WASH1MGTQN,D.C. 20548 CIVKL DIVISlON lllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll LM092406 Dear Mr. Knox: We have completed our survey of operations of the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), Department of Com~~i~~r~c. The survey included review of 1egisLative material, various advisory studies, and the policies and procedures followed by NTIS in its collecfi~n, processing, and dissemina.- tion activities. NTIS appears to have actively promoted f‘:l11 parlicipation by originat- ing agencies, but has been rela.tively unsuccessful over a period of several years in acquiring all or even most of the scientific and technical infor- mation generated within the Federal Government, NTIS officials have esti- mated that only 40 percent of such information is being made available to potential users through NTIS. Since a requirement that Federal agencies make information avai lable to NTIS appears to be essentially a matter for icgal resolution, we did not attempt to evaluate the effectiveness of NTIS as a source of federally- sponsored scientific and technical information. The information which we have obtained, however, will be transferred within our Office to the group having primary audit responsibility for government-wide publications activ- ities. We die-v----.-dsbed with your staff certain arc;ls in which improved efficiency and cost radzction might be possible. These zroas included stock level deci- sions and possible reductions in the announcement services and payment methods which are no-w svailable. We appreciate the cooperation extended to our representatives during the survey. We pLan no further reportin g on the results of this survey, but the information may be used in a future review of ~:overnment--wSde publication activities. Copies of this letter are being sent to ~11rs Assistant Secretary for Science and Technclogy, the Assistant SetreT;-:l:y for Administration, and the Director, Office of Aur!its, Department c f‘ Conunercc. Sincerely yours, Mr, William T. Knox, Director National Technical Information Service
Operations of the National Technical Information Service
Published by the Government Accountability Office on 1971-03-21.
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