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How to Get a Copy of Your Birth Certificate
A birth certificate or a certified copy of an original birth certificate is needed for many things. Here is how to get a copy of yours.
How to Replace a Lost or Stolen Social Security...
Explains how to replace a lost or stolen Social Security card for an adult U.S. citizen.
How Much Do Members of Congress Really Get Paid?
How much do members of Congress really get paid and what are their benefits? Hint: Don't believe those emails.
3 Requirements to Become U.S. President
The requirements to serve as President of the United States
What Was The Great Compromise of 1787?
About the Great Compromise of 1787.
How Much U.S. Debt Does China Own?
Find out how much U.S. debt China really owns. See what other foreign governments hold in American government-backed securities and investments. Read about criticism of the debt and who owns it.
What Are The 3 Branches of The U.S. Government?
The United States has three branches of government: the executive, the legislative and the judicial. Each of these branches has a distinct and essential role in the function of the government, and they were established in Articles 1 (legislative), 2 (executive) and 3 (judicial) of the U.S. Constitution.
What is the Process for Impeaching the President?
The process of impeachment of the President of the United States.
How to Order Greeting Cards From the White House
The White House will send greeting cards signed by the President of the United States to commemorate special events, accomplishments or milestones free of charge to U.S. citizens. To request a greeting card from the President, just follow these guidelines from the White House Greetings Office.
Issues, Organizations, and Interest Groups
Pick an issue - pick an opinion. There's an online organization for you.
How to Write a Letter to Your Congressman or...
Do letters to US Senators and Representatives do any good? They can and are more likely to be effective if written the right way.
Questions used in the test for U.S. citizenship.
The pool of 100 questions which can be used on the official test for U.S. citizenship.
Powers Shared and Not by the Federal and State...
Explains the concept of federalism.
Former US Citizenship Test Questions
Questions formerly used by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in testing immigrants for citizenship
The 3 Requirements You Have to Meet to be a...
The Senate is the United States' higher legislative chamber (the House of Representatives being the lower chamber), containing 100 members. If you have dreams of becoming one of the two senators who represent each state for six-year terms, you might want to check the Constitution first. The guiding document for our government specifically spells out the requirements to be a senator.
Why the U.S. Has a House of Representatives and...
Why the US Congress Has Two Chambers, the House and Senate
People Posing as US Soldiers Are Scamming Women...
The US military warns that women around the world are being scammed out of thousands of dollars by persons pretending to be U.S. soldiers.
5 Longest Filibusters in U.S. History
See who conducted the longest filibusters in U.S. history. Find out how long the longest filibusters were. Discover what subjects were being debated during the longest filibusters. Learn what techniques were used in the longest filibusters.
How to Apply for Social Security Benefits and...
When and how to apply for Social Security retirement benefits.
What Are the Warning Signs of Ischemic Stroke?
Warning signs of a stroke may appear as early as seven days before an attack and require urgent treatment to prevent serious damage to the brain, according to a study of stroke patients published in the March 8, 2005 issue of Neurology. Learn the warning signs of ischemic stroke.
How Much Does the President of the United...
Pay and Compensation of the President of the United States
Do You Still Have to Register for the Draft?
Registering for the draft is required by law for all males 18 to 25.
Government Aid and Money - No Grants Needed
Assistance from the U.S. Government for home repair or improvement and homelessness.
The Truth About Small Business Grants From the...
The truth about U.S. Government small business grants
How Much Money Top U.S. Government Officials Make
Current annual salaries of top elected and appointed US government officials, along with the annual salaries for these officials in 2000 or 2001.
What Does It Take to Amend the US Constitution?
How constitutional amendments are proposed and adopted.
How to Get a Federal Tax ID Number
How to get a Federal Tax ID number, or EIN.
How to Replace Badly Damaged or Mutilated U.S....
How to replace damaged US currency.
Wnat is Direct Democracy?
What is direct democracy? US Government Info.
HUD Grants to Help Disabled Renters
HUD has announced the awarding of government grants totaling $39.9 million in 21 states to assist non-elderly individuals and families with disabilities in leasing affordable private housing.
How You Can Apply for a U.S. Passport
Ins and outs of applying for a U.S. passport.
What Is the Job of the Executive Branch?
About the executive branch of US government.
