases might have as much insight as the daily political babble? Clintov and Gingov prove the truth of that suspicion by generating randomized "speeches" that have the same distribution of three-word phrases as real speeches by Clinton and Gingrich. The output is an oddly readable, often hilarious amalgamation with embedded nuggets of wisdom. New random "speeches" are generated every ten minutes, Clintov on the 0's and Ginov on the 5's. The producers strongly suggest that these speeches be read aloud, preferably to a drunken audience of journalists. Or to documents librarians who need a break.

CONGRESSIONAL E-MAIL USE.

Graeme Browning wrote an interesting article on congressional use of the Internet in the April 1, 1995 issue of National Journal. Called "Return to Sender", the article points out that it doesn't pay to send e-mail to anyone except your own Congressional delegation. Most only have time to read mail from their own constituents; most dislike receiving global mailings or duplicate messages. Probably the most interesting finding of all is the fact that Newt Gingritch doesn't read his mail at all due to the tremendous volume received. The House Information Service balked at the suggestion that they delete all his messages as they came in; instead they print all of his messages each night and download them to tape before deleting them. That way if the Speaker of the House every needs to find one, he will have copies he can refer to. Source: Carol Singer, GOVDOC-L, May 25, 1995.

THE CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE INDEX,

an index to the studies and reports produced by the CRS, is now available on CD-ROM from University Publications of America. A retrospective edition covering the years 1916 to 1993, is available, as well as an annual update starting with CRS publications issued in 1994. Searching is available by author, title, subject, CRS document number, issuing division, and keyword in record. Abstracts describe the content of each item. The retrospective edition costs $1995; the update $395. If you purchased the previous paper index, the retrospective index only costs $995. For more information, call University Publications of America at 800-692-6300.

CONGRESSMAN JOHN CONYERS.

Congressman Conyers now has a web site, including biographical information, press releases, interest group ratings, a Making Washington Work for Detroit newsletter, plus links to other links of interest, such as the Congressional Black Caucus.

The U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY CONGRESSIONAL QUESTION AND ANSWER/TESTIMONY DATABASE (QADB)

is a WAIS database containing the full-text of the Department's testimonies before Congressional Committees or Subcommittees and pre- or post-Hearing questions and answers now available over the Internet. Links include access to a search form, search help, and FAQs. You can perform full text or specific field searches. Source: Marek Waterstone, O'Quinn Law Library, University of Houston, GOVDOC-L, October 3, 1995.

EDGAR SAVED BY SEC.

The Securities and Exchange Commission will preserve free Internet access to EDGAR, its electronic database of corporate filings and other records. Funding for an initial internet pilot project by NYU/IMS was set to expire September 30. "Taxpayers and shareholders have already paid to compile this information. They should not have to pay again," states the SEC chairman. "And a library that charges people by the page or by the minute is no longer a library", ne notes, referring to one proposed solution that would have provided 10 minutes free browsing time, but would have charged for downloading information. Source: Investor's Business Daily, August 29, 1995, p.A9; Edupage, August 29, 1995; GOVDOC-L, August 28, 1995.

CONGRESSMAN VERN EHLER.

Congressman Vern Ehlers now offers a web site, including biographical information, news releases, information on how to contact his office, plus a number of unique links to resources about Michigan.

EIA WEB SITE.

Those of you who attended ALA may have picked up a bookmark advertising the Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration web site. It provides extensive data and analysis about our country's energy supply, demand, and prices along with corresponding international data and analysis.

FBI LAW ENFORCEMENT BULLETIN NOW ON WEB.

It can also be located on the FBI's GOPHER SITE. Source: Peggy Walker, Florida Atlantic University, GOVDOC-L, August 31, 1995.

FBI'S TEN MOST WANTED FUGITIVES.

Since 1950, the FBI has produced a list of the ten most wanted fugitives. You can now find it on the world wide web.

FOREIGN AGRICULTURAL SERVICE HOME PAGE.

