Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Congressional Primer on Responding to Major Disasters and Emergencies

 "The principles of disaster management assume a leadership role by the local, tribal, and state governments with the federal government providing coordinated supplemental resources and assistance, if requested and approved.."
Congressional Primer on Responding to Major Disasters and Emergencies

Monday, July 29, 2013

Health Information for International Travel, 2014

"CDC Health Information for International Travel (commonly called the Yellow Book) is published every two years by CDC as a reference for those who advise international travelers about health risks..."
Health Information for International Travel

Friday, July 26, 2013

FRED(Federal Reserve Economic Data)

Find a host of data on the nation's economic condition at the Federal Reserve Economic Data site. 
FRED

Health of White non-Hispanic Population

 Find recent health statistics on the white non-Hispanic population.
Health White non_Hispanic Population

Cloture Attempts on Nominations: Data and Historical Development

"In recent years it has become increasingly common for Senators to seek cloture in order to limit chamber consideration of presidential nominations to positions in the executive and judicial branches of government. Cloture, which requires a super-majority vote, places time limits on consideration of a matter, and so may be employed as a means of overcoming filibusters. This report presents data on all nominations on which cloture motions have been offered..."
Cloture Attempts on Nominations: Data and Historical Development

Companies Barred from Advertising Mattresses as Free From Volatile Organic Compounds

"Under settlements with the Federal Trade Commission, three mattress manufacturers have agreed to stop making unsupported claims that the mattresses they sell are free of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs)...."
Mattresses with Volatile Organic Compounds

Cool Roofs

A part of the U.S. Energy Department's Energy Sever, cool roofs are a new type of roof "designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than a standard roof. Cool roofs can be made of a highly reflective type of paint, a sheet covering, or highly reflective tiles or shingles..."
Cool Roofs

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Cybersecurity: Authoritative Reports and Resources

"Congress has been actively involved in cybersecurity issues, holding hearings every year since
2001. There is no shortage of data on this topic: government agencies, academic institutions,
think tanks, security consultants, and trade associations have issued hundreds of reports, studies,
analyses, and statistics.
This report provides links to selected authoritative resources related to cybersecurity issues
Cybersecurity: Authoritative Reports and Resources

NSA Surveillance Leaks: Background and Issues for Congress

"Recent attention concerning National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance pertains to
unauthorized disclosures of two different intelligence collection programs. Since these programs
were publicly disclosed over the course of two days in June, there has been confusion about what
information is being collected and what authorities the NSA is acting under. This report clarifies
the differences between the two programs and identifies potential issues that may help Members
of Congress assess legislative proposals pertaining to NSA surveillance authorities..."
NSA Surveillance Leaks: Background and Issues for Congress

My Congressional District

"The U.S. Census Bureau has released My Congressional District, the first interactive tool geared exclusively toward finding basic demographic and economic statistics for every congressional district in the U.S.."
My Congressional District

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Profile of Older Americans:2012

"Electronic version of the popular brochure with the latest key statistics on older Americans in key subject areas. It includes both narrative and statistical charts. The 2012 edition is only available online..."
Profile of Older Americans

Firearms Commerce in the United States;2013

 Find statistics on firearms manufactured in the United States for the years 1986-2011.
Firearms Commerce

America's Best Ice Cream

USDA grant recipient  Kelley Country Creamery of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin is featured on ABC's America's Best Ice Cream.
Kelley Country Creamery in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
, Kelley Country Creamery in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin - See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2013/07/24/usda-grant-recipient-featured-as-americas-best-ice-cream-on-abcs-good-morning-america/#sthash.jKugV7lk.dpuf
, Kelley Country Creamery in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin - See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2013/07/24/usda-grant-recipient-featured-as-americas-best-ice-cream-on-abcs-good-morning-america/#sthash.jKugV7lk.dpuf
America's Best Ice Cream

State-Specific Healthy Life Expectancy at Age 65, U.S., 2007-2009

Find the latest life expectancy for healthy persons age 65 by states.
State-Specific Life Expectancy

Government Seizes Dietary Supplements Containing Unsafe Food Additive in Three States

"The Department of Justice has favorably resolved three actions it filed in Arizona, Pennsylvania and South Carolina, to seize and condemn dietary supplements containing the unsafe food additive 1,3-dimethylamylamine, commonly known as DMAA, an amphetamine-like stimulant that has been linked to at least 86 adverse health events..."
Dietary Supplements Seized

