Some information on how to contact different services offered by the U.S. Commerce Department.
The Commerce Department's Bureau of Export Administration and the National Technical Information Service have just made it easier for business owners to weed through the bureau's rules. Originally penned 40 years ago, Export Administration regulations on goods and services that have potential military applications have been rewritten in simple English and put onto a new World Wide Web site. For a $21 monthly fee, computer users can subscribe to the site and get prompt updates about changing regulations, do keyword searches, and read about proposed rule changes and give feedback. To sign up, go to http://www.fedworld.gov/bxa/info on the Internet. Hard copy of the regulations will still be available in libraries and for $89 from the National Technical Information Service sales desk (703-487-4650). To find out which items the regulations cover -- they include technology-related items, telecommunications equipment, and chemical products -- check with the bureau's Counseling Line at 202-482-4811.