How to Apply for Food Stamps
Details on the federal Food Stamp program, now called the SNAP or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and how to apply for benefits.
6 Big Retirement Benefits Available to Former...
Presidential retirement benefits were non-existent until the enactment of the Former Presidents Act (FPA) in 1958. Since then, presidential retirement benefits have included a lifetime annual pension, staff and office allowances, travel expenses, civil service protection and more.
14 Steps: How Bills Become Laws
How the U.S. Federal Legislative Process Works
Is the U.S. Postal Service Public or Private?
About the United States Postal Service (USPS). Is it government agency or a private business? It's both.
How to Find and Recover Unclaimed Money and...
Finding and recovering unclaimed property held by state governments.
How Women's Heat Attack Symptoms Differ from...
Research by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) indicates that women often experience new or different physical symptoms as long as a month or more before experiencing heart attacks.
Learn How Federalism Works in the US
Federalism – a description of federalism as practiced in the United States
11 Federal Benefit and Assistance Programs...
There are federal benefit programs available to help with many other life situations and needs. Here you will find profiles, including basic eligibility criteria and contact information for 10 of the most popular federal benefit and assistance programs.
Read Up on Who Really Elects the US Presidents
The Electoral College System, not the nationwide poplar vote, elects the President of the United States. How does it work?
Why the CDC Says Americans Are Getting Taller...
Americans are getting taller, but also fatter.
U.S. Constitution: Articles, Amendments and...
Index to the US Constitution. US Government Info.
3 Simple Requirements to Become a U.S....
The House of Representatives is the lower chamber of Congress, and it currently counts 435 men and women among its members. House members are popularly elected by constituents in their home states; they don't represent the entire state, but rather specific geographic districts within the state. House members serve two-year terms, but what does it take to be a representative in the first place, besides money, legions of loyal constituents, charisma and the stamina to make it through a campaign?
What Are the U.S. President's Legislative Powers?
The President of the United States is commonly referred to as the most powerful person in the free world, but his legislative powers are strictly defined by the Constitution and by a system of checks and balances among the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the government.
Are You Eligible for a Very Low Income Housing...
These USDA-backed loans and grants are to help very low-income rural homeowners an opportunity to make essential repairs to their homes to make them safe and to remove health hazards to the family or the community.
The Original 13 States
The original 13 states of the United States of America as recognized by the Articles of Confederation.
Do Illegal Aliens Have Constitutional Rights?
Illegal aliens do have some constitutional rights.
Which U.S. States Have No Income Tax?
States without state income tax.
How a Presidential Veto Works and How Congress...
About the presidential power to veto or reject bills passed by Congress.
Gun Control Timeline - U.S. Government...
Gun Control Timeline A Brief History of Firearms Regulation in America Guide Extra: When did this whole
Government Resources That Can Help Start Your...
There are no federal small business grants, but the SBA offers low interest loans and lots of free resources that can really help you get started.
How Are Convention Delegates Chosen?
Explains how delegates to the presidential conventions are selected
Is Higher Education Worth the Money?
A person's lifetime earnings soar as their education level increases.
Who Are the Current U.S. Supreme Court Justices?
Current Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court
Why Online Payday Loan Sites Can Be So...
The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) is warning consumers to exercise extreme caution when using Internet payday loan sites, where loans due by the next payday, can cost up to $30 per $100 borrowed and borrowers typically face annual interest rates (APRs) of 650%.
10 One-Term U.S. Presidents
Learn about the one term presidents in American history. Find out which one term presidents were defeated in re-election bids. Discover why one term presidents were turned out of office by voters. See who replaced America's one term presidents and find out whether they fared any better.
How You Can Get Government Assistance without a...
Getting assistance from the government without a grant, which you will not get.
How to Get a Federal Tax ID Number and If You...
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How to Get Your Mail Held Online
About the US Postal Service's online mail holding request.
Disabled Renters' Assistance Voucher Program
States and cities were awarded grants to assist non-elderly individuals and families with disabilities in leasing affordable private housing.
Download Adobe .PDF Reader Here
Read about the popular Adobe .pdf file format and download the free software here.
What Documents Can be Used as Proof of U.S....
