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Census Bureau - American FactFinder (http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/BasicFactsServlet)
Type in a street address on American FactFinder and look
up demographic information on your city, county, or state.
You can even look up information at the tract level! New:
Social and economic profiles released in August 2002 that
contain statistical information on jobs, income, citizenship,
Census Bureau - Mapping & Cartographic Resources
Access to Census Bureau mapping resources. Use American
Factfinder to custom create maps with census information
(income, race, etc.) You can also produce custom reports
of detailed statistical information from the census.
at a Glance (http://stats.bls.gov/eag)
Economy at a Glance has data on labor force, unemployment,
earnings, productivity, Employee Cost Index, Consumer Price
Index, producer Price Index broken down by state and some
selected cities. Can be searched by key word. Produced
by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.
Protection Agency (http://www.epa.gov)
Home page. Envirofacts
page provides search engine for all EPA databases (TRI,
Superfund, etc.) http://www.epa.gov/enviro.
Able to search by zip code - check out the "Where You
Live" section on the left!
Electoral Commission Info (http://www.tray.com/fecinfo)
FECINFO provides public access to campaign contributions
to federal representatives and candidates, and the major
national parties (soft money). Search by company (employer)
and name. Some databases are free, others charge a fee.
To search by candidate/representative click US HOUSE/SENATE
CAMPAIGN MONEY. To search by contributor use both LOOK-UP
CONTRIBUTORS BY THEIR NAME (use company name here, too),
and CONTRIBUTOR OCCUPATION/EMPLOYER LOOK-UP. Clear instructions
are provided as you go along. New! Corporate PACS giving
to Candidates. Check out the bar on the left and click that
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT
Accounting Office (http://www.gao.gov)
GAO examines the use of public funds, evaluates federal
programs and activities, and provides analyses, options,
recommendations, and other assistance to help the Congress
make oversight, policy, and funding decisions. Full text
of GAO reports from 1975 to present. Great source of information
on wide variety of topics. Searchable by subject and by
report number. Just go to "GAO Reports" on the
left and click on the link "Find GAO Reports".
Lots of new stuff: "Financial Report on the Federal
Government", and Special Collections on Homeland Security
A clearinghouse of information on nonprofit organizations
presently including the activities and finances of more
than 650,00 nonprofit organizations. Enter the non-profit's
name in <Charity Search> box. After reviewing the
retrieved list of nonprofits, click on your targeted organization
and use your browser to print. Fill out IRS Form 4506-A,
Request for Public Inspection or Copy of Exempt Organization
Tax Form. Include the EIN (Employer Identification Number)
provided by Guidestar. Attach the Guidestar printout with
your request to the appropriate Internal Revenue Service
Center. Within two to six weeks you should receive photo-copies
of the non-profit's IRS Form 990 with a fee for photocopying.
The 990 has a wealth of information including the salaries
of the top five employees and outside contractors, and a
list of officers and directors.
Association of Counties (http://www.naco.org)
Go to the "About Counties" link for local data.
Has census data and maps, contact information for local
officials, links to "Model Programs" regarding
such issues as criminal justice (searchable by topic or
county). Just released: The structure and composition of
Bush's Homeland Security Council. Check it out!
Library of Medicine (http://www.nlm.nih.gov)
Search the NLM site is most useful. Lots of good stuff on
chemicals and their effects.
Priorities Project (http://www.nationalpriorities.org)
The National Priorities Project has been the source for
how federal spending and tax priorities affect your community.
They provide the resources needed to understand and change
current federal budget and tax priorities to ensure that
the basic social needs of communities are met. Searchable
by issue or by location (on the state level).
Health and Safety Administration (http://www.osha.gov)
This government web site provides full reports of OSHA inspections.
These include regular inspections and those filed due to
complaints or accidents. Violation, fines and descriptions
of incidents are available. You can get a nation-wide record
of a company or focus your search to specific plant. Click
on STATISTICS, then on INSPECTION DATA, then ESTABLISHMENT
SEARCH. Be sure to check off Exact Match when searching,
otherwise you'll get inaccurate results. They'll also put
out notices of public comment on their website on the front
The Right to Know Network (RTK) provides free access to
government information on toxic releases, toxic spills,
superfund sites an other environmental results of manufacturing/industry.
You can search by company, industry or geographic area.
Once on the homepage, click DATABASES to the left of the
screen, now you need to decide which databases to search.
A MASTER search will search all of the databases simultaneously.
and Local Government on the Net (http://www.statelocalgov.net/index.cfm)
Click on a state site and see categories: State Home Page;
Statewide Offices; Legislative/Judicial/Executive Branch/Boards
and Commissions; Regional; Counties; Cities.
Security and Exchange Commission Filings and Forms
The SEC requires all public companies (except foreign companies
and companies with less than $10 million in assets and 500
shareholders) to file registration statements, periodic
reports, and other forms electronically through EDGAR. Anyone
can access and download this information for free. Here
you'll find links to a complete list of filings available
through EDGAR and instructions for searching the EDGAR database.
Check out the "Description of SEC Forms" link
for a glossary of what these forms mean.
of Bay Area Governments Data Center (http://www.abag.ca.gov/abag/overview/datacenter)
Get population, economic, governmental and cost of living
information about the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties.
2002 Projections now available!!
Official California state government website.
Department of Education (http://www.cde.ca.gov)
The official California Department of Education website!
On the homepage, check out the "DataQuest" section
under "Finance, Research and Statistics". They
have up-to-date facts on enrollment, dropout rates, school
performances, teacher hires, etc. arranged by state, county,
district, and school! Star Test Results just out!
Legislative Information (http://www.leginfo.ca.gov)
The official site of California Law. You can search for
bills by session, by topic, or by author. Once you've found
the bill, you can also look through its history to see who's
supported it and who's against it.
2005. Please send Web site corrections to firstname.lastname@example.org.