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SearchMil.com
SearchMil.com is a search engine indexing United States military web sites.

USA.gov
USA.gov is the official United States federal government web portal, connecting the public to United States government information and services.
---USAgov's search engine searches 180,000,000+ federal and state government web pages.
After initial search results, Advanced Search allows for keyword and phrase searching
---Connects to U.S. government info by topic, to federal government agencies and departments, and to info of interest to specific audiences (citizens, business, government employees, seniors, military ... )

MetaLib GPO
MetaLib simultaneously searches more than 50 U.S. federal government databases and retrieves reports, articles, citations, and online resources.

Indexes and Guides

Frequently Used Sites Related to U.S. Federal Government Information, GODORT
Guide lists and links to web sites with federal government information:
(1) by level of government (executive, legislative, judicial branches; U.S. agencies; state and local governments; international organizations)
(2) by subject category (business, education, crime, natural resources, etc.)

USA.gov
USA.gov is the official United States federal government web portal, connecting the public to United States government information and services.
---USAgov's search engine searches 180,000,000+ federal and state government web pages.
After initial search results, Advanced Search allows for keyword and phrase searching
---Connects to U.S. government info by topic, to federal government agencies and departments, and to info of interest to specific audiences (citizens, business, government employees, seniors, military ... )

Government Information INFOMINE
Search and browse annotated and indexed United States federal government and California government web sites. Some international government organization, foreign government, and other state government web sites are included.

Where to Find Military Information
Links to sources of information about the United States armed forces. Links are grouped in these categories:
-- Rank, Awards, Insignia, Medals, Seals, Coins 
-- Images & Art
-- Equipment
-- History & Leadership
-- Music

Agencies and Officials

U.S. Federal Agency Directory, from Louisiana State University
Connect to United States federal government agency, department, commission, board, etc. web home pages. Websites are listed by these categories: executive, judicial, legislative, independent, quasi-official agencies, and other.

Federal Government Telephone Directories
Connect to the telephone directories of the U.S. Congress and of U.S. federal government departments and agencies. Some directories also list addresses and e-mail addresses; some directories are searchable.
Also, directory of federal toll-free numbers.

Who's Who in the Federal Government
Lists of:
---Cabinet members
---Congressional leadership
---Congressional committee chairs
---Administrators of selected federal agencies
---U.S. Ambassadors
Includes links to biographical information about each listed official.

Federal Government Departments and Agencies : USA.gov
Connect to the home pages of United States federal government agencies, departments, commissions, boards, etc. Choose agencies from an alphabetical list or from executive, legislative, and judicial branch lists.

United States Government Manual : FDsys
Official U.S. federal government handbook with descriptions of and information about the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of the federal government. Also includes information on quasi-official agencies, international organizations in which the United States participates, and boards, commissions and committees. A typical agency description includes a list of principal officials, a summary statement of the agency's purpose and role in the Federal Government, and a brief history of the agency.
Browse: Select United States Government Manual from browse collections page
Search: Select Advanced Search, then search United States Government Manual
Coverage: 1995/96 to present

Contact Your Government : USA.gov
Contact information for:
---U.S. federal government programs, departments, and agencies
---U.S. President, Senators, and Representatives
Contact Links by Agency section includes for each department and agency:
---central phone number(s), toll free phone numbers
---main Website and e-mail address
---directory of any state or local offices (address, phone, e-mail)

Congress and Legislation

Thomas : Legislative Information on the Internet
Thomas presents United States federal government legislation, legislative information, and information about Congress.

Thomas allows word searching and full text retrieval of:
---Congressional bills from the 101st to the present Congress
---Congressional Record from the 101st to the present Congress
Other legislative bill information includes:
---Bill summary and status from 93rd to the present Congress
---Lists of Public laws by law number and by bill number from 93rd to the present Congress
---Lists of vetoed legislation from 93rd to the present Congress
---House and Senate roll call votes from 101st Congress, 2nd session (1990) to present
---Chart showing status of appropriations bills

Congress information includes:
---Senate and House directories
---Floor schedules
---Links to House and Senate websites
---Links to House committees' and Senate committees' websites
---House and Senate committee reports from the 104th to the present Congress

Also available are:
---Searchable database of Presidential Nominations, 100th to the present Congress
---Treaty status, 90th to present Congress
---Links to Legislative Branch Internet resources
---Reference materials such as How Our Laws Are Made, a description of the legislative process in the U.S. Congress

U.S. House of Representatives
The U.S. House of Representatives web site offers information about the House and about Congressmen. You'll find:
---House calendars, weekly floor schedules, and committee schedules
---Text of bills, status of bills, text of amendments, status of amendments, committee descriptions, committee votes, text of committee reports, summary of floor proceedings, house votes, and word search of Congressional Record (Legislative Process Section)
---Connections to web pages of Congressmen, House committees, House leadership, and House organizations and commissions
---Directories of the members of the House of Representatives, House committees, and House leadership
---House Rules Manual and House Ethics Manual (Operations section)
---U.S. Code
---Texts of How Our Laws Are Made, the Declaration of Independence, and selected constitutional documents (Educational Links section)
---Thomas, which has searchable text of House bills and information on status of bills
---A map of the D.C. metro, a map of Capitol Hill, information about tours of the capitol, and tourist information for D.C.

