DOE Bulletin Board

DOE Bulletin Board

ED Board is not directly on Internet but is accessible via the Fedworld BBS which is on Internet. See revised Fact Sheet below.

ED Board Fact Sheet

ED Board is the computer bulletin board at the Grants and Contracts Service of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) which broadcasts information about ED's grants and contracts. Most information on ED Board can be displayed or downloaded to your personal computer (PC).

--- Who can use ED Board?
Anyone with a PC and modem who is interested in information about contracts or grants at ED. There is no pre-registration and no charge for using ED Board except for the long distance phone charges.

--- About ED Board.
The ED Board is on-line 24 hours a day (except during system maintenance) and has four 14,400 bps modems with settings of 8 data bits, 1 stop bit, no parity. ED Board is only available by phone but Internet access is possible via the Fedworld BBS.

The bulletin board phone number is (202) 260-9950.

--- System parameters.
When you log on as new user, ED Board asks for your first name, last name, city/state, and a password. Then ED Board needs to know your system parameters to talk correctly with your PC, such as terminal type (or emulation) used by your communication software, whether you wish to pause or continuously scroll documents on the screen, how many lines to display before pausing. Your parameters should be explained in the manual for your communication software. Consult the manufacturer or vendor if you cannot find the information. You can always adjust ED Board's setting for you, by selecting "Change Terminal Settings/Miscellaneous" on the ED Board main menu, and then select "Change Terminal Settings". The two most common mistakes made by new ED Board users are to request no line feeds (usually they are needed) and to set the lines per display page to 80 (24 lines is usual).

--- Information available on ED Board.
Guide to Grant Programs -- Listing of the grant programs of the U.S. Department of Education, including program descriptions, eligibility requirements, and program office phone numbers.

Grant Combined Application Notice (CAN) -- Notice published annually in September in the Federal Register announcing application information for grant programs. This notice includes information on application availability dates and deadline dates for grant programs.

Database of Grant Program Announcements -- Database on announced grant programs which is searchable by program office, Federal Register publishing date, or current availability.

Application for the Education Solicitation Mailing List -- Application form and instructions to be included on the contract bidders list at the Department of Education.

Guide to Doing Business with the Department of Education -- General information about the contracting process at the Department of Education, including information on minority and set-aside programs.

Requests for Proposals -- As Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are announced in the Commerce Business Daily (CBD), the RFP announcements are included on ED Board.

Forecast of Contract Opportunities -- Listing of possible upcoming contracting opportunities at the Department. This is an informational listing, not a RFP announcement. When the Department decides to create a contract, a formal RFP announcement will be published in the CBD. For 8(a) or minority contracting opportunities, however, contact the Department's Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, (202) 708-9820.

--- Navigating in ED Board.
To move between menus or to select options (in most cases), press the letter enclosed in brackets next to the menu option you want. For example, press C to select " Contract Information" on the Main Menu to move from the Main Menu to the contract information sub-menu.

--- The Menu Structure.
When you log on, you will see the main menu listing the options available. The system organization is tailored to provide grant and contract information in a straight-forward manner. The organizational structure of ED Board is displayed below.

Main Menu:
 Sub-Menu:  Contract Information Sub-Menu
 - Currently Available RFPs
 - Guide to Doing Business with ED
 - Forecast of FY 1993 Contracting Opportunities
 Sub-Menu:  Grant Information
 - Grant Application Announcements (Database)
 - Grant Application Announcements (Text)
 - Combined Grant Application Notice (CAN)
 - Guide to Grant Programs (Guide)
 - Information to Request CAN or Guide by Mail
 Sub-Menu:  Change Terminal Settings/Miscellaneous
  - Change Terminal Settings
  - Change Password
  - Read Messages

--- Compressed files.
Some larger files on the ED Board are compressed to decrease the download transfer time. These files cannot be displayed on ED Board. They must be uncompressed or "unzipped") after downloading them to your PC. To do this use the pkunzip program. If you do not already have the pkunzip program, it can be downloaded from the "Change Terminal Settings/Miscellaneous" sub-menu. To unzip a file, put the pkunzip.exe file and the compressed program in the same directory and type "pkunzip" followed by the name of the file, for example "pkunzip". The unzip program is designed for use on IBM PC compatibles and therefore can not be used on Apple machines.

----- Tips to simplify your use of the ED Board.
o To abort the display of a file on the ED Board, press " C" or "S" at any time during the display.
o To abort during text entry, press .

------ Internet Access Via Fedworld BBS.
There is a round-about way to access ED Board through internet via the Fedworld BBS gateway to Federal BBSs. Fedworld's Internet address is telnet Go to the Federal gateway and ED Board is BBS #110. Fedworld will connect to ED Board via modem.

------ Other Information Sources at ED.
INet - ED/OERI Internet Node has some grant and contract information as well as information about OERI activities. (See further information on INet below.)

OERI BBS - BBS for sharing information and software among teachers. BBS number is 1-800-222-4922 and (non-toll-free) 202-219-1511.

For Comments, Suggestions, or Help on ED Board, Contact:

George Wagner or Terri Wood, U.S. Department of Education; 400 Maryland Ave., SW; ROB3 - Room 3616; Washington, DC 20202-4726; (202) 708-6775 (voice); Email: or

Below: Instructions for accessing the ED/OERI INet Gopher Server

U.S. Department of Education (ED)
Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI)
Institutional Communications Network (INet)

We provide public access only to our Gopher Server, not a Gopher Client. To access our Server, you must have one of the following options at your site:

1) You run a Gopher client locally

2) You run a Gopher server locally (which generally will have a gopher client attached to it)

3) Your site provides neither of the above, but you can Telnet places.

