Order Code 98-538 C
Updated May 7, 2003
CRS Report for Congress
Received through the CRS Web
Fax-on-Demand Services Available from
Federal Government Agencies
Information Research Specialist
Information Research Division
Numerous associations, newspapers, schools, and government agencies are finding
fax publishing an efficient way to distribute information to the public or to a targeted
audience. This service is often called a “fax-server” or “fax-on-demand.” The types of
information available by fax can include: services to the public, selected reports, press
releases, speeches, statistics, and biographical information. Recipients must have a fax
These services can usually be accessed 24 hours a day, either through a telephone
key pad or through the receiver of a fax machine. By calling a contact number, a user
hears taped instructions on how to receive a menu of items that can be faxed directly to
his or her fax machine. There is no charge other than for a phone call of equal length,
including any long distance phone connections that are made.
The following is a list of federal government agencies that offer fax-on-demand
services and a brief description of their offerings. This report will be updated as new
information becomes available.
Library of Congress
Copyright circulars, regulations, and licensing publications.
Congressional Research Service ˜ The Library of Congress
Economic Research Service
Reports on world agriculture, U.S. agricultural trade, state facts, farm income, and
Health and Human Services Department
Agency for Health Care Policy
News releases and fact sheets on agency activities and policy. Grant announcements,
health technology reviews, AHCPR article reprints.
Centers for Disease Control
Smoking and health, adult and childhood immunization, international
travelers health requirements, infection control, women’s health, and injury
National Prevention Information Network
CDC fact sheets, statistics on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and sexually
transmitted diseases (STDs).
Food and Drug Administration
Center for Devices and Radiological Health
Documents from the divisions of Small Manufacturers Assistance, Device User
Programs and System Analysis, and Mammography Quality and Radiation
National Institute of Mental Health
Press advisories, professional publications and reports, information about grants,
and NIMH calendar of events.
Department of Justice Response Center
Information on the programs of the Department of Justice, including the Bureau of
Justice Assistance, National Institute of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Prevention,
and the Violence Against Women Office.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Press releases, lists of phone contacts, Consumer Price Index data, employment
statistics, occupational safety and health statistics, and productivity data.
In addition to the national fax-on-demand service, the Bureau of Labor Statistics
maintains eight regional fax-on-demand services that contain documents pertinent to the
region. Contact numbers are as follows:
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Travel warnings, public announcements, Tips for Travelers brochures. Visa bulletins
and other consular information.
Bureau of Transportation Statistics
BTS telephone contact lists, directories of transportation data sources, press releases,
and detailed transportation statistics.
Drug Enforcement and Program Compliance
Documents on alcohol and drug testing.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
National Center for Statistics and Analysis
Traffic safety fact sheets, NCSA reports, and research notes.
Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
Point of contact listings, program fact sheets, program applications, and DOT
Procurement Forecast information grouped by requirement or region.
Research and Special Programs Administration- Hazardous
Materials Information Center
Hazardous materials regulations, training materials, and fact sheets.
Current public engagement schedule, statements by Treasury Department officials.
Announcements regarding public debt, Treasury bill auctions.
Foreign Assets Control
Country-specific information on foreign assets, particularly information on U.S.
Internal Revenue Service
The most frequently requested IRS tax forms.
Environmental Protection Agency
Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention Office
Documents discussing requirements governing emergency planning, emergency
release notification, and hazardous chemical inventory reporting.
Office of Solid Waste
Environmental fact sheets and newsletters.
Office of Underground Storage Tanks
Fact sheets, forms, and reports related to the regulation of underground storage
tanks containing petroleum or hazardous substances.
Federal Communications Commission
Commission agenda, public notices, commissioners’ speeches, press releases, and
Federal Election Commission
Background on the commission and federal campaign finance law, in English and
Spanish. A variety of publications under the subject headings Disclosure, Limitations,
Public Funding, Compliance, Clearinghouse on Election Administration, and
Food and Drug Administration
Selection of documents issued by the Division of Small Manufacturers Assistance,
the Division of Mammography Quality and Radiation Programs, and the Division of
Device User Programs and System Analysis.
National Archives and Records Administration
Guides for prospective researchers, information on presidential libraries, regional
archives, Center for Electronic Records, JFK assassination records, and motion picture,
video, and cartographic branches.
Social Security Administration
Fact sheets on Social Security benefits, some in a variety of foreign languages.
Selected tables from the Annual Statistical Supplement to the Social Security Bulletin,
legislative bulletins, and list of telephone contacts.