Legislative Branch Resources on GPO Access
The Government Printing Office offers official Congressional and other legislative branch publications and searchable databases of Congressional publications. Includes: Congressional bills, debates, reports and documents, calendars, rules and procedures; U.S. public laws; Government Accountability Office reports and decisions; Independent Counsel investigations; and more.

U.S. Senate
The United States Senate website presents information in these categories:
Senators
---Find senators by state, name, or party; then connect to individual senators' websites, or send an e-mail message to the senator.
---Lists of and information about Senator leadership, Senate officers, and Senate committees
Committees
---Connect to Committee websites
---Membership lists of committees; Committee assignments of individual senators
---List of committee meetings and hearings scheduled
---information about the committee system
Legislation and Records
---Bills, nominations, roll call votes, treaties for current Congress
---Appropriations (status of bills, subcommittees, appropriations process)
---Floor schedule, legislative calendar, executive calendar
---Legislative process information, Senate rules
---Lobbying disclosure act guidance
---Active legislation by subject
History
---Chronology of the Senate
---Biographical directory of members of Congress from 1774 to present
---Facts about the Senate, historical information
---Oral history interviews with former Senators and Senate staff
Art
---Information about paintings, sculpture, prints, and political cartoons maintained by the Senate. Images of some art works are available.
Visitors Center
---Information on Capital tours, Senate and House offices, Washington D.C. sights, etc.
Reference
---Information about the Senate by topic
---How to find information from and about the Senate
---Glossary of legislative terms
---Constitution and other important documents

ProQuest Congressional
Congressional offers U.S. federal government legislative and regulatory information and full-text publications.

Congressional information and publications include:
(1) Searchable index and abstracts of Congressional publications (begins in 1970).
(2) Searchable full text of Congressional bills, Congressional Record, and Congressional Committee reports, documents, prints and testimony (beginning dates of coverage vary)
(3) CIS (Congressional Information Service) legislative histories
(4) Bill tracking
(5) Searchable House and Senate rules
(6) Congressional committee rosters and schedules

Law and regulations include:
(1) Bills, bill tracking, legislative histories, public laws
(2) Searchable United States Code
(3) Federal regulations in searchable and full text Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations

Information about members of Congress includes biographical information, bills sponsored, voting records, floor statements, campaign finances and contributions, and financial disclosures.

Also available are:
(1) Articles from Roll Call, Hill, and Washington Post, Section A (Inside Washington section)
(2) Description of legislative process (Help section)
(3) Glossary of legislative terms (Help section)
(4) Hot bills and topics in Congress



Fee resource accessible at UCR Libraries.

U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk
The Office of the Clerk presents information about the U.S. House of Representatives and for Representatives.

Member/Committee Information contains:
---lists, descriptions, room numbers, phone numbers, and web page links of House committees and subcommittees
---lists of Representatives with committee assignments, room numbers, phone numbers, and web page links
---mailing label files for representatives and house committees
---texts of House Rules and How Laws Are Made

Historical Information presents
---searchable Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 - Present
---biographies of Speakers of the House and women in Congress
---list of Congress session dates
---list of majority and minority leaders (1899 to present)
---list of political divisions (party affiliations) from 1855 to present
---list of the house clerks and the house chaplains
---list of Congressional Gold Medal recipients
---list of foreign leaders and dignitaries who have addressed Congress
---description and images of the Old Hall of the House (Statuary Hall) and House Chamber

In addition there are:
--- Election results for federal elections 1920 to most recent
--- Roll Call Votes for 1990 to present
---information about obtaining House bills and other documents
---information about public disclosure documents
---information for committees and representatives on archiving of records

Congressional Directory : FDsys
Official directory of the U.S. Congress. Has:
---brief biographies, committee assignments, and addresses/phone numbers of each Congressman
---info about and lists of Congressional committees, federal departments and agencies
Search: Select Advanced Search, then search Congressional Directory ....
Browse: Select Congressional Directory from browse collections page
Coverage: 105th Congress (1997-98) to present

Laws, Regulations, and Courts

GENERAL

Guide to Law Online : United States Federal
U.S. Law Library of Congress guide to the most useful and reliable sources of United States law materials available free of charge on the web. Includes links to:
(1) United States federal law
---Constitution
---Executive (regulations, executive orders)
---Judiciary (about federal courts, federal court decisions, federal court rules, etc.)
---Legislative (legislative process, Congressional bills and publications)
---Law (codes, statutes, public laws)
(2) Legal Guides on specific law topics (U.S. legal system, U.S. criminal justice system, Indians of North America, and more)

Westlaw : Campus Research
United States federal and state case law, statutory and regulatory materials. Legal periodicals. Legal encyclopedias. Fulltext.
Fee database accessible at UCR Libraries.

LexisNexis Academic : Legal
United States federal and state case law; United States federal and state codes and regulations; law review articles.
Fee database accessible at UCR Libraries.

