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Government Information on Automobiles: U.S. Government Resources

Provides access to government and non-government information resources on automobiles/cars and how government policies have sought to influence their technological development, consumer safety, and environmental impact.

Legal and Regulatory Information

Several U.S. government agencies enforce laws and regulations, implement policies, and produce information relevant to the automotive industry.  Examples include:

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office:  Responsible for approving new patents and trademarks affecting the auto industry and technology.
Bureau of Economic Analysis  Commerce Dept. agency researching and analyzing various areas of U.S. domestic and international economic activity including focusing on specific industrial and service sectors.

Census Bureau (Business and Economy):  Census done of overall U.S. economy and sectors of the U.S. economy including Economic Census every five years for years ending in 2 and 7.  Do not provide data on individual firms.  Many forms of data provided by North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) number.  Eg. 811111 General Automotive Repair   Commerce Dept.'s International Trade Administration seeks to promote U.S. exports and provides information about market conditions in other countries including their receptivity fo U.S. auto exports.
National Institute of Standards of Technology (NIST)  Commerce Dept. agency promoting scientific advancement and measurement

Department of Energy:   Vehicles
Energy Information Administration
(Provides statistical and analytical information on various energy sectors including oil and gas prices)

Fuel Economy  (Resource from Energy Dept's Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy on fuel economy)

Energy Dept. Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI):  Multidecadal database of Energy Dept. and other scitech research on various topics.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL):  Conducts research on cutting edge energy technology developments.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Recall

EPA Clearinghouse for Inventories and Emissions Factors (CHIEF)

EPA Gasoline Standards

EPA Vehicle & Engine Certification & Compliance

EPA Vehicle & Fuel Emissions Testing

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Centers for Disease Control (CDC) agency doing research on occupational safety and health including for specific industries.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Labor Dept's statistical branch publishing information and research on consumer and producer prices, employment, regional developments in the U.S. economy, and other topics including the Consumer Expenditure Survey

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)  Provides data and regulations on workplace safety standards.

U.S. Trade Representative Negotiates trade agreements with foreign countries and international government organizations and prepares reports on trade barriers posed by these entities to automotive and other U.S. exports.

Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS):  Transportation Dept. statistical branch)

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA):  (Transportation Dept. agency responsible for increasing safety and efficiency of road infrastructure)

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):  Transportation Dept. agency responsible for improving highway transportation safety.  Part of which is a multiagency collaborative reporting on recalls of various consumer products due to safety reasons.

National Transportation Library:  BTS component featuring the text of multiple transportation sector related reports.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Highway accident investigation reports


Subject Specialist

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Bert Chapman
(765) 494-2837

Fax: (765) 494-9007