The FAS has created a home page to make it easier and faster for American farmers, ranchers, processors, and exporters to utilize FAS services and trade information. Thanks to links provided on the new home page, you can gain access to more than 3,000 fact sheets, commodity reports, publications, export and import data files, regulations, charts, attache reports, trade show information and other documents. Source: Electronic Public Information Newsletter, July 28, 1995.

GOVLINE US CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE TRANSCRIPT SERVICE.

If you can afford it, Software Tool and Die will send you full text transcripts of submitted testimonies from all 50+ United States Congressional Committees whenever Congress is in session via Usenet feed. The corporate rate costs $10,000 per year; the non-profit rate (including universities) costs $6000 per year. For more information, send an e-mail message to [govline@world.std.com]. Source: Barry Shein, GOVDOC-L, July 17, 1995.

GULFLINK.

The Pentagon has established a computer database with newly declassified documents to help Persian Gulf veterans research their physical ailments. Deputy Defense Secretary John White has stated that the database will eventually contain millions of documents. For now, there are over 3,700 pages of declassified documents in the file, including captured Iraqi information, intelligence reports, Army operational documents, and postwar research efforts by the Defense Department. The file should be complete by December 1996.
Dr. Stephen Joseph, assistant secretary for defense for health affairs, said the most important contribution of the database may be in convincing veterans that there was no factor in the Gulf that caused ailments among them. On August 1, the Pentagon released a study of more than 10,000 Gulf War veterans, most of them suffering from a variety of ailments, that found no evidence of a unique "Gulf War disease". Source: Detroit News, August 6, 1995, p. 3A; Marie O'Mara, GOVDOC-L, August 9, 1995.

GULF WAR SYNDROME PART TWO.

The Institute of Medicine, a private research organization associated with the National Academy of Sciences, has released a report saying the Pentagon has failed to support its conclusion that there is no such thing as "Gulf War Syndrome". The report was released just before the first meeting of a White House Advisory Panel appointed by President Clinton to study the issue. Source: Detroit News, August 15, p.4A.

HUMAN RIGHTS HOME PAGE.

The University of Minnesota Human Rights Library contains 90 of the most significant human rights documents, including treaties, declarations, and other materials with authoritative citations. Subjects include the U.N. Charter and the International Bill of Human Rights, as well as conventions and other documents on refugees and asylum, war crimes, and human rights in Africa. The West Publishing Company assisted the University of Minnesota Law School in developing special features for this home page, including key word searching; organization of materials by subject matter, enabling easier retrieval; and hypertext links to other useful sites. Source : Electronic Publishing Information Newsletter, September 22, 1995.

INTERNET SITES, THE TEN BEST FEDERAL....

Bruce Maxwell has written another article in the September 1995 issue of Database called the "10 Best Federal Government Internet Sites". In his opinion, these are LC Marvel, Locis, FedWorld, the University of Michigan Gopher, the University of Missouri-St. Louis Gopher, Columbia Online Information Network (COIN), U.S. House of Representative Servers, Cornell Law School Servers, Internet Town Hall, and the St. Olaf College Servers.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY FREE-FOR-ALL SERVICE.

Legislative History, that ever malleable tool of judicial statutory construction, now comes to the Web! Here's your shot at influencing legislative history! Fill in the electronic form provided with the name of your favorite Senator or Representative and your statements may be discreetly tucked into the record of floor debate on a bill or resolution ofyour choice. Who knows? You may influence the passage of a law or a subsequent legal interpretation. Or would your rather have your ideas added to the Contract with America? Or maybe an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? Be careful. It may be law in 100 days! Courtesy of the Coyote Page (The Law Student Time Waster Page).

SENATOR CARL LEVIN.

Senator Carl Levin now has a ftp site, including biographical information, press releases, and office locations.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT LISTSERV ANNOUNCED.

