The Cashflow column in Tuesday's Federal Report incorrectly reported that the National Institute of Mental Health contracted with the Kaiser Foundation Research Institute of Oakland, Calif., to study the health effects of less hazardous cigarettes. The contract was from the National Cancer Institute.

At the GSA, Administrator Gerald P. Carmen took early steps to make sure his agency didn't violate the administration's directive to curtail year-end spending: He refused to allow spending in certain categories all year long.

Carmen froze all funds for consultants and the purchase of carpets, draperies and office equipment--categories that have in the past been favored for last-minute spending. Carmen also has reduced GSA travel, training and subscriptions by 50 percent and printing by 25 percent.

"We put the lid on internal spending, and we screwed it on tight -- and early," Carmen said. "And we watched it very carefully in the last quarter. . . . The GSA has set an example for the others to follow."

Part of Carmen's operation, the revitalized Federal Procurement Data System, will be helping OMB and GAO track spending through a system designed to pick up from 90 to 98 percent of government contracts totaling $10,000 or more. ***

THE AUTUMN HARVEST . . . Here's a quick look of some of the contract awards that were announced in the government's procurement digest, Commerce Business Daily, over the past two weeks:

* The National Institute of Mental Health gave $86,500 to the Kaiser Foundation Research Institute, Oakland, Calif., to "study the health effects of less hazardous cigarettes" . . . The National Park Service is contracting with the NUS Corp., Gaithersburg, to study the impact of pollutants on national monuments . . . The National Academy of Sciences is getting $225,580 from DOE to analyze health and ecological impacts of new energy sources . . . The Agriculture Department plans to contract with the Rosner/Runyon Laboratories, Chicago, to determine the vitamin content of lamb.

* HUD has given $233,670 to Systems Research and Engineering Inc., Cambridge, Mass., to figure out if President Reagan's new Community Development Block Grants are working . . . The Federal Highway Administration has given $80,144 to Kimley-Horn Associates Inc., West Palm Beach, Fla., to study how private funds can be used to improve highways . . . Consult Ltd., Chicago, will get $153,956 from the EPA to conduct a training program (subject unspecified) for the agency's high-level bureaucrats, while Justice is contracting for two week-long training seminars on how agency managers can solve problems and make decisions.

* Analytical Assessments Corp., Marina Del Rey, Calif., has received $127,259 from DOD to study Israeli perceptions of U.S.-Israeli strategic relations . . . The U.S. Geological Survey has given $199,622 to Stone & Webster Management Consultants, Houston, to determine if natural gas can be used as a fuel in Brazil's Parama River basin . . . The State Department wants to contract out a study on Japan's response to U.S. export restrictions . . . The Bureau of Mines wants to hold a five-day symposium on coal in Indonesia to acquaint industry and public officials with that nation's mining potential.

* The Bureau of Land Management has given $150,000 to Policy Planning & Evaluation Inc., McLean, to study alternative ways to transport oil and gas from wells drilled on the outer continental shelf . . . The U.S. Coast Guard has asked Hydronautics Inc., Laurel, to study the effects on navigation if the dimensions of the upper Mississippi River channel were reduced . . . NASA has given $165,792 to Princeton University to study the Earth's rotation . . . And the Army is spending "up to $250,000" to have a ski-hill snow-making system built for Fort McCoy, Wis.