Whaddaya want to know!? Here's the U.S.
Government in detail. You may also want
to check in "Research."
Whenever possible, we've listed websites by
their own descriptions (indicated by the use of opening
and closing quotes). Links verified: 10/24/2003.
of Labor Statistics Data
Overview and quick retrieval of BLS data, including customized tables.
Formerly "American Voter" ... The Congressional Quarterly
magazine's news page about politics, government ... and what your representative
has been doing. Includes many links to government sites.
- The U.S. Census Bureau. We know they collect a lot of data -- and
you can get to it, too. Lots of it. And it's useful (from population maps
to all kinds of socio-economic information).
Despite the name, it's not information from Congress itself, but tries
to be the next-best-thing: "This site allows Internet users to access
a complete and reliable directory of information about the members
of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate." Lots of
"Contacting the Congress is a listing of phone numbers, FAX numbers,
electronic mail addresses and WWW/gopher homepages for members of
the Congress." Very complete and easy-to-use.
of Commerce (DOC)
"Established on February 14, 1903, to promote American businesses
and trade... . Its broad range of responsibilities include expanding
U.S. exports, developing innovative technologies, gathering and disseminating
statistical data, measuring economic growth, granting patents, promoting
minority entrepreneurship, predicting the weather and monitoring
stewardship. As diverse as Commerce's services are, there is an overarching
mandate that unifies them: to work with the business community to foster
economic growth and the creation of new American jobs."
of the Treasury
Homepage of the U.S. Treasury Department. Among its agencies are: the
Internal Revenue Service, Financial Management Service, US Customs, Financial
Crimes Enforcement, US Secret Service, Federal Law Enforcement Training
Center, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms, Bureau of the
Public Debt, US Mint, and the Bureau of Engraving & Printing
Sites on the EPA's web page include areas for kids, students & teachers,
concerned citizens, researchers & scientists, business &
industry, and state, local & tribal. Lots of info about the EPA and
what it does.
Employment Opportunity Commission
"The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC's) mission
is to ensure equality of opportunity by vigorously enforcing federal
legislation prohibiting discrimination in employment." Site topics
include: About the EEOC; Facts About Employment Discrimination; Filing
a Charge; and, Enforcement and Litigation.
From information about PAC's to individual contributions to guides for
candidates, if you want to know about the rules covering federal elections,
this is the place to check.
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC)
"The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) protects the retirement
incomes of more than 42 million American workers -- one of every
three working persons -- in about 50,000 defined benefit pension plans."
"The Federal Web Locator is a service provided by the Villanova
Center for Information Law and Policy and is intended to be the one stop
shopping point for federal government information on the World Wide Web."
"More than 70 agencies in the United States Federal Government
produce statistics of interest to the public. The Federal Interagency Council
on Statistical Policy maintains this site to provide easy access to
the full range of statistics and information produced by these agencies
for public use." Site includes includes a comprehensive list of agencies,
programs, and regional statistics.
"A comprehensive central access point for searching, locating,
ordering and acquiring government and business information." Operated
by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS).
"The official website for searching the U.S. Government: Welcome
to FirstGov the first-ever government website to provide the public
with easy, one-stop access to all online U.S. Federal Government resources.
FirstGov allows users to browse a wealth of information
everything from researching at the Library of Congress to tracking a NASA
mission. Conduct important business online such as applying for
student loans, tracking Social Security benefits, comparing Medicare
options and even administering government grants and contracts."
U.S. Government Search
Search U.S. federal government websites with Googles uncanny accuracy.
"GPO Access is a service of the U.S. Government Printing Office
that provides free electronic access to a wealth of important information
products produced by the Federal Government. The information provided
on this site is the official, published version" ... includes the
Congressional Record, the Federal Register, and much more."
Revenue Service (Digital Daily)
IRS official website. Get your forms right here (as if you really wanted
some more papers to fill out!) ... as well as news and info from the
IRS' online "Digital Daily"
Find documents, photographs, movies, sound recordings, books, exhibitions,
research tools, library services and more. Includes a quick-jump
link to THOMAS, a service which provides legislative information (full text
access to current bills being considered by the U.S. House and Senate)
Homepage of the National Archives and Records Administration ("to
ensure ready access to essential evidence . . . that documents the rights
of American citizens, the actions of federal officials, and the national
experience"). Interesting collection, but only beginning to put
searchable information about the Archive's vast holdings on-line.
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
"The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is a
Federal agency established by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of
1970. NIOSH is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
and is responsible for conducting research and making recommendations
for the prevention of work-related illness and injuries." Lots of
research info, findings and more...
Labor Relations Board
"The NLRB is an independent Federal agency created in 1935 to administer
and enforce the National Labor Relations Act. It conducts secret-ballot
elections to determine whether employees desire union representation,
and it investigates and remedies unfair labor practices." Well,
at least that's what they're supposed to do. Recently expanded web
site includes board decisions (you'll probably need Adobe's Acrobat Reader
to view them, though).
Simply: a site with an incredible list of links to almost anything political
... but is becoming quite dated (last update appears to have been
in 1999). "The National Political Index is a web site which provides
an index of substantive political information ... our secondary purpose
is to provide a one-stop shop web site for political activist organizations
with tactics and logistics information to empower them to compete
successfully against massive TV advertising which provides almost no
high quality information to voters. Empowering activists is the key to
nullify the corrosive impact of big money on the democratic process."
Catorgories include: Hourly Political Headlines - Federal Elected Officials
- State and Local Officials - Federal Candidates - Info. on Federal
Candidates - State and Local Candidates - No-Cost Web Sites for Candidates
- National Political Parties - State & Local Party Groups -
Political Activist Groups - State Initiatives and Referenda - Un-elected
Beltway V.I.P.s - Tracking Congressional Legislation - Voting Booths
And Polls - Federal Gov't Agencies - Government Sponsored Information -
State & Local Gov't Agencies - Political Science Departments - On-Line
Political Magazines - Unclassified Political Sites - National Political
Activist - National Political Review - National Employment Index - Personals
- Political Resources - Political Goods & Services - Political
Humor - Search Sites - Political Newsgroups - Political Think Tanks
- Reporters' Resources - Political Games & Simulations
Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
Workplace hazards; health and safety rules; OSHA standards and more
about the government's role in preventing sickness and injury (you'll also
get a sense of their heightened "cooperate-with-business-to-keep-the-Republicans-from-gutting-us-completely" approach to health &
safety). Includes a list of health & safety related internet sites.
Official site for Government Printing Office.
One of several specialized search sites from MaxBot.com, a search engine
technology company. A jump box lets you search "over 20 million
university and education pages" ... as well as online books, government
sites, military sites, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesarus,
the Encarta and Britannica Encyclopedias, Info Please Encyclopedia and
Almanacs and A&E Biographies.
Security Administration (SSA)
Everything you ever wanted to know about Social Security: you can even
request your own Personal Earnings and Benefit Estimate Statement (PEBES)
on-line [during restricted hours] unless Republican squawking forces
the SSA to shut this service down. Again. (Why? Remember, lot's of 'em
want to hand the Social Security Trust Fund to big-business, which is just
dying to get its hands on all that capital).
and Local Governments (Library of Congress)
Neat Stuff. Find state and local governments on-line; state government
information; and, state maps. All from the Library of Congress.
Find information concerning Congress -- particularly legislative activity
-- under headings like "Congress This Week", "Bills",
"Congressional Record", "Committee Information",
"Historical Documents", "The Legislative Process"
and "Congressional Internet Services" (a set of great government
links). Invaluable source of information. (Why is it called THOMAS?
"In the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, a service of the U.S. Congress
through its Library." Oh.)
Department of Labor
Home page of this really massive federal agency dealing with jobs and
workers. Info on its agencies, the regulations it administers and enforces,
and a wealth of information about work and employment. Check additional
agency links in the UE Leadership Guide On-Line Supplement.
Government Printing Office (Congressional Documents)
Access to Congressional publications including Bills, Directory, US
Code, and US Constitution. Subsite of the GPO's web site.
House of Representatives
Everything you ever wanted to know about the U.S. House of Representatives.
Special emphasis on current session activities; includes a House
directory, schedule, e-mail links and addresses of representatives plus
a list of additional House-related web sites.
The official home-page of the U.S. Senate. Major topics include: "Legislative
Activities", "Committees", "Senators",
and "Learning About the Senate". Of course, there's a search
feature, links to other sites and a "What's New" page.
"This site provides information and insight into the workings of
the [cabinet-level] office [of the U.S. trade Representative] and the
United States' position on international trade issues." The U.S. Trade
Representative plays a major role in setting U.S. trade policy ("most
favored nation" status, and all that). Here's where you'll find
a lot of pro-NAFTA, pro-GATT, pro-international corporate stuff -- and
a good place to voice your objections.
Department of Labor - Regs
Information on all major statutes and regulations administered by the
Department of Labor.
"Your Guide to Legal Information on the Internet" (from Washburn
University School of Law).
The home page of the executive branch of the U.S. Government. Everything
from bios on the President and Vice-President, tours, and history,
to "what's happening at the White House" and "Briefing Room"
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