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WHORM - Business - Economics (BE)

(18.35 linear feet; boxes 1-45)

A primary subject category containing information pertaining to Domestic Commerce, Industries, and national Economy such as Business Trends, Costs, and Standards of Living, Inflation, Economic Controls, National Income, Effect of Customation Recessions, Depressions and Prosperity. Also included are matters pertaining to Patents and Inventions, Copyrights, Trademarks and Regulations and Control pertaining to them. Also Cooperatives, Monopoly, Antimonopoly, Antitrust and Post War Planning.

DESCRIPTION OF SECONDARY FILE CODES

BE Business/Economics - General (2 ft.; boxes 1-5)

A subject category containing general information on business and economics including advice to the president about the domestic economy, federal reserve policy, and international business; correspondence between the president and congress, business leaders, and constituents; and proposed economic reports, legislation, and congressional testimony. This category also includes proposed executive orders, correspondence regarding technology in the workplace, and information on international economic aid.

BE001 Domestic Trade (.60 ft.; boxes 6-7)

A secondary subject category containing information and correspondence concerning labeling and food packaging, resale price fixing, antitrust/antimonopoly activities of the federal government, consumerism, and mergers/acquisitions in domestic business. This category also contains information on energy costs, program trading on wall street, and the Environmental Protection Agency's licencing procedure for new products.

BE001-01 Consumers (.20 ft.; box 7)

A secondary subject category containing monthly reports from Michael Boskin, Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisors. Boskin's reports include the Producer Price Index, Retail Sales, Industrial Production Utilization, and Economic Snapshots of the economy. This category also includes information on consumer protection legislation, international consumer protection, and economic news summaries.

BE002 Economic Controls (.10 ft.; box 8)

A secondary subject category containing information and correspondence concerning rent controls, oil prices, poverty, and consumer prices.

BE003 Industry (2.70 ft.; boxes 8-14)

A secondary subject category containing information, correspondence, and testimony regarding productivity in the workplace, domestic industrial policy, foreign ownership of sensitive defense industries, hostile takeovers of domestic industry, and the repeal of federal regulations. This category also includes a series of monthly reports on the Leading Economic indicators from Michael Boskin. This category also contains several business related speech drafts, requests to approve/block business mergers, and remarks from various cabinet level agencies on pending legislation related to business and economics.

BE003-01 Aerospace Industry (.30 ft.; box 15)

A secondary subject category containing information on the aerospace industry including annual reports from several aerospace companies, reports of alleged criminal activity among U.S. government defense contractors, space exploration/technology/contracting, airbus industry agreements, and government regulation of the aerospace industry.

BE003-02 Chemicals (.13 ft.; box 15)

A secondary subject category containing information on government regulation, international competition, and court cases.

BE003-03 Coal Industry (.20 ft.; box 16)

A secondary subject category containing information on the coal industry retirement fund, closure of coal mines, the economic and environmental impact of coal mining, the impact of the clean air act on mining, and global warming. This category also contains several coal association reports on government regulation, public perceptions of the coal industry, and the development of a national coal policy.

BE003-04 Communication Industry (1.10 ft.; boxes 16-17)

A secondary subject category containing information on technological competitiveness, government regulation of the telecommunication industry, monopoly within the telecommunication industry, technological development, and international communication. This category also contains agency reports, testimony, and comments on proposed telecommunications legislation.

BE003-05 Construction - Housing Industry (.30 ft.; box 17-18)

A secondary subject category containing information on the liquidity and finance crisis in the housing industry, correspondence regarding the regulation of the housing industry, reconstruction in Kuwait, and information on first time home buyers. This category also contains presidential remarks to home builders, monthly reports on housing starts from Michael Boskin, and proposals to stimulate the construction industry.

BE003-06 Food and Kindred Products - Industry (.80 ft.; box 18-20)

A secondary subject category containing information on federal regulation of the dairy, sugar, and tuna industries; regulation of tobacco advertising and the tobacco economy; and Department of Justice deregulation initiatives in agriculture. This category also contains information on employee benefits in the food processing industry, and federal packaging/labeling regulations.

BE003-07 Furniture Industry (.10 ft.; box 20)

A secondary subject category containing information on the regulatory problems facing the furniture industry.

BE003-08 Lumber - Wood - Paper Products (.20 ft.; box 20)

A secondary subject category containing information on federal regulation of the lumber industry, the economic impact of reduced cutting, below cost timber sales, the needs of the logging industry versus the need of the environment, and the debate over the spotted owl. This category also contains a substantial amount of Congressional correspondence about new Environment Protection Agency rules for the wood preserving industry.

