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Federal Information

Since 1894, the Tacoma Public Library has been a selective Federal Depository Library, receiving publications from numerous federal agencies, as well as the fourteen executive departments and the legislative and judicial branches of the United States government. Federal documents come to the Tacoma Public Library in print, microfiche, and CD-ROM formats as well as via the World Wide Web.  

 United States Gov't Other Selected Governmental Sites Federal Search Sites

The United States Government

Legislative Branch
House of Representatives
Congressional Committees
General Accounting Office

Judicial Branch
Federal Judiciary (U.S. Courts)
Supreme Court

Executive Branch
Office of the President
Office of the Vice President

Executive Agencies
Health and Human Services
Homeland Security
Housing and Urban Development
Veterans Affairs

Charters of Freedom
Explore and understand the making and impact of the Charters of Freedom:
Declaration of Independence
Constitution of the United States
Bill of Rights.

Other Selected Governmental Sites

Auto Safety Information
From the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, this database allows the user to look at the past repair/recall history for any make/model/year of a car.
Census Bureau (and American Factfinder)
Access the decennial census and other surveys undertaken by the Census Bureau. American Factfinder presents results of a census or survey in a variety of table or map formats.
Centers for Disease Control
The Center for Disease Control of the US Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for monitoring disease in the United States. One can find here statistics about diseases such as AIDS, publications, and information about epidemics such as West Nile virus.
CIA World Factbook
The World Factbook provides national-level information on the countries, territories, and dependencies of the world. Useful for school assignments, a map of each country is also included with each country profile.
Consumer Price Index
The Consumer Price Indexes (CPI) program produces monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services.
Copyright Office
Here find key publications for copyright registration, copyright law, and records since 1978.
Federal Acquisition Jumpstation
Your link to Federal acquisition information on the Internet.
Federal Citizen Information Center
Have a question about Federal programs, benefits or services? This site assists citizens trying to find that elusive answer to their question.
FirstGov for Consumers
A resource for consumer information from the federal government on food product safety, health, home and community, money, transportation, children, careers, education, technology and more.
Freedom of Information Act
Follow this link to read about the requirements of federal agencies to disclose public records.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service
Access forms, office locations and more.
Internal Revenue Service
Access the IRS online for forms, publications, and tax information for current and past tax filing years
National Archives and Records Administration
The National Archives preserves the papers of the federal government, dating back to 1776. Search on the site for digital records of everything from Holocaust assets to census records.
Patent and Trademark Office
The primary role of the USPTO includes processing patent and trademark applications and disseminating patent and trademark information.
Small Business Administration
The Small Business Administration is charged with helping small business in the USA succeed. The site includes information on starting, financing, and managing a small business.
Social Security Administration
Locate an office in your area, find instructions for applying for or replacing a card, or answers to questions about social security benefits and much more.
State Department Background Notes
The Background Notes are useful for finding up-to-date information and facts on all the countries of the world with which the United States has relations.
Supreme Court Collection
Access the text of most Supreme Court decisions since 1922 by justice, date, topic, or party.
Supreme Court USSC+ Online

Access thousands of opinions handed down by the United States Supreme Court, with complete coverage from 1792 to present.
White House
Access the White House page to find weekly radio announcements, political appointments and other important information about the executive branch.

Federal Search Sites

(Websites that index government information)
MarciveWeb is a searchable catalog of U.S. government publications and documents from July 1976 to the present. Remote access requires a Tacoma Public Library card number.
Follow this link to find statistics from over 100 U.S. federal agencies.
FedWorld Information Network
The FedWorld.gov web site is a gateway to government information. This site is managed by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) as part of its information management mandate.
FindLaw Constitutional Law Center
FindLaw is a legal Web site providing comprehensive legal resources on the Internet for legal professionals, businesses, students and individuals.
FirstGov.gov is the official U.S. gateway to all government information. 
GPO Access
GPO Access is a service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides free electronic access to a wealth of important information produced by the Federal Government. The information provided on this site is the official, published version and the information retrieved from GPO Access can be used without restriction, unless specifically noted.
SEC Edgar
Edgar is the Securities and Exchange Commission's online file of reports which publicly traded corporations which include the 10k, indispensable to investors.
THOMAS (Federal Legislative Information)
THOMAS is a collection of databases created to provide free access to legislative information. Track bills currently moving through Congress. Find which elected officials sit on legislative committees, or follow the activities of the House and Senate.

Last Updated 20.09.2007