WASHINGTON -- Dedicated number crunchers can read the federal budget online.
President Clinton's $1.84 trillion proposed budget for 2001 is available at www.gpo.gov/usbudget.
The Internet site includes several budget documents, including the budget itself, the Citizen's Guide to the Federal Budget and several supporting documents.
This is the sixth time the federal budget has been made available via the Internet and officials say it is the earliest it has been posted.
The same site allows viewers to open previous budgets back to 1996. It also gives a list of depository libraries where people can read the budget, and of Government Printing Office bookstores where copies of the budget can be purchased.
The prices listed online for the 2001 budget's various volumes:
--The budget itself, No. 041-001-00533-1: $38.
--Appendix, No. 041-001-00534-0: $72.
--Analytical Perspectives, No. 041-001-00535-8: $54.
--Historical Tables, No. 041-001-00536-6: $28.
--Citizens Guide, No. 041-001-00537-4: $3.75.
--Budget System and Concepts, No. 041-001-00538-2: $3.25.
--All of the above documents on CD-ROM, No. 041-001-00539-1, $17.
Products may be ordered from Government Printing Office via phone, fax, or online. Phone orders: 202-512-1800; fax orders: 202-512-2250; mail orders: Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15250-7954. Online orders: www.access.gpo.gov/su--docs/sale.html.