Tuesday, April 30, 2013

County Business Patterns: 2011

Find economic data by industry at the county level for each state and the United States as a whole. Coverage includes the years 1998-2011.
County Business Patterns: 2011

Inflation-Indexing Elements in Federal Entitlement Programs

"The current discussion of a potential change in the way the Social Security COLA is computed raises questions about indexing in other federal entitlement programs. The purpose of this report is to identify key indexing elements in major federal entitlement programs under current law and present the information in a summary table...'
Inflation_Indexing Elements in Federal Entitlement Programs

Terrorism, Miranda , and Related Matters

"The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides in part that “No person ... shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” In Miranda v. Arizona , the Supreme Court declared that statements of an accused, given during a custodial interrogation, could not be introduced in evidence in criminal proceedings against him, unless he were first advised of his rights and
waived them..."Terrorism, Miranda, and Related Matters

How and Why You Should Write a Social Media Will

Find tips on writing a social media will.
How and why we should write a social media will

Lifeline: Affordable Telephone Service for Income-Eligible Consumers

"Lifeline is a government benefit program that provides discounts on monthly telephone service for eligible low-income consumers to help ensure they have the opportunities and security that telephone service affords, including being able to connect to jobs, family, and 911 services.."
Lifeline: Affordable Telephone Service

Organic 101: Sound and Sensible Approach to Organic Certification

Find a discussion of organic principles and a listing of certified organic operations by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 
Organic 101: Sound and Sensible Approach to Organic Certification

Characteristics of Women Farm Operators and Their Farms

"The share of U.S. farms operated by women nearly tripled over the past three decades. Using Census of Agriculture data from 1978 through 2007, this report provides detailed information about women farmers and the types of farms they operate."
Characteristics of Women Farm Operators and Their Farms

Monday, April 29, 2013

Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities

Find the latest data on occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Occupational Injuries and Fatalities Data: 2011

Friday, April 26, 2013

Federal Websites For and About American Indians Federal Websites For and About American Indians

A compilation of federal websites for and about American Indians compiled by Steve Beleu,  Librarian, Oklahoma Department of Libraries.
Federal Websites for and About American Indians

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Mother's Day: May 12, 2013

Find information on the history of  Mother's Day
Mother's Day, May 12, 2013

Saturday, April 20, 2013

FTC 2011 Fraud Suvey

"The Federal Trade Commission today released a statistical survey of fraud in the United States during 2011, which showed that an estimated 25.6 million adults – 10.8 percent of the adult population – were fraud victims..."
FTC 2011 Fraud Survey

Earth Day, April 22, 2013

Find information on Earth Day, 2013 at the U.S. EPA's Earth Days web page.
Earth Day: 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Protect Your Memories, Protect Your Move

Find advise from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on protecting consumers preparing for an interstate move.
Protect Your Memories, Protect Your Move

Sensitive Covert Action Notifications: Oversight Options for Congress

 "This report describes the statutory provision authorizing Gang of Eight notifications, reviews the legislative history of the provision, and examines the impact of such notifications on congressional oversight..."
Sensitive Covert Action Notifications

National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee

A draft report on climate change from the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee.
National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee

Covert Action: Legislative Background and Possible Policy Questions

 An investigation of U.S. Defense Department activities as to where they constitute counterterrorism intelligence activities that would statutorily qualify as “covert actions,” and thus require a presidential finding and the notification of the congressional intelligence committee..."
Covert Action: Legslative Background and Possible Policy Questions

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Rental Housing Market Condition Measures: A Comparison of U.S. Metropolitan Areas From 2009 to 2011

A survey of the rental housing market in the 50 largest metropolitan areas.
Rental Housing Market...:2009-2011

Annual Energy Outlook: 2013

The U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA's) Annual Energy Outlook 2013 (AEO2012) provides projections for energy production, consumption, technology and market trends.
Annual Energy Outlook: 2013

Monday, April 15, 2013

Tobacco Control State Highlights 2012

Find information on states' efforts to combat smoking and associated health issues.
Tobacco Control State Highlights: 2012

Careers in the Field of Information Technology Services

View information on careers in Information Technology Services from a recent survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Careers in Information Technology Services

A Prolile of the Working Poor: 2011

Find the latest data on the working poor from a survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A Profile of the Working Poor

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Eight Tax-Time Errors to Avoid

 Tax errors from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service
Eight Tax-Time Errors to Avoid

Distraction.gov

Find information on the federal government's efforts to combat distracted driving.
Distraction.gov

Human Trafficking: a Crime and Human Rights Abuse

Find information on the combined efforts of various federal agencies to combat human trafficking.
Human Trafficking:a Crime and Human Rights Abuse

Scitech Connect

Here is a new resource which provides access to science, technology, and engineering research being done by the U.S. Department of  Energy.
SciTech Connect