Proof of U.S. Citizenship – Documents that can be used as proof of U.S. citizenship
Most Common Reasons Americans Give for Not Voting
We get all riled up and swear to throw all the politicians out of office. But when we get a chance, we don’t vote. Why don’t more Americans vote?
The Original Bill of Rights Had 12 Amendments
The original Bill of Rights, as sent to the then 11 states for ratification in 1789 proposed 12, not 10 amendments to the Constitution.
Who Is in Obama's Cabinet?
Departments and Secretaries of the President’s Cabinet Agencies
Reverse PIN Technology and Your Safety
Discover important information about the reverse PIN system. Find out why the reverse PIN system is not in use. Read criticism of the reverse PIN system. Learn the truth behind the rumors about reverse PIN technology.
Are You Eligible for a Very Low to Moderate...
About USDA-backed very low to moderate income housing loans.
The 10 Wealthiest Members of Congress
Find out who the wealthiest members of Congress are. Discover how much members of Congress reported in personal wealth. See how much personal wealth increased for members of Congress during the Great Recession.
Federal Assistance for Cancer Patients
U.S. Government and private sources of financial aid for cancer patients.
Buying Vehicles Seized by the U.S. Border...
The U.S. Border Patrol is now auctioning off hundreds of seized and surplus cars and trucks at ten locations operated by it's San Antonio, Texas-based contractor, Robertson Auto Auctions.
Are You or a Family Member Eligible for SSI?
About Supplemental Security Income or SSI.
Changing Your Address With Government Agencies
Changing your address has to be one of the biggest hassles of moving. Especially if you are receiving government benefit payments, it is vital that you notify the appropriate government agencies of your new address. Here is a handy list of resources to help make the job of changing your address as painless as possible.
Government Jobs: Online Applications
In an effort to simplify and streamline their hiring processes, several U.S. Government agencies are implementing online job application systems.
What You Should Know About Welform Reform in...
From the Great Depression of the 1930s, until 1996, welfare in the United States consisted of little more than guaranteed cash payments to the poor. Monthly benefits were paid to poor persons -- mainly mothers and children -- regardless of their ability to work, assets on hand or other personal circumstances. As a result, many people remained on welfare for their entire lives. In 1996, Congress passed a law that resulted in sweeping welfare reform.
How to Get Your Unclaimed Property Back From...
State resources for finding and recovering unclaimed money and other property.
USPS Could Learn from Foreign Postal Services,...
For the US Postal Service – the USPS – to survive and recover from its mounting financial woes it needs to reduce its costs while increasing customer satisfaction, which is exactly what at least six successful foreign postal services have done, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
About U.S. Government Auto Auctions
It's easy and economical to purchase a pre-owned vehicle from the U.S. government. Join the thousands of people who buy at government auto auctions.
What Americans Should Know before Taking Guns...
Americans taking guns into Canada or transporting guns through Canada to Alaska need to know that the Canadian government has - -and enforces -- very strict gun control laws that must be followed by U.S. citizens taking firearms into Canada.
How to Get a Report of Separation from the U.S....
How to request a copy of the Veterans' Military records form DD-214.
What Is Congress's Real Job?
About the Legislative Branch of U.S. Government
Why You Shouldn't Expect to Buy Government Land...
No matter what you may read, there is no free government land.
Order a Replacement Medicare Card Via the...
As part of the growing E-government initiative, the Social Security Administration has made it possible -- even easy -- for Medicare beneficiaries to order a replacement Medicare card over the Internet.
Your Introduction to the US House of Representa...
About the U.S. House of Representatives.
Read Up on the History of the US Budget Deficit
Find out what the U.S. budget deficit was by year. See how much more the government spends than it takes in every year. Learn which years the federal government actually ran a surplus.
The Supermajority Vote
Defines supermajority votes in U.S. government and politics, and explains when they are required and by what authority.
Filling Congressional Vacancies
When a U.S. representative or senator leaves Congress before the end of his or her term, are the people of their congressional district or state left without representation in Washington?
Were Your Miranda Rights Violated?
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Are More Boys or Girls Born in the US?
Where are the boys? Right here in the U.S.A. where, for the 63rd year in a row, more boys than girls were born. Exactly 94,232 more boys than girls were born in the U.S. during 2004, according to a new CDC report.
Are You Eligible to Apply for a Government Grant?