LII : Legal Information Institute
Legal information organized by topic and source from Cornell Law School.
Includes:
---Wex legal dictionary/encyclopedia with info by legal topic
---U.S. annotated constitution, U.S. federal code and regulations, U.S. Supreme Court opinions (1991 to present; and 600+ historic decisions), recent federal court opinions
---State constitutions, codes, regulations, and recent court opinions (as available on the free web)


CONSTITUTION

CRS Annotated Constitution : LII
Analysis and judicial interpretation of each article and each amendment to the Constitution. Searchable.
Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute's presentation of the Congressional Research Service's Annotated Constitution : Analysis and Interpretation.

Guide to Law Online : United States Constitution
Law Library of Congress guide to web resources on the United States Constitution. Includes links to: Constitution text and commentaries; historical texts (Articles of Confederation, Federalist Papers, etc.); and, legal topic guides.

Constitution of the United States of America : Analysis and Interpretation (from GPO's FDsys)
Analysis and judicial interpretation of each article and each amendment to the Constitution.
FDSys has PDF texts of 2012 edition, 2013 edition, 2002 edition (plus 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010 supplements) and 1992 edition (plus 1996, 1998, and 2000 supplements)
Constitution of the United States: Analysis and Interpretation is prepared by the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress.

Westlaw : Campus Research : U.S. Constitution Annotated
United States Constitution annotated with links to court decisions, commentaries, law review articles, etc.
Fee database accessible at UCR Libraries.

LexisNexis Academic : U.S. Legal : U.S. Constitution Service
United States Constitution annotated with links to court decisions, commentaries, law review articles, etc.
From US Legal Section select: Federal Statutes, Codes, and Regulations to find searchable, browsable U.S.Constitution.
Fee database accessible at UCR Libraries.


LAWS
U.S. Code

United States Code : U.S. House of Representatives Office of the Law Revision Counsel
The United States Code is a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States in effect as of a specified date.
You may:
---(1) Search for full-text from the United States Code by word.
---(2) Browse the most recent version of the United States Code.
Click on Download to browse.
---(3) Access the United States Code Classification Tables
"These tables show where recently enacted laws will appear in the United States Code and which sections of the Code have been amended by those laws."
---(4)Search or browse the United States Code Table of Acts Cited by Popular Name.
Prior versions of the U.S. Code (beginning with 1991) may be downloaded.

United States Code : LII Legal Information Institute, Cornell University Law School
You may access the United States Code in four ways:
---(1) full text (choose title, then chapter, then ...)
---(2) by popular name of an act
---(3) by citation (e.g. 22 USC 1501)
---(4) by word search
This version of the U.S. Code is "generated from the most recent version made available by the US House of Representatives."

Westlaw : Campus Research
United States federal and state case law, statutory and regulatory materials. Legal periodicals. Legal encyclopedias. Fulltext.
Fee database accessible at UCR Libraries.

United States Code : FDsys
The United States Code is the codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States.
Search: Select Advanced Search, then search United States Code
Retrieve text by U.S. Code citation: Select Retrieve by Citation, then choose U.S. Code
Browse: Select United States Code from browse collections page
Coverage: Annual from 1994 to most recent available


LAWS
U.S. Statutes at Large

U.S. Statutes at Large : from American Memory
First eighteen volumes of the United States Statutes at Large with laws of the first forty-three Congresses, 1789-1875.

U.S. Statutes at Large : University of Cincinnati
Full-text (online facsimiles) of the United States Statutes at Large for 1st to 69th Congresses, 1789-1927.

U.S. Statutes at Large : LLMC
Full-text (online facsimiles) of the United States Statutes at Large.
Need volume and page number (U.S. statutes citation (example: 122 STAT. 4213) to locate text to view.
Coverage: v. 1 (1789; 1st Congress) - v. 122 (2008; 110th Congress).
Fee database accessible at UCR Libraries.



REGULATIONS

RegInfo : Where to Find Federal Regulation Information
Connect to U.S. federal government regulation, regulatory review, and rulemaking information. Includes links to:
---Unified Agenda and Regulatory Plan
---Executive Order 12866 Regulatory Review
---Information Collection Review
---Public Comment on Federal Rulemaking
---Federal Register
---Code of Federal Regulations
---RegMap

Code of Federal Regulations : FDsys
Code of Federal Regulations is the annual codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the U.S. federal government.
Search: Select Advanced Search, then search Code of Federal Regulations by CFR citation, full-text, author ....
Browse: Select Code of Federal Regulations from browse collections page
Coverage: Annual CFR from 1996 to present

Federal Register : FDsys
The Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of United States federal government agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.
Search: Select Advanced Search, then search Federal Register by FR citation, CFR citation, full-text, agency ....
Browse: Select Federal Register from browse collections page
Coverage: 1994 to present


UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT

U.S. Supreme Court Decisions : LII (Legal Information Insititute)
Full-text of all United States Supreme Court opinions issued from May 1990 to the present. Select opinions by topic, author, or name of party.
Texts of 600+ historic Supreme Court opinions issued prior to 1990. Select opinions by topic, author, or name of party.
Current U.S. Supreme Court term decisions, orders, calendars.
U.S. Supreme Court rules

U.S. Supreme Court Opinions : FindLaw
Select (by year, by U.S. Reports citation, by party name, or by word in text) full text of U.S. Supreme Court decisions from 1893 to present. May need to register to view fulltext for older decisions.

U.S. Supreme Court
The official web site of the Supreme Court of the United States offers:
---information about the Supreme Court and Supreme Court justices (biographies of current justices; list of all justices from 1789 to present)
---Court Schedule, Calendar, Argument Calendar, and Hearing Lists for current Supreme Court term
---Granted/Noted Cases List for the current Supreme Court term
--- Rules of the Supreme Court
---Bar admissions form and instructions
---Case handling guides
---Slip opinions from the current Supreme Court term (or from previous term until preliminary print is published)
---Oral arguments transcripts (beginning with October 2000 term)
---Visitor guides, press releases, media advisories

Selected Historic Decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court
Texts of 631 historic U.S. Supreme Court decisions may be viewed. Select decision to view by topic, by party name, or by opinion author.
In Archive of Decisions section, select "historic" by topic, author, party.

U.S. Supreme Court : FindLaw
FindLaw offers U.S. Supreme Court:
--- opinions from 1893 to present (register to view fulltext of older opinions)
--- briefs from 1999-2000 term to present
---orders from October 1998-1999 term to present
---dockets for the current term
---index of cases by topic for 2000 to 2006 terms
---and more


COURTS

Court Links : U.S. Courts
Connect to the websites of federal courts. Courts include courts of appeal, district courts, bankruptcy courts, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Court of International Trade , and U.S. Tax Court. Individual court websites often include full-text of recent opinions.

Westlaw : Campus Research
United States federal and state case law, statutory and regulatory materials. Legal periodicals. Legal encyclopedias. Fulltext.
Fee database accessible at UCR Libraries.

LexisNexis Academic : Legal
United States federal and state case law; United States federal and state codes and regulations; law review articles.
Fee database accessible at UCR Libraries.

Google Scholar : Case Law
Select "case law" option to search for citations to and full texts of United States court opinions. Includes full-texts of U.S. Supreme Court opinions, federal appellate court opinions (1924- ), federal district court and state supreme court opinions (1950- ).

Elections and Campaign Finance

ELECTIONS

Voting and Registration Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau
U.S. Census Bureau statistical tables and reports on voting (levels of voting and registration, the characteristics of citizens who reported either registering or voting in the election, voting age population, etc.) in biennial November elections in the United States.
Coverage: Reports and data from 1964 to present.

U.S. Federal Election Commission
The Federal Election Commission offers information about federal elections: elections administration; voter registration and turnout; elections results; and presidential and congressional campaign financing.

The Campaign Finance Reports and Data section of the FEC website has financial disclosure reports from House, Senate, and Presidential campaigns from 1993 to present and summaries of campaign receipts and disbursements.

The Elections and Voting section has information on voter registration and turnout, 2000 presidential election results, 1996/1998/2000 Congressional election results, and administration of U.S. elections.

The Campaign Finance Law Resources section has:
---campaign finance guides for Congressional candidates, campaign committees, political party committees, corporations, labor organizations, and nonconnected committees
---legal documents (FEC regulations, legislative recommendations, advisory opinions)
--- The Record (the FEC newsletter), FEC annual reports, brochures)
---a summary of state campaign finance laws

In addition, the FEC website has:
---registration and reporting forms and filing information
---information about the FEC and FEC services
---FEC news releases

Electoral College
From the National Archives and Records Administration, information on the Electoral College. Included are:
---2000, 2004, and 2008 presidential election popular vote totals and electoral votes by state. Electors names are listed.
---Box scores for electoral college votes from 1789 to 2004
---List of states, numbers of votes assigned in Electoral College, electoral college votes cast by state : 1788 to 2008
---Provisions of the United States Constitution and the United States Code relating to presidential elections
---FAQs on Electoral College, links to educational materials

Election Statistics, U.S. Congress
The Clerk of the U.S. House Representatives posts, for elections from 1920 to most recent available, the official vote counts for presidential electors, U.S. senators, and U.S. representatives.

Politics1
News and info about United States national, state and local politics.
Includes;
---Current political news, opinion poll reports, links to political blogs
---Presidency 2012 (thumbnail sketches of likely candidates plus links to likely candidates' home pages, campaign pages, etc.)
---Political parties (connections to web pages of major and minor national parties)
---State/Federal candidates (for each state there are links to: home pages and campaign pages of incumbents and candidates of statewide elective offices and of Congress; state political parties; state election offices; state and local news sources)

Federal Elections Commission : Elections Results
The Elections and Voting section of the FEC website has statistical data and information on federal (presidential and Congressional) elections and on voter turnout. Included are:
---2002 and 2000 Election election cycle information
(primary dates, primary election results, general election results)
---1996, 1998, 2000 Congressional and Presidential primary and general elections information
(total votes cast; votes cast by party; official results)
---Voter registration and turnout statistics
(U.S. and state totals for 1960 to 2000; U.S. by age, race, ethnicity, and gender for 1972 to 1998)
---Federal election system constitutional and statutory provisions
---Reports on the impact of the National Voter Registration Act on federal elections
---Brief information about the Electoral College
---Information on state administration of federal elections
(Administrative structure of state election offices; voting systems)
---Voter registration and voting procedure FAQs
(National voter registration forms, state voter registraton requirements and deadlines)


CAMPAIGN FINANCE

FECInfo
FECInfo is a non-partisan web page which provides access to up-to-date FEC data about contributions to federal election campaigns. Data include:
---Summary of campaign finances for congressional and presidential campaigns
---Listings of contributions to specific campaigns as reported to the FEC. Listings are names of individuals and PACs along with amounts contributed. You may also get lists of contributors by zip code.
---Lists of contributions made by individual Political Action Committees
---Lists of PACs by total contributions
---Lists of contributions by individual contributors
---Lists of contributions by zip code
Data for congressional campaigns go back to 1980 election. Data for presidential campaigns go back to 1992 election.

Center for Responsive Politics : OpenSecrets.org : The Online Source for Money in Politics Data
The Center for Responsive Politics offers reports and databases on campaign funds and campaign contributions for federal elections.

Searchable databases list campaign contributions by political action committees, by lobbyists, and by individual donors (for donations over $200). Data on campaign funds and expenditures for individual Congressmen and Senators are also presented.

Reports and information on soft dollar donations, campaign finance reform, and effect of money on Congressional elections and on politics, contributions and more are offered along with Center press releases and the issues of Capital Eye, the Center newsletter.

The news section presents information about campaign contributions related to special issues (guns and gun control, managed care, tobacco, banking deregulation, etc.).

Soft Money Laundromat, Common Cause
Common Cause's "Soft Money Laundromat is a searchable database of special interest soft money contributions to the Democratic and Republican national party committees." Search the soft money database by donor name, by location of donor, and by industry.

The Soft Money Laundromat web site also offers reports on soft money: top donors, "who gives it, who gets it and what it all means for our democracy."

Federal Election Commission : Campaign Finance Reports and Data
The Campaign Finance Reports and Data section of the FEC website has:
--- financial disclosure reports filed by House, Senate and Presidential campaigns, political parties and PACs from 1993 to the present
---tables and graphs showing summaries of receipts and disbursements of most recent presidential and congressional campaigns (not all campaigns are listed), fund-raising by political parties, and PAC contributions to campaigns
--- contributions to campaigns for recent Congressional campaigns
--- searchable Campaign Finance Disclosure Database for 1999 to present
Search for contributions made by individuals or by committees. Search for contributions received by specific campaigns. Find summary information by candidate or committee.
---PACRONYMS, an alphabetical list of acronyms, abbreviations, initials, and common names of federal political action committees
---a graph showing number of PACs each year from 1977 to present

Budget and Public Finance

U.S. Office of Management and Budget
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) helps the President in overseeing the preparation of the federal budget and supervising its administration in executive branch agencies. It also evaluates the effectiveness of agency programs, policies, and procedures and sets funding priorities.

The OMB web pages offer:
---current Budget documents
---federal management, procurement, and financial management policies and guidance
---Legislative Information---congressional testimony of OMB officials; statements of administration policy (SAPs) on legislation scheduled for House or Floor action;Pay-As-You-Go reports;Appropriations 7-Day After reports
---Office of Information and Reglatory Affairs documents on information collection, information policy, information technology, statistical policy, and regulatory policy. Note particularly: Statistical Programs of the United States Government and Information Collection Budget of the United States Government
---Information for agencies---circulars, memoranda, bulletins, privacy guidance, grants management, reports, etc.
---information about the OMB

Consolidated Federal Funds Report
The U.S. Census Bureau provides statistical data on expenditures of the U.S. federal government.

The Consolidated Federal Funds Report lists federal government expenditures or obligations in broad categories and by selected program. Expenditures or obligations dollar amounts are given for the United States as a whole, for each state, and for each county. Data begin with 1994.

The Federal Assistance Awards Data System (FAADS) is a quarterly compilation of financial assistance award transactions obtained from, and submitted by, the Federal government agencies under the requirements of Title 31, Section 6102(a) U.S.C. Amounts of money awarded to states in the form of grants, direct loans, insured or guaranteed loans, and other are listed.

U.S. Congressional Budget Office
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) provides the Congress with objective, timely, nonpartisan analyses needed for economic and budget decisions and with the information and estimates required for the Congressional budget process. CBO analyses focus on the budgetary and economic aspects of U.S. federal government programs, policies, and operations. The CBO web site offers:
---CBO studies and reports (Select topics for list by broad subject. Use search box to locate a study or report by keyword / narrower topic.)
---cost estimates for bills
---federal budget projections
---economic projections
---current status of discretionary appropriations
---monthly budget review, historical budget

Financial Reports and the Financial Condition of the Federal Government
The Financial Management Service of the U.S. Department of the Treasury posts recent reports on the financial condition of the U.S. federal government. Among these titles are:

  • Daily Treasury Statement
  • Financial Report of the United States Government
  • Monthly Treasury Statement
  • Status Report of U.S. Treasury-Owned Gold
  • Treasury Bulletin
  • Treasury Managed Accounts
  • Combined Statement of Receipts, Outlays, and Balances
  • Taxes and Taxation

    U.S. Internal Revenue Service
    All sorts of information for the taxpayer. Includes:
    ---Tax forms and publications
    ---Tax tips and Answers are given to commonly asked tax questions
    ---Info about tax refunds, e-filing, etc.
    ---Separate web site sections specifically for individuals, businesses, tax professionals, and charities and non-profits.

    Tax Forms and Publications, U.S. Internal Revenue Service
    IRS tax forms, tax instructions, and tax publications may be printed, viewed, or downloaded.

    California Offices, U.S. Internal Revenue Service
    IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers in California are listed with office addresses, telephone numbers, days/hours open, and services available.
    Taxpayer Advocate Service (within California) phone numbers are listed.

    Cumulative List of Organizations : Exempt Organizations : U.S. Internal Revenue Service
    An online searchable version of IRS Publication 78, Cumulative List of Organizations, "is intended to assist you in learning if an organization is exempt from federal taxation and, if so, determining how much of your contributions to that organization are tax deductible."
    Over 10,000 charitable organizations are listed.

    Internal Revenue Bulletins
    "The Internal Revenue Bulletin (IRB) is the authoritative instrument for announcing official rulings and procedures of the IRS and for publishing Treasury Decisions, Executive Orders, Tax Conventions, legislation, court decisions, and other items of general interest."
    Coverage: 1996 to date

    Statistics

    State and County Quick Facts, U.S. Census Bureau
    QuickFacts has statistical profiles for the United States, each U.S. state and county, and every city and town with more than 25,000 people.
    From profile for individual state, county, or town, you may click on browse data sets to get to additional state, county, and/or city statistical data or estimates. Also to quick tables for Congressional districts.

    Statistical Abstract of the United States
    The Statistical Abstract of the United States web site presents statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States.
    Annual volumes of Statistical Abstract of the United States are available in PDF from 1878 to present.
    Most recent editions include data in spreadsheet format
    Historical Statistics presents selected time series data in PDF and in spreadsheet format
    Most current state rankings (in population, health, education, employment, income, homeownership, crime, energy consumption, business, federal funds, motor vehicle deaths, etc.)
    Links to key U.S. federal agency statistical reports and state and county statistical profiles
    Links to and/or listings of statistical abstracts for individual states.

    FedStats
    More than 100 agencies of the United States federal government produce statistics of interest to the public. FedStats provides easy access to the full range of publicly available statistics produced by these agencies.
    Fedstats:
    (1)---Connects to statistics by subject; use the A to Z index
    (2)---Connects to major federal government statistical compendia
    (3)---Allows you to search for statistics by keyword
    (4)---Connects to statistics-producing agencies by agency name and by broad subject category
    (5)---Connects to Data Access Tools
    ("Many text and numeric databases are available from Federal agencies for policy analysis and general research. Web-based tools allow you to use your browser to view predefined reports and generate your own tables with data obtained through searches and queries of summary and microdata files.")
    (6)---Offers statistical profiles for each United States state, county, congressional district, and federal judicial district (MapStats)
    (7)---Presents publications on statistical programs and statistical policies of the U.S. federal government

    American FactFinder
    U.S. Census Bureau data access system with U.S. population, housing, and economic census data.
    Find quick facts, view detailed tables, build customized data tables and view geographic and thematic maps.
    Includes data from:
    ---2000 and 2010 Census of Population and Housing
    ---American Community Survey, 2005-
    ---2002 and 2007 Economic Censuses
    ---Annual Population Estimates, most recent
    ---Annual economic surveys, recent

    Federal Government Statistics : Frequently Used Sites Related to U.S. Federal Government Information, GODORT
    Guide connects to U.S. federal government statistical info on the web.
    Lists federal statistical sources (general sites, federal agency sites, statistical publications, indicators) for general topics and by subject.

    Public Contracts

    U.S. Federal Supply Service
    The Federal Supply Service (FSS) procures almost $6 billion worth of goods and services every year for U.S. Government agencies throughout the world. The FSS home page describes the supply and service schedules, stock programs, special orders, consolidated purchases, and other contracting programs through which FSS purchases goods and services.

    SBA's Office of Government Contracting
    The mission of SBA's Office of Government Contracting is to advocate, facilitate and create an environment for the maximum practicable participation by small businesses, in contracts awarded by the U.S. government. The office offers:
    --directories of contacts useful to small business contractors (lists of procurement center representatives, commerical market representatives, certificate of compentency representatives, business information centers, small business development centers);
    ---the Subontracting Opportunities Directory with lists of U.S. government prime contractors by state;
    --information on U.S. federal government natural resources sales and leases;
    --a form to report contract bundling problems; and,
    --a list of non-manufacturer rule class waivers.

    FedBizOpps : Federal Business Opportunities
    "FedBizOpps.gov is the single government point-of-entry (GPE) for Federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000." It contains data previously available in the paper publication Commerce Business Daily and at the website CBDNet. FedBizOpps is a searchable listing of U.S. Government procurement invitations and contract awards.

    Public Policy

    U.S. Congressional Budget Office
    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) provides the Congress with objective, timely, nonpartisan analyses needed for economic and budget decisions and with the information and estimates required for the Congressional budget process. CBO analyses focus on the budgetary and economic aspects of U.S. federal government programs, policies, and operations. The CBO web site offers:
    ---CBO studies and reports (Select topics for list by broad subject. Use search box to locate a study or report by keyword / narrower topic.)
    ---cost estimates for bills
    ---federal budget projections
    ---economic projections
    ---current status of discretionary appropriations
    ---monthly budget review, historical budget

    Congressional Research Service Reports : hosted by University of North Texas Libraries
    The University of North Texas Libraries presents full-texts of Congressional Research Service Reports (those reports that are publicly available online).
    Scroll down to browse reports by broad subject; or select by full-text, title, or subject search.
    The Congressional Research Service (of the Library of Congress) writes analyses of public policy issues, especially of legislative proposals, for use by Congressmen. CRS does not provide its reports directly to the public.

    Open CRS : Congressional Research Service Reports for the People
    Open CRS gives citizens access to full-text CRS Reports already in the public domain by linking to 14,000+ reports in web collections.
    Search for CRS reports by word or phrase.
    The Congressional Research Service (of the Library of Congress) writes analyses of public policy issues, especially of legislative proposals, for use by Congressmen. CRS does not provide its reports directly to the public.

    U.S. Government Accountability Office (formerly U.S. General Accounting Office) Reports and Testimony
    Full-text of GAO testimony to Congress and GAO reports on audits, surveys, investigations, and evaluations of Federal government programs.
    ---Browse by date, broad topic category, or federal agency.
    ---Search for GAO reports by keyword, title, report number, subject, or federal organization.
    Coverage: 1971 to present (complete); 1922-1970 (incomplete)

    News--Federal Government and Politics

    CNN Politics
    CNN headline news about U.S. politics and elections.
    Includes recent articles from Time magazine, political cartoons, political opinion columns ...

    Politics1
    News and info about United States national, state and local politics.
    Includes;
    ---Current political news, opinion poll reports, links to political blogs
    ---Presidency 2012 (thumbnail sketches of likely candidates plus links to likely candidates' home pages, campaign pages, etc.)
    ---Political parties (connections to web pages of major and minor national parties)
    ---State/Federal candidates (for each state there are links to: home pages and campaign pages of incumbents and candidates of statewide elective offices and of Congress; state political parties; state election offices; state and local news sources)

    Frequently Requested Information
    FAQs : Info about Federal Government

    Answers.USA.gov : FAQ Knowledge Base, E-mail, Web Chat
    Anwers to questions about federal government information, services, programs, benefits, agencies, etc. You may:
    (1) Search FAQs files for the answer to your question
    (2) E-mail your question
    (3) Ask your question live through Web Chat

    Consumer Information and Complaints

    Publications.USA.gov (Federal Citizen Information Center)
    The Federal Citizen Information Center (formerly Federal Consumer Information Center) provides consumer information and information about federal government services.
    ---View, order, download U.S. government consumer publications. Select publications by topic : Animals, Cars, Computers, Consumer help, Education, Employment, Family, Federal Programs, Food and Nutrition, Going Green, Health, History, Housing, Money, Small Business, Travel, Miscellaneous
    ---Connect to the Consumer Action Handbook
    ---View or order the Consumer Information Center Catalog
    ---Connect to the National Contact Center web pages to find frequently requested information about federal programs, benefits, and services as well as telephone, e-mail, or address contacts
    --- Resources in languages other than English

    Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information : FTC ConsumerLine
    Brochures and information for the consumer. These alert the consumer to scams, rip-offs, and consumer fraud schemes or give information on consumer issues. Categories include:
    --automobiles
    --computers and the Internet
    --credit and loans
    --diet, health, and fitness
    --education, scholarships, and job placement
    --energy and the environment
    --ID theft, privacy and security
    --investments and business opportunities
    --shopping for products and services
    --scholarship and employment services
    --telemarketing and telephone services
    You may file a consumer complaint online with FTC.

    Healthfinder
    Healthfinder is a major web source for consumer health information. A gateway consumer health information web service of the U.S. federal government, Healthfinder connects you to health information from the federal government, state and local agencies, not for profit organizations, and universities. Information on many, many health topics is offered through links to other web sites with health information, connections to support and self-help groups, health databases, and selected online health publications.

    Consumer Resources : Federal Citizen Information Center
    Consumer books, pamphlets, tips, and other resources from U.S. federal government agencies. Grouped by subject category: cars, computers, education, employment, family, federal programs, food, health, housing, money, small business, travel, consumer help, recalls, scams/frauds, and more.

