Monday, March 28, 2016

Epilepsy and Seizures in Older Adults

"Epilepsy is a broad term used for a brain disorder that causes seizures. In the United States, 2.4 million adults aged 18 years or older have active epilepsy.1,2 About 1% of adults 65 years of age and older have active epilepsy, which is about 447,000 people.1,2 That's about the size of Corpus Christi, TX.
With the aging of the population, we can expect to see greater numbers of people with epilepsy.
Epilepsy is more likely to develop in older adults rather than younger adults because as people age, the risk of seizures and epilepsy rises.3,4 Some older adults may have lived with epilepsy throughout their lives, but others might develop epilepsy later in life. It isn't always easy to tell when you, a friend or family member, or a patient develops epilepsy later in life..."
Epilepsy

Opioid Prescribing

"Saving lives and ending the prescription drug overdose epidemic requires healthcare providers and patients to work together. Safe pain relief is important to the quality of life for millions of Americans.1 A new CDC guideline recommends ways to reduce the risks of prescription opioid pain medications.
Drug overdose deaths reached record levels in 2014, and at least half of those deaths involved prescription drugs.2 Opioids are the most common prescription drugs involved in these deaths. An opioid is a type of prescription drug used to treat moderate to severe pain. Brand names include Oxycontin, Vicodin, Opana, and others. From 1999 to 2014, more than 165,000 people died from overdose related to prescription opioids..."
Opiods

Pink Eye

"Pink, itchy eyes? Pink eye – or conjunctivitis – is common and spreads easily. It sometimes needs medical treatment, depending on the cause. Know the symptoms, when to seek treatment, and how to help prevent it.
Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is one of the most common and treatable eye conditions in children and adults. It is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin, clear tissue that lines the inside of the eyelid and the white part of the eyeball. This inflammation makes blood vessels more visible and gives the eye a pink or reddish color..."
Pink eye

Eastern Monarch Butterflies at Risk of Extinction Unless Numbers Increase

"The new study, available in the journal Scientific Reports, found that the Eastern migratory monarch population declined by 84 percent from the winter of 1996-1997 to the winter of 2014-2015. Using this information, the study demonstrated that there is a substantial chance – 11 to 57 percent – of quasi-extinction over the next 20 years. A quasi-extinct population is one with so few remaining individuals left that recovery is impossible. While the remaining individuals may survive for a short time, the population as a whole will inevitably go extinct..."
Eastern Monarch butterfly

U.S. Geological Survey Science Data Catalog

Want to find access to U.S. Geological Survey reports, take a look at this catalog.
U.S. Geological Survey

Labor Force Participation Rates for An Aging World – 2015

"Today the U.S. Census Bureau released An Aging World-2015, a report that examines the older population’s demographic, health and economic characteristics in the United States and around the world. The Census Bureau regularly tracks trends in international aging and examines their significance. In the coming decades, almost all countries will see an increase in their older population because of expected improvements in health and falling fertility.
Among the key findings highlighted in the report are the proportions of the older population in the labor force (e.g., those who are either employed or seeking employment). The labor force participation rate varies widely across age groups, countries and sex. For instance, at least 90 percent of men in their late 40s are in the labor force in most countries of the world. However, rates generally decline for each successively older age group...
For full report see(http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2016/cb16-54.html) .."
Labor force and aging

Friday, March 25, 2016

Protecting Your Family from Food Spoilage

"What happens to foods when they spoil and are they dangerous to eat? What causes foods to spoil and how? These are questions we often get on USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline. Read on to learn the science behind food spoilage.
Spoiler Alert!
Signs of food spoilage may include an appearance different from the food in its fresh form, such as a change in color, a change in texture, an unpleasant odor, or an undesirable taste.
Various factors cause food spoilage, making items unsuitable for consumption. Light, oxygen, heat, humidity, temperature and spoilage bacteria can all affect both safety and quality of perishable foods. When subject to these factors, foods will gradually deteriorate.
Microorganisms occur everywhere in the environment, and there is always a risk of spoilage when foods are exposed to unsuitable conditions. Microbial spoilage results from bacteria, molds, and yeast. While microorganisms may or may not be harmful, the waste products they produce when growing on or in food may be unpleasant to taste..."
Food spoilage

