Blog: Government Information
FTC Complaint Assistant
Are you getting unwanted spam text messages? To report complaints about spam and other fraud, use the FTC Complaint Assistant. There's a handy scam alert page too.
Digital Downloads and Copyright
As digital downloading continues to increase, here are some good reminders about copyright issues, online file sharing, and music ownership from the US Dept of Justice and the USPTO.
Library of Congress Magazine
Did you know you can access the official magazine from the Library of Congress for free? Find highlights about the collections, exhibits and resources at the world's largest library and read fascinating articles about key points in US history.
The GPO is now offering free eBooks through its Federal Depository Library Program. Check one out today!
The Metropolitan Council released the preliminary design plans for the Southwest LRT on April 10. Access the plans online or view print copies at the Minneapolis Central Library 2nd floor Information Desk. SWLRT's first public hearing is May 12, 6:00 p.m. at the Hennepin County Government Center.
More LRT Planning
The Bottineau Transitway Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) is available for public review and comment from April 11 through May 29, 2014.
Thrive MSP 2040
The Metropolitan Council invites the public to review and comment on the draft of Thrive MSP 2040, the region's long-range planning document. Public comments will be received through April 28, 2014.
More About Polymet Mining
According to the Minnesota DNR, there's still time to comment on the copper-nickel mine Supplemental Draft EIS. Comments will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, 2014.
American Heart Month
Get tips to keep your heart healthy. Order your packet of free publications sponsored by FDA’s Office of Women's Health. You’ll get tips and advice on healthy ways to manage your blood pressure and cholesterol and learn about medicines that can help as well.
PolyMet Mining Project
The final public meeting about this project is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 at the St. Paul RiverCentre, 5:00 - 10:00 p.m. The Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for PolyMet's mining project, "NorthMet" is available in print at the Minneapolis Central Library. Ask for it at the 2nd floor information desk.
Nutrition Through the Seasons
No matter the season, the USDA has ideas on how to add nutritious food to your diet through their Nutrition.gov service. Find a variety of recipes, food safety information and a fun calendar to observe food holidays throughout the year.
New Year's Resolutions
Government agencies have tips on health, education, personal finances, volunteering and more. Find resources to help you achieve your goals for 2014.
Need more Apps?
Government apps provide information when you're on the go. Check out the hundreds of free apps from the US Government--easy, convenient, and accessible for most mobile devices.
Copper Mining in Northern Minnesota
The Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for PolyMet's mining project, "NorthMet" is now available. A supplement to the 2009 draft EIS, the 2,000+ page document is a significant revision of the original document. The NorthMet Project is located in the established Mesabi Iron Range mining district in northeastern Minnesota. Find a print copy of the document in the Business, Science & Government Information department at the Minneapolis Central Library.
In Memory of John F. Kennedy
The Library of Congress provides a feature called "Today in History" that highlights historical events through images and documents from its vast collections. November 22nd marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's death. Learn more about this immensely popular President and his family at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum.
Gettysburg Address 150th Anniversary
November 19th marks the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's short speech dedicating the Soldiers' National Cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Gettysburg Address, which drew very little attention at the time, is considered one of Lincoln's greatest and most eloquent speeches.
Raising Healthy Kids
There's something for everyone at Let's Move. Help kids learn the importance of healthy food choices using tips from this initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama. Find out what's happening across the country to ensure children are on the path to a healthy future.
Digital Engagement at NARA
Have a passion for historical documents and images from the United States Government? Connect to any of the twelve tumblr sites from The National Archives and Records Administration. A favorite is Today's Document, named by Time Magazine as one of the top 30 tumblrs to follow in 2013.
Congress and the President have until September 30 to pass a bill funding government agencies. What happens if they don't come to an agreement? The Congressional Research Service reports on the causes, processes and effects of a federal government shutdown.
Constitution and Citizenship Day Sept. 17
Celebrated each year on September 17th, this day commemorates the signing of the United States Constitution in 1787 and recognizes all who have attained US Citizenship. The Law Library of Congress tracks the history of this annual observance with primary documents from the Legislative and Executive Branches.
National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair
For the first time ever, the National Archives will host a virtual Genealogy Fair on Sept. 3 & 4, 2013. Participate in live lectures and chats, or a call-in genealogy help line. See the schedule for both days. Find links to handouts too.
March on Washington 50th Anniversary
The Library of Congress is commemorating the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom with an exhibition that opens Aug. 28, fifty years after the historic day when 250,000 people participated in the demonstration for civil rights. Learn more about the ongoing legacy of this important event by following the series, Inside the March on Washington: A Time for Change from the Library of Congress Blog.
