- The one-stop Internet site consolidates
20,000 government Web sites -- some 27 million web pages -- into one. --AP
Law Sources Online (ALSO)
- "The purpose
of ALSO! is to provide a comprehensive, uniform, and useful compilation of
links to all on-line sources of American law that are available without charge.
This site contains additional links to sources of commentary and practice
aids that are available without charge (or available at a reasonable charge
from governmental and nonprofit providers)."
for Public Integrity
- "Called a 'watchdog
in the corridors of power' by National Journal. The Center's mission
is to provide the American public with the findings of its investigations
and analyses of public service, government accountability, and ethics-related
issues." Includes the The
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
for Responsive Politics
- Follow the money. "The
Center for Responsive Politics is a non-partisan, non-profit research group
based in Washington, D.C. that specializes in the study of Congress and particularly
the role that money plays in its elections and actions. The Center conducts
computer-based research on campaign finance issues for the news media, academics,
activists, and other interested observers of Congress. The Center's work is
aimed at creating a more involved citizenry and a more responsive Congress."
- The official web site
for the Department of Defense and the starting point for finding U.S. military
- Lycos Top 10% review:
If U.S. government officials really are for sale, this is the general ledger.
FECInfo is the single most comprehensive Website for finding campaign finance
data. Run by a former Federal Election Commission employee, Tony Raymond,
FECInfo delivers raw data and summary stats for Congressional campaigns since
1994, and individual contributions since 1980. Want to check how much Microsoft's
PAC gave, and to whom? No problem. Did Kevin Costner really give $1,000 to...Phil
Gramm? It's all here.
- "More than 70 agencies
in the United States Federal Government produce statistics of interest to
the public. The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy maintains
this site to provide easy access to the full range of statistics and information
produced by these agencies for public use."
- Free downloadable files,
files, and more files. Federal agency files, Agency Federal Register (FR)
and Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) files, Commerce Business Daily Information
(CBD), Federal Depository Library Information (shipping lists of documents
sent to libraries), and Supreme Court Decisions.
- The Center for Information
Law and Policy provides this omnibus resource for federal government information
on the Web. Organized by: Legislative Branch, Judicial Branch, Executive Branch
(with Departments), Independent Agencies, Quasi Official Agencies, and Non-Governmental
Federally Related Sites
- A specialized search
engine to help you find government information developed by The Center for
Intelligent Information Retrieval, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. "The
CIIR GovBot has gathered 1,017,616 web pages from U.S. Government and Military
sites around the country. "
Documents in the News
- "Documents in the
News identifies issues about government making news headlines and web sources
with additional information." A project of The University of Michigan.
- The Government Printing
Office provides free online access to: Government information databases -
Individual Federal agency - Tools to assist you in finding Government Information
- Collections of Government information available for free use at a library
to Effectively Locate Federal Government Information on the Web
- Sherry Dedecker and
Patricia Cruse, librarians at the University of California, San Diego have
prepared an online interactive tutorial called "How to Effectively Locate
Federal Government Information on the Web. Each module has an explanatory
section, links to sites, and a set of questions and answers.
- Transactional Records
Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) "is a nonprofit organization at the Newhouse
School, Syracuse University, which helps reporters find and analyze data about
federal law enforcement agencies. It provides datasets on-line, on tape or
diskette (i.e., U.S. Justice Dept records, IRS records, etc.); performs research
on federal agencies for media; and provides training."
International and Transparency
International - USA Program
- "A non-governmental
organisation dedicated to increasing government accountability and curbing
both international and national corruption." Among the resources at these
Web sites are full texts of Working Papers and the "Corruption Perceptions
Index", a "poll of polls" measuring public views of the extent
of corruption in 85 countries
States Constitution Search
- Not just another raw
text of the Constitution, but a search engine that allows you to search for
words and phrases and get back a list of links to the location within the
text of your search terms.
States Government Information and US
States' Government Information
- The University of Colorado
at Boulder has augmented the U.S. Government documents distributed to major
libraries with their own acquisitions and made this simple and useful listing
of links everything from "Administrative Law Decisions" to "Green
Book: Entitlement Programs" to "Patents & Trademarks" and "Year
State and Local Gateway
Other Governments and United Nations
Nations Scholars' Workstation at Yale
- Journalists will probably
be most interested in the "Research Approaches" set of choices toward
the bottom of the page that organizes Internet access by UN Organizational
Structure - by Research Topic - by Geographic Area - to Biographical Information
and to Current U.S. Legislation.
Government Resources on the Web
- The University of Michigan's
library has assembled and organized a comprehensive gateway to government
information from most of the world's nations.
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February 11, 2003