The Asheville Federal Building, once known as the Grove Arcade Building, is home to the Environmental Data Service, a division of the Environmental Science Services Administration, or ESSA, which is itself a division of the United States Department of Commerce. The Environmental Data Service, or EDS, provides answers to environmental questions submitted by individuals or groups. The EDS also issues publications dealing with climatology in an effort to reduce their work load by anticipating some of the questions that may be asked throughout the year. A staff of approximately 600 people uses several computers, data punch cards, microfilm and magnetic tape, and millions of sheets of typed, printed, and handwritten information to answer submitted questions. The sheets of handwritten information alone are filed on ten miles of shelving.