Earth As Art
The National Space and Aeronautics Administration (NASA) now has a collection of eBooks available to download to your computer or to most reading devices. Check out Earth As Art, a collection of stunning images from five U.S. Earth-observing satellites. A print copy is also available at the Minneapolis Central Library.
Official White House Tumblr
Life at The White House isn't always serious. Keep up with some fun (and funny) events that happen there. Follow the Obama family's activities and travels on the Official White House Tumblr.
Get It Done Online
Browse an A-Z list of over one hundred government services that you can access from your computer. Find instructions and forms for everything from changing your address to applying for a passport to locating vital records.
The Privacy Act of 1974 (2012 ed.)
Wondering what the U. S. Government can collect and disclose about you? Take time to review this 2012 overview from the Department of Justice. The GPO also provides a helpful summary of this hot topic.
Battle of Gettysburg 150th Anniversary
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the National Archives has posted documents and photographs of the ferocious battle that raged from July 1-3, 1863.
Fun with Government Documents
From bumble bees to space shuttles to surviving a zombie pandemic, there's something for everyone on the annual list of top government-produced publications. Each year, the American Library Association's Government Documents Round Table selects the most notable titles from the previous year. Search the library's catalog for online or print versions of most of the titles on the list.
eBooks from the National Archives
History fans can now download free eBooks from the National Archives and Records Administration. Enjoy titles about the history of baseball, the Emancipation Proclamation or the United States Constitution. Find easy to follow instructions for downloading to a variety of mobile devices.
Observing Memorial Day
Memorial Day, a federal holiday, allows us to pay tribute to Americans who've died in military service. In their honor, please observe a moment of remembrance at 3:00 p.m. local time on Monday, May 27. Many events are scheduled throughout Minnesota over the long weekend.
Making Sense of the State Budget Process
Are you wondering about the status of the state budget as it works its way through the legislative process? The Minnesota Senate provides up-to-date 2013 Budget Tracking Spreadsheets that show the status of the appropriations bills and the latest committee action. The Legislative Reference Library also provides a user-friendly online guide to the complex budget process.
SciTech Connect, a new database from the Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) offers free access to thousands of full-text articles and technical reports in the areas of biology and medicine, chemistry, physics, geology, engineering, mathematics, climatology, oceanography, and more. Create a free account to save documents and searches, export bibliographies and create alerts.
Federal Business Opportunities
If you're interested in doing business with the Federal Government, try Federal Business Opportunities. (formerly "Commerce Business Daily") Find thousands of government procurement invitations, contract awards, subcontracting leads, sales of surplus property and foreign business opportunities.
Electronic Government Documents
Each month the Government Printing Office releases hundreds of documents electronically in the Catalog of U. S. Government Publications. Browse New Titles or search by keyword under Internet Publications. Records date from July 1976 to the present and the Catalog is updated daily.
Affordable Care Act and Small Businesses
The U.S. Small Business Admistration provides new tools to help small business owners make decisions about health care for employees. Find measures to help slow premium cost growth and increase access to quality, affordable health insurance.
Public Health Assessment Brooklyn Park Dump
Residents of the Brooklyn Park area may submit comments about the Public Health Assessment: Site Update and Review of the Brooklyn Park Dump from March 1 - April 30, 2013. Print copies of this Minnesota Department of Health public review document are also available at the Brookdale, Brooklyn Park and Minneapolis Central Libraries.
Women's History Month 2013
March is Women's History Month. Visit this website sponsored by several government agencies to learn about generations of women who've contributed to American society. Teachers can find lesson plans, student activities and research aids too.
Looking for Help?
Access nearly one thousand government benefit and assistance programs at Benefits.gov. Browse by category, or find specific programs for Minnesota residents. Try the Benefit Finder questionnaire to see what programs may work for you.
A Premier Source for Career Information
The Bureau of Labor Statistics provdes hundreds of career profiles and employment projections as far out as 2020 in the online version of Occupational Outlook Handbook. You can browse the handbook on your mobile device too!
Tips for the 2013 Tax Season
The 2013 tax season started about a week later this year due to tax law changes in early January. USA.gov has some helpful tips about your tax filing preparations if you're using specific forms related to general business credits, energy credits, and depreciation and amortization.
Authentic Government Information
When searching for full-text government information, remember to try FDsys: Federal Digital System from the U.S. Government Printing Office. This system provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. Browse the collections to see what years are covered for each publication title.
Presidential Inauguration Jan. 21, 2013
"Faith in America's Future" is the 2013 Inaugural theme. The 20th Amendment changed the beginning of a Presidential term from March 4 to January 20. When this date falls on Sunday, the public inaugural ceremony is held the following Monday. This means President Obama's second inauguration will coincidence with the Martin Luther King holiday on January 21, 2013.
Laws passed by 112th Congress
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