Small Business Facts

Find information on starting and operating a small business from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Small Business Facts

Firearm Violance, 1993-2011

Find data on the number and rate of firearm violence for the period 1993-2011. 
Firearms, 1993-2011

Hate Crime Victimization, 2003-2011

Find data on hate crimes for the period 2003-2011.
Hate Crime Victimization

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

ATV death Statistics

Find statistics on deaths from ATV accidents.
ATC deaths

Kids Can Strangle in Window Cords

"Do you live in military housing with your family?   Take a look at your window blinds or other type of window coverings, including Roman shades.  If you can see any dangling or accessible cords, your child is at risk..."
Kids and Window cords

Energy: Ways to Save on Electricity Costs

Find tips on ways to save on your electricity costs.
Save on Electricity Costs

World Hepatitis Day

"Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer and cirrhosis worldwide. Approximately 1 in 12 persons, or around 500 million people, have chronic viral hepatitis and most of them do not know they are infected..."
World Hepatitis Day

Home Canning and Botulism

"Home canning is an excellent way to preserve garden produce and share it with family and friends, but it can be risky or even deadly if not done correctly and safely..."
Home Canning and Botulism

Protect Your Family from Rabies

"Rabies is a dangerous virus that anyone can get if they handle or get bitten by an animal that has the disease. Protect yourself and your family from rabies: stay away from wild animals and be sure pets are vaccinated every year..."
Rabies

Monday, July 22, 2013

Labor Rights and Factory Safety in Bangladesh

Find information on the Obama administration decision to suspend Bangladesh's trade benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) in light of
worker rights issues.
Labor Rights and Factory Safety in Bengladesh

Products made by forced or indentured child labor

"The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs today announced a revised "List of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor," adding six new products from five countries. Federal contractors supplying products on the list must certify the goods were not produced by forced or indentured child labor in accordance with Executive Order 13126..."
Products made by forced labor

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Computer and Internet Use in the United States

"This report provides household and individual level analysis of computer usage and Internet use. The find
-ings are based on data collected in a July 2011 supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS), which
includes questions about computer ownership, Internet use both inside and outside the home, and the
additional devices that people use to go online..."
Computer and Internet Use in the United States

Agricultural Statistics, 1936-2012

The annual Agricultural Statistics is now available online via Cornell University's Mann Library.
Agricultural Statistics, 1936-2012

Reducing Wildfire Risk and Protecting Our Drinking Water in a Changing Climate

"Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell this week announced an historic agreement between the Department of Agriculture's Forest Service and the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation to focus on proactively restoring forest lands around important watersheds and preventing costly, destructive wildfires in these areas..."
Reducing Firefire Risk and Drinking Water

Science 360 News Service

Stay up-to-date with scientific news from the National Science Foundation.
Science360

Prevent the Spread of Norovirus

"Noroviruses are a group of related viruses. Infection with these viruses affects the stomach and intestines and causes an illness called gastroenteritis (GAS-tro-en-ter-I-tis; inflammation of the stomach and intestines)..."
Norovirus

Changing Climate

"The environmental consequences of climate change are happening now and are expected to increase in the future. Signs of a changing climate include:
  • sea-level rise,
  • changes in precipitation causing flooding and drought,
  • heat waves,
  • more intense hurricanes and storms, and
  • poor air quality..."
    Changing Climate

Healhty Pets Helathy People

"Pets can appear to be healthy even when they have germs. Here are a few tips to keep you and your family healthy..."
Healthy Pets Healthy People

Cancer and Children

"Reduce your children's risk of getting many types of cancer later in life. Start by helping them adopt a healthy lifestyle with good eating habits and plenty of exercise to keep a healthy weight..."
Cancer and Children

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

HIV Care Continuum Initiative (Executive Order)

"President Obama executive order to "ACCELERATING IMPROVEMENTS IN HIV PREVENTION AND CARE IN THE UNITED STATES THROUGH THE HIV CARE CONTINUUM INITIATIVE.."
executive-order-hiv-care-continuum-initiative

The Defense Production Act of 1950: History, Authorities, and Reauthorization

 "The Defense Production Act (DPA) of 1950 (P.L. 81-774, 50 U.S.C. Appx § 2061 et seq.), as amended, confers upon the President a broad set of authorities to influence domestic industry in the interest of national defense..."
Defense Production Act of 1950...

A Century of U.S. Central Banking: Goals, Frameworks, Accountability

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Benanke traces the history of central banking in the United States over the last 100 years.
Century of U.S. Central Banking

Health United States:2012

Find health statistics in this annual publication from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. 
Health United States

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

America's Economy

Find the latest economic data on the American economy with the America's Economy app. It's available in Apple and Android formats. 
America's Economy

Friday, July 12, 2013

AirNow

Check the air quality in your  local area by zip code. 
AirNow

Why Navy Scientists Want to Mimic Cicadas

"But really what fascinates U.S. Navy scientists about the brood of cicadas now infesting large pockets of the East Coast is their mind-boggling sound–a din that can climb over 90 decibels..."
Why navy-scientists-want-to-mimic-cicadas/?

Who Really Invented the Smiley Face?

"It’s largely accepted that the original version of the familiar smiley face was first created 50 years ago in Worcester, Massachusetts by the late Harvey Ross Ball, an American graphic artist and ad man.."
Who-really-invented-the-smiley-face/?

Who Were the Six Indian Chiefs in Teddy Roosevelt’s Inaugural Parade?

"Among the 35,000 people who participated in Theodore Roosevelt’s inaugural parade on March 4, 1905, were six men on horseback wearing elaborate headdresses. Each was an Indian chief and each had at one time or another been at odds with the American government.."

Six Indians in Teddy Roosevelt's Inaugural Parade?

Climate Change: Effects on Our Energy

"Today’s report U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather examines current and potential future impacts of these climate trends on the U.S. energy sector. Researchers have identified several critical issues, including power-plant disruptions due to drought and the disruption of fuel supplies during severe storms..."
Climate Change Effects on Energy

MSHA releases final data for 2012

"The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced the release of final data for 2012 that indicate the lowest fatality and injury rates in the history of U.S. mining, along with the lowest rate of contractor fatalities since the agency began calculating those rates in 1983..."
Mining Statistics for 2012

Top 50 Metropolitan Area Exporters Ranked by 2012 Export Value

Ranking of export areas by value of exports
Top 50 Metropolitan Area Exporters

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

HHS Rules on contraception and religious organizations

 "Today, [6/28/13] the Obama administration issued final rules that balance the goal of providing women with coverage for recommended preventive care – including contraceptive services prescribed by a health care provider – with no cost-sharing, with the goal of respecting the concerns of non-profit religious organizations that object to contraceptive coverage.  The final rules reflect public feedback received in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued in February 2013..."
Contraception and Religious Organizations

Immunization

"Protecting your child's health and safety is very important to you. That's why most parents choose immunization. Nothing protects babies better from 14 serious childhood diseases..."
Immunizations

Quality in the Cockpit

The Federal Aviation Administration proposes new rules for pilots to log 1500 hours of flying time to become a co-pilot. 
Quality in the Cockpit

Aging and Health, 2013

"Longer life spans and aging baby boomers will combine to double the population of older Americans during the next 25 years to about 72 million. Heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic lower respiratory diseases, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes continue to be the leading cause of death among older adults..."
Aging and Health

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Benefits.gov goes mobile

 "Benefits.gov has launched a mobile compatible version of its website, the U.S. Department of Labor announced today. Benefits.gov, the official benefits website of the U.S. government, has enhanced its site for visitors using mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. The changes make it easier for the public to access government benefit and assistance program information anytime, anywhere..."
Benefits.gov goes mobile

Student Loan Interest Rate

Find answers to questions about the recent increase in student loan interest rates from 3.4% to 6.8%.
http://www.ed.gov/blog/2013/07/answers-to-your-questions-on-student-loan-interest/

Resources for Mapping Census Data

From: the Census Bureau's Random Samplings
"Here are some of the mapping resources available from the Census Bureau:

Vital Statistics on Congress

A standard reference source is now available in a free online format.
Vital Statistics on Congress

Saturday, July 6, 2013

HealthCare.gov

Find information on the Affordable Care Act at the newly launched HealthCare.gov web site.
HealthCare.gov