Learn the truth about U.S. federal government grants.
What Are the Powers and Responsibilities of...
Specific powers of the U.S. Congress established by the Constitution.
What Is the Difference Between National Debt...
Learn the difference between the federal deficit and the national debt. Find out how the government deals with a deficit. Read about how the deficit impact the national debt. Find out how the national debt impacts the economy.
Your Introduction to Federal Regulations
Federal regulations and the federal rulemaking process.
The US Statehood Process
The process by which U.S. territories attain full statehood is, at best, an inexact art. While Article IV, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution empowers the U.S. Congress to grant statehood, the process for doing so is not specified.
How to Get Copies of Your Past Income Tax Returns
How to get copies or transcripts of your past IRS tax returns.
How the Government Sells Public Land
The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) occasionally sells parcels of land under their control. The lands are generally rural woodland, grassland, or desert, and are sold only at fair market price.
Third in Line to the Presidency, What Else Does...
Duties, powers and privileges of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, along with the method of selection.
Modern Third Parties
While the following is far from all of the recognized third parties in American politics, the Libertarian, Reform, Green and Constitution Parties are usually the most active in presidential elections. Page 2.
What a Presidential Executive Order is and How...
Exclusive of the legislative process, the President of the United States has the power to direct the activities of the federal agencies through the issuance of executive orders.
How the Congressional Committee System Gets...
About the congressional committee system
What Are the Benefits of US Citizenship?
Immigrants to the United States who complete the naturalization process to achieve full U.S. citizenship gain rights and benefits denied even to lawful permanent residents.
Why the Midterm Congressional Elections Are So...
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Why Unemployment Benefits Are a Federal-State...
Unemployment benefits represent the first and perhaps last line of defense against the ripple effect of joblessness. Then intention of unemployment benefits is to provide eligible, unemployed workers with a weekly income adequate to allow them to afford the necessities of life, including food, shelter and clothing while they look for new jobs.
Are You Eligible for US Federal Aide?
How can the government help me? A new Web site from the U.S. Department of Labor answers that often-asked question by helping Americans determine their eligibility for U.S. government assistance programs.
Why Did the Founding Fathers Create the...
Reasons the United States should retain the Electoral College system.
What You Should Know About the SBA's Small...
All SBA small business loan programs lend to small businesses unable to secure financing on reasonable terms through normal lending channels.
What Does the Chief Justice of the U.S....
What are the duties of the Chief Justice of the United States?
How The Government Can Help You Buy a Home If...
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Telemarketers Won't Leave You Alone? File a...
The Federal Communication Commission has released detailed information outlining specific steps consumer should take if they have put their names on the National Do-Not-Call Registry and are called by telemarketers on or after October 1, 2003. It provides information about when there is a violation of the FCC do-not-call rules, and specifics about how to file a complaint.
Constitutional Powers of the Presidency - from...
Presidential Powers granted by the U.S. Constitution, from your About.com Guide
The HUD Public Housing Assistance Program
The HUD public housing assistance program was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families.
About the federal Temporary Assistance for...
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is federally funded – state administered – financial assistance program for low income families with dependent children and for pregnant women in their last three months of pregnancy. TANF provides temporary financial assistance while also helping recipients find jobs that will allow them to support themselves.
What Is a Filibuster in the United States Senate?
What is a Filibuster in the US Senate?
How Do the Congressional Sessions Work?
Congress is charged with drafting, debating and sending bills to the president to be signed into law. But how do the nation's 100 senators and 435 representatives from 50 states manage their legislative business?
How Much Do the Members of Michelle Obama's...
Find out how many people are on Michelle Obama's staff, each staff member's salary and title, and how the staff compares to those of previous first ladies.
Why Women in the U.S. Still Make Less Money...
A government study confirms that women still make less than men.
Federal Funding for Child Welfare
Despite billions in federal funding, many states struggle to meet their child welfare needs, the GAO reports.
How America Has Changed Over Last 100 Years -...
The 11 national censuses conducted between 1900 and 2000 show our nation has undergone a century of tremendous changes in both the makeup of the population and in how Americans live their lives.
What If the Presidential Election Is a Tie?
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Administrative Procedures Act
The law providing oversight of the federal rulemaking process.
A Brief History of the US Supreme Court
From its first assembly in 1790, a short history of the U.S. Supreme Court.
