The General Services Administration
(GSA) establishes policy and provides economical and
efficient management of Government property and records,
including construction and operation of buildings,
procurement and distribution of supplies, utilization
and disposal of property; and transportation, traffic,
and communications management. GSA is organized much like a large corporation
doing business in a number of different fields. It consists of operating services and supporting
staff offices, with functions carried out at three
levels of organization: The Central office, regional
offices, and field activities.
Various publications and catalogs
published by GSA include: 1) The Catalog of Federal
Domestic Assistance; 2) the Federal Procurement Report
which lists statistics on the procurement activities
of over 60 Federal agencies; and 3) the Consumer Information
Catalog which lists selected Federal publications
of interest to consumers.
GSA also administers the Federal Information
Centers (FIC) which are focal points for information
about the Federal government's services, programs,
of Federal Domestic Assistance
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
is a government-wide compendium of Federal programs,
projects, services, and activities which provide assistance
or benefits to the American public. It contains financial and non-financial assistance
programs administered by departments and establishments
of the Federal government.
In 1984, Public Law 98-169 authorized the transfer
of the Federal Program Information Act responsibilities
from the Office of Management and Budget to the General
Services Administration (GSA).
These responsibilities include the dissemination
of Federal domestic assistance program information
through the Federal Assistance Programs Retrieval
System (FAPRS) and the Catalog of Federal Domestic
Assistance, pursuant to the Federal Program Information
Act, Public Law 95-220, as amended by Public Law 98-169.
GSA now maintains the Federal assistance information
data base from which program information is obtained.
The Office of Management and Budget serves
as an intermediary agent between the Federal agencies
and GSA, providing oversight to the necessary collection
of Federal domestic assistance program data.
Of the Catalog
The Catalog contains Federal domestic
assistance programs available to: State and local
governments (including the District of Columbia and
federally-recognized Indian tribal governments); Territories
(and possessions) of the United States; domestic public,
quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations
and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.
The Catalog provides the user with access to
programs administered by Federal departments and agencies
in a single publication.
Programs in the Catalog provide information
- Federal agency administering a program;
- Authorization upon which a program is based;
- Objectives and goals of a program;
- Types of financial and nonfinancial assistance
offered under a program;
- Uses and restrictions placed upon a program;
- Eligibility requirements;
- Application and award process;
- Amount of obligations for the past, current,
and future fiscal years;
- Regulations, guidelines and literature relevant
to a program;
- Information contacts at the headquarters,
regional, and local offices;
- Programs that are related based upon program
objectives and uses;
- Examples of funded projects;
- Criteria for selecting proposals; and
- Individual agency policies and Federal management
policy directives pertaining
to a program.
Programs in the Catalog provide a
wide range of benefits and services, which have been
grouped into 20 basic functional categories, and 176
subcategories which identify specific areas of interest. Listed below are the 20 basic categories in
which all programs have been grouped by primary purpose.
- Business and Commerce
- Community Development - Consumer Protection
- Cultural Affairs
- Disaster Prevention and Relief - Education
- Employment, Labor, and Training
- Environmental Quality
- Food and Nutrition
- Income Security and Social Services
- Information and Statistics
- Law, Justice, and Legal Services
- Natural Resources - Regional Development
- Science and Technology
Programs in the Catalog also include
service activities of regulatory agencies.
The Catalog does not include:
- Solicited contracts administered under procurement
laws and regulations for the
purchase of goods and services for the Federal government;
- Foreign activities except as such programs
have direct economic benefit in the
domestic economy. (A program that provides both domestic
and foreign assistance
will be included with the description of the program
the domestic aspect.);
- Personnel recruitment programs of individual
Federal departments which offer
employment opportunities as part of normal recruiting
operations, (the overall
government-wide programs of the Office of Personnel
included); - Benefits or assistance available only
to current employees of the
Federal government either civilian or military;
- New programs proposed in the Budget for which
appropriations have not been
- Programs which are no longer active due to
expired authorization or appropriation.
Programs selected for inclusion in
the Federal assistance data base are defined as any
function of a Federal agency that provides assistance
or benefits for a State or States, territorial possession,
county, city, other political subdivision, grouping,
or instrumentality thereof; any domestic profit or
nonprofit corporation, institution, or individual,
other than an agency of the Federal government.
A "Federal domestic assistance program"
may in practice be called a program, an activity,
a service, a project, a process, or some other name,
regardless of whether it is identified as a separate
program by statute or regulation.
It will be identified in terms of its legal
authority, administering office, funding, purpose,
benefits, and beneficiaries.