U.S.-China Military Contacts: Issues for Congress, 2013

"This CRS report, updated as warranted, discusses policy issues regarding military-to-military
(mil-to-mil) contacts with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and provides a record of major
contacts and crises since 1993.
U.S.-China Military Contacts:Issues for Congress

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

FTC Video Helps Funeral Providers Comply with the Funeral Rule

"The Federal Trade Commission has released a new video to help businesses that sell funeral goods and services comply with the Funeral Rule..."
FTC Funeral Rules

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Block Grant: A Primer on TANF Financing and Federal Requirements

"The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant provides federal grants to the 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Indian tribes, and the territories for a wide range of benefits, services, and activities. It is best known for helping states pay for cash welfare for needy families with children, but it funds a wide array of additional activities..."
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL32748.pdf

North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons: Technical Issues


"This report summarizes what is known from open sources about the North Korean nuclear
weapons program—including weapons-usable fissile material and warhead estimates—and
assesses current developments in achieving denuclearization..."
North Korea's Nuclear Weapons

Drones in Domestic Surveillance Operations: Fourth Amendment Implications and Legislative Responses

"This report assesses the use of drones under the Fourth Amendment right to be free from
unreasonable searches and seizures..."
https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R42701.pdf

The President's Budget for Fiscal Year 2014

 Find information on President Obama's Budget for fiscal year 2014.
The President's Budget for Fiscal Year  2014

Monday, April 8, 2013

Helping Victims of Identity Theft

 "If you’re a victim of identity theft or know someone who is, the Federal Trade Commission has a new video designed to help facilitators who assist consumers in repairing their identity.  Helping Victims of Identity Theft is the latest addition to the FTC’s library of resources that explain not only how to recognize identity theft, but also how to report it and repair the damage it can cause. .."
Helping Victims of Identity Theft

National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Find safety information from the U.S. Department of Transportation on distracted driving.
National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Whale Watch

"If ships knew when whales were in the area then they could steer clear or temporarily slow down. But whales spend most of their time hidden beneath the waves. By the time a ship’s captain spots a whale, it’s often already too late. But a team of scientists from NOAA, Oregon State University, and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science are working on a solution..."
Whale Watch

Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2013

"The Internal Revenue Service today issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes ranging from identity theft to return preparer fraud.
The Dirty Dozen listing, compiled by the IRS each year, lists a variety of common scams taxpayers can encounter at any point during the year. But many of these schemes peak during filing season as people prepare their tax returns..."
Dirty Dozen Tax Scams 2013

Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions declined in 2012

"Energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2012 were the lowest in the United States since 1994, at 5.3 billion metric tons of CO2 .
 With the exception of 2010, emissions have declined every year since 2007.
The largest drop in emissions in 2012 came from coal, which is used almost exclusively for electricity generation (see figure below). During 2012, particularly in the spring and early summer, low natural gas prices led to competition between natural gas- and coal-fired electric power generators..."
Carbon Dioxide Emissions: 2012

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

Current version of the U.S. Department of Defense's Dictionary of  Military and Associated Terms
https://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/dod/jp1_02.pdf


Preventing Repeat Teen Births

Find information on help to prevent repeat teen births from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Preventing Repeat Teen Births

Who's Minding the Kids: Child Care Arrangement, Spring 2011

Find data on who's taking care of our children.
Who's Minding the Kids:Child Care Arrangements, Spring 2011

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Presidential Commission of Election Administration

A new commission has be established by executive order:
"The Commission shall identify best practices and otherwise make recommendations to promote the efficient administration of elections in order to ensure that all eligible voters have the opportunity to cast their ballots without undue delay, and to improve the experience of voters facing other obstacles in casting their ballots, such as members of the military, overseas voters, voters with disabilities, and voters with limited English proficiency..."
Presidential Commission of Election Administration

EPA Proposes Achievable Cleaner Fuels and Cars Standard,

"Based on extensive input from auto manufacturers, refiners, and states, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed sensible standards for cars and gasoline that will significantly reduce harmful pollution, prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses, while also enabling efficiency improvements in the cars and trucks we drive..."
EPA Proposes Achievable Cleaner Fuels and Cars Standard

Analysis of the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013

"This report analyzes the provisions of the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013. In general, these provisions amend the Stafford Act with a stated goal of improving the efficiency and quality of disaster assistance provided by FEMA."
https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42991.pdf

Personal, Family and Household Income by Selected Characteristics:2012

Find data on total personal income, total family income, and total household income by gender, race, Hispanic origin, age, and educational attainment.
http://www.census.gov/sipp/tables/quarterly-est/income/income-11.html

Monday, April 1, 2013

Iran Country Report, 2013

"Iran, a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), ranks
among the world's top four holders of both proven oil and natural gas reserves. In 2012, Iran
saw unprecedented drops in its oil exports as sanctions by the United States (U.S.) and
European Union (EU) were tightened, targeting Iranian oil export revenues..."
Iran Country Report, 2013