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LWVVC's link for Federal Government directs our users to websites of the three branches of government, but the links below are designed to link our members and others to useful websites which relate to government and citizenship but which are not directly related to the functions of our government. We link to sites of both government agencies and non-governmental, non-partisan, organizations which will be useful for our users.
Sites Useful for the Study of Congress
- Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress, 1774-present
- Congress.org: A non-partisan internet publication associated with Congressional Quarterly's Roll Call, Congress.org provides updating on actions in Congress.
- Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875
- Congressional Record: Text of Congressional speeches and documents since 1994, a publication of the U.S. Government Printing Office.
- CRS (Congressional Research Service) Reports (Selective from 1990): CRS is the public policy research arm of Congress. This legislative branch agency works exclusively for Members of Congress, their committees and their staffs. The CRS does not provide direct public access to its reports, requiring citizens to request them from their members of Congress, but the University of North Texas provides this large, searchable, website of many reports.
- THOMAS: Text of Bills, Public Laws, Committee Reports, etc.: Published by the Library of Congress, this site is provides a searchable collection of documents and teaching resources on how laws are made.
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Other Websites Useful for Government, Political, and Personal Research:
- Campaign Finance: PublicCampaign.org is a non-partisan, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to reform of campaign financing.
- Census: American FactFinder: 2010 Census Data searchable down to zipcode level.
- Census: Historical. Decennial Censuses of Population & Housing: 1790 to date
- Census: Historical Census Browser: 1790-1960: This University of Virginia site provides for more detailed searching but goes only to the county level.
- Charity Navigator is an independent charity evaluator with information on more than 6,000 charities.
- Code of Federal Regulations
- Consumer Price Index from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Core Documents of U.S. Democracy: A useful compilation by the Government Printing Office of documents important in the history of the United States.
- Department of Labor Newsletter
- Federal Business Opportunities: Learn of opportunities for Federal Government contracts.
- Florida: IntegrityFlorida.org is a non-profit, non-partisan, organization organized to "promote integrity in government and expose public corruption."
- Florida: Northeast Florida Counts is an online health resource for the seven county area of NorthEast Florida, including Volusia County. It includes studies and data on the impact of various factors which affect health.
- GPO Access: Full text of official documents (largely since 1995) from all branches of the Federal Government through the Government Printing Office.
- Healthcare.gov: Federal website answering questions and concerns about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
- Internal Revenue Service: Tax Forms and Publications from the IRS.
- Patents: Full text of US Patents since 1976.
- Be Ready to Vote! The League of Women Voters of Florida has prepared a website to help all Florida voters find information on the process, rules, etc. You can make sure your registration is up-to-date and accurate now from this link which asks only your first name, last name, and date of birth. Note, do not include your middle name, even if it appears on your registration card.
- Proposed Regulations: This website informs the public of regulations being considered and gives the opportunity for the public to comment online prior to implementation.
- Supreme Court Opinions: 1893 to date: Findlaw.com is a commercial site, but the opinions may be viewed without cost.
- USA.Gov: This is the government's official web portal to Government Information. A user-friendly website, you will find information on gas prices, student loans, how to get a passport, and other items of importance to consumers.
- United States Government Manual: Comprehensive information on the all agencies of the Federal Government; information on quasi-official agencies; international organizations in which the United States participates; and boards, commissions, and committees.
- Vote411.org is a site maintained by the League of Women Voters to provide election information at all levels of government.
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