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                       FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

                         Updated April 2, 1994

                           Table Of Contents

I. Searching and Retrieving White House documents.

II. Signing up for Daily Electronic Publications.

  1. Widely Available Sources.
  2. Notes on Widely Available Sources.
  3. Direct Email Distribution.
  4. Email Summary Service.

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:

send info

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.


  1. SUNSITE.UNC.EDU pub/academic/political-science/whitehouse-papers
  5. FedWorld Online System 703-321-8020 8-N-1 or:


  6. GOPHER.TAMU.EDU 11/.dir/president.dir

Notes: The following are notes on how to log in and get

information from the above sites.

  1. Office for Information Technology at the University of North Carolina maintains the full collection of White House electronic releases available for search with WAIS and also accessible via Gopher and FTP. 1.a WAIS

    (:source :version 3 :database-name "/home3/wais/White-House-Papers" :ipaddress

    "" :ip-name "" :tcp-port 210 :cost 0.00 :cost-unit :free :maintainer ""

        :description "Server created with WAIS release 8 b5 on  
        Feb 27 15:16:16 1993 by 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 The files of type filename used in 
        the index were: 
         papers/1993 ")

        Folks without WAIS clients or gophers that act as WAIS
        clients may telnet to 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'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
        ( Point there and you'll see the references to
        the Politics areas.

        For folks without gopher clients can telnet to
        to try out gopher access. You need to have access to internet
        telnet and:
                        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
        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/clinton (and in other
        folders as relevant). For email access, send a message
        with the word "help" at the 1st line of text to

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
        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. 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

        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 11/.dir/president.dir.


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.


  1. On USENET/NETNEWS, electronic publications are found on a variety of groups:

Direct Distribution


        Indirect Distribution


2. On CompuServe: GO WHITEHOUSE

3. On America Online: keyword WHITEHOUSE or THE WHITEHOUSE or CLINTON

4. On The WELL: type whitehouse


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


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

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
        WHITE HOUSE NEWS.  A listing of these boards can also be
        obtained by simply typing VIEW WHITE HOUSE at the COMMAND

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

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

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.


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,

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

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.


The Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides a daily summary of White House electronic publications.

  1. Subscriptions

To subscribe to the USDA Extension Service White House Summary service, send a message to:


In the body of the message, type:

subscribe wh-summary

To Unsubscribe from the USDA Extension Service White House Summary service, send a message to:


In the body of the message, type:

unsubscribe wh-summary

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

To: almanac@ESUSDA.GOV

In the body of the message, type:

send wh-summary catalog

5. Further Information

If you have any questions about Almanac, please contact:



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


The House and the Senate are conducting electronic communications projects. You can access Congressional information via the protocols listed below. For additional information, please contact the offices of your Representative or Senators.

Site Protocol Host/connection


                        Email           Congress@hr.House.GOV
                        Gopher          Gopher.House.GOV
                                        [URL: "Gopher://Gopher.House.GOV/11"]


                        Gopher          Gopher.Senate.GOV
                                        [URL: "Gopher://Gopher.Senate.GOV/11"]
                        FTP             FTP.Senate.GOV

Library of Congress

                        Gopher          Marvel.LOC.GOV
                                        [URL: "Gopher://Marvel.LOC.GOV/11"]
                        FTP             seq1.LOC.GOV
                        Telnet          LOCIS.LOC.GOV

Please note that these are not connected in any way to any White House online projects, so if you have any problems with Congressional systems, you will need to contact their system administrators for assistance.


Please send corrections, deletion and additions to this FAQ to: