Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS)
"Established in 1849, the Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota's past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state's stories and connects people with history."

Check out the Minnesota History Quarterly magazine, much of which is full-text online. Browse through the exhibits, many of which have an online counterpart. Search the Collections and discover fascinating stuff.
government_resources  State  Minnesota  MNHS  history  fun  museum 
july 2013
Virtual Exhibitions at the Smithsonians
Fascinating exhibitions on all sorts of topics from the National Museum.
government_resources  Federal  united_states  Smithsonian  fun  exhibits  museum 
july 2013
Data Visualizations at Census.gov
"The Census Bureau is working to increase our use of visualization in making data available to the public, and this gallery is an early part of that effort. The first posted visualizations will pertain largely to historical population data, building on prior work done to portray historical changes in the growth and redistribution of the U.S. population. For later visualizations, the topics will expand beyond decennial census data to include the full breadth of Census Bureau data sets and subject areas, from household and family dynamics, to migration and geographic mobility, to economic indicators." There are some fascinating ways of seeing interesting data.
government_resources  Federal  united_states  Census  statistics  visualizations  fun 
july 2013
United States Government Films at The Internet Archive
"United States government films, including footage of Congressional proceedings, training films, etc. Includes collections: Fedflix, Metavid, and Report to the Congress: Congressional Hearings Online."
government_resources  Federal  State  united_states  video  fun  Internet_Archive 
july 2013
National Endowment for the Arts
"The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector."

Check out the podcasts, webcasts, and publications for interesting information on the arts.
government_resources  Federal  united_states  NEA  fun  arts  humanities 
july 2013
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
"Search America's historic newspapers pages, or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present."
government_resources  Federal  united_states  newspapers  fun  history 
july 2013
Explore National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) Funded Projects
"Explore the humanities online with this collection of websites, apps, and digital projects supported by NEH grants."
government_resources  Federal  united_states  NEH  humanities  fun  literature  arts  music 
july 2013
Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic
"CDC has a fun way of teaching about emergency preparedness. Our graphic novel, "Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic" demonstrates the importance of being prepared in an entertaining way that people of all ages will enjoy. Readers follow Todd, Julie, and their dog Max as a strange new disease begins spreading, turning ordinary people into zombies. Stick around to the end for a surprising twist that will drive home the importance of being prepared for any emergency. Included in the novel is a Preparedness Checklist so that readers can get their family, workplace, or school ready before disaster strikes. Click on the image below to view the novella. A transcript can be found by clicking on the “accessible text” PDF. You can also download the novella on Google books hereExternal Web Site Icon or download a printable pdf versions here."
government_resources  Federal  united_states  CDC  emergency_preparedness  zombies  fun 
july 2013
Discover History at the National Park Service (NPS)
"Stories of America’s diverse places and people are everywhere. Our stories are found across the landscapes of our nation, in more than 400 national parks, in National Heritage Areas, along historic trails and waterways, and in every neighborhood.

"The National Park Service invites you to discover American history in all its diversity, from ancient archeological places to the homes of poets and Presidents to the sobering stories of Civil War soldiers and civilians to the legacy of a courageous woman who refused to give up her seat on a bus. Our history is part of who we were, who we are, and who we will be."
government_resources  Federal  united_states  NPS  history  historic_preservation  archaeology  parks  fun 
july 2013
Beyond Earth: Expanding Human Presence into the Solar System
Information on what's going on in space exploration now and in the near future.
government_resources  Federal  united_states  NASA  space_exploration 
july 2013
Human Spaceflight Missions
Sections on future as well as past missions to put humans in space. The past missions are documented with video, audio, and interviews, discussing the significance and achievements of each mission.
government_resources  Federal  united_states  NASA  NASA_history  human_space_flight  space_exploration  fun 
july 2013
Human Space Flight from NASA's History Division
All sorts of primary source documentation from the various Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Shuttle, and space station missions, including flight journals, images, diagrams, chronologies, and transcripts.
government_resources  Federal  united_states  NASA  space_exploration  human_space_flight  NASA_history 
july 2013
Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
"Assists Veterans in securing state and federal benefits, and provides programs and services relating to higher education, benefits, burial, claims, outreach and Veterans preference. MDVA also operates five Veterans Homes throughout the state, providing a continuum of long-term care for its Residents, with a strong emphasis on remembering and recognizing the service and sacrifices of all Veterans."
government_resources  State  Minnesota  veterans  benefits  veterans_services 
july 2013
CareerOneStop: Veteran's Reemployment
Helps veterans obtain civilian employment. Includes the Military to Civilian Occupation Translator tool, specialty programs thathelp connect veterans to careers in specific industries, access to state job banks and other employment sites, and information on unemployment insurance. Sponsored by the Department of Labor.
government_resources  Federal  united_states  DOL  veterans  employment  veterans_services 
july 2013
VetSuccess - Veteran Employment
"Comprehensive one-stop site for Veteran and Servicemember employment needs. Veterans can browse job listings, post resumes, and apply for positions directly on the site. Employers can post jobs, view Veteran resumes, and receive job applications." From the Veterans Administration.
government_resources  Federal  united_states  VA  veterans  employment  veterans_services 
july 2013
USAJOBS - Veterans
Federal employment website specifically for veterans. From the Federal Office of Personnel Management.
government_resources  Federal  united_states  veterans  employment  OPM  military  veterans_services 
july 2013
Feds Hire Vets
"The one-stop resource for Federal veteran employment information." Includes information on preferences, how the Federal hiring system works, and contacts in various government departments. From the Federal Office of Personnel Management.
government_resources  Federal  united_states  veterans  employment  military  OPM  veterans_services 
july 2013
Veterans Benefits Administration
Find information on veteran's benefits, and help getting access to them. From the Veterans Administration.
government_resources  Federal  united_states  VA  veterans  benefits  military  veterans_services 
july 2013
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
"The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) was established in 1958 to prevent strategic surprise from negatively impacting U.S. national security and create strategic surprise for U.S. adversaries by maintaining the technological superiority of the U.S. military.

"To fulfill its mission, the Agency relies on diverse performers to apply multi-disciplinary approaches to both advance knowledge through basic research and create innovative technologies that address current practical problems through applied research. DARPA’s scientific investigations span the gamut from laboratory efforts to the creation of full-scale technology demonstrations in the fields of biology, medicine, computer science, chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, material sciences, social sciences, neurosciences and more. As the DoD’s primary innovation engine, DARPA undertakes projects that are finite in duration but that create lasting revolutionary change."

Responsible for (among other things):
The Internet
The Computer Mouse
Polymer Composites
Unmanned Undersea Vehicle
Handheld Ultrasound
government_resources  Federal  united_states  military  science  technology 
july 2013
Veterans' Service Records at the National Archives
The National Archives landing page for Veterans' Service Records. Includes how to replace lost medals and awards and WWII photos.
government_resources  Federal  united_states  NARA  military_history  veterans  war  combat  medals 
july 2013
POW/MIA Databases & Documents
Databases and Documents about servicemen who were or might be POWs in Vietnam or the Soviet Union/Russian Federation.
government_resources  international  united_states  Soviet_Union  Russian_Federation  Vietnam  military_history  casualty_lists  war  combat  databases  veterans 
july 2013
The Virtual Wall: Vietnam Veterans Memorial
"The Virtual Wall is the name of this web site. The Virtual Wall has memorial pages honoring the 58,272 women and men who are named on "The Wall", the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, USA; those military persons who gave the "ultimate sacrifice" for their country.

"On The Virtual Wall, visitors may leave tributes, letters, poems, photos, and other memorials to someone named on The Wall for other visitors to view. The goal is to provide an environment like The Wall itself, with the dignity and respect those named on The Wall have earned.

"Each name on the index pages of The Virtual Wall leads to a memorial for that person, a memorial written by someone who had a personal connection to the man or woman being remembered."
government_resources  Federal  united_states  Vietnam_War  military_history  casualty_lists  war  combat  veterans 
july 2013
Access to Archival Databases at The National Archives
Full-text databases on all sorts of interesting historical topics, including casualty, enlistment, and POW lists, international relations, government spending, and photographs.
government_resources  Federal  united_states  NARA  military_history  casualty_lists  war  combat  internationa_relations  multimedia  history  databases  Portal  veterans  fun 
july 2013
American Battle Monuments Commission War Dead
The links on the left lead to databases with limited records of war dead and missing. These include the Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Corozal American Cemetery (which includes civilians who died while building the Panama Canal, and the Vietnam War Missing.
government_resources  Federal  united_states  military_history  casualty_lists  war  combat  veterans 
july 2013
American War and Military Operations Casualties: Lists and Statistics
Congressional Research Service report from February 26, 2010

"This report is written in response to numerous requests for war casualty statistics and lists of war dead. It provides tables, compiled by sources at the Department of Defense (DOD), indicating the number of casualties among American military personnel serving in principal wars and combat actions.

"Wars covered include the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, and the Persian Gulf War. Military operations covered include the Iranian Hostage Rescue Mission, Lebanon Peacekeeping, Urgent Fury in Grenada, Just Cause in Panama, Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Restore Hope in Somalia, Uphold Democracy in Haiti, and the ongoing
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).

"For the more recent conflicts, starting with the Korean War, more detailed information on types of casualties, and, when available, demographics have been included. This report also cites sources
of published lists of military personnel killed in principal wars and combat actions."
government_resources  Federal  united_states  war  combat  casualty_lists  statistics  military_history  veterans 
july 2013
Full Pearl Harbor Casualty List
"...A list of all of all those who perished as a result of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941."
government_resources  Federal  united_states  military_history  Pearl_Harbor  casualty_lists  war  combat  veterans 
july 2013
Civl War Soldiers and Sailors Database
"The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS) is a database containing information about the men who served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. Other information on the site includes histories of Union and Confederate regiments, links to descriptions of significant battles, and selected lists of prisoner-of-war records and cemetery records, which will be amended over time. The CWSS is a cooperative effort between the National Park Service [NPS] and several public and private partners whose goal is to increase Americans' understanding of this decisive era in American history by making information about it widely accessible."
government_resources  Federal  united_states  NPS  civil_war  military_history  databases  casualty_lists  war  combat  veterans 
july 2013
League of Women Voters, Minnesota
Information about voter registration, elections, the legislature, as well as information about the League, its activities and publications.
State  Minnesota  voting  elections  Nonprofits 
july 2013
League of Women Voters, St. Paul
Links to local voting and election information for Saint Paul and Ramsey County.
City  St_Paul  voting  elections  Nonprofits 
july 2013
"LawHelpMN.org provides answers to legal questions, contact information for legal aid offices, links to courthouses and local community organizations, and legal forms."
government_resources  Minnesota  state  law  legal_information  legal_representation  legal_self_help  pro_se 
july 2013
"We provide legal information, lawyer profiles and a community to help you make the best legal decisions." From Thompson Reuters
government_resources  legal_information  lawyers  pro_se  legal_self_help 
july 2013
Find information on members of Congress and committees, search for or track legislation, laws, and treaties, read the Congressional Record, learn about the legislative process. From the Congress and Library of Congress.
government_resources  federal  united_states  LoC  Congress  bills  laws  congressional_documents  treaties  congressional_record  committee_documents  Representatives  Senators 
july 2013
On average, nearly 300 federal agencies and departments issue nearly 8,000 regulations per year.

On this site you can:
Search for a regulation such as a proposed rule, final rule or Federal Register (FR) notice
Submit a comment on a regulation or on another comment
Submit an application, petition or adjudication document
Sign up for e-mail alerts about a specific regulation
Quickly access regulations that are popular, newly posted or closing soon-directly from the homepage
Subscribe to RSS feeds by agency of newly posted FR notices

From the Office of E-Government & Information Technology (E-GOV), part of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
government_resources  federal  united_states  e-gov  OMB  federal_register  regulations 
july 2013
U.S. Government Manual (1995 - Current)
As the official handbook of the Federal Government, the U.S. Government Manual provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies; international organizations in which the U.S. participates; and boards, commissions, and committees. The Manual begins with reprints of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

The Manual is published as a special edition of the Federal Register. Its focus is on programs and activities. Persons interested in detailed organizational structure, the regulatory documents of an agency, or Presidential documents should refer to the Federal Register or one of its other special editions.

This version is continuously updated as opposed to the annual Government Manual that is still released in print and electronically, which can be found here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=GOVMAN. It also provides bulk access to XML data through Data.gov and FDsys.gov.
government_resources  federal  united_states  NARA  Agencies  federal_register  directories 
october 2011
1909 Checklist of Government Documents
List of Government Documents and their SuDocs from 1789 to 1909. In two parts. The table of contents - Title Page, Preface, etc. - takes you to an unsearchable scan of the actual document. The Alphabetical and SuDocs Call Number Searches take you to a searchable index of the document, that has links that will take you to the applicable original pages.

This is the 3rd edition of the first real attempt at a methodical listing of Government Documents.

From Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.
government_resources  federal  united_states  checklist  Finding_aid 
october 2011
U. S. Congressional Serial Set Finding List
Can search by Agency, SuDoc, and Serial Set Number. Also links to additional resources.

"...cover[s] as many agency serials as possible (and several monographic series) published in the U. S. Congressional Serial Set from the 15th Congress through the first session of the 91st Congress."

From the College of Wooster Libraries.
federal  united_states  serial_set  index  government_resources 
october 2011
Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
This site provides learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and teachers. These resources will teach how our government works, the use of the primary source materials of GPO Access, and how one can use GPO Access to carry out their civic responsibilities. And, just as GPO Access provides locator services to U.S. Government sites, Ben's Guide provides a similar service to U.S. Government Web sites developed for kids.
government_resources  federal  united_states  children 
october 2011
State Agency Databases Across 50 States
"In every US State and the District of Columbia, agencies are creating databases of useful information - information on businesses, licensed professionals, plots of land, even dates of fish stocking. Some of this content is available on search engines, but much of it is part of the invisible web.

"Since July 2007, librarians and other government information specialists have been working on identifying and annotating these databases in one place. We've chased across fifty state web sites so you don't have to!"

From the American Library Association Government Documents Roundtable.
government_resources  state  databases 
june 2011
Minnesota OpenData
Links to a state websites containing data on various topics. Headings include:
Health & Human Services
Public Safety

A product of the Open Government Initiative. From the MN Office of Enterprise Technology.
government_resources  state  Minnesota  databases  census  education  environment  finance  health  safety  transportation 
june 2011
GovSpeak: A Guide to Government Acronyms & Abbreviations
"This guide lists acronyms and abbreviations commonly used by the United States federal government. Each acronym is defined and links to the home page (or best alternative) of the identified department, agency, office, program or publication.

"While Appendix A of the U.S. Government Manual provided the foundation of GovSpeak, this expanded list includes hundreds of acronyms not included in that publication; most have been discovered by manual reviews of department websites. Links are checked and updated monthly."
government_resources  federal  united_states  acronyms 
june 2011
U.S. Energy Information Administration
"EIA provides a wide range of information and data products covering energy production, stocks, demand, imports, exports, and prices; and prepares analyses and special reports on topics of current interest" for the United States, other countries, and the international scene.

From the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
government_resources  federal  international  united_states  DOE  energy  petroleum  coal  natural_gas  nuclear_energy  renewable_energy  oil 
may 2011
Energy Explained: Your Guide to Understanding Energy
Includes information and data on production, consumption, uses, history, etc. for many different energy sources using graphics and plain language. Click on Sources & Uses at the top of the page for more in depth information.

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)
government_resources  international  federal  united_states  EIA  petroleum  oil  solar  nuclear  coal  biomass  wind  electricity  hydrogen  energy 
may 2011
Data and Trend Analysis by Topic @ Met Council
"Find insight on recent data and regional trends including construction, economy, housing, population, transportation, and the Council’s annual opinion survey."
government_resources  metropolitan_area  city  county  Metropolitan_Council  demographics  housing  census  statistics  economics  population  transportation 
april 2011
Community Profiles @ Met Council
"Access maps and key information about the Twin Cities region or any city, county or township, including charts and data on population, employment, housing, land use and transportation."
government_resources  metropolitan_area  city  county  Twin_Cities  Metropolitan_Council  demographics  census  population  statistics  housing  economics  transportation 
april 2011
Metro Transit - Metropolitan Council Public Transit
"Metro Transit is the transportation resource for the Twin Cities, offering an integrated network of buses, light rail and commuter trains as well as resources for those who carpool, vanpool, walk or bike. It is working to add a light-rail link between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul as well as developing enhanced express bus service throughout the region.

"Metro Transit is one of the country's largest transit systems, providing roughly 90 percent of the 78 million bus trips taken annually in the Twin Cities. Each weekday customers board Metro Transit buses and trains an average of 250,000 times."

Includes trip planner, bus routes/schedules, detours & alerts, and rideshare.
government_resources  metropolitan_area  Twin_Cities  Metropolitan_Council  transit  buses 
april 2011
Central Corridor Light Rail Transit @ Met Council
"The Central Corridor LRT line will connect downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul along University and Washington avenues through the State Capitol complex, Midway area, and University of Minnesota."

Includes maps, alerts, information about the project, and reports & presentations.
government_resources  metropolitan_area  Twin_Cities  Metropolitan_Council  transit  light_rail 
april 2011
Metropolitan Airports Commission
The Metropolitan Airports Commission was created by state law in 1943. A public corporation, the commission was designed to provide for coordinated aviation services throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Today, the MAC operates the third largest aviation system in the nation, consisting of Minneapolis-St. Paul International and six reliever airports. A board of commissioners appointed by Minnesota's governor and the mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul sets and interprets the commission's policies. Those policies are implemented by the commission's executive director and staff.
government_resources  metropolitan_area  Twin_Cities  airports  aviation 
april 2011
Rivers, Streams, and Lakes Monitoring: Water Quality Monitoring in the Metropolitan Area
"Monitoring allows MCES to:
Measure compliance with state water quality standards and criteria
Meet National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements
Assess the operations of its wastewater treatment facilities
Determine the biological health of large river ecosystems
Obtain information on the sources and water quality impacts of nonpoint source pollutants
Document long-term trends and changes in water quality
Project future water quality conditions."

Includes links to the Citizen-Assisted Lake Monitoring Program (CAMP); Wastewater Treatment Plant Monitoring; a glossary; and annual Water Quality Summary Reports for various types of bodies of water.

From Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES).
government_resources  metropolitan_area  Twin_Cities  Metropolitan_Council  environment  water_quality  rivers  MCES  lakes  streams  wastewater 
april 2011
Regional Parks
"The regional parks system includes 51 regional parks and park reserves, 38 trails with 231 miles currently open to the public, and seven special recreation areas. There are more than 38 million visits to regional parks, trails and special recreation areas each year.

"Parks are operated by several partnering cities and counties. They work with the Metropolitan Council to acquire and develop parks and trails to protect natural resources and to provide outdoor recreation for public enjoyment.

"The Council works with these regional partners to develop regional park policies that protect the region's water quality, promote best management practices, and help integrate the park systems with housing, transportation and other regional priorities."

Includes maps, policies, use estimates, surveys and other reports, information on the Parks Commission and the Regional Parks Foundation of the Twin Cities.
government_resources  metropolitan_area  Twin_Cities  Metropolitan_Council  parks  fun 
april 2011
Land Use and Planning Resources Study
Recognizing that refining land-use patterns and expanding transportation options may help alleviate future air-pollution impacts, the 2009 Minnesota Legislature directed the Metropolitan Council to assess how land-use and transportation policies and strategies in the seven-county metropolitan area can: reduce air pollution; mitigate traffic congestion; and reduce costs for operating, maintaining or improving transportation infrastructure.
government_resources  metropolitan_area  Twin_Cities  Metropolitan_Council  land_use 
april 2011
Metropolitan Council Publications: Directory of all Council Publications
Topic areas include:
Wastewater & Water
About Council

Most documents are available online, you can order what isn't.
government_resources  metropolitan_area  Twin_Cities  Metropolitan_Council  archive 
april 2011
Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED) Data Center
Nothing tells a story like numbers. And here is where we let them do the talking.

You’ll find data and data tools that give you a comprehensive, nuts-and-bolts look at Minnesota’s economy and workforce.

Prepared by our Labor Market Information Office and our Analysis and Evaluation Office, we provide the latest and most detailed data available on employment, wages, job growth and more, as well as key economic comparisons between Minnesota and other states.

From the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).
government_resources  state  Minnesota  DEED  economics  labor  statistics  wages 
april 2011
Science Inventory (EPA)
The Science Inventory is a searchable database of EPA science activities and scientific and technical products conducted by EPA and through EPA-funded assistance agreements. Science Inventory records provide descriptions of the activity or product, contact information, and links to available printed material or Web sites.

The Science Inventory also contains the Peer Review Agenda, a compilation of planned and ongoing EPA science activities and products that meet the Office of Management and Budget's peer review requirements for "influential scientific information" or "highly influential scientific assessments."

From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
government_resources  federal  united_states  EPA  science  environment 
april 2011
Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW)
The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) tool tracks wages and employment by industry at the state, regional, county and municipal levels. QCEW data, which are available on a quarterly and annual basis, are a comprehensive and accurate source of employment and wage information and a key component in many economic research projects.

From the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (MNDEED).
government_resources  state  Minnesota  statistics  employment  wages  MNDEED 
march 2011
Minnesota State Budget
Includes the Operating Budget, Forecast, Legislative Advisory Commission, End of Legislative Session documents, Capital Budget and Related Documents, and Mandate Reports.

From Minnesota Management & Budget (MMB).
government_resources  state  Minnesota  MMB  budget 
february 2011
Federal Register Website
Official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. Updated daily by 6 a.m. and published Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

This is an unofficial prototype of an XML-based edition of the Federal Register. Documents are organized and displayed in an easier to read format; there are also various web tools and user aids designed to help people find material relevant to their interests. It was built to make it easier for citizens and communities to understand the regulatory process and to participate in Government decision-making.

You can now find the electronic public inspection desk at www.OFR.gov.

See the “Legal Status” page of this website for more information on the unofficial status of this XML prototype, and the process for granting it official legal status.

The Federal Register is also available in it’s traditional format on www.fdsys.gov.
government_resources  federal  united_states  federal_register 
february 2011
Federal Register (1994 - Current)
Official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. Updated daily by 6 a.m. and published Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

The Unified Agenda, appearing twice a year in the printed version, is a separate collection on FDsys.

Sections include:
Contents and Preliminary Pages
Rules and Regulations
Proposed Rules
Presidential Documents
Sunshine Act Meetings
Reader Aids
Corrections Section

Bulk data downloads of XML files are available to the public via Data.gov and FDsys. Information on the legal status, authenticity, and schema of the XML renditions are in the User Guide Document - Federal Register XML Rendition at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/bulkdata/FR/resources.

Search the Federal Register here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/advanced/advsearchpage.action

Unofficial prototype XML-based edition at www.federalregister.com
government_resources  federal  united_states  federal_register  FDsys 
february 2011
Statutes at Large (1951-2010)
Under the provisions of 1 U.S.C. 112, the printed edition of the Unted States Statutes at Large is legal evidence of the laws, concurrent resolutions, proclamations by the President, and proposed and ratified amendments to the Constitution. Until 1948, treaties and international agreements approved by the Senate were also included.

Every public and private law passed by Congress is published in the Statutes at Large in order of the date it was enacted into law, which corresponds to the Public Law number, and are cited by volume and page number.

Search the U.S. Statutes at Large here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/advanced/advsearchpage.action
government_resources  federal  united_states  laws  FDsys  statutes 
february 2011
U.S. Government Policy and Supporting Positions (Plum Book) (1996 - Current)
Lists over 7,000 Federal civil service positions in the legislative and executive branches that may be subject to noncompetitive appointment, nationwide. Data covers positions such as agency heads and their immediate subordinates, policy executives and advisors, and aides who report to these officials. The duties of many such positions may involve advocacy of Administration policies and programs and the incumbents usually have a close and confidential working relationship with the agency or other key officials.

For 22 years prior to President Eisenhower’s election, the Democrats controlled the government. When he took office in 1952, the Republicans requested a list of government positions that he could fill. The next edition of the Plum Book appeared in 1960 and has since been published every 4 years, just after the Presidential election.

Search the Plum Book as part of the Additional Government Publications collection: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/advanced/advsearchpage.action
government_resources  federal  united_states  civil_service  appointments  FDsys 
february 2011
United States Code (USC) (1994-Current)
The codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the U.S. It is divided by broad subjects into 50 titles and published by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel (OLRC) of the U.S. House of Representatives. The U.S. Code was first published in 1926. The next main edition was published in 1934, and subsequent main editions have been published every six years since 1934. In between editions, annual cumulative supplements are published in order to present the most current information.

FDsys contains virtual main editions of the U.S. Code, provided to GPO by the (OLRC). While every effort has been made to ensure that it is accurate, those using it for legal research should verify their results against the printed version of the U.S. Code available through the Government Printing Office.

Search the United States Code here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/advanced/advsearchpage.action
government_resources  federal  united_states  laws  FDsys 
february 2011
The Unified Agenda (1994 - Current)
Also known as the Semiannual Regulatory Agenda. Published in the spring and fall in the Federal Register as part of the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The law requires that agencies (excepting those of Congress) publish semiannual regulatory agendas describing regulatory actions they are developing or have recently completed. In the fall, the entire Regulatory Plan is also published in the Federal Register.

Beginning with the fall 2007 edition, agencies publish only those rules that are likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities and entries that have been selected for periodic review.

An edition containing additional regulatory information that does not appear in the Federal Register (and FDsys) version is available online through www.Reginfo.gov.

Search the Unified Agenda as part of the Additional Government Publications collection here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/advanced/advsearchpage.action
government_resources  federal  united_states  regulations  federal_register  FDsys 
february 2011
The Senate Manual (104th, 106th, 107th, 110th, 112th congresses)
The Senate Manual, prepared during the second session of each Congress by the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, contains the standing rules, orders, laws, and resolutions affecting the Senate, as well as copies of historical U.S. documents, such as Jefferson's Manual, Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, Constitution of the United States, et cetera. and selected statistical information on the Senate and other Government entities. It is generally issued each Congress as Senate Document 1.

FDsys contains the 104th, 106th, 107th, and 110th Senate Manuals. There are no records of the 105th, 108th, and 109th Senate Manuals, and Congress has made no known plans for their production.

Search the Senate Manual here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/advanced/advsearchpage.action
government_resources  federal  united_states  senate  congress  FDsys 
february 2011
Riddicks Senate procedures
Contains the contemporary precedents and practices of the Senate, plus suggested forms for various procedures. It’s updated periodically by the Senate Parliamentarian.

Named after Dr. Floyd M. Riddick, who served as Parliamentarian from 1964 to 1974, having been Assistant Parliamentarian since 1951. Riddick spent seven years on the first edition, a compilation of all Senate precedents since 1884, first published in 1958. It was last revised and updated in 1992 and published as Senate Document 101-28. It is considered the bible of Senate practice and procedure.

More than 1,000 precedents have been researched, analyzed, and incorporated into the 1958 edition. The 1992 edition contains all current precedents, and related Standing Rules and statutory provisions, through the end of the 101st Congress (1989-1990).

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government_resources  federal  united_states  senate  congress  FDsys 
february 2011
Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States (1991 - Current)
Currently, FDsys has the Public Papers for Presidents G. H.W. Bush, Clinton, and G. W. Bush, presented in chronological order, including:

• Addresses and remarks
• Appointments and nominations
• Bill signings and vetoes
• Communications to Congress and Federal Agencies
• Executive orders
• Interviews with the media
• Joint statements
• Letters and messages
• Meetings with foreign leaders and international officials
• Proclamations and Statements
• Resignations and retirements
• Nominations submitted to the Senate
• List of materials released by the Office of the Press Secretary (OPS) not full-text in the book
• Table of Presidential documents released by the OPS and published in the Federal Register

The dates in the headings are the dates of the documents or events.

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Find Public Papers for previous Presidents here: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/
government_resources  federal  united_states  presidency  FDsys 
february 2011
Public and Private Laws {Slip Laws} (1995 - Current)
This is the first official publication of laws between being passed and separated from their bills, and being incorporated in the Statutes at Large. They are "competent evidence," admissible in all state and Federal courts and tribunals of the United States (1 U.S.C. 113).

Most laws passed by Congress are public laws. They affect society as a whole. Their citations include the abbreviation Pub.L., the Congress number (e.g. 107), and the number of the law. For example: Pub.L. 107-006.

Private Laws affect an individual, family, or small group. They are enacted to assist citizens who have been injured by government programs or who are appealing an executive agency ruling such as deportation. Their citations include the abbreviation Pvt.L., the Congress number (e.g. 107), and the number of the law. For example: Pvt.L. 107-006.

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government_resources  federal  united_states  laws  FDsys 
february 2011
The Privacy Act Issuances (1995-2005) (2007 - Current)
The Office of the Federal Register biennially produces this, as directed by the Privacy Act of 1974. It consists of:

• Descriptions of systems of records maintained on individuals by Federal agencies and agency recordkeeping policies and practices as published in the Federal Register;
• Agency rules of procedure for individuals requesting information about their records, as codified in the Code of Federal Regulations; and
• For 2007 and later, computer matching program notices, as issued under the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988, Public Law 100-503.

Each compilation reflects information published in the Federal Register on or before December 31 of the publication year. For the most recent updates of records notices, refer to the daily Federal Register.

Find 1995-2005 here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=PAI

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government_resources  federal  united_states  federal_register  privacy 
february 2011
Precedents of the U.S. House of Representatives (1789 - Current)
The Precedents of the U.S. House of Representatives collection is actually a combination of three sequential documents: Hinds’ Precedents, Cannon’s Precedents and Deschlers’s Precedents, which cover from 1789 to the present. These documents contain selected rulings made by the Chair, and provide valuable coverage of the historical origins and evolution of House procedures. By law, the precedents must be updated every two years.

In Hinds and Cannon, which form a set, the precedents are numbered sequentially through the volumes. In Deschler, they "have been arranged in the approximate sequential order in which the subjects covered occur or arise in the House." Each chapter is subdivided into sections, which constitutes the document level on FDsys.

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government_resources  federal  united_states  congress  house_of_representatives  FDsys 
february 2011
List of CFR Sections Affected (1997 - Current)
The List of CFR Sections Affected (LSA) lists proposed, new, and amended Federal regulations that have been published in the Federal Register since the most recent revision date of a Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) title. It is published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration.

Each LSA issue is cumulative and contains the CFR part and section numbers, a description of its status (e.g., amended, confirmed, revised), and the Federal Register page number where the change(s) may be found. The LSA is issued monthly; however, on FDsys , the LSA can also be browsed by last 24 hours, latest week, latest month, and by a chosen date range under under “Browse CFR Parts Affected from the Federal Register.”

Search the List of CFR Sections Affected here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/advanced/advsearchpage.action
government_resources  federal  united_states  code_of_federal_regulations  federal_register  FDsys 
february 2011
Independent Counsel Investigations on FDsys
Independent Counsel Investigations contains select documents related to the Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan Association, Department of Agriculture, Department of Interior, and Clinton Impeachment.

Search Independent Counsel Investigations on FDsys here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/advanced/advsearchpage.action
government_resources  federal  united_states  independent_counsel  FDsys 
february 2011
House Rules and Manual (1995 - Current)
Formally entitled “Constitution, Jefferson's Manual, and Rules of the House of Representatives,” it contains the fundamental source material for parliamentary procedure used in the House of Representatives, including:

the Constitution of the United States;
applicable provisions of Jefferson's Manual;
rules of the House;
provisions of law and resolutions having the force of rules of the House; and
pertinent decisions of the Speakers and other presiding officers of the House and Committee of the Whole interpreting the rules and other procedural authority used in the House.

While published during the first session of each Congress, the Manual is usually authorized by House resolution at the end of the previous Congress. As such, the House document number reflects the Congress that authorized it although the cover page identifies the applicable Congress for the contents.

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february 2011
The House Practice: A Guide to the Rules, Precedents and Procedures of the House (1996 - Current)
Information on the rules and selected precedents governing the House procedure. It was designed to replace the Procedure in the U.S. House of Representatives. Periodic preparation by the House parliamentarian of condensed and amplified versions of House precedents is required by Public Law 91-510.

The latest edition reflects the modern practice of the House as of the 108th Congress by integrating the long-established norms of House procedure with the innovations made possible by technological advances and by reforms and disciplines introduced by laws, resolutions, and changes in the House rules adopted at the beginning of recent Congresses.

The House Rules and Manual and the published volumes of House precedents remain the primary sources for in-depth analysis and authoritative citations. As required by law, the House Practice is a concordance or quick reference guide to those works.

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government_resources  federal  united_states  congress  house_of_representatives  FDsys 
february 2011
History of Bills (1983 - Current)
The History of Bills lists legislative actions on bills that are reported in the Congressional Record, which has been published since 1874. In print it is part of the Congressional Record Index, the biweekly publication from the Joint Committee on Printing, but on FDsys it is a separate collection.

Each volume of the Congressional Record Index is cumulative from the beginning of each congressional session. The current year's collection is updated daily, usually the day after publication of the Congressional Record.

A typical entry includes a bill number, title, summary, names of sponsors and cosponsors, and a chronological list of actions on the bill. Each action references a Congressional Record page number and the date when the action was reported in the format "S5798 [9JN]" (page 5798 in the Senate section from the June 9 issue for that year).

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government_resources  federal  united_states  congress  bills  FDsys 
february 2011
Education Reports from ERIC (1995-2004)
Find reports on federally funded education research topics from the U.S. Department of Education's Educational Resources Information Center. Reports on FDsys begin with those received by GPO in October 2002. The documents received from the Educational Resources Information Center have dates that range from 1995 to 2004. Prior reports are available from select Federal depository libraries nationwide in microfiche. A larger selection of ERIC reports is available from the ERIC program web site. Files are available in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) only.

From the Department of Education and the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC).

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government_resources  federal  united_states  ERIC  education  education_dept  FDsys 
february 2011
Economic Report of the President (1995 - Current)
This is an annual report issued by the Executive Office of the President and the Council of Economic Advisers. It overviews the nation's economic progress using text and extensive data appendices, including:

Current and foreseeable trends and annual numerical goals concerning topics such as employment, production, real income and Federal budget outlays.
Employment objectives for significant groups of the labor force.
A program for carrying out program objectives.

It is transmitted to Congress no later than ten days after the submission of the Budget of the United States Government. Supplementary reports can be issued to the Congress which contain additional and/or revised recommendations.

From the Executive Office of the President and the Council of Economic Advisers (CoEA). Search the Economic Report of the President here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/advanced/advsearchpage.action
government_resources  federal  united_states  economy  executive_branch  CoEA  budget  FDsys 
february 2011
ScienceCinema: Multimedia from the Department of Energy (DOE)
The ScienceCinema site contains multimedia videos highlighting the U.S. Department of Energy's most exciting scientific research. The Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) is responsible for broadly disseminating and preserving the Department's scientific output. ScienceCinema contains videos produced by the DOE National Laboratories and other research institutions. Through a partnership with Microsoft Research, state-of-the-art audio indexing and speech recognition technology allows the user to search for specific words and phrases spoken by the presenter in these video files. Simply enter a term and the results list will point to the precise snippets of the video where the term was spoken.

From the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI).
government_resources  federal  united_states  DOE  OSTI  video  multimedia 
february 2011
FRASER - Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research
Empirical economic research depends on economic data, especially data published by governments. Such data presents 2 difficulties for researchers. First, certain government documents can be difficult to locate. Second, published figures frequently are revised by their issuers. FRASER® is designed to address both of these issues, and contains two kinds of documents.

DATA PUBLICATIONS from U. S. government agencies such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau, and others more specialized, like the Board of Governor’s Statistical Releases.

HISTORICAL PUBLICATIONS Archival material and special collections, including Monetary Policy Hearings, Statements of the Chairman of the Board of Governors, archival material from economic policymakers, source materials from Allan Meltzer’s A History of the Federal Reserve, Vol. 1, the papers from the Brookings Institute’s Committee on the History of the Federal Reserve, and the papers of William McChesney Martin, Jr.
government_resources  federal  united_states  federal_reserve_bank  statistics  economics  economic_indicators 
february 2011
Economic Indicators (April 1995 - current)
This monthly publication is prepared by the Council of Economic Advisers for the Joint Economic Committee (CEAJEC). It provides economic information on gross domestic product, income, employment, production, business activity, prices, money, credit, security markets, Federal finance, and international statistics.

Economic Indicators back to 1948 are made available through FRASER (http://fraser.stlouisfed.org/), the Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research. FRASER is provided through a partnership between GPO and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. FRASER is not an official version of Economic Indicators and GPO can not guarantee the authenticity or completeness of the data.

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government_resources  federal  united_states  congress  economics  CEAJEC  GDP  employment  prices  money  credit  economic_indicators  FDsys 
february 2011
Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation (1992 - current)
The Constitution of the United States comprises the primary law of the U.S. Federal Government. It also describes the three chief branches of the Federal Government and their jurisdictions. In addition, it lays out the basic rights of citizens of the United States. It is the oldest Federal constitution in existence, and is the landmark legal document of the United States. The Analysis and Interpretation analyzes Supreme Court cases relevant to the Constitution.

Editions and supplements are released on a need basis, and there is no set amount of time between publications. Until a new edition is published, cumulative supplements are printed as to update information. Each new supplement contains new information in addition to the information contained in the previous supplement.

From the The Congressional Research Service (CRS).

Search the Constitution of the United States of Amerca: Analysis and Interpretation here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/advanced/advsearchpage.action
government_resources  federal  united_states  constituiton  CRS  FDsys 
february 2011
Congressional Reports (1995 - Current)
Originate from congressional committees and deal with proposed legislation and issues under investigation. These, along with Congressional documents, are part of the Serial Set. There are 3 types of reports:

House and Senate Reports: Reports of congressional committees concerning proposed legislation and/or contain findings on matters under investigation.

Senate Executive Reports: Reports of the Committee on Foreign Relations relating to treaties between the United States and foreign nations which have been submitted to the U.S. Senate for ratification, or are reports of various Senate committees regarding nomination of individuals.

Conference Reports: A conference report is an agreement on legislation that is negotiated between the House and Senate via conference committees. It is printed and submitted to each chamber for its consideration, such as approval or disapproval.

Search Congressional Reports here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/advanced/advsearchpage.action
government_resources  federal  united_states  congress  congressional_reports  serial_set  FDsys 
february 2011
Congressional Record Index (1983 to current)
When Congress is in session, the Joint Committee on Printing publishes this biweekly. In print, it contains both the index proper and the History of Bills and Resolutions. The History of Bills and Resolutions is a separate collection in FDsys.

The index proper lists individuals, organizations, and topics mentioned in the Congressional Record. Members of Congress are listed alphabetically by last name in the Congressional Record Index. Also, users should include all forms of a person's first name, since Members of Congress may choose how they want their name to appear in the Congressional Record. For instance, in the 1991 Congressional Record Index , Bob Dole is listed as both“Dole, Bob” and “Dole, Robert”.

Each year of the Congressional Record Index can be searched individually, however, selecting the historical database searches all years except for the current year.

Search the Congressional Record Index here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/advanced/advsearchpage.action
government_resources  federal  united_states  congress  congressional_record  index  FDsys 
february 2011
U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office
"The Coast Guard Historian's Office is charged with collecting, preserving and promoting the institutional memory of the nation's oldest continuous-going sea service."
government_resources  federal  united_states  coast_guard  military_history 
february 2011
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