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CRC Links to U.S. Government Web Sites

Federal Web Page Locator
The ultimate one stop shopping point for federal government information on the Web from the Villanova Center for Information Law and Policy.

Legislative Branch

House of Representatives -Links dealing with specific offices (committee, leadership, and member), house operations, contacts, current events, schedules of committee hearings, and other relevant information.

Senate -Allows access into a number of important links including current Senators and their committees, legislative activities, historical and contact information, and other facts and figures.

General Accounting Office -The GAO helps Congress oversee federal programs and operations to assure accountability to the American people. This site contains access to and information on the GAO and their reports, employment opportunities, legal support and policy program analyses, financial audits, program reviews and investigations.

Government Printing Office -The GPO has produced and distributed federal government information products. The office provides public access to government information along with many other duties to the Congress, Federal agencies, and other interested groups. This site is helpful to those individuals that wish to access documents, learn about the GPO’s office and staff, and read congressional testimonies.

  • Web Access -The GPO Access is a service of the Government Printing Office that provides free electronic access to a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal government. The information on this site is the official, published version and the information retrieved from GPO Access can be used without restriction, unless noted.
  • Federal Depository Library Program

Secondary access to GPO
Library of Congress -The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, and it serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with more than 120 million items on approximately 530 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 18 million books, 2.5 million recordings, 12 million photographs, 4.5 million maps, and 54 million manuscripts.

Thomas – Acting under the directive of the leadership of the 104th Congress to make Federal legislative information freely available to the Internet public, a Library of Congress team brought the THOMAS World Wide Web system online.

Congressional Research Service -The Congressional Research Service (CRS), part of the Library of Congress, prepares its reports for the U.S. Congress. CRS products undergo review for accuracy and objectivity and contain nontechnical information that can be very useful to people interested in environmental policy. CRS does not itself provide these documents to the general public.

Judicial Branch

The Supreme Court of the United States -The Legal Information Institute provides a service that delivers synopses (syllabi) of the court’s decisions to you via electronic mail on the day of decision. This site allows users to search for Supreme Court decisions by date, topic, party name, or term. It also includes a court calendar, a schedule of oral arguments, and information related to the court.

The United States Courts of Appeals

Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts -The Federal Judiciary homepage includes information, publications, and directories on the U.S. Federal Courts, judiciary news and features, a public review link which allows users to view changed and proposed amendments, and other helpful features.

Federal Judicial Center -A research and education agency that conducts and promotes education and training for Federal judges, court employees, and others. In addition, they develop recommendations about the operation and study of Federal courts and promote research on federal judicial procedures, court operations, and history. Users will find general information about the Center, a history of the Federal Judiciary, various publications, employment opportunities and links to other services.

United States Sentencing Commission -Establishes sentencing policies and practices for federal courts, guidelines for prescribing appropriate punishments, and advising Congress and the executive branch in crime policy. In addition, they collect, analyze, research and distribute information on a number of issues related to federal crime. Users can access reports, publications, guidelines, sentencing statistics, hearings, testimonies, and other general information.

Cornell Law School’s Legal Information
(full text of U.S. Supreme Court decisions)

Executive Branch

The White House Office -This site provides information about the President and Vice-President, the Federal government, White House history, tours and events and many other helpful links.The White House Briefing Room -Also known as the Economic Statistics Briefing Room, this site provides easy access to current Federal economic indicators and statistical data produced by a number of Federal agencies. Users are able to chose from a wide range of subjects including productions and sales, output, income, expenditures and wealth, employment information, prices, and so on.

Office of Managment and Budget -This site is similar to the White House Office web site because it provides information on White House tours, history and events. In addition, users can learn about the current President and Vice-President and have direct access to a number of Federal Services.

Executive Departments

Department of Agriculture -The Department of Agriculture works to enhance the quality of life for the American people by: supporting production of agriculture, ensuring a safe, affordable, nutritious, and accessible food supply caring for agricultural, forest, and range lands supporting sound development of rural communities providing economic opportunities for farm and rural residents expanding global markets for agricultural and forest products and services and working to reduce hunger in America and throughout the world. Users have the opportunity to learn about the USDA and can access top stories, national and agency releases, and USDA’s programs, agencies and services. There is also a subject and/or site search and contact information.