Epilepsy and Seizures in Older Adults

"Epilepsy is a broad term used for a brain disorder that causes seizures. In the United States, 2.4 million adults aged 18 years or older have active epilepsy.1,2 About 1% of adults 65 years of age and older have active epilepsy, which is about 447,000 people.1,2 That's about the size of Corpus Christi, TX.
With the aging of the population, we can expect to see greater numbers of people with epilepsy..."
Epilepsy

Federal Subsidies for Health Insurance Coverage for People Under Age 65: 2016 to 2026

"The federal government subsidizes health insurance for most Americans through a variety of federal programs and tax preferences. In 2016, those subsidies for people under age 65 will total more than $600 billion, the Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimate. (The government also bears significant costs for health insurance for people 65 or older, mostly through Medicare and Medicaid.)..."
Health insurance

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Four Texas Metro Areas Collectively Add More Than 400,000 People in the Last Year, Census Bureau Reports

"Four Texas metro areas together added more people last year than any state in the country except for Texas as a whole, according to new U.S. Census Bureau population estimates released today. The population in these four metro areas increased by more than 400,000 people from July 1, 2014, to July 1, 2015.
The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro areas added about 159,000 and 145,000 residents, respectively — the largest gains of any metro areas in the nation. Two additional Texas metro areas adjacent to each other — Austin-Round Rock and San Antonio-New Braunfels — were each also among the 16 nationwide to gain 50,000 or more people over the period.
These four Texas metro areas collectively added about 412,000 people. Texas as a whole gained about 490,000.
The statistics released today provide population estimates for our nation’s 381 metropolitan statistical areas, 536 micropolitan statistical areas and 3,142 counties...."
Population change

Iranians Charged with Hacking U.S. Financial Sector

"Seven Iranians working on behalf of the Iranian government have been indicted for a series of cyber crimes that cost U.S. financial institutions tens of millions of dollars and compromised critical controls of a New York dam.
Using botnets and other malicious computer code, the individuals—employed by two Iran-based computer companies sponsored and directed by the Iranian government—engaged in a systematic campaign of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against nearly 50 institutions in the U.S. financial sector between late 2011 and mid-2013. The repeated, coordinated attacks disabled bank websites and prevented customers from accessing their online accounts...."
Iranian Hacking

US Labor Department Announces Final Rule to Improve U.S. workers' protection from the dangers of 'Respirable’ Silica dust

" The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced a final rule to improve protections for workers exposed to respirable silica dust. The rule will curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica.
“More than 80 years ago, Labor Secretary Frances Perkins identified silica dust as a deadly hazard and called on employers to fully protect workers,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “This rule will save lives. It will enable workers to earn a living without sacrificing their health. It builds upon decades of research and a lengthy stakeholder engagement process – including the consideration of thousands of public comments – to finally give workers the kind of protection they deserve and that Frances Perkins had hoped for them.”
OSHA estimates that when the final rule on Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica becomes fully effective, it will save more than 600 lives annually and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis – an incurable and progressive disease – each year. The agency also estimates the final rule will provide net benefits of about $7.7 billion per year...
The final rule will improve worker protection by:
  • Reducing the permissible exposure limit for crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an eight-hour shift.
  • Requiring employers to use engineering controls (such as water or ventilation) and work practices to limit worker exposure; provide respiratory protection when controls are not able to limit exposures to the permissible level; limit access to high exposure areas; train workers; and provide medical exams to highly exposed workers.
  • Providing greater certainty and ease of compliance to construction employers – including many small employers – by including a table of specified controls they can follow to be in compliance, without having to monitor exposures.
  • Staggering compliance dates to ensure employers have sufficient time to meet the requirements, e.g., extra time for the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) industry to install new engineering controls and for all general industry employers to offer medical surveillance to employees exposed between the PEL and 50 micrograms per cubic meter and the action level of 25 micrograms per cubic meter..."
    Silica dust

Vacancy on the Supreme Court

"On February 13, 2016, Justice Antonin Scalia unexpectedly passed away at the age of 79, vacating a seat on the Supreme Court that he had held for nearly 30 years. A little over a month later, on March 16, 2016, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland of the federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by Justice Scalia’s death. CRS has several different products on the issue, including analyses of Justice Scalia’s impact on the law, the immediate consequences of the new vacancy on the Court, the procedures and legal issues surrounding the appointment of a new Justice, and the nomination of Judge Garland to the High Court.