BE003-09 Machinery Industry (.20 ft.; box 21)

A secondary subject category containing information about the semiconductor trade, research and development in the semiconductor industry, the machine tool industry, voluntary restraint agreements, and the tool and die industry.

BE003-10 Metals Industry (.40 ft.; boxes 21-22)

A secondary subject category containing information about the state of the domestic steel industry, tariffs on imported metals, voluntary restraint agreements, steel quotas, and domestic mineral development and exploration. This category also contains a substantial amount of correspondence between Bethlehem Steel and the White House. Also of interest is the Government Accounting Office Report on the Health of the U.S. Steel industry in 1989.

BE003-11 Petroleum Industry (1.4 ft.; boxes 22-24)

A secondary subject category containing information and correspondence regarding fuel availability, sale, manufacture, and pricing; environmental concerns regarding the petroleum industry, specifically the Exxon Valdez disaster; and correspondence about revitalizing the industry. This category also includes information on price gouging during the Persian Gulf War, the natural gas industry, alternative fuels, and American dependence on foreign oil.

BE003-12 Plastics - Rubber Industry (.10 ft.; box 24)

A secondary subject category containing information on federal regulation of the plastics industry and mergers within the plastics industry.

BE003-13 Service Industries (.13 ft.; box 25)

A secondary subject category containing information on diversification in the utility industry, telephone industry, and fast food industry. This category also contains information on telemarketing fraud, the insurance industry, and government regulation of service industries.

BE003-14 Textile - Apparel and Leather Industry (.13 ft.; box 25)

A secondary subject category containing information on the foreign textile trade, U.S. textile exports, the domestic cotton trade, and the Clean Air Act. This category also contains presidential remarks to retailers, and information on the U.S. position with regard to textiles at the Uruguay Round.

BE003-15 Transportation (.53 ft.; boxes 25-27)

A secondary subject category containing information on federal deregulation of airlines, airline bankruptcies, motor vehicle fuel efficiency standards (CAFE), proposed transportation legislation, the trucking industry, and the importation of cars, trucks, and motorcycles.

BE003-16 Electronics (.40 ft.; box 27)

A secondary subject category containing information on the importation of electronic goods, the semiconductor industry, computers and data processing, and electronics corporations and the environment. This category also contains information on problems with pricing and quality in defense contracting and the sale of electronic equipment to the Soviet Union.

BE003-17 Miscellaneous (.20 ft.; box 28)

A secondary subject category containing information on White House purchasing, procurement of advanced technology, computer security, travel and tourism, forestry, biotechnology, life insurance, real estate, and the thrift industry.

BE004 National Economy (4.10 ft.; boxes 28-38)

A secondary subject category containing information on economic downturns/recessions, the capital gains tax, the president's economic growth plan, and national economic problems. This category also contains monthly reports from Michael Boskin on the Leading Economic Indicators, Durable Goods Orders and Shipments, Retail Sales, and Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization. There is also a substantial amount of unsolicited correspondence from constituents explaining their personal economic problems and offering solutions to the recession.

BE004-01 Cost of Living (.36 ft.; boxes 38-39)

A secondary subject category containing information on the cost of living adjustment (COLA) for federal and military retirees. There are also reports from Michael Boskin on the Consumer Price Index and the Producer Price Index.

BE004-02 Inflation (.13 ft.; box 39)

A secondary subject category containing Michael Boskin's reports on the Consumer Price Index and the Gross National Product.

BE004-03 National Income - Product Data (.20 ft.; box 40)

A secondary subject category containing preliminary estimates and revised estimates on the Gross National Product.

BE004-04 Recessions - Depressions (.20 ft.; boxes 40-41)

A secondary subject category containing information on Enterprise Zones and the farm economy. This category also contains unsolicited advice from Congress and constituents regarding taxes, jobs, and the poor state of the economy.

BE005 Patents - Inventions - Copyrights - Trademarks (.48 ft.; boxes 41-42)

A secondary subject category containing information on using the White House trademark, military inventions, energy inventions, international intellectual property rights, and patent law. This category also contains a substantial amount of proposed legislation regarding the revision of patent law.

BE006 Small Business (.66 ft.; boxes 42-45)

A secondary subject category containing information on federal regulation of small business, taxation of small business, federal help for minority business, small business development, and Defense Department procurement from small business. This category also contains the president's reports on the status of small business for the years of 1990 and 1991 and the president's small business initiative.

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