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Alumni - Government Websites

Useful Government web sites compiled by University Libraries Government/Legal Information librarian, Marcy Allen.

United States Census Bureau
Census statistics for 1990 and 200. You can make maps, charts, tables of the statistics. Find information on genealogy, poverty issues, foreign trade, economic census and population estimates.
Centers for Disease Control
For travelers this site is a must visit to find out about various diseases and vaccinations you might need when visiting certain countries around the world. You can also find a wealth of information about hundreds of diseases, find health statistics and other health related topics.
Weather
Find national and international weather reports!
Consumer Product Safety Commission
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. You can find out about product recalls and report unsafe products on the CPSC website.
Library of Congress
The Library of Congress website is amazingly diverse. You can browse through the Library's collection and exhibits, look up legislative information on Thomas, view online exhibitions, visit the American Memory site to view images and hear audio clips about different events in American history and you can find information about tours of the Library of Congress.
Internal Revenue Service
Download your tax forms and file your taxes online! Have a tax question? Ask it here.
Smithsonian
The National Museum is composed of 17 separate museums, 140 affiliated museums, and 9 research centers. The Smithsonian website is chock full of information about these resources and more. You can find visitor information, images and publications produced by the Smithsonian, and learn about various exhibits that are currently running and those that will be arriving in the various museums.
White House
The White House website provides information for the current administration. You will find major speeches, how the administrations stands on major issues, and recent news stories. You can even find out what the first dog is doing these days.
United States Department of Education
There is so much information available on the Department of Education's website that it is impossible to list it all here. You can apply online for financial aid for college. Browse and apply for Fulbright Scholarships. Find teaching materials. Locate research and statistics on various education related topics.
Peace Corps
Learn everything there is to know about the Peace Corps. Where do they work? What's it like to be a volunteer? Request and application packet and apply online. Also provides great resources for friends and families of volunteers and for returning volunteers.
United States Post Office
Buy stamps online! Find the zip code for city, town or place. Track packages, locate a post office, calculate postage, change your address. All of these things are available on the United States Post Office website. You can now even send greeting or post cards online!
Social Security Administration
Everything you need and want to know about Social Security. Tons of information on this website from how to change your name on your social security card to accessing information regarding your social security statements. File claims online, read about the history of social security, and read the latest social security news.
Small Business Administration
This site offers a wealth of information for those who seek to start a new business or those already involved. The focus of this website is small business, you can find information about how to start, finance, and manage your business. There is a section about the different programs that the SBA offers to business owners as well as access to business laws and regulations.
Consumer Information Center
Since 1970, the Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC) has been a trusted one-stop shop for answers to questions about consumer problems and government services. Consumers can get the information they need through printed publications, by calling 1-800-FED-INFO, and through information posted on FCIC's family of websites
The Consumer Action website
Part of the Consumer Information Center family of websites, you can find information on products before you buy, tips on cars, education, food and nutrition, insurance, travel and utilities. Also offers assistance in filing complaints.