LOCALGOV, sponsored by the Municipal Research & Services Center of Washington in cooperation with the Association of Washington Cities, is a discussion forum for municipal leagues, county associations, governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, and university departments that provide information services to local governments. To subscribe, send an e-mail message to listserv@wln.com with the message "subscribe localgov firstname lastname". Leave the subject blank. For more information, contact Fred Ward, MRSC Information Systems Specialist, at mrsc@wln.com or by calling (206) 827-4334. Source: GOVDOC-L, February 26, 1995.

LSU DEPOSITORY HOME PAGE.

The Louisiana State University Government Documents Library home page contains an interesting assortment of documents, procedure and policy manuals that depository librarians may want to take a look at, particularly if they have never written a set for their own libraries. For instance, it contains a history of the depository library, a government documents procedure manual, a circulation policy, a student worker handbook, student employee guidelines, public service guidelines, discard policy and instructions, a model separate housing agreement, etc. Source: TXDXN-L, September 22, 1995.

MICHIGAN CONSTITUTION.

The Michigan Constitution of 1963 is now available over the world wide web.

MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION GOPHER OFFERS GRANT INFORMATION.

The MDENet Gopher offers information on grants available from State Board of Education and other sources that should be of interest to teachers, principals, and school superintendents. Take a look at the 1995/96 Report of Grants Available from the Michigan Department of Education and Proposal Development Guide.

MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY CREATED.

Governor Engler has created a new Department of Environmental Quality by executive order. For more information, consult [http://www.migov.state.mi.us/eos/1995/1995-18.html].

MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES CALENDAR NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE.

The twice-monthly calendar--listing permit decisions, land transactions, public hearings, meetings and events--is now available via GOPHER or via ANONYMOUS FTP. Source; Lansing State Journal, August 21, 1995.

MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES GRANT AND LOAN INFORMATION.

The Michigan DNR World Wide Web Site has recently added an Administrative Services Division section, including information about fiscal year 1995 grants and loans programs administered by the agency.

MICHIGAN GOVERNOR NEWS.

Since his 1990 election, Governor John Engler has maintained an open door policy, allowing citizens to schedule brief -- five minute -- meetings with him. To sign up, write to "Open Door", Governor's Office, P. O. Box 30013, Lansing, MI 48909. You will receive a form that must be filled out and returned to schedule a visit. Citizens can also express their views to the governor through his Constituent Services Division. Write to Constituent Services Division, P. O. Box 30013, Lansing, MI 48909. Or call (517) 335-7858. Source: Lansing State Journal, September 19, 1995, p2B.

MICHIGAN INSURANCE BUREAU.

The agency responsible for regulating the insurance industry in Michigan. Provides information on Michigan Home and Renters Insurance Rates from the Insurance News Network.

MICHIGAN LAWMAKERS AT WORK.

You can keep an eye on the legislators from the gallery of the House and Senate during full sessions and by attending committee meetings. All legislative sessions and committee meetings are public. Committees usually meet in the Capitol, in the Farnum Building, or in the Roosevelt Building, both near the Capitol. The Senate meets at 10 a.m. most Tuesdays and at 9:30 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. The House meets at 2 p.m. most Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and at 1 p.m. on Thursdays. Sessions can last as little as 15 minutes or run several hours. For information, call the House clerk's office at (517) 373-0135 or the Senate session staff at (517) 373-2400. Source: Lansing State Journal, September 22, 1995, p. 2B.

MICHIGAN LEGISLATION AVAILABLE.

Do you need a copy of a bill under consideration by the Legislature? You can request a specific bill by calling or writing the Legislative Documents Room. Legislative staff can provide you a copy of the bill and an analysis if one has been completed. To get a bill, write : Legislative Document Room, North Capitol Annex, Post Office Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909-7536. Or you can call (517) 373-0169. Be sure to have the bill number or the name of the bill's sponsor ready before you call. Source: Lansing State Journal, October 17, 1995, p.2B.

MICHIGAN LEGISLATURE.

