WHITE HOUSE ELECTRONIC PUBLICATIONS AND PUBLIC ACCESS EMAIL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Updated January 29, 1994 Table Of Contents
I. Searching and Retrieving White House documents.
II. Signing up for Daily Electronic Publications.
III. Sending Email to the White House.
IV. Sending Email to Congress
The White House is pleased to announce the establishment of an Internet address for retrieving White House publications. We have set up an Almanac server to process requests by email. To receive instructions on using this server, send a message to:
In the body of the message, type:
Various additional sites are archiving the press releases as distributed. What follows is an incomplete list of some of the sites containing the documents that have been released to date. This FAQ will be updated to reflect new sites as they become known.
Notes: The following are notes on how to log in and get
information from the above sites.
(:source :version 3 :database-name "/home3/wais/White-House-Papers" :ipaddress
"188.8.131.52" :ip-name "sunsite.unc.edu" :tcp-port 210 :cost 0.00 :cost-unit :free :maintainer "email@example.com"
:description "Server created with WAIS release 8 b5 on Feb 27 15:16:16 1993 by firstname.lastname@example.org These are the White House Press Briefings and other postings dealing with William Jefferson Clinton and Albert Gore as well as members of the President's Cabinet and the first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea, Socks and others in Washington DC. Dee Dee Meyers and George Stephanopoulos. Other good words: United States of America, Bill Al Tipper Democrats USA US These files are also available via anonymous ftp from sunsite.unc.edu The files of type filename used in the index were: /home3/ftp/pub/academic/political-science/whitehouse- papers/1993 ") Folks without WAIS clients or gophers that act as WAIS clients may telnet to sunsite.unc.edu and login as swais to access this information via WAIS. 1.b GOPHER is a distributed menu system for information access on the Internet developed at the University of Minnesota. gophers are client-server implementations and various gopher clients are available for nearly any computing platform. You may now use gopher clients to access the White House Papers and other political information on SunSITE.unc.edu's new gopher server. You may also add links from your local gopher server to SunSITE for access to the White House Papers. For gopher server keepers and adventurous clients to access SunSITE you need only know that we use the standard gopher port 70 and that our internet address is SunSITE.unc.edu (184.108.40.206). Point there and you'll see the references to the Politics areas. For folks without gopher clients can telnet to sunsite.unc.edu to try out gopher access. You need to have access to internet telnet and: telnet sunsite.unc.edu login: gopher The rest is very straight forward. Browsing options end with a directory mark (/), searching options end with an question mark (?). There's plenty of on-line help available. 2. No special instructions. 3. The CLINTON@MARIST log files which contain all the official administration releases distributed through the MIT servers are available via anonymous FTP. These logs contain in addition to the official releases, the posts that comprise the ongoing discussion conducted by the list subscribers. To obtain the logs: FTP MARISTB.MARIST.EDU - the logs are in the CLINTON directory and are named CLINTON LOG9208 thru CLINTON LOGyymm where yymm stands for the current year and month. Problems should be directed to my attention: URLS@MARISTC.BITNET or URLS@VM.MARIST.EDU. Posted by Lee Sakkas - owner, CLINTON@MARIST 4. Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility is providing all Clinton documents on technology and privacy at the CPSR Internet Library, available via FTP/WAIS/Gopher at cpsr.org /cpsr/clinton (and in other folders as relevant). For email access, send a message with the word "help" at the 1st line of text to email@example.com. 5. The FedWorld Computer System, operated by the National Technical Information Service, archives White House papers in a traditional BBS type file library. Connect to FedWorld by calling (703) 321-8020. No parity, eight data bits and one stop bit (N-8-1). FedWorld accommodates baud speeds of up to 9,600. It is also possible to Telnet to FedWorld at FedWorld.doc.gov. White House papers are located in the W-House library of files. To access this library from the main FedWorld menu, enter <f s w-house>. Files are named with the first four digits being the release month and day (e.g. 0323XXX.txt). Some standard abbreviations after the date include: rem - Remarks by the President pc - Press Conference transcript pr - Press Release AM - AM Press Briefing PM - PM Press Briefing sch - The President's public schedule spch- Text of major speeches. These files are saved in ASCII format. Files can be viewed online by requesting to download a file and then selecting (L)ist as the download protocol. This will display the file a screen at a time. White House papers are kept in the above format for up to two months. Papers more than two months old are compressed using Pkzip into a single file that contains all of the files for that month (e.g. 0193.zip contains all papers released during January 1993). In addition to White Documents, FedWorld also provides a gateway to more than 100 government funded BBSs and computer systems. 6. Texas A&M University GOPHER Server makes available White House press releases and other documents. This archive includes information from 1992 until the present time and is updated as new documents are released. Gopher users can reach the Texas A&M server by choosing it from their local server's list of other gophers, or by pointing their gopher clients to GOPHER.TAMU.EDU. After connecting to the A&M server, take the following path to reach the White House menus: "Browse Information by Subject" --> "Political Science" --> "Information from the White House" Gopher maintainers and other intrepid souls are welcome to point directly to the A&M White House archive. The server is GOPHER.TAMU.EDU and the path is 1/.dir/president.dir.
II. HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR ELECTRONIC PUBLICATIONS BY THE WHITE HOUSE?
The White House Communications office is distributing press releases over an experimental system developed during the campaign at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
You can obtain copies of all the press releases from a wide variety of on-line services or discussion groups devoted to either national politics in general or President Clinton in particular. These are listed in sections I and II.
Section IIc explains how you can sign up to receive press releases directly from the experimental MIT system by using an automated email server. The present system was not designed to handle high levels of message traffic. A more powerful system will become available in due course, and in the meantime, it would be appreciated if you used this service sparingly. One appropriate current use is secondary redistribution and archiving. If you use it, you will be carried forward when the more powerful system that replaces it.
IIa. WIDELY AVAILABLE SOURCES
alt.politics.clinton alt.politics.org.misc alt.politics.reform alt.politics.usa.misc alt.news-media alt.activism talk.politics.misc Indirect Distribution misc.activism.progressive cmu.soc.politics assocs.clinton-gore-92
2. On CompuServe: GO WHITEHOUSE
3. On America Online: keyword WHITEHOUSE or THE WHITEHOUSE or CLINTON
4. On The WELL: type whitehouse
5. On MCI: type VIEW WHITE HOUSE
6. On Fidonet: See Echomail WHITEHOUSE
7. On Peacenet or Econet: See pol.govinfo.usa.
8. On The Meta Network: Go Whitehouse
9. On GEnie: Type WHITEHOUSE or WHRT, or MOVE 1600
10. On CompuServe, see the Democratic Forum: Go Democrats
IIb. NOTES ON WIDELY AVAILABLE SOURCES
2. CompuServe's White House Forum (GO WHITEHOUSE) is devoted to discussion of the Clinton administration's policies and activities. The forum's library consists of news releases and twice daily media briefings from the White House Office of Media Affairs. CompuServe members can exchange information and opinions with each other in the 17 sections in the forum's message area. The message board spans a broad range of topics, including international and United Nations activities, defense, health care, the economy and the deficit, housing and urban development, the environment, and education and national service. 3. On America Online, the posts are sent to the White House Forum, located in the News & Finance Department of the service or accessible via keywords: "white house" or "clinton". The White House Forum on America Online contains the press releases from the White House, divided into the categories "Appointments", "Budget", "Congress", "Education", "Economy", "Foreign Policy", "Health Care", "Housing", "Labor", "Law and Order", "Meetings & Speeches", "Proclamations", "Technology", and "Vice President". The area features a message board so you can discuss the releases with other AOL members, a searchable database for easy retrieval of releases that interest you, a Library for longer releases from the White House, and a library that members can upload files of interest for other members. 4. MCI Mail users access daily information on the administration's programs provided by the White House through MCI Mail bulletin boards. The available boards are: WHITE HOUSE ECONOMIC, WHITE HOUSE FOREIGN, WHITE HOUSE SOCIAL, WHITE HOUSE SPEECHES and WHITE HOUSE NEWS. A listing of these boards can also be obtained by simply typing VIEW WHITE HOUSE at the COMMAND prompt. 5. On The Meta Network, material is posted in the White house conference and is accessible via keywords (matching on document titles and subject categories) as well as full text search. Discussions on specific initiatives take place in special interest forums, e.g. health, technology, and reinventing government. 9. GEnie's White House RoundTable has been established to distribute and discuss the official press releases and files relating to the White House and the Clinton Administration. The files library holds all of the press releases on the official mailing list, and the Bulletin Board has Categories set up with topics relating to all aspects of the Administration and Executive Branch of government. Letters to the White House can be entered easily online with a menu option on the WHITEHOUSE page. 10. CompuServe's Democratic Forum (GO DEMOCRATS) is the Democratic Party's online information service covering the activities of the Clinton administration. The sysops of the Democratic Forum work for the Democratic National Committee, and are directly involved in managing the forum and responding to online questions. The Democratic Forum provides access to documents from the White House Office of Media Affairs, with vigorous discussion and debate in the message sections about the impact of the Clinton Administration's policies and proposals. The Democratic Forum also holds a regular weekly online conference with special guests on current topics.