***** 1) ***** If you run a gopher client which enables you to use the command line, you can use the command: gopher

If your gopher client already points to a server somewhere, you will surely find a menu option called something like "Other gopher sites in the world" (or some equivalent name). From that option, search sites in North America, USA. We are not yet listed under Washington, DC, but we are listed under All Servers and General Servers as U.S. Department of Education/.

***** 2) ***** If your site runs a Gopher Server (and attached client), you should be able to do what was described under 1) above.

If you find our Gopher Server useful, you may want to ask your system administrator to add U.S. Department of Education ( to your Gopher Server as a more obvious and easily accessible menu item than just Other Gopher sites in the world. The administrator can set a pointer to us (or any other Gopher Server) from any level of your gopher server menu. This is for added convenience; the capabilities and information will be the same.

***** 3) ***** If you can only Telnet out, you must telnet to a site which provides public access to a Gopher Client. This should be your last resort because performance will not be as good; these public gopher sites get quite busy. Reprinted below is a section from the Gopher FAQ (frequently asked questions) which lists public access Gopher Clients. Please note that these sites may discontinue this service at any time. You may also want to experiment to see which provides the best performance; we suggest you use those in North America. To use one of the clients listed below, telnet to the site (domain name or IP address) and log on as indicated. From there, search for us under Other Gopher sites in the world as explained under 1) above.

Reprint from the Gopher FAQ list:
Q3: Where are there publicly available logins for Gopher?
A3: Here is a short list, use the site closest to you to minimize network lag.

Public Logins:
Hostname                     IP#         Login    Area
------------------------- -------------- ------  ------   gopher  N.America   gopher  N.America  panda   N.America        gopher  N.America   gopher  Europe   info    Australia  gopher  Sweden      gopher  S. America           gopher  Ecuador      gopher  Japan

It is recommended that you run the client software instead of logging into the public login sites. A client uses the custom features of the local machine (mouse, scroll bars, etc.) and gives faster response.

If you have further questions about the above, please check first with your local system administrator. If questions remain, contact us at one of the following addresses:

Telephone: (202) 219-1547
Fax: (202) 219-1817

Snail Mail:
INet Gopher Administrator
U.S. Department of Education
Office of Educational Research and Improvement/EIRD
555 New Jersey Ave. N.W., Room 214
Washington, D.C. 20208-5725

Below: Instructions for accessing ED/OERI's INet

U.S. Department of Education (ED)
Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI)
Institutional Communications Network (INet)
Public Databases and Services Latest Developments as of March 15, 1994

Individuals with access to the Internet can tap a rich collection of education related information at the Department's public Gopher/FTP/World Wide Web site, including:

o--announcements of new publications and data sets

o--press releases

o--funding opportunities

o--event calendars

o--general information about the Department

o--searchable ED staff directory

o--descriptions of ED programs

o-- directories of effective programs

o--directory of education-related information centers

o--research findings and syntheses

o--full-text publications for teachers, parents, and researchers

o--statistical tables, charts, and data sets

o--pointers to all public Internet resources at R&D Centers, Regional Laboratories, ERIC Clearinghouses, and

other ED-funded institutions

The Department's Internet site is currently maintained by the Office of Educational Research and Improvement on its Institutional Communications Network (INet) and focuses on research, improvement, and statistical information. Information about other ED programs and offices is so far limited. Watch for a Department-wide Internet system in late 1994.

The Gopher and FTP services have been available since fall 1993, and the World Wide Web Server was open for public access starting March 15, 1994 and is still under construction. While a much broader collection is available under Gopher and FTP, the WWW server currently contains:

o--Information about the Department's mission, organization, and key staff

o--A Teacher's Guide to the U.S. Department of Education, with links to network-available resources and documents

o--A Researcher's Guide to the U.S. Department of Education

o--ED Press Releases, with an experimental full-text search capability

o--The full-hypertext of ED publications, including: - Publications for Parents (the "Helping Your Child" series)

- OERI Bulletin - Programs and Plans of the National Center for Education Statistics - Youth Indicators 1993 - National Excellence: A Case for Developing America's Talent o--Links to the ED/OERI Gopher Server and to other ED-supported network resources

OERI will continue to focus its resources on making as much information as possible available through the ED/OERI Gopher server, in order to permit access by as many educators as possible. As we do not have the resources to put every document in hypertext format, we will use the Web for those publications which benefit most from hypertext presentation, and we will maintain meaningful links to relevant sections of our Gopher server.

The ED/OERI WWW server can be accessed by pointing your WWW client software to our universal resource locator (URL):

The ED/OERI Gopher server can be accessed by pointing your Gopher client software to: or select North America-->USA-->General-->U.S. Department of Education from All/Other Gophers in the World.

FTP users can access the information (same material available on Gopher server) by ftping to:

Please note that we do not offer public access Gopher or WWW clients. You cannot access our server by telneting to our site. You must either have an appropriate Gopher or WWW client, such as NCSA Mosaic or Lynx, at your site or be able to telnet to a public access client elsewhere.

If you have any suggestions or questions about the contents of the Gopher, FTP and WWW servers, please contact us at one of the following addresses:


Telephone: (202) 219-1547
Fax:  (202) 219-1817
Snail Mail:
INet Project Manager
U.S. Department of Education
Office of Educational Research and Improvement/EIRD
555 New Jersey Ave., N.W., Room 214
Washington, D.C. 20208-5725

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This is a message was received from George Wagner at the Department of Education. The original inquiry was regarding the ED Board's Internet accessibility. This information is for general distribution.

Date: Mon, 3 Oct 1994 12:34:59 -0400
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Subject: DOE Bulletin Board

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar
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