A Group of Baboons Is Not a 'Congress'
I’ll bet you’ve seen or been emailed the picture of several baboons playing in the snow captioned, “Did you know that a large group of baboons is called a Congress? That explains a lot now, doesn’t it?”
16 US Federal Government Employee Benefits
Federal government employees enjoy a wide range of family-friendly benefits that go far beyond insurance and retirement. Here is an extensive list of government job benefits.
Counting the Votes on Election Day
From ballot box to swearing in, how can we be sure our votes are counted completely and accurately?
About the Test for US Citizenship
How does the naturalization test for U.S. citizenship work and what percentages of immigrant applicants pass it?
Wearing Caffeine-Filled Shorts Won’t Slim...
Claims that wearing caffeine-impregnated underwear will take inches of ugly fat off of your hips and thighs are as crazy as they sound, says FTC.
U.S. Campaign Contribution Laws for 2013-2014
Political campaign contribution limitation laws for individuals in the 2013-2014 election cycle
About Time! Daylight Saving, That Is
About daylight saving time. Dates to set clocks and the history of daylight saving time.
Congressional Allowances
Along with salaries and benefits, members of the US Congress get certain allowances in support of their duties.
What Responsibilities Does the President of the...
About the many roles of the President of the United States.
Why Our Current System of Presidential...
A brief history and current process of US presidential succession.
The Establishment Clause and the Lemon Tests
The tests applied by the Supreme Court on religious acts in state-controlled institutions.
The Centers for Disease Control
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is on the front lines of battling bugs, combating everything from the common cold to the emergence of a new human influenza virus with pandemic potential.
Truth About Cell Phones and the Do Not Call...
Do you really need to list your cell phone on the fedral Do Not Call registry?
8 Interesting Facts about George Washington
Interesting facts about George Washington.
Why Puerto Rico Matters in the Race for President
Find out whether voters in Puerto Rico can vote in U.S. presidential elections. Learn about the laws that govern U.S. territories voters in American politics. See why they are able to cast ballots in presidential primaries but not elections. Read about the definition of a U.S. territory.
Constitution Day - September 17, 1787
What is Constitution Day -- September 17, 1787, all about?
Code of Ethics for U.S. Government Service
The Code of Ethics applied to all persons serving in any position withing the U.S federal government.
Federal Agency Collecting Financial Data of...
A federal agency collects sensitive financial data on millions of Americans, but is not doing enough to protect that information, reports the GAO.
What the Miranda Rights Really Mean
Detailed content and meaning of the Miranda warnings. Page 2.
First-Time Home Buyers: Check Out HUD Home...
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regularly offers thousands of highly affordable homes and apartments for sale to the lowest bidder. These HUD home auctions offer buyers significant savings.
All You Wanted to Know about the US Senate
The U.S. Senate is the upper legislative chamber in the federal government. It’s also the more powerful body, with just 100 members. Each state is granted two senators who represent the entire state; senators serve six-year terms and are popularly elected by their constituents.
Do Not Call List is Free: FTC Warns of Scam
The Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers to be on the lookout for persons claiming they can, for a fee, register or pre-register consumers for the FTC’s National Do Not Call Registry.
The US Food Safety System
The government agencies responsible for the U.S. food safety system.
State Unclaimed Property Searches: Find...
Here you will find state government resources for finding and claiming unclaimed money and property.
How Congress Can Raise Its Own Pay
For the fifth year in a row, lawmakers voted not to reject their automatic
The History of Solar Panels in The White House
Find out when the first White House solar panels were installed. Discover which presidents supported White House solar panels. Learn about why the White House solar panels were removed. See which president resurrected the idea of using White House solar panels.
About PACs - Political Action Committees
Political Action Committees, commonly called PACs, are organizations dedicated to raising and spending money to either elect or defeat political candidates.
More Federal Benefit and Assistance Programs
A list of popular and helpful federal benefit and federal assistance programs offered by the US government. Here you will find basic program information, eligibility and how to apply for these US federal benefit and US federal assistance programs.
Presidential Appointments Requiring Senate...
About 1,000 of the more than 7,000 presidentially-appointed positions to be filled during any presidential transition process require confirmation by a majority vote of the U.S. Senate.
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