For the latest directory information about the MICHIGAN LEGISLATURE, its members, and committee assignments, consult M-Link.

MICHIGAN LEGISLATURE COMMITTEE MEETINGS SCHEDULE.

Provides time, place, and location for current House and Senate Committee meetings.

NASIRE'S STATESEARCH.

A service provided by the National Association of State Information Resource Executives. Provides links to various state government home pages around the country.

NCJRS LAUNCHES ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER.

Criminal justice enthusiasts can now subscribe to an electronic newsletter to be released the 1st and 15th of each month. The newsletter is designed to provide criminal justice professionals with current and useful criminal and juvenile-justice related information. To subscribe, send an e-mail message to: listproc@ncjrs.aspensys.com with the message "subscribe justinfo firstname lastname". Leave the subject line blank.

NII VIRTUAL LIBRARY ESTABLISHED.

America has always had an information infrastructure, going back to smoke signals. But today the nation is developing an information infrastructure with unprecedented sophistication and benefits for all Americans. The modern National Information Infrastructure (NII), sometime called the "information superhighway", is an interconnection of computers and telecommunication networks, services and applications. To learn more about what it is and how it works, click on United States National Information Infrastructure Virtual Library.

NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY HOME PAGE.

Dissatisfied with the minimal information posted on the NSA's offical homepage, the Federation of American Scientists has created its own model home page for the agency. it includes sections on NSA structure, functions, facilities, operations, and budget. It is intended to provide the information necessary for a minimal level of government accountability as well as provide a baseline for informed public discussion of intelligence decisions. The FAS intends to develop similar model home pages for a dozen other U.S. intelligence agencies in the near future. Source: Secrecy and Government Bulletin, August 1995 (Issue 51).

NATIONAL TRADE DATA BANK.

Don't look for the NTDB GOPHER and ANONYMOUS FTP SITES any more. They are history (like the Go M-Link Gopher), replaced by a subscription world wide web site. The NTDB remains available as a depository CD-ROM and is also available free as part of STAT-USA to depository libraries. Source: Aimee Piscitelli, GOVDOC-L, August 22, 1995.

OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK HANDBOOK ONLINE.

A copy of the 1994-95 Occupational Outlook Handbook is available over the web courtesy of the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Check it out!

OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT'S LAST DAYS.

According to the New York Times (September 24, 1995), OTA's staff members are rushing to complete and distribute as many reports as possible before September 30, the last day their agency will be funded. Because there is not enough time to have the reports printed, they will be distributed in photocopy format or made available electronically over the Internet. Source: Clare Beck, Eastern Michigan University, GOVDOC-L, September 25, 1995.

PACKWOOD REPORT.

Americans will soon be able to read the 10,145 pages that led to the downfall of Sen. Bob Pakcwood (R-OR). Times Books said it will publish 100,000 copies of a paperback version in time for distribution during the week of September 18th. The book will contain the full text of documents made public by the Senate Ethics Committee, just hours before Packwood announced his decision to resign rather than face a Senate vote of expulsion. Source: Lansing State Journal, September 13, 1995, p. 5A.

PATENT OFFICE TO PROVIDE PATENT INFORMATION OVER THE WORLD WIDE WEB.

Beginning November 9, 1995, the Patent and Trademark Office is going make patent information even easier to access, mounting a file of its patents issued over the last 20 years on its new home page on the world wide web. The file will list each patent and include the data from the first page of the listing published in the Official Gazette of the Patent Office. The searchable files will permit researchers to determine if an invention they are working on is similar or identical to one that has already been patented. Patents protect the rights of inventors for 17 years, guaranteeing them exclusive use or licensing rights to their development. Source: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, News Release, September 26, 1995.

POPULATION IN STATUTE : HOW THE NUMBERS AFFECT GOVERNMENT

is the title of a new publication by the Michigan Legislative Service Bureau identifying 328 sections of Michigan law that classify and grant authority to local governments based on a unit's specific population level.

