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How to Get a Copy of Your Birth Certificate
If you do not have your birth certificate, you will need a certified copy of it to get a passport and apply for Social Security among other things.
What are the Legal Requirements to Serve as...
The Constitution sets only three eligibility requirements for serving as President of the United States, but two of them can be game-changers.
Who Are the Current U.S. Supreme Court Justices?
Current Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court
How to Replace a Lost Social Security Card
How to replace a lost or stolen Social Security Card, and how protect yourself from identity theft before you do.
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.
How Women's Heart 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.
How You Can Apply for a U.S. Passport
Ins and outs of applying for a U.S. passport.
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.
Stroke Warning Signs Seen Hours or Days Before...
Warning signs of a stroke may appear as early as 7 days before an attack and require urgent treatment. Learn the warning signs of ischemic stroke.
What Happens if a US Presidential Election Ends...
How does the Constitution say we should deal with a presidential election the ends in a tie?
What Does It Take to Amend the US Constitution?
How constitutional amendments are proposed and adopted.
How to Replace Badly Damaged or Mutilated U.S....
Torn, flooded, burned or bombed, most damaged U.S. currency can be replaced. Here's how to get it done.
How to Apply for Social Security Benefits and...
When and how to apply for Social Security retirement benefits.
How to Get Your Mail Held Online
About the US Postal Service's online mail holding request.
How to Write Effective Letters to Your...
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 That Could Be Asked in the Official...
The pool of 100 questions which can be used on the official test for U.S. citizenship.
Download Adobe .PDF Reader Here
Read about the popular Adobe .pdf file format and download the free software here.
How to Order Greeting Cards From the White House
The White House will send greeting cards signed by the President to note events, accomplishments or milestones free of charge to U.S. citizens.
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. What do they do for you?
Do You Still Have to Register for the Draft?
American males ages 18 to 25 who fail to register for the draft can face stiff fines, jail time and loss of eligibility for federal benefits.
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.
Government Aid and Money - No Grants Needed
Assistance from the U.S. Government for home repair or improvement and homelessness.
The Original 13 States of the United States of...
The original 13 states of the United States of America as recognized by the Articles of Confederation.
How to Find and Recover Unclaimed Money and...
Finding and recovering unclaimed property held by state governments.
How Much Does the President of the United...
In addition to a $400,000 annual salary, what other benefits and allowances does the President of the United States get?
11 Federal Benefit and Assistance Programs...
There are federal benefit programs available to help with many other life situations and needs. What are they, and how do you qualify for them?
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.
How to Get a Federal Tax ID Number
How to get a Federal Tax ID number, or EIN.
U.S. Constitution: Articles, Amendments and...
Index to the US Constitution. US Government Info.
Federalism: Powers of National and State...
Powers the US Constitutions grants exclusively to the federal or state governments, and powers that are shared by both.
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 Get Copies or Transcripts of Your Past...
How to get exact copies or free transcripts of your past IRS tax returns.
7 Big Retirement Benefits Available to Former...
Presidential retirement benefits have included a lifetime pension, staff and office allowances, travel expenses, civil service protection and more.
Documents That Can be Used as Proof of U.S....
You say you're an American citizen? So prove it. What documents can be used to prove U.S. Citizenship?.
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.
U.S. Supreme Court Mailing Address
Mailing address and contact information for the U.S. Supreme Court.
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.
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 Process for Impeaching the President of the...
The process of impeachment of the President of the United States.
Why the CDC Says Americans Are Getting Taller...
Americans are getting taller, but also fatter, says the Centers for Disease Control.
The Truth About Small Business Grants From the...
The truth about getting US government grants to start or expand small businesses.
The South Carolina and Confederate Flags
Interesting facts about the South Carolina Flag debate.
About the US Postal Service: Agency or Private...
Is the US Postal Service a government agency or a private business? Since