IIc. DIRECT EMAIL DISTRIBUTION
If you don't have access to the these accounts or if you would prefer to receive the releases via email, then this section details how to sign up for this service. The server is not set up to answer email letters, comments or requests for specific information. To reach this MIT server, send email:
To: Clinton-Info@Campaign92.Org Subject: Help
The server works by reading the subject line of the incoming message and taking whatever action that line calls for. If you want to sign up to automatically receive press releases, then your subject line would begin with the word RECEIVE. You can then specify what kind of information you are interested in receiving. The categories of information are:
Get releases related to the economy such as budget news, technology policy review, etc.
Get releases related to foreign policy such as statements on Bosnian airdrop, Haitian refugee status, etc. HEALTH Get releases related to health care policy, without receiving any other social issues. Use this instead of social.
Get releases related to social issues like National Service (Student Loan) program, abortion, welfare reform, etc.
All speeches made by the President and important speeches made by other Administration officials.
Transcripts of press conferences released by the White House Communications office, as well as the President's remarks in photo ops and other Q&A sessions. ALL All of the above
So, if you wanted to sign up to get releases related to the economy your email message would look like this:
To: Clinton-Info@Campaign92.Org Subject: RECEIVE ECONOMY
When you send a signup message to the clinton-info server, it sends you back a status message letting you know what distribution streams you are signed up for. If you ever want to check on what groups you are signed up for send the following message:
To: Clinton-Info@Campaign92.Org Subject: STATUS
*****You can stop receiving email releases by sending a REMOVE message to the clinton-info server. The word REMOVE would be followed by whatever distribution stream you wanted to drop. If you wanted to stop receiving message about the ECONOMY then your mail would look like this:
To: Clinton-Info@Campaign92.Org Subject: REMOVE ECONOMY
You could substitute SOCIAL, FOREIGN, HEALTH, SPEECHES, NEWS or ALL for ECONOMY in the above message and you would be dropped from that distribution list. If you send the subject line REMOVE ALL, then you will be taken off the email distribution system all together and will not receive further releases of any kind.
You can also ask for help from the automated server. Send an email query as follows:
To: Clinton-Info@Campaign92.Org Subject: HELP
The server will respond by sending you a detailed form that will guide you through the process of signing up for the various distribution streams. As you will quickly discover, there is a automatic form processing interface that parallel the quick and easy subject line commands discussed here. More detailed help is available by sending an email query as follows:
To: Clinton-Info@Campaign92.Org Subject: Please Help!
Finally, if you want to search and retrieve documents, but you do not have access to the retrieval methods discussed in section II, you can do this via email through the MIT server. You can obtain the WAIS query form by sending an email query as follows:
To: Clinton-Info@Campaign92.Org Subject: WAIS
Once you have identified the documents that you want, be careful not to request them all at once, because you may be sent a message containing all the documents and this message may be too big for some mail delivery systems between the email server and you.
D. EMAIL SUMMARY SERVICE
The Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides a daily summary of White House electronic publications.
To subscribe to the USDA Extension Service White House Summary service, send a message to:
In the body of the message, type:
To Unsubscribe from the USDA Extension Service White House Summary service, send a message to:
In the body of the message, type:
2. Document Retrieval
To request a specific document from the daily summaries, send a message to:
In the body of the message, type:
send white-house ##### (where ##### is the request number for the document)
3. Document Search
A user-friendly search facility is also available to search the white-house documents archived at ESUSDA.GOV. To search, send a message to:
In the body of the message, type:
search white-house keyword1 keyword2
4. Catalogue of Summaries and Documents
Back issues and the catalog of the summaries or the documents contained at ESUSDA.GOV can also be retrieved through our almanac server. To get the summary catalog, send a message
In the body of the message, type:
send wh-summary catalog
5. Further Information
If you have any questions about Almanac, please contact:
III. HOW DO I SEND EMAIL TO THE WHITE HOUSE?
We are pleased to introduce this new form of communication with the White House for the first time in history. As we work to reinvent government and streamline our processes, this electronic mail project will help put us on the leading edge of progress. Please remember, though, this project is still very much under construction. The Office of Correspondence is currently working on defining what this system will do, as well as addressing equipment and staffing needs.
When you send a message to the White House you will receive an immediate acknowledgment that your message has been received. This is the only electronic response you will receive at this stage of development; if you include your street address in your message, you may receive a response by U.S. Mail. Please be assured that every electronic mail message received is read and analyzed by staff. Your concerns, your praise, your suggestions, and your ideas are carefully recorded and reported to the President and Vice President weekly.
You can send email to the following addresses:
Internet Direct: President@WhiteHouse.GOV Vice.President@WhiteHouse.GOV
IV. HOW DO I SEND EMAIL TO CONGRESS?
The House and the Senate are conducting experimental electronic communications projects. You may receive information regarding these projects by sending a message to:
You may also contact the offices of your Representative or Senators for information.
V. HOW DO I SUBMIT UPDATES FOR THIS FAQ?
Please send corrections, deletion and additions to this FAQ to: