Operations of the National Technical Information Service

Published by the Government Accountability Office on 1971-03-21.

Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)

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  DIVISlON                                                                                      lllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

  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-

        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

          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