    Federal Government Student Financial Aid

    Funding Education Beyond High School : The Guide to Federal Student Aid
    Describes federal student aid programs (grants, loans, work-study...) and tells how to apply for the programs. Available in English-language and Spanish-language versions.

    Federal Student Aid : from the U.S. Department of Education
    Student Aid web site from the U.S. Department of Education.
    Includes info and web tools for: college savings, financial aid, scholarships; college applications and preparation; career choices; and student loan repayment.
    Connects to FAFSA.(Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

    Federal Government Forms

    Forms from the Feds
    Forms from the Feds connects to downloadable forms from U.S. federal government agencies. Forms are those most asked for by the public.

    Forms : Search.USA.gov
    Connects you to the most used online federal government forms.
    Allows search for federal government forms posted on federal government websites.There are direct links to forms and a Form Search function.

    Identity Theft

    ID Theft
    U.S. Federal Trade Commission's website with "detailed information to help you deter, detect, and defend against identity theft." Sections for consumers, businesses, law enforcement, military, and media. Website includes:
    ---Tips on minimizing your risk
    ---List of steps to take if you're a victim of identity theft
    ---Electronic complaint form
    ---Information on identity theft scams, cases, and investigations
    ---State-by-state statistics on identity theft
    ---Texts of federal laws and state laws on identity theft/fraud
    ---Federal government reports and testimony before Congress on identity theft/fraud
    Spanish language materials are available on the web site.

    Federal Government Jobs

    USA Jobs
    Search for notices of job openings throughout the U.S. federal government. Notices are added daily. Includes information on how to apply for federal jobs, information on federal government salaries and benefits, application forms, and resume builder.

    Government Jobs : USA.gov
    Links to military, federal government, and state government job postings along with information on government jobs.

    Passports and Visas

    Travel, U.S. Department of State
    The U.S. State Department's travel page with:
    ---international travel information for U.S. citizens (country entry requirements, safety, embassy services, etc.)
    ---passport information for U.S. citizens
    ---visa information for those entering the U.S.
    ---information on judicial assistance , consular notification, marriage and divorce abroad, citizenship issues, .etc.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Traveler Information
    The U.S. Customs Service presents information on customs rules, procedures, and regulations useful to those traveling to the United States and to those returning to the United States from travel abroad. Included are:
    ---Know Before You Go, with rules for bringing items back from a trip abroad
    ---general information on duties and duty exemptions
    ---information on restricted and prohibited merchandise
    ---information on bringing medications and drugs into the United States
    ---ID and entry requirements for foreign nationals
    ---list of average wait times at customs for major U.S. airports
    ---current wait times for passsenger vehicles and commercial vehicles at northern and southern ports of entry

    Foreign Entry Requirements
    Each country description includes entry and exit requirements (passports, visas, vaccinations, currency, etc.) for U.S. citizens.

    Where to Apply for a U.S. Passport Nationwide
    Search by zip code or city name to find a location that accepts passport applications.

    Sales and Auctions

    Government Sales and Auctions : USA.gov
    USA.gov connects to sales and auctions offered by of federal government, state government, and local government agencies. There are:
    ---listings for sales and auctions of real estate, cars, securities, loans, supplies and equipment, surplus property
    ---connections to sales of publications, software, gifts, coins, postage stamps, etc

    Tax Forms and Assistance

    Tax Forms and Publications, U.S. Internal Revenue Service
    IRS tax forms, tax instructions, and tax publications may be printed, viewed, or downloaded.

    California Offices, U.S. Internal Revenue Service
    IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers in California are listed with office addresses, telephone numbers, days/hours open, and services available.
    Taxpayer Advocate Service (within California) phone numbers are listed.

    Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly : California
    Search by zip code, city, or county for California locations of VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) and TCE (Tax Counseling for the Elderly) state and federal tax return preparation help.
    VITA and TCE volunteers provide free assistance in completing simple federal and state personal tax returns for California residents with low to moderate income (VITA) or who are over the age of 60 (TCE).

    E-File : Free File
    --Use Free File tax software for tax preparation and e-filing (you may qualify to use if your adjusted gross income is $57,000 or less). OR
    --E-file with Free File Fillable Forms (fill in the tax forms and file them online without tax software; you choose, self-prepare, and e-file your return; no income limitations) OR
    --E-file with commercial tax software OR
    --E-file through a paid tax preparer

    Your Federal Income Tax (for Individuals)
    Most recent year's guide for individuals filing federal income tax returns.
    About 300 pages.

    Tax Information for Individuals : U.S. Internal Revenue Service
    Information for the individual taxpayer. Includes:
    ---Tax forms and publications
    ---Tax topics, help, and answers to commonly asked tax questions
    ---Interactive and online tax tools

    Telemarketing Do Not Call Registry

    National Do Not Call Registry
    Place your home phone number on the telemarketing do not call list by registering online or by phone.
    Also, Federal Trade Commission information for consumers and for telemarketers about the national do not call registry.

    Unclaimed Property

    Unclaimed Money from the Government : USA.gov
    "Check out these links to see if you have assets waiting for you from failed banks, credit unions, pension funds, mortgage refunds, tax refunds or unclaimed property."

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