Below are key CRS products. Please contact Kate Manuel (kmanuel@crs.loc.gov, x7-4477) and Andrew Nolan (anolan@crs.loc.gov, x7-0602), or the authors of the following products with questions about the Supreme Court vacancy..."
Supreme Court

A Digital Nation

Take a look at this Census Bureau's infographic  illustrating computer and internet usage from 1984 to the present. Selected date is presented by metro areas and states.
Digital information

Access to Government Information in the United States: A Primer


"No provision in the U.S. Constitution expressly establishes a procedure for public access to executive branch records or meetings. Congress, however, has legislated various public access laws. Among these laws are two records access statutes,

the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA; 5 U.S.C. §552), and
the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. §552a), and two meetings access statutes:

the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA; 5 U.S.C. App.), and
the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. §552b).

These four laws provide the foundation for access to executive branch information in the American federal government. The records-access statutes provide the public with a variety of methods to examine how executive branch departments and agencies execute their missions. The meeting-access statutes provide the public the opportunity to participate in and inform the policy process. These four laws are also among the most used and most litigated federal access laws..."
Government information

Women-Owned Businesses on the Rise

"The number of women-owned firms rose 26.8 percent from 2007 to 2012, from 7.8 million to 9.9 million businesses. In contrast, the number of all firms increased 2.0 percent during the same period, from 27.1 million to 27.6 million.
Also on the rise, the increase in receipts for women-owned firms outpaced that of all firms during the period. Women-owned firms totaled $1.4 trillion in receipts in 2012, an increase of 18.7 percent from $1.2 trillion in 2007. Receipts for all firms grew 11.7 percent during the same period — from $30.0 trillion in 2007 to $33.5 trillion.
These statistics come from the Survey of Business Owners, which provides a broad socioeconomic picture of business owners across the nation and is part of the Census Bureau’s five‑year economic census..."
Women-Owned businesses

Growth or Decline: Understanding How Populations Change

"With the release of the 2015 county and metro/micro area population estimates and components of change, we can explore the question – how did the United States population change in the last year? Demographers, researchers who study population change, begin to answer this question by looking at the components of change.  There are three components of change: births, deaths, and migration. The change in the population from births and deaths is often combined and referred to as natural increase or natural change.  Populations grow or shrink depending on if they gain people faster than they lose them.  Looking at an area’s unique combination of natural change and migration helps us understand why its population is changing, and how quickly the change is occurring..."
Population change

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Conservation versus Preservation?

"Have you ever wondered why your favorite National Park is surrounded by a National Forest? Well, it didn’t happen by accident or guesswork. The fact is, it was all started over 100 years ago by two men I like to refer to as the founding fathers of America’s public lands.
Back at the turn of the 20th Century Gifford Pinchot and John Muir had radically contrasting views of how to manage America’s wild lands and they worked tirelessly lobbying Congress and convincing Presidents to agree with them to start protecting open space.
Muir promoted preservation and Pinchot advocated for conservation.

Pinchot’s vision of managed conservation basically meant that lands owned by the federal government could not only be used for recreation by the general public but could also be used, responsibly, by industry for logging, mining and many other purposes including extensive scientific research on tens of thousands of acres of land..."
Conservation

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Community on the Move for Equality invite you to March for Justice and Jobs

"In his final campaign before his death, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. lent his support to a strike by sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee. This flyer was distributed to sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee, asking them to "March for Justice and Jobs" on March 22, 1968. Included are directions for the route to be followed and instructions to the marchers to use "soul-force which is peaceful, loving, courageous, yet militant." ..."
Martin Luther King, Jr.

How the Green Book Helped African-American Tourists Navigate a Segregated Nation

"For black Americans traveling by car in the era of segregation, the open road presented serious dangers. Driving interstate distances to unfamiliar locales, black motorists ran into institutionalized racism in a number of pernicious forms, from hotels and restaurants that refused to accommodate them to hostile “sundown towns,” where posted signs might warn people of color that they were banned after nightfall.

