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Access to U.S. Government Information

Guide to Executive and Legislative Authors and Authority

by Jerrold Zwirn

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December 1989

Greenwood

Pages 174
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Politics, Law, and Government/General
Description

This unique guide helps to answer two important questions for researchers planning to use government information sources. First, over which aspects of individual, organizational, national, and international affairs does the U.S. government exert authority or influence? Second, which units of the federal government are empowered to probe and pursue these matters? The contents and format of Jerrold Zwirn's new research aid offer a concise, yet complete, overview of contemporary public affairs and governmental policy agents. In this guide, Zwirn provides the researcher with comprehensive coverage of the issues and topics addressed by all key units of the national executive and legislative branches. He identifies each entity that exercises jurisdiction over a specific subject in order to facilitate optimum access to the entire domain of federal business and the corresponding sources of federal information. By using a tandem subject and author approach, the guide enables users to focus quickly on functions assigned or implied by a legal mandate. This scheme records and reveals the relationships between formal powers and official authors. Zwirn's immediate aim is to assist those who plan to enter and explore the federal information thicket. His ultimate goal is to devise a framework that can be adapted to the dynamic character of national governance and its information output. Access to U.S. Government Information will be an essential tool for political scientists, legal researchers, librarians, and anyone interested in public policy, policymakers, and the links between them.

Table of Contents

Introduction
User Guide
Executive and Legislative Jurisdiction by Specific Subject Category
General Subject Categories
Specific Subject Categories by General Subject Category
Parent Agencies and Committees by General Subject Category
Parent Agencies
Specific Subject Categories by Parent Agency
Congressional Committees by Parent Agency
Congressional Committees
Specific Subject Categories by Congressional Committee
Parent Agencies and Appropriations Subcommittees by Legislative Committee
Appropriations Subcommittees
Specific Subject Categories by Appropriations Subcommittee
Parent Agencies and Legislative Committees by Appropriations Subcommittee
Index

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