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About NTIS

The National Technical Information Service serves as the largest central resource for government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information available today. For more than 60 years NTIS has assured businesses, universities, and the public timely access to approximately 3 million publications covering over 350 subject areas.

Our mission supports the Department of Commerce mission to promote the nation's economic growth by providing access to information that stimulates innovation and discovery.

Public Law 102-245, Section 108 American Technology Preeminence Act of 1991


NTIS Mission

To promote the Commerce Department's and Federal data priorities, including open access and open data, by providing information and data services to the public, industry, and other federal agencies in ways that enable U.S. innovation and economic growth.


NTIS Vision

NTIS will be a center of excellence that delivers trusted data networks through agile partnerships with the private sector and enables the private sector to develop new and improved data products and services.

A new focus was set for NTIS in June 2015 to expand access to the federal government's data resources, with an emphasis on data concerning the nation’s economy, population, and environment, to make it easier for businesses, government, taxpayers, and communities to access, analyze, and use data, strengthen economic growth, and create new jobs. You can view a Q and A sheet on this new focus.


NTIS Statutory Authorities

NTIS' basic authority to operate a permanent clearinghouse of scientific and technical information is codified as chapter 23 of Title 15 of the United States Code (15 U.S.C. 1151-1157). This chapter also established NTIS' authority to charge fees for its products and services and to recover all costs through such fees "to the extent feasible."

This authority was restated in the National Technical Information Act of 1988, codified at 15 U.S.C. 3704b. That Act gave NTIS the authority to enter into joint ventures and declared the Clearinghouse to be a permanent Federal function that could not be eliminated or privatized without Congressional approval.

That Act was amended by the American Technology Preeminence Act of 1992 (Public Law 102-245) which:

(1) required all costs associated with bibliographic control to be recovered by fees,

(2) required agencies to make copies of their scientific and technical reports available to NTIS, and

(3) directed NTIS to focus on developing new electronic methods and media for disseminating information.

Another statute having a profound impact on NTIS is the Commerce, Justice, State Appropriations Act for FY 1993 (Public Law 102-395) which established NTIS Revolving Fund and gave it the authority to use that Fund without further approval by Congress.


NTIS Operations

NTIS is located in Alexandria, Virginia. It provides information dissemination of its collection of approximately 3 million U.S. Federal Government technical reports and provides dissemination services for other U.S. Federal Government agencies. NTIS provides a variety of dissemination services for other agencies with the specialized resources, systems, equipment, financial infrastructure and personnel expertise needed to produce and disseminate their information products on a large scale.

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Career Opportunities

If you're looking for a challenging and rewarding career in the Federal Government, the National Technical Information Service just might be the right place for you. Approximately 150 NTIS staffers work at our Northern VA location.  We occasionally have job opportunities in information technology and program management, as well as administration and support positions.

More information can be obtained by going to the Human Resources Management Division Web site at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.


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