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American Housing Survey table creator. Atlanta is one of the metro areas with data that can be presented by this handy table creator from the U.S. Census. Information includes specifics about housing stock, housing value, and some demographic data.

Dusk for Dawn Dawn launched in 2007, a mission to the two largest bodies in the asteroid belt – Vesta and Ceres. These diverse worlds offer scientific snapshots of the birth of our solar system 4.6 billion years ago. The spacecraft has run out of its fuel, hydrazine, making it impossible for it to keep its antenna trained on the Earth for communicating. It also cannot keep its solar panels pointed at the Sun for recharging. The data it has sent back will be useful to scientists for decades to come.

Cancer risk from cell phones. The National Toxicology Program has released information on toxicology study results on cancer risk in rats from radio frequency radiation used in 2G and 3G cell phones.

Scrubbing carbon from the air. News outlets reported on a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine advocating for “negative emissions technologies” to be put in place. This means that in addition to efforts to reduce carbon emissions, the NASEM urges the federal government to develop technologies that can remove vast quantities of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere in order to help slow climate change. 

New food label. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is phasing in a new food label for packaged foods, saying the new label reflects updated scientific information, including our greater understanding of the links between diet and chronic disease, and is also more realistic about how people eat today (for example, for a pint of ice cream, calories and nutrients are listed both for one serving and for the whole container). See what the changes are

Census Bureau press release on the opportunity Atlas. This new Census product graphically displays how well children from different neighborhoods do in adulthood. 

Special review - initial observations regarding family separation issues under the zero tolerance policy. This report of the Department of Homeland Security. Office of Inspector General, was released September 27, 2018, and addressed the Trump administration’s separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Drug overdoses in the workplace. Some news stories have reported on an increase in drug overdoses in the workplace and fatalities resulting from drug use. These statistics can be obtained from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Fatality and Catastrophe Investigation Summaries database (search "drug" in keyword). The incidents are usually about a year behind in this database. 

IdentityTheft.gov is a portal set up by the Federal Trade Commission to help victims of identity theft. It makes a report and gives information on victim rights. It guides victims through a recovery plan, including sample letters to creditors and credit reporting agencies. If you don't know you are a victim yet, it lets you know what the warning signs are. It covers recovery for accounts you might not have thought of. 

Minority voting rights. The U.S. Civil Rights Commission's new statutory enforcement report on voting rights access of minorities. 

Census jobs. Both temporary and permanent Census positions in the Atlanta area are offered. For other areas, monitor opportunities at Census' page Field Opportunities by State.

 Budget 

The Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2019.

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

 Economy

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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