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September 11, 2008

TO: Printing and Publishing Officials of the Federal Government

SUBJECT: U.S. Policy and Supporting Positions (Plum Book)

This Circular Letter is to announce the opportunity to submit rider orders for the Plum Book. Please note that the absolute deadline to submit your SF 1s to ride the printing of this publication is October 20, 2008.

The Plum Book will consist of approximately 244 pages in one paper-bound volume. The rider rate is $6. Be sure to include Jacket Number J.40-210 on your requisition. Forward your requisitions to the U.S. Government Printing Office, Congressional Publishing Services (Stop: CSC), North Capitol & H Streets NW., Washington, DC 20401, or fax your requisitions to 202-512-1101, Attn: Ann Mason.

If you have any questions, please contact Congressional Publishing Services on 202-512-0224.

Acting Managing Director, Customer Services


Opportunity to "Ride" Printing Order for Volume III of GAO's Principles of Federal Appropriations Law

AGENCY: Government Accountability Office


SUMMARY: GAO is publishing Volume III of Principles of Federal Appropriations Law, third edition--known as "The Red Book." Agencies may now place advance (rider) orders for copies of this volume with GPO.

DATE: Rider orders must be received by GPO no later than September 30, 2008.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Government Accountability Office (GAO) will shortly publish Volume III of Principles of Federal Appropriations Law, third edition--also known as "The Red Book." Volume III will consist of four chapters covering acquisition of goods and services, real property, claims by and against the government, and a fourth miscellaneous chapter discussing boards and commissions, government use of corporate entities, nonappropriated fund instrumentalities, and trust funds. Volume III completes the third edition of GAO's Principles of Federal Appropriations Law.

GAO will provide copies of Volume III to the heads and general counsels of all departments and most federal agencies. Agencies may place advance (rider) orders for additional copies of these volumes with their account representatives at the Government Printing Office (GPO). At the present time, agencies may only place rider orders for Volume III.

This notice is not intended to solicit orders from the public for single copies or small orders of these volumes. GPO will offer Volume III for sale to the public at a later time.

Rider orders for Volume III should be placed on a Standard Form 1 and should specify GAO Requisition No.

8-00030. Agency orders for Volume III must be received by GPO no later than September 30, 2008. Rider requisitions for Volume III will not be accepted after this date, and additional copies will have to be purchased from the Superintendent of Documents. All rider requisitions must be submitted to GPO through requisitions sent directly from field or regional offices.

In compiling your agency's total order, GAO suggests you take into consideration the needs of legal offices, finance offices, contracting offices, libraries, Inspector General Offices, field, and regional offices, and any other elements of your agency that might use this publication.

As with the previous two volumes of this series, Volume III of Principles of Federal Appropriations Law is designed to fit in a red 3-ring binder imprinted with the title and other identification data. (Authority: 31 U.S.C. §§ 717, 719, 3511, 3526-3529)


Gary L. Kepplinger
General Counsel
United States Government Accountability Office

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