THE REPORTER'S SOURCE BOOK.

Contains 240 pages of issue briefs on topics such as health care reform, crime, the deficit, jobs, welfare reform, etc. along with hundreds of sources such as advocacy groups, academic experts, and think tanks. Available free to political reporters. Call 1-503-737-4000 or write Reporter's Resource Center, Project Vote Smart, 129 NW 4th St., Suite 204, Corvallis, OR 97330.

SECRECY & GOVERNMENT BULLETIN.

This online newsletter, written by Steven Aftergood and produced by the Federation of American Scientists with grant support, aims to "challenge excessive government secrecy and to promote public oversight and free exchange in science, technology, defense, and intelligence". Reports monthly on national security classification and declassifiction activities, intelligence budget and policy issues, and efforts to increase government openness and accountability.

SENATE HOME PAGE IN THE WORKS.

First the good news : the Senate hopes to launch a Web page by early fall 1995. Next the bad news : the initial menu offerings will be limited. Pending Senate approval, the site will offer biographies and photographs, along with committee assignments, but no legislative search capabilities. Senate information is currently available via SENATE GOPHER. Source: Barbara J. Saffir, "Government Branches Out On-Line", The Washington Post, August 29, 1995, pA17.

CALL YOUR U.S. SENATOR FREE.

EnvironNews Service reports that the timber industry has created an 800 number that goes to any Senator. Dialing 1-800-444-1555 will connect the user to a computer requesting the person call their senator to vote for an industry backed bill. To avoid the industry's spiel press "1" and then the computer will ask for the user's zip code. The computer will then ask which of the user's two senators he/she wants to call. Upon the user's reply, the computer places the call directly to the Senator's Washington Office. Source: Electronic Public Information Newsletter, July 28, 1995.

CONGRESSMAN NICK SMITH.

Congressman Nick Smith now offers a world wide web site, including biographical information, press releases, copy of his Weekly Column, plus forms which constituents can fill out and submit electronically offering their input on budget cutting, the 1995 farm bill, etc.

SOUTHEAST ASIA COMBAT CASUALTIES.

An entire list of the 58,174 casualties in Southeast Asia -- including Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, etc. -- can be ordered for $48 from the Center for Electronic Records; or an individual state list for $4.50 each. A minimum order of $6.00 is required however. The entire list can be sorted arranged by state, then alphabetical by name. The state lists can be sorted by hometown, or alphabetical, or by several other methods. Contact the Center for Electronic Records, National Archives, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740; telephone: (301) 713-6645. Source: Chuck Malone, Poplar Creek Library, Steamwood, IL, GOVDOC-L, August 31, 1995.

STATE DATA CENTER'S TO PUBLISH CENSUS DATA?

Worried about the disappearing paper reports from the Census Bureau? Not ecstatic that all the census data will be available on CD or over the Internet? According to Census Bureau officials at a Pennsylvania SDC meeting, the State Data Centers established around the country may fill the void and publish reports. [Editor's note: Carolyn Lauer, an employee of the Michigan State Data Center, says that while this is certainly a possibility, nothing has been finalized as of yet.] Source : Larry Schankman, Mansfield University, NETTRAIN, September 25, 1995; telephone call, September 26, 1995.

SUPREME COURT TO OFFER DIAL-IN ACCESS.

The Supreme Court plans to make its opinions available via a dial-in computer bulletin board in October 1995. The Supreme Court currently offers its opinions for sale to commercial vendors and various law schools. Source: Barbara J. Saffir, "Government Branches Out On-Line", The Washington Post, August 29, 1995, pA17.

THOMAS CRITICIZED.

According to critics, Thomas--the Library of Congress Home Page--has not lived up to its initial publicity. Only a limited selection of congressional documents have been made available online. When Thomas was first introduced by House Speaker Newt Gingrich, he promised that all documents and conference and committee reports would be made available online. So far it hasn't happened. Source: Barbara J. Saffir, "Government Branches Out On-Line", The Washington Post, August 29, 1995, pA17.