Gas Prices

Click on a map and view gas prices by state and cities.
Gas Prices

School Day Just Got Healthier

"The School Day Just Got Healthier Toolkit is a collection of resources including brochures, fact sheets, FAQs, fliers, school lessons, templates and much more, to help prepare everyone for the changes to school meals this school year..."
Healthier School Day
http://www.fns.usda.gov/healthierschoolday

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

"Hand, foot, and mouth disease, or HFMD, is a contagious illness caused by different viruses. Infants and children younger than 5 years are more likely to get this disease. However, older children and adults can also get it..."
Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

Diabetes in the Heat

"If you have diabetes, you know how important it is to have a care routine. Yet summer weather, with its high temperatures and extreme storms, can cause problems with that routine and make it more difficult to manage diabetes..."
Diabetes in the Heat

Free Violence Prevention Course

"One way CDC is helping the nation prevent violence is a free on-line course that's available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It's called Principles of Prevention. For more information, visit http://vetoviolence.cdc.gov/pop/..."
Violence Prevention Course

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Revised Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule Goes Into Effect Today

"The Federal Trade Commission’s revised Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule took effect today, giving parents greater control over the online collection of their children’s personal information. The revised COPPA rule culminates more than two years of review by the agency to modernize the rule..."
Revised Children Online Privacy Protection Rules

Food Access Research Atlas

  1. "Presents a spatial overview of food access indicators for low-income and other  census tracts using different measures of supermarket accessibility;
  2. Provides food access data for populations within census tracts; and
  3. Offers census-tract-level data on food access that can be downloaded for community planning or research purposes..."
    Food Access Research Atlas

Libraries to help Americans learn more about their health care options

"Today,[7/1/13] the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced an initiative to get librarians ready to help people in every State learn about the new Health Insurance Marketplace.
This initiative will provide public libraries with information about the health care law and connect librarians with CMS Navigators and certified application counselors to help their patrons understand the options for enrollment in the health insurance through the Marketplace..."
Libraries to help American learn more about their health care options

Egypt: Background and U.S. Relations

"This report provides a brief overview of the key issues for Congress related to Egypt and information on U.S. foreign aid to Egypt.."
Egypt: Background and U.S. Relations

Criminal Prohibitions on the Publication of Classified Defense Information

"This report discusses the statutory prohibitions that may be implicated, including the Espionage Act; the extraterritorial application of such statutes; and the First Amendment implications related to such prosecutions against domestic or foreign media organizations and associated individuals.."
Criminal Prohibitions on the Publication of Classified Defense Information

Foreign Holdings of Federal Debt

"This report presents current data on estimated ownership of U.S. Treasury securities and major holders of federal debt by country. Federal debt represents the accumulated balance of borrowing by the federal government..."
Foreign Holdings of Federal Debt

Wildfire smoke

"Dry conditions in parts of the United States increase the potential for wildfires in or near wilderness areas. Stay alert for wildfire warnings and take action to protect yourself and your family from wildfire smoke.."
Protect yourself from wildlife smoke

Prescription painkiller overdose

Overdose from prescription painkillers are becoming a major concern for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/PrescriptionPainkillerOverdoses/

2010 Census - Tribal Tract Reference Maps

"These federal American Indian reservation-based maps show and label tribal census tracts and tribal block groups as delineated to support 2010 Census data dissemination. These maps also show the boundaries and names of American Indian reservations, off-reservation trust lands (ORTLs), Alaska Native areas, Hawaiian home lands, states, counties, county subdivisions, and places..."
2010 Census -Tribal Tact Referecne Maps

Monday, July 1, 2013

Financial Aid for Students: Online Resources

"This report identifies various online sources for planning and acquiring funds for postsecondary education. Students themselves are often in the best position to determine which aid programs they may qualify for and which best meet their needs. This list includes both general and comprehensive sources, as well as those targeted toward specific types of aid and circumstances (e.g., non-need-based scholarships; female and minority students; students studying abroad; or veterans, military personnel, and their dependents).."
Financial Aid for Students

College Affordability and Transparency Report

"Use the options below to generate a report on the highest (top 5%) and lowest (bottom 10%) academic year charges for each sector. Tuition reports include tuition and required fees. Net price is cost of attendance minus grant and scholarship aid..." 
http://collegecost.ed.gov/catc/#