Paula Wynter, a Manhattan-based artist, recalls a frightening road trip when she was a young girl during the 1950s. In North Carolina, her family hid in their Buick after a local sheriff passed them, made a U-turn and gave chase. Wynter’s father, Richard Irby, switched off his headlights and parked under a tree. “We sat until the sun came up,” she says. “We saw his lights pass back and forth. My sister was crying; my mother was hysterical.” 

“It didn’t matter if you were Lena Horne or Duke Ellington or Ralph Bunche traveling state to state, if the road was not friendly or obliging,” says New York City-based filmmaker and playwright Calvin Alexander Ramsey. With director and co-producer Becky Wible Searles, he interviewed Wynter for their forthcoming documentary about the visionary entrepreneur who set out to make travel easier and safer for African-Americans. Victor H. Green, a 44-year-old black postal carrier in Harlem, relied on his own experiences and on recommendations from black members of his postal service union for the inaugural guide bearing his name, The Negro Motorist Green-Book, in 1937. The 15-page directory covered Green’s home turf, the New York metropolitan area, listing establishments that welcomed blacks..."
Negro Motorist Green Book

Demographic and Economic Profiles of Washington’s Electorate

"In advance of the Washington caucus on March 26 and primary on May 24, the Census Bureau presents a variety of statistics that give an overall profile of the state’s voting-age population and industries. Statistics include:

Washington electorate

IRS Criminal Enforcement Slides

"As Congress continues to reduce its overall support of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the chances that the IRS will at some point recommend a taxpayer for criminal prosecution have significantly declined — from 13.3 per million population in FY 2013 to 9.2 per million in FY 2015. This level is the lowest seen during the Obama Administration.

The reduction in the number of IRS matters referred to federal prosecutors appears to be directly related to the drop in the number of the agency's criminal investigators, which has been cut back 16 percent over the last five years..."
IRS

Federal Trade Commission Cigarette Re[prt for 2013

"This report is the latest in a series on cigarette sales, advertising, and promotion that the Federal Trade Commission (“Commission”) has prepared since 1967. The statistical tables appended to this report provide information on domestic sales and advertising and promotional activity by the largest U.S. cigarette manufacturers. The tables were compiled from data contained in special reports submitted to the Commission pursuant to compulsory process by: Altria Group, Inc.; Commonwealth Brands, Inc.; Lorillard, Inc.; Reynolds American, Inc.; and Vector..."
Cigarettes

Annual Report to Congress:Federal Information Security Modernization Act

"From the beginning of this Administration, the President has made it clear cybersecurity is one of the most important economic and national security challenges facing our Nation. For more than seven years, the Administration has acted comprehensively to confront this challenge and improve the Federal Government’s cybersecurity. In February 2016, the Administration announced the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), which is the capstone effort that builds upon lessons learned from cybersecurity trends, threats, and intrusions. The CNAP directs the Federal Government to take a series of actions that will dramatically increase the level of cybersecurity in both the Federal Government and the Nation’s digital ecosystem as a whole. The CNAP actions also build upon unprecedented progress to strengthen Federal cybersecurity that took place in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 due to the efforts of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and other Federal agencies. While this progress is encouraging, additional work remains to improve the defense of Federal systems, networks, and data from persistent threats and increasingly sophisticated malicious activity..."
Information Security

Monday, March 21, 2016

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Historic Agreements for U.S.-Cuba Agriculture Sectors

"As part of President Obama's historic trip to Cuba to further normalization of relations, advance commercial and people-to-people ties, and express our support for human rights for all Cubans, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced several measures that will foster further collaboration between the U.S. and Cuban agriculture sectors. The two neighboring countries share common climate and agriculture related concerns, and the measures announced today in Havana will mutually benefit the Cuban people and U.S. farmers and ranchers.
While in Cuba, Secretary Vilsack announced that USDA will allow the 22 industry-funded Research and Promotion Programs and 18 Marketing Order organizations to conduct authorized research and information exchange activities with Cuba. These groups, which are responsible for creating bonds with consumers and businesses around the world in support of U.S. agriculture, will be able to engage in cooperative research and information exchanges with Cuba about agricultural productivity, food security and sustainable natural resource management. Secretary Vilsack called the announcement "a significant step forward in strengthening our bond and broadening agricultural trade between the United States and Cuba.".."
Cuba

Sunday, March 20, 2016

MOTOR VEHICLES INCREASINGLY VULNERABLE TO REMOTE EXPLOITS

"As previously reported by the media in and after July 2015, security researchers evaluating automotive cybersecurity were able to demonstrate remote exploits of motor vehicles. The analysis demonstrated the researchers could gain significant control over vehicle functions remotely by exploiting wireless communications vulnerabilities. While the identified vulnerabilities have been addressed, it is important that consumers and manufacturers are aware of the possible threats and how an attacker may seek to remotely exploit vulnerabilities in the future. Third party aftermarket devices with Internet or cellular access plugged into diagnostics ports could also introduce wireless vulnerabilities.