TOMORROW'S NEWS

A quarterly publication produced by Project Vote Smart for political journalists, available now on the world wide web.

U.S. BUSINESS ADVISOR UNVEILED

As a highlight of the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business in May, President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore unveiled the creation of the U.S. Business Advisor Web Site, a one stop web site where one can eventually locate all the services and information government offers American businesses. Initially, only the Regulatory Assistance Center is available, with information on labor, trade, finance, and selling to the government to follow shortly. Once in full operation, the Advisor will provide an interactive environment where businesses can retrieve timely information, ask questions, find out about best practices, send comments, get the names and phone numbers of regulators, and electronically file documents with the government. Source: Electronic Publishing Information Newsletter, June 30, 1995.

THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT MANUAL : OWNER'S MANUAL.

A manual produced by Project Vote Smart with information on every U.S. Senator and Representative, including information about campaign contributors, biographies, performance evaluations, voting records, and more. A representative sample of the information available on the Project Vote Smart database. Available in off election years. For a free copy, call 1-800-622-7627 or send a written request to Project Vote Smart, 129 NW 4th Street, Suite 204, Corvallis, OR 97330. John Stevenson, University of Delaware Library, GOVDOC-L, August 28, 1995.

UNITED STATES INFORMATION AGENCY ONLINE.

The USIA has put its own World Wide Web Site and Gopher Site on the Internet to help explain and advocate U.S. policies in terms that are credible and meaningful in foreign cultures and by helping American citizens and institutions build strong long-term relationships with their counterparts overseas. Resources include international broadcasting, press announcements, and a foreign media section. American and overseas scholars seeking short and long-term grants will find it especially useful for learning about opportunities for travel abroad and travel to the U.S. Includes information about the Fullbright program and various exchange programs. Source: Mary Watson, GRANTS-L, August 23, 1995.

USENET DISCUSSION LISTS ON GOVERNMENT INFORMATION.

If you like to follow USENET discussion lists, you may be interested in an attempt to initiate some USENET DISCUSSION LISTS ON GOVERNMENT INFORMATION. If successful, separate discussion lists could be established for federal, state, local, and international governments. To learn more about the effort, send an e-mail to majordomo@census.gov with the message "subscribe govnews [your email address]". Leave the subject line blank. Source: B. Preston Rich, FinanceNet, GOVDOC-L, August 31, 1995.

VOTER'S SELF-DEFENSE MANUAL.

Similar to the U.S. Government Owner's Manual, but available only during election years. It is geared more towards the elections and will contain a copy of the most recent National Political Awareness Test. For a free copy, call 1-800-622-7627 or write Project Vote Smart, 129 NW 4th St., Suite 204, Corvallis, OR 97330.

FOURTH WORLD CONFERENCE ON WOMEN.

The Official UN World Wide Web Page of the IV Conference on Women, 4-15 September 1995, Beijing, China. Pulls together in one place press releases, background papers, official statements, official documents, a Daily Journal, photos, information for the media, a section on the UN and the Advancement of Women, and a NGO Connection.

FOURTH WORLD CONFERENCE ON WOMEN, THE US VIEWPOINT.

Copies of Hillary Clinton's speeches delivered at the UN and NGO Conferences on Women in China are among the materials available on US DELEGATION ONLINE : the Homepage of the Official US Delegation to the UN's Fourth World Conference on Women. Source: Grace York, GOVDOC-M, October 2, 1995.

X-FILES UPDATE.

In case you enjoy the television series X-Files, the U.S. Government Accounting Office recently performed a search for government records concerning the 1947 crash of a "flying disc" near Roswell, New Mexico, an incident which continues to catalyze popular interest in UFOs. According to NSIAD-95-187, GAO was able to locate some records, but determined that others had been destroyed. Source: Secrecy & Government Bulletin, September 1995 (Issue 52).

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