This is the official website for Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids. Ben's Guide is a service provided by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). This site provides learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and teachers. These resources teach how the U.S. government works and include information about the branches of government, how laws are made, the election process, and citizenship. The site includes a glossary, interactive games and activities, and links to many U.S. Government websites for children.
This website contains information about the work and members of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Future, including its charge to conduct a review of policies for managing the nuclear fuel cycle and recommend a new plan. The website also has summaries of meetings, information about the three subcommittees, and other related resources.
This website describes the activities of the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections to carry out its mission to examine current challenges in the Bureau of Prisons and provide recommendations about policies and solutions to identified problems.
This website contains information about the Chief Information Officers Councils, which use innovative information technology (IT) in order to promote governmental transparency, accountability, and public participation. It includes resources related to Federal IT and information about the work of the government to close the technology gap between the public and private sectors.
This is the website for the federal Commission on Long-Term Care. Established as part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and signed into law January 2, 2013, the commission's goal was to advise Congress on how comprehensive, high-quality long-term care can be better provided and financed for the nation's older adults and people with disabilities. The Commission is composed of 15 members of the Senate and House of Representatives and released its final report on September 18, 2013. The website includes the final report, all relevant press releases, and transcripts and other materials related to its public hearings.
This website describes the history and activities of the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities, established in 2012 by legislative mandate. It includes documentation and a final report that addresses the Commission's recommendations about fundamental reform for handling situations where children are at-risk. The site also contains news and resources related to child abuse and neglect.
This website contains information about the Data.gov project and resources for accessing federal datasets, including the ability to search for data, download datasets, and use related tools. It also includes links to other sites with open data.
This website served as the focal point for the Deepwater Horizon Unified Command, a group of organizations that had involvement with the British Petroleum (BP) explosion and oil spill that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010. The website includes news feeds and information about health concerns, volunteer opportunities, contact information, and ongoing plans for the area. Various maps of the event and other resources are also available, chronicling the problem and the steps taken by the member organizations to deal with the effects.
This website contains information about the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform and its working groups. It includes a description of the commission's charter, by-laws, and general information, as well as a list of committee members, public meetings, and news items.
This website contains tools and statistics about government IT programs; the homepage states: "The IT Dashboard is a website enabling federal agencies, industry, the general public and other stakeholders to view details of federal information technology investments. The purpose of the Dashboard is to provide information on the effectiveness of government IT programs and to support decisions regarding the investment and management of resources."
This website contains information about the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (JSC), a bipartisan committee charged with authoring a recommendation on how to reduce the U.S. deficit by $1.5 trillion over ten years. It includes information about the rules of the committee, the members, and press releases.
This website contains information about the Minerals Management Service (MMS) which manages resources on the outer continental shelf (OCS) including natural gas, oil, and other minerals. The pages include information about the programs administered by the MMS, links related to the Deepwater Horizon incident, and other resources related to the work of the agency.
This is the website for the National Atlas, which provides a comprehensive, maplike view into the enormous wealth of geospatial and geostatistical data collected for the United States. It includes many detailed, interactive maps of the nation on a wide variety of subjects such as the environment, history, government, population, and climate, as well as fully documented digital cartographic datasets and articles. The website was removed from service on September 30, 2014.
This website contains information about the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) which is a collaborative program to increase access to data and information about biological resources in the United States, including databases, informational resources, and analytical tools. This site organizes relevant resources based on regions and subjects, as well as grouping together tools for particular needs.
This website describes the history and activities of the National Commission on Hunger in the United States, created in 2014 by legislative mandate. It includes documentation and a final report that addresses the Commission's goal to address issues of food insecurity and to provide resources for those who need them while reducing the need for government nutrition assistance programs.
This website is for the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil SpilUnited States. Office of Fossil Energyl and Offshore Drilling, established by President Barack Obama on May 21, 2010. The Commission examined the relevant facts and circumstances concerning the root causes of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and developed options to guard against, and mitigate the impact of, any oil spills associated with offshore drilling in the future. This included recommending improvements to federal laws, regulations, and industry practices. The website contains detailed information about each of the commission's meetings, the commission's final reports, and other related resources.
This website contains information about the purpose and work of the National Invasive Species Council, including its plans to prevent and manage invasive species, educational materials, budgetary and organizational documents of the Council, and other related resources.
This is the website for the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, a non-partisan, non-political agency established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) with the goals of providing transparency of ARRA-related funds, and detecting and preventing fraud, waste, and mismanagement of those funds. Under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012, the Board's authority was expanded to include oversight of all federal funding and, under the Disaster Appropriations Act of 2013, the Board was mandated by Congress to use its resources to provide oversight of Hurricane Sandy funding. The website contains information about the board's activities, as well as data related to the $840 billion stimulus bill and information about the distribution and spending of Hurricane Sandy funds.
This website contains information about the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee including their final report from October 2009. Acourding to their "About" page, "[t]he "Review of United States Human Space Flight Plans" is to examine ongoing and planned National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) development activities, as well as potential alternatives, and present options for advancing a safe, innovative, affordable, and sustainable human space flight program in the years following Space Shuttle retirement."
This is the website for the Societal Impacts Program (SIP), located within the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The SIP's overarching goal is to help society benefit from current and emerging forecasting capabilities by integrating social science into weather research and applications through cutting-edge research and capacity building. The website includes information about the SIP's research projects and publications.
This is the website for the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. SIGIR provides oversight for Iraq reconstruction programs and operations. Specifically, SIGIR is mandated with the oversight responsibility of the use, and potential misuse, of the Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund (IRRF) and all obligations, expenditures, and revenues associated with reconstruction and rehabilitation activities in Iraq. SIGIR reports administratively to the Secretaries of State and Defense and provides quarterly and semi-annual reports directly to the U.S. Congress. The website includes all the quarterly and semi-annual reports submitted to Congress, as well as other reports about audits, investigations, inspections, and evaluations. Additionally, it includes a video archive and statements of testimonies before the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate committees.
This website contains the social, political, and economic statistical summaries for the United States, compiled from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, as well as other federal agencies and private organizations.
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