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Federal CD-ROM Titles--What Are Available and How They Were Priced

IMTEC-93-34FS: Published: Jun 30, 1993. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 1993.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the methods used to establish federal compact disc-read only memory (CD-ROM) prices.

GAO found that: (1) federal agencies use a variety of methods to price their CD-ROM titles; (2) most federal CD-ROM titles are sold by the agency that collects the original data or by agencies that produce and disseminate titles for the originating agencies; (3) most of the agencies' pricing methods include some common factors such as disc replication and shipping and handling; (4) CD-ROM prices vary dramatically governmentwide; and (5) 52 percent of the titles reviewed were priced at $50 or less.

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