  • USDA Economics and Statistics System -The USDA Economics and Statistics System contains nearly 300 reports and datasets from the economics agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These materials cover U.S. and international agriculture and related topics. User’s can search by title in the Economic Research Service Collection, the National Agricultural Statistics Service and the World Agricultural Outlook Board. Information is available on report release dates and data sets and reports can be requested via email.
  • Michigan Office of State Rural Development Councils (SRDCs) -The National Rural Development Partnership (NRDP) works to strengthen rural America through collaborative partnerships. The NRDP brings together partners from local, state, tribal, and federal governments, as well as from the for-profit and nonprofit private sector. Users can access information about the Michigan Rural Development Council (NRDP), partnerships at the State and National levels, conference dates, leadership contacts, and internet resources.

Department of Commerce -Promotes job creation, economic growth, sustainable development and improved living standards for all Americans by working in partnership with business, universities, communities and workers. This site provides information about the Department of Commerce and their releases, reports, publications, current events, speeches, congressional testimonies, internet resources, and contact information.

  • Bureau of the Census -The preeminent collector and provider of timely, relevant, and quality data about the people and economy of the United States. Provides information about the Census Bureau and their work related to geographical information and statistical data on people and business. In addition, users can access a number of reports and news releases and can find information concerning the 2000 Census and other search topics.
  • Bureau of Economic Analysis -The BEA is to produce and disseminate accurate, timely, relevant, and cost-effective economic account statistics that provide government, businesses, households, and individuals with a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of economic activity. BEA’s national, regional, and international economic accounts present basic information on such key issues as U.S. economic growth, regional economic development, and the Nation’s position in the world economy.
  • Economics Analysis

Department of Education -The Department ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence for all Americans. This site provides a wide range of information about the Department including initiatives, grant opportunities, offices, publications, research and statistical information. Users can also find press releases, speeches, links to organizations supported by the Department and search engines.

  • Easy Access for Students and Institutions – was a joint effort among the Department of Education, students, educators, and the business community over the past several years, to document then current processes and redesign the student financial aid delivery system. This web site provides historical documents about Project EASI, as well as the library of technical documents that Project EASI delivered between 1996 and 1999. Education beyond high school is the theme and users can learn how to become an expert on planning, applying, receiving and repaying.
  • Office of Postsecondary Education – This web site provides information and resources for students, parents, educators, policy-makers, and others regarding the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education. The OPE is responsible for formulating federal postsecondary education policy and administering programs that provide assistance to postsecondary education institutions and to students pursuing programs of postsecondary education. Users can learn about higher education grants, financial aid programs, and loan information. The site also includes announcements, Congressional testimonies, recent policy initiatives and links to other sites.

Department of Energy – A leading science and technology agency whose research supports our nation’s energy security, national security, environmental quality, and contributes to a better quality of life for all Americans. Users can find information on the DOE along with press releases, congressional testimonies, speeches, declassified materials, upcoming events and other helpful links. In addition, part of their site is dedicated to bringing the scientific and educational resources of national laboratories to one central location.

Department of Health and Human Services – The United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. This site contains information about the HHS along with press releases, fact sheets, HHS records, speeches, public service campaigns, Congressional testimonies, and new information. In addition, users can access employee information, job opportunities, HHS Agency web links and HHS sponsored sites.

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Department of Interior

Department of Justice

Department of Labor

Department of State

Department of Transportation

Department of the Treasury -The Department of the Treasury is organized into two major components: the Departmental offices and the operating bureaus. The Departmental Offices are primarily responsible for the formulation of policy and management of the Department as a whole, while the operating bureaus carry out the specific operations assigned to the Department. Our bureaus make up 98% of the Treasury work force. The basic functions of the Department of the Treasury include:

  • Managing Federal finances;
  • Collecting taxes, duties and monies paid to and due to the U.S. and paying all bills of the U.S.;
  • Producing all postage stamps, currency and coinage;
  • Managing Government accounts and the public debt;
  • Supervising national banks and thrift institutions;
  • Advising on domestic and international financial, monetary, economic, trade and tax policy;
  • Enforcing Federal finance and tax laws;
  • Investigating and prosecuting tax evaders, counterfeiters, forgers, smugglers, illicit spirits distillers, and gun law violators;
  • Protecting the President, Vice President, their families, candidates for those offices, foreign missions resident in Washington and visiting foreign dignitaries.
  • Internal Revenue Service -The Internal Revenue Service is the nation’s tax collection agency and administers the Internal Revenue Code enacted by Congress.

Department of Veterans Affairs -The goal of the VA is to provide excellence in patient care, veterans’ benefits and customer satisfaction.

Government Corporations

Federal Election Commission

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Federal Reserve System

General Services Administration

National Archives and Records Administration

National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities

National Labor Relations Board

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

Small Business Administration

Social Security Administration

Quasi-Official Agencies

Federal Information Exchange (FEDIX)

Smithsonian Institution

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