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New Government Documents Received
November 2017

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Consumer Action Handbook. The 2017 edition has updated information on how to protect yourself from fraud, such as buying with virtual currency, how to make returns to a pop-up shop, how to recognize a fake shopping app, gas pump skimming, and crowdfunding. Also contains resources for special populations such as people with disabilities, military families, and seniors. Free copies are available at Central Library on the second floor.
GS 11.9/3:2017

"Day of Publick Thanksgivin", documents from the National Archives. 1789 was the first time Thanksgiving was celebrated under the new Constitution, but it was made a national holiday in 1939. Then as now, the holiday had a relationship with the Christmas shopping season. Find other primary resources for teachers in the Library of Congress. Includes a useful timeline going back to 1541. Finally, if you are planning to cook, learn all about turkey safety, before, during and after your feast from foodsafety.gov.

Health, United States 2016. This annual compilation on short-term and long-term statistics on health topics covers the last forty years. Many health-related news stories have their origin in this important government publication. Life expectancy and causes of death, fertility and infant mortality, smoking (including e-cigarettes), common health issues such as obesity, food allergies, hypertension and ADHD in children, access to health care, and preventive care are examples of topics with statistics broken down longitudinally and by factors such as race, age, sex, and poverty.
HE 20.7042/6:2016

JFK assassination 2017 additional documents release. Access digital copies here. 

Section 8 scammers cheat people seeking housing. Websites that look like registration sites for Section 8 waiting list lotteries are scams that are unfortunately still successful. If you pay a fee or give your personal information, the scammers will take it, but you still won’t be on a real Section 8 waiting list. In fact, there is no fee to register for a Section 8 waiting list. Find out more from this website of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

Veterans. In honor of Veterans Day this month, see reports and data from the U.S. Census Bureau on veterans, including quick statistics from Georgia


The Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2018.

Debt to the penny (daily history from Treasury Dept.; also see Treasury's FAQ about the public debt.

USAspending.gov is required by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act to help citizens understand where tax dollars are spent. Click on a state on the map to see the total amount of spending and the top recipients.

Congressional calendars. Keep up with what they are working on. Senate Legislative Calendar. House Legislative Schedule


U.S. Economy at a Glance. Summary page of the most closely watched statistics, from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Economic Report of the President.  Annually written by the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, the report contains text and extensive data appendices to describe current and foreseeable trends and annual numerical goals concerning topics such as employment, production, real income and Federal budget outlays.

Selected interest rates weekly release from the Federal Reserve. 

Latest unemployment rates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. See Georgia's current unemployment rate (right-hand side).

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