Friday, August 30, 2013

Labor Day by Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez

Statement by U.S. Department of Labor's Secretary  Thomas M. Perez on the observance of Labor Day.
Labor Day

What’s Behind That Jellyfish Sting?

"You're at the beach for a weekend with the family or friends. Splashing and jumping, dunking your head beneath the waves, you start to cool off. Then you feel something soft brush against your eg - and suddenly, the coolness is replaced by a hot, shooting pain. You've been stung by a jellyfish. But what do you do now?..."
Jellyfish sting

Tackling a Tailgate, Food Safety Wins!

Find tips for a enjoyable  and safe tailgating experience
Tackling a tailgate

Government Assessment of the Syrian Government’s Use of Chemical Weapons on August 21, 2013

Find the full text of the U.S. Deaprtment of State's assessment of the Syrian government use of chemical weapons on August 21, 2013.
Syrian government's use of chemical weapons

Remembering the Past, Mapping the Future A Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Key Civil Rights Events

The City of Madison's commemoration of significant civil rights event of the last 50 years.
Rembering the Past:Maping the Future

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Federal Student Aid

Your one-stop resource for information on student financial for the federal government
Federal Student Aid

Mortgages for Home Buyers and Homeowners

Find tips on shopping for a mortgage.
Shopping for a Mortgage

USDA Climate Report

"The Climate Change Program Office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of the Chief Economist today released and requested public comments on the report Science-Based Methods for Entity-Scale Quantification of Greenhouse Gas Sources and Sinks from Agriculture and Forestry Practices. The report is the work of 38 scientists from across academia, USDA and the federal government, who are experts in greenhouse gas (GHG) estimation in the cropland, grazing land, livestock and forest management sectors. The report has undergone technical review by an additional 29 scientists..."
USDA Climate Report

CPSC Recalls

Trying to find if a product has been recalled, take a look at the Consumer Products Safety Commission's Recall web site.

The Family Plot: The Surratts Versus Lincoln

"Early in the afternoon of July 7, 1865, Mary Surratt entered the courtyard of the Old Arsenal Prison in Washington, D.C.  Behind her filed three other who had plotted to kill President Abraham Lincoln. .."

Remarks by the President at the "Let Freedom Ring" Ceremony Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Find the full text of President Barack Obama remarks at the "Let Freedom Ring" Ceremony Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

Remarks by the President at the "Let Freedom Ring" Ceremony

2011 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE)

"The Census Bureau today released its 2011 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE). The estimates show the number of people with and without health insurance for all states and each of the nation's roughly 3,140 counties. The statistics are provided by broad age group, sex, race and Hispanic origin, and at income levels that reflect thresholds for state and federal assistance programs. The data can be used to assess annual changes in health insurance coverage from 2008 through 2011..."
health insurance coverage

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Pets and Disaster

"If a natural disaster strikes, what will happen to your pet? Be prepared: make a plan and prepare a disaster kit for your pet..."
Pets and disasters

Kids and Rabies

"Rabies is a dangerous virus that is found in the saliva of animals. It can infect and kill animals and humans. Every 10 minutes, someone dies from rabies. Even though anyone can get rabies, more than half of the people who get rabies are kids under the age of 15..."
Rabies And Kids

HPV Vaccination (DVD)

"August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Learn more about a 13-minute DVD that effectively promotes and increases the completion of the 3-dose HPV vaccine series that prevents most types of cervical cancer..."
HPV vaccinations

Schools Play Key Role in HIV/STD Prevention

"Just as schools are critical settings for preparing students academically, they are also vital partners in helping young people take responsibility for their own health. School health programs can help youth adopt lifelong attitudes and behaviors that support overall health and well-being—including behaviors that can reduce their risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted disease(STDs).."

Whooping Coughs

"Whooping cough is very contagious and can cause serious illness―especially in babies too young to be fully vaccinated. Protect babies from whooping cough by getting your vaccine and making sure your baby gets his vaccines..."
Whooping Coughs

Wildfire Safety

"When wildfires burn in your area, they produce smoke that may reach your community. Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases..."

U.S. Interstate Traffic Volume Analysis

"The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today released a new report on the nation’s busiest interstates that shows people drove more than 84.7 billion miles on California highways in 2011 – more than 900 times the distance from Earth to the Sun – making the Golden State’s highways the nation’s busiest..."
States with Busiest Highways

School Health Policies and Practices Study

"The School Health Policies and Practices Study* (SHPPS) is a national survey periodically conducted to assess school health policies and practices at the state, district, school, and classroom levels..."
School Health Policies and Practices

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

March on Washington, August 28, 1963

From the National Park Service comes a visual presentation of the March on Washington, August 28, 1983
March on Washington, 8/28/1963

Gluten-Free Food Labeling Final Rule

The FDA (Food and Drug Administraton) has issued its final rule to define gluten-free for the voluntary lableling of foods.
Gluten-Free Food Labeling Regulation

Changing the Federal Reserve’s Mandate: An Economic Analysis

"The Federal Reserve’s (Fed’s) current statutory mandate calls for it to “promote effectively the goals of maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate long-term interest rates.” Some economists have argued that this mandate should be replaced with a single mandate of price stability.."
Changing the Federal Reserve's Mandate

The U.S. Science and Engineering Workforce: Recent, Current, and Projected Employment, Wages, and Unemployment

"The number of scientists and engineers needed to meet growth and net replacement needs between 2010 and 2020 is 2.4 million, including 1.4 million in the computer occupations and 525,900 engineers..."
Science and Engineering Workforce

America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2012

"The goals of this report are to provide an updated picture of the composition of families and households and to describe trends in living arrangements in the United States..."
America's Families and Living Arrangement

Monday, August 26, 2013

Net Migration Patterns for U.S. Counties

The U.W.-Madison's Applied Population Laboratory has made available U.S. Census Bureau data on net migration patterns by  age, race, Hispanic-origin, and sex for all U.S. counties for each decade from 1950 to 2010.
Migration Patterns U.S. Counties

Expenditures on Children by Families, 2012

The U.S. Department of Agriculture conducts an annual survey on the cost of raising a child. Here is the latest data for 2012, published August 2013.
Cost of Raising a Child

Friday, August 23, 2013

Agricultural Statistics and Climate Change

"This is the fourth edition of Agricultural Statistics and Climate Change. This edition includes the latest results from the 2013 Farm Practices Survey, 2012 British Survey of Fertiliser Practice and updates the indicator framework monitoring greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. Other charts and tables have also been updated where new data are available..."
Agricultural Statistics and Climate Change

Syria’s Chemical Weapons: Issues for Congress

"The use or loss of control of chemical weapons stocks in Syria could have unpredictableconsequences for the Syrian population and neighboring countries as well as U.S. allies andforces in the region. Congress may wish to assess the Administration’s plans to respond to possible scenarios involving the use, change of hands, or loss of control of Syrian chemical weapons..."
Syria's Chemical Weapons

Yearbook of Immigration Statistics:2012

Find the latest data on immigration.
Yearbook of Immigration Statistics

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The 50th Anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" Speech and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom: Aug. 28

"On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to more than 200,000 people from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. His famous "I Have a Dream" speech and the march were key moments in the American Civil Rights Movement, before the landmark legislation securing voting, housing and employment rights for all Americans regardless of race. To mark the anniversary, the U.S. Census Bureau has gathered key statistics that measure changes in some characteristics of the black population to date..."
50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, August 28, 2013

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Worst Shark Attack in History

Read about the shark attach on sailors of the USS Indianapolis after it delivered the atomic bomb on Japan in July 1945.
Worst Shark Attack in History

Home Energy Audits

Find information to help you improve your home energy efficiency.
Home energy audits

2013 Hypertension Control Challenge

"Calling all clinicians, clinical practices, and health systems working with patients to get blood pressure under control—enter the 2013 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge today to spread the word about your successful strategies for better blood pressure control..."

School and Vaccines

"School-age children, from preschoolers to college students, need vaccines. CDC has online resources and tools to help parents and doctors make sure all kids are up to date on recommended vaccines and protected from serious diseases..."
Schools and Vaccines

Health Insurance Marketplace

Find information on the new health insurance marketplace that is scheduled to open October 1, 2013.
Health Insurance

Attorney General Eric Holder Delivers Remarks at the Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association's

Statement of Attorney General Eric Holder before the American Bar Association's House of Delegates in which he calls for significant changes in the criminal justice system.
Attorney General Eric Holder

Friday, August 9, 2013

2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients

2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients hosted at the Whitehouse.
Presidential Metal of Freedom

Help in Difficult Financial Times.

Find tips to help you cope in difficult financial times.
Help in Difficult Times

Summer Travel

Tips to make your summer travel less stressful from the U.S. Transportation Safety Administration

Large Western Fires Increase

Researchers explore the reasons for the recent increase in the number of large western fires and what to do about them.
Large Western Fires

Safe Digging

On August 11, 2013,  the U.S. Department of Transportation is asking you to call 811 before you dig safety program.
Safe Digging

Affordable Health Care: Speaking to Women's Unique Health Needs

Find information on how the Affordable Health Care law address the unique health care concerns of women.
Affordable Health and Women's Needs

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Obesity Among Low-Income, Preschool-Aged Children — United States, 2008–2011

"Small but significant declines in obesity among low-income preschoolers were observed in 19 of 43 states/territories examined. Continued prevention efforts are needed to sustain and expand the implementation and evaluation of population-level interventions to prevent childhood obesity..."
Obesity and Children

Free of Fear, Violence, and Bullying

Features the video "It gets Better" and the web site "" to promote  safe place for learning.
Free of fear, violence, and bullying

Wind Techologies Market Report: 2012

Find the most recent statistics on the growth of the wind industry in the United States.
Wind report

Health Disparities in Cancer

"According to CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE), life expectancy and overall health have improved for most Americans in recent years, but not all Americans have benefited equally..."
Cancer Disparities

Hajj and Umrah, 2013

"Pilgrims who are undertaking Hajj or Umrah in 2013 should follow these recommendations to stay safe and healthy."

Prevent Shingles

"Shingles is also known as herpes zoster. It causes a painful, blistering skin rash that can last 2 to 4 weeks.."

E. coli Infection and Food Safety

"Most E. coli are harmless and actually are an important part of a healthy human intestinal tract. However, some E. coli are pathogenic, meaning they can cause illness, either diarrhea or illness outside of the intestinal tract..."

Breastfeeding, Early Care and Education

"The first week in August is World Breastfeeding Week. It is a time for people around the world to promote and encourage breastfeeding. Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers is the theme for World Breastfeeding Week 2013..."

West Nile Virus and Preventing Mosquito Bites

 "Stay healthy this summer. Protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquito bites that cause West Nile virus infection.."
West Nile Virus and Mosquitoes

Public Health and Drought

"Cycles of drought have affected us throughout history and CDC and its partners want you to be prepared to face this public health challenge..."
Public Health and Drought

What Languages are Spoken in Your Area?

From Random Samplings:
"Did you know that more than 300 different languages are spoken in the United States? A new report and mapping tool released today by the U.S. Census Bureau takes a detailed look at many of the most popular languages spoken at home in America.

Of the 292 million people age 5 and older in the U.S.  in 2011, 60.6 million individuals, or 21 percent, reported speaking a language other than English at home. This number grew by 158 percent from 1980 to 2010, while the nation’s overall population age 5 years and older grew by 38 percent. Check out this viz-of-the-week to see which languages grew the most..."
Languages spoken by area

Ocean Acidification

"With increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, the extent of effectson the ocean and marine resources is an increasing concern. One aspect of this issue is the ongoing process (known as ocean acidification) whereby seawater becomes less alkaline as more CO2 dissolves in it, causing hydrogen ion concentration in seawater to increase.."
Ocean Acidification

State of the Climate

Find a "collection of monthly summaries recapping climate-related occurrences on both a global and national scale..."
State of the Climate

Monday, August 5, 2013

The U.S. Postal Service’s Financial Condition: A Primer

An analysis of the U.S. Postal Service's current financial condition by the Congressional Research Service.
U.S. Postal Service Financial Condition

Friday, August 2, 2013

Business USA/Healthcare

Businesses now have a web site devoted to them with information on healthcare. 
Business USA/Healthcare

U.S. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Reserves

"In 2011, oil and gas exploration and production companies operating in the United States added almost 3.8 billion barrels of crude oil and lease condensate proved reserves, an increase of 15 percent, and the greatest volume increase since the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) began publishing proved reserves estimates in 1977.."
Crude oil and natural gas reserves

Gluten Free Labeling for Food

"On August 2, 2013, FDA issued a final rule defining “gluten-free” for food labeling, which will help consumers, especially those living with celiac disease, be confident that items labeled “gluten-free” meet a defined standard for gluten content..."
Gluten Free Labeling Food

Digest of Equal Employment Opportunity Law

"This publication includes feature articles on timely issues in equal employment opportunity law, as well as summaries of recent Commission decisions and federal court cases, as they affect Federal government employees..."
Digest of EEOC Law

1-Bromopropane Health Alert

"1-Bromopropane (1-BP) is a solvent that is used in degreasing, dry cleaning, spray adhesives,
and aerosol solvents. Occupational exposure to 1-BP has been linked to neurological illnesses..."

Where's Baby: Look before you lock

When preparing to take a trip with your baby, here are a few safety tips to consider.
Where's Baby

Congressional Record App

Follow the activities of the U.S. Congress with the Congressional Record app from Apple's app store.
Congressional Record App

Labor Stats

Find labor statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics with this android app from Google Play. 
Labor Stats

Thursday, August 1, 2013

United States Code

Access the current edition on the United States Code, available in downloadable format from the U.S. House of Representative's Law Revision Counsel Office.
United States Code

Characteristics of New Housing: 2012

"This page provides national, annual data on the characteristics of new privately-owned residential structures, such as square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, type of wall material, and sales prices.."
Characteristics of New Housing