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Amount Spent for Translation Considering the various methods used to secure translations, it is not surprising that federal agencies have paid many different prices for translationprices ranging from $9 to $66 per 1,000 words. (It is not altogether unheard of for a translation purchaser to pay a translator who does exceptionally good work for more words than he actually translates.) At its first meeting, the Committee decided that it would be useful to have a fairly reliable estimate of the amount of money the government was spending for translation. Although the figures collected by the Committee constitute only an estimateand a rough estimate, at thatwe feel that it is the best estimate of the govern- mentts translation expenditures made up to this time. Amounts spent by government agencies for translations done by: $ Millions JPRS Fiscal Year 1964 1.3 Commercial Agencies Fiscal Year 1964 (Est. by H. R. 3.6 Select Committee) PL 480 Fiscal Year 1965 1.5 NSF Domestic Fiscal Year 1965 1.1 In-House Fiscal Year 1963 5.3 FTD MT 1 March- 2 October 1964 0.27 Total 13. 07 It is clear from the above figures that translation in the govern- ment is a very small field of activity when compared with most undertakings in which the government supports research and development. Bernard Bierman, a New York translation agency owner and a director of the American Translators Association has estimated that the commercial translation agencies in the United States do about $7.5 million worth of business each year. When this figure is added to the $13 million spent by the government, the sum is 9

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about $20 million. To this should be added perhaps $2 million for the amount spent for nongovernment in-house translators. Thus the estimate of the amount of money spent on translation would be raised to approximately $22 million. ~0