"Assistance" or "benefits"
refers to the transfer of money, property, services,
or anything of value, the principal purpose of which
is to accomplish a public purpose of support or stimulation
authorized by Federal statute. Assistance includes,
but is not limited to grants, loans, loan guarantees,
scholarships, mortgage loans, insurance, and other
types of financial assistance, including cooperative
agreements; property, technical assistance, counseling,
statistical, and other expert information; and service
activities of regulatory agencies.
It does not include the provision of conventional
public information services.
The Catalog is published annually,
using the most current data available on the status
of programs at the time the Catalog or the Update
to the Catalog are compiled.
The Basic edition of the Catalog, which is
usually published in June, reflects completed congressional
action on program legislation.
The Update, usually published in December,
reflects completed congressional action on the President's
budget proposals and on substantive legislation as
of the date of compilation, and includes information
on Federal programs that was not available at the
time the latest edition of the Catalog was compiled.
GSA distributes a limited number
of complimentary copies of the Catalog to National,
State and local offices. At the national level copies are provided to: Members of Congress,
congressional staff, Federal agencies, and all Federal
At the State level copies of the
Catalog are provided to: Governors, State Coordinators
of Federal-State Relations, Directors of State Departments
of Administration and Budget Offices, Directors of
State Departments of Community Affairs, Directors
of State Planning Agencies, Directors of State Agricultural
Extension Services, State Municipal Leagues, State
Association of Counties, Chief State School Officers,
and State Employment Security Agencies.
At the local level copies are provided
to: Mayors, County Chairmen, Chairmen of Boards of
Commissioners and city planners. GSA regularly distributes the Catalog to the
Federal Information Centers, Federal Regional Councils,
Federal Executive Boards, and appropriate field and
area offices of most Federal agencies. The Catalog is also provided to other agencies
of State and local governments, down to and including
those with a population size of 250.
For the general public, the Catalog
is available for sale through the Government Printing
who wish to purchase a copy of the Catalog should
contact one of the U.S. Government Bookstores listed
below under Sources of Additional Information.
The 2000 Basic Catalog contains 1,425
by 57 Federal agencies.
As a potential applicant, always
agency information sources in the program descriptions
information concerning assistance programs.
been provided for specialized services so that
licensees can gain information by telephone or
methods to determine if the purchase of a firearm
buyer would violate Federal or State laws (16.309).
being offered to States and local jurisdictions to
a State uniform
crime reporting program that captures detailed
and counts of crimes and arrests (16.733).
to States and other government entities to help prevent
through education and training initiatives (21.053).
available to multi-county
districts and redevelopment areas to assist in
establishing, and maintaining resources that create
jobs (11.302). Grants are provided to enhance minority
access to the marketplace (11.806).
Loans are offered
to small disadvantaged
businesses to help them acquire more contracts
are being provided to assist
other government entities with technical and financial
in planning for, and having the capability to, deal
hazardous materials (83.012).
available to States to conduct special
projects pertaining to a number of activities such
fuels, solar and renewable technologies. (81.119).
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
are available to
education and practice including funding for Master
programs (93.247). Grants to assist schools in
developing, and operating programs for pediatric dentistry
and to provide
financial assistance to residents are being funded
(93.248). Grants are available for Public Health Training Centers for
of improving the Nation's health system (93.249).
to promote the development of geriatrician careers
number of junior faculties at accredited schools (93.250).
being made available for States to implement a program
newborn hearing screening prior to discharge from
hospital (93.251). Project grants are available to strengthen
health care systems and coordinate health services
(93.252). Cooperative agreements are funded for an injury
program for American Indians and Alaskan Natives (93.284).
to provide services and rehabilitation for victims
(93.604). HIV emergency relief project grants are
for metropolitan areas to provide effective and cost
health care and support services (93.914).
HOUSING AND HOME OWNERSHIP
available to manage
property disposition in a manner that assures that
will be made available to low-income persons (14.199).
provided to sponsor a teacher next door initiative
opportunities for teachers (14.310).
A program to reduce
of HUD-acquired properties and strengthen neighborhoods
is available (14.311).
Project grants are being funded
new approaches to eliminate drug-related and other
low-income housing areas (14.312).
Project grants are
to Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian institutions to assist
development including housing (14.515).
A program providing
for specified use is being provided for Section
Housing choice vouchers (14.871).
Formula grants are provided to
agencies for capital and management activities including
and development of public housing (14.872).
available to correct multiple safety and health hazards
the home that
produce serious diseases and injuries to children
are being made available to fund
projects in underserved areas and to designated
(45.166 and 45.167).
of the former U.S. Information Agency
have been transferred to the Department of State
(19.401-19.418). Project grants are being provided to improve
international relations with the Republic of South
training (19.419). Cooperative grants are available for
to develop and support educational exchanges with
available to State and local
agencies to identify, support and assist rural development
that extend and diversify natural resource usage (10.672).
providing assistance to veterans that qualify
in obtaining Federal employment is being funded (17.806).