Modern motor vehicles often include new connected vehicle technologies that aim to provide benefits such as added safety features, improved fuel economy, and greater overall convenience. Aftermarket devices are also providing consumers with new features to monitor the status of their vehicles. However, with this increased connectivity, it is important that consumers and manufacturers maintain awareness of potential cyber security threats..."
Motor vehicles

Saturday, March 19, 2016

U.S. Census Bureau Releases Key Statistics in Honor of Women's History Month

"The roots of National Women’s History Month go back to March 8, 1857, when women from New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. International Women’s Day was first observed in 1909, but it wasn’t until 1981 that Congress established National Women’s History Week to be commemorated the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month. Every year since, Congress has passed a resolution for Women’s History Month, and the President has issued a proclamation..."
Women's history

National Poison Prevention Week 2016

"An estimated 85,000 children younger than 5 are unintentionally poisoned each year in the U.S.
Does that sound like a lot? Wondering how so many children gain access to poisons?
According to a CPSC study, in 2014 thousands of children got their hands on blood pressure medicine. You know the pills in grandma’s purse, in the day-minder container next to the tin of mints. Then there were the kids who found the partially opened bleach container on the kitchen floor next to the bucket of sudsy water.  And for others, it was the colorful and squishy but highly concentrated liquid laundry packet placed atop the load of laundry.
Children access medicines, household chemicals and other potentially harmful products in various ways. The majority, about 76 percent, of unintentional poisonings occur in the home, often with commonly used products..."
Poison prevention

Natural gas expected to surpass coal in mix of fuel used for U.S. power generation in 2016

"For decades, coal has been the dominant energy source for generating electricity in the United States. EIA'sShort-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) is now forecasting that 2016 will be the first year that natural gas-fired generation exceeds coal generation in the United States on an annual basis. Natural gas generation first surpassed coal generation on a monthly basis in April 2015, and the generation shares for coal and natural gas were nearly identical in 2015, each providing about one-third of all electricity generation..."
Natural gas

Friday, March 18, 2016

How to Store Carbon

"Carbon capture and storage is a key component of the U.S. Department of Energy’s approach to combatting climate change. The concept is simple: capture CO2 before it leaves a power plant so it can’t trap heat in the atmosphere. Energy innovators have developed many technologies to separate CO2 from the gas stream of coal-fired power plants, but what happens once CO2 has been captured? CO2 storage is a little more complicated than simply locking the captured gas into a vessel and throwing away the key..."
Carbon














Former Presidents: Pensions, Office Allowances, and Other Federal Benefits

"The Former Presidents Act (FPA; 3 U.S.C. §102 note) was enacted to “maintain the dignity” of the Office of the President. The act provides the former President—and his or her spouse—certain benefits to help him respond to post-presidency mail and speaking requests, among other informal public duties often required of a former President. Prior to enactment of the FPA in 1958, former Presidents leaving office received no pension or other federal assistance. The FPA charges the General Services Administration (GSA) with providing former U.S. Presidents a pension, support staff, office support, travel funds, and mailing privileges.

Pursuant to statute, former Presidents currently receive a pension that is equal to pay for Cabinet Secretaries (Executive Level I), which for calendar year 2015 was $203,700. Executive Level I pay was increased to $205,700 for calendar year 2016. In addition to benefits provided pursuant to the FPA, former Presidents are also provided Secret Service protection and financial “transition” benefits to assist their transition to post-presidential life. Pursuant to the FPA, former Presidents are eligible for benefits unless they hold “an appointive or elective office or position in or under the Federal Government or the government of the District of Columbia to which is attached a rate of pay other than a nominal rate.”..."
Presidents

Nominations to the Supreme Court During Presidential Election Years (1900-Present)

"This CRS Insight provides data and analysis related to nominations made to the Supreme Court during presidential election years from 1900 to the present. As of this writing, there have been eight such nominations since 1900—six to fill actual vacancies that existed at the time a President submitted a nomination to the Senate and two for anticipated future vacancies on the Court (i.e., vacancies that did not exist at the time a President submitted a nomination to the Senate). An anticipated vacancy, for example, arises when a sitting Justice announces his or her intention to retire upon Senate approval of a new Justice.

This Insight is not intended to provide a comprehensive analysis of the Supreme Court nomination and confirmation process. For longer analyses on the Supreme Court selection and confirmation process, see CRS Report R44235 (addressing the selection of nominees by a President), CRS Report R44236 (addressing the role of the Senate Judiciary Committee in processing nominations), and CRS Report R44234 (addressing Senate debate and final action on nominations). Also available is CRS Insight IN10458 (providing data and analysis related to Supreme Court nominations made during years of divided and unified party government)..."
Supreme Court

Answers to Your Top Questions on Substance Use Disorders

"Michael Botticelli answers questions from a Facebook chat with The Addict's Mom, an online community of loved ones of those struggling with substance use disorders.

A few weeks ago, I joined in a Facebook chat with The Addict's Mom, an online community of mothers with children and family members suffering from substance use disorders. It was a privilege for me to listen to their experiences and help provide answers on the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic in this country.
I couldn't respond to all of the questions asked in the chat, but as promised, my team and I put together answers for some of the most-asked questions. Take a look, and share if you know any friends or family who might have similar questions.."
Substance abuse

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Healthy Eating Index: How Is America Doing

"About half of all American adults—117 million individuals—have one or more preventable chronic diseases, many of which are related to poor quality eating patterns and physical inactivity. These include cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and poor bone health. More than two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of children and youth are overweight or obese.  Trends in food intake show that Americans are not consuming healthy eating patterns.
Earlier this year, the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the US Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion released the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Written for use by health professionals and policy makers, the Dietary Guidelines is released every 5 years to provide nutrition guidance for Americans age 2 and older to prevent diet-related chronic disease and maintain health.
The Healthy Eating Index (HEI) measures how the nation’s food choices align with the Dietary Guidelines. The nation’s current HEI score is 59 out of 100. The HEI score in previous years was even lower..."
Healthy eating

Consumer Action Handook

"The Consumer Action Handbook is a free resource guide that provides general information on shopping for goods and services and tips about your consumer rights. TheHandbook has information to help you file a complaint about a purchase and includes a sample complaint letter that you can use and send to a company. It also includes a consumer assistance directory, with contact information for consumer protection offices in government agencies, and customer service departments at many national corporations..."
Consumers

Demographic and Economic Profiles of Utah’s Electorate

"In advance of the Utah caucuses on March 22, the Census Bureau presents a variety of statistics that give an overall profile of the state’s voting-age population and industries. Statistics include:
Utah

Demographic and Economic Profiles of Arizona’s Electorate

"In advance of the Arizona primary on March 22, the Census Bureau presents a variety of statistics that give an overall profile of the state’s voting-age population and industries. Statistics include:
Arizona

FY2017 Budget Documents: Internet and GPO Availability

"Every year the President submits a series of volumes to Congress containing the President’s proposed budget for the coming fiscal year. The President’s submission is required on or after the first Monday in January, but not later than the first Monday in February.

This report provides brief descriptions of the budget volumes and related documents, together with Internet addresses, Government Publishing Office (GPO) stock numbers, and prices for obtaining print copies of these publications. It also explains how to find the locations of government depository libraries, which can provide both printed copies for reference use and Internet access to the online versions. This report will be updated as events warrant..."
federal budget

CDC Releases Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

"As part of the urgent response to the epidemic of overdose deaths, CDC issued new recommendations for prescribing opioid medications for chronic pain, excluding cancer, palliative, and end-of-life care. The CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, United States, 2016 will help primary care providers ensure the safest and most effective treatment for their patients.
The United States is currently experiencing an epidemic of prescription opioid misuse and overdose. Increased prescribing and sales of opioids—a quadrupling since 1999— helped create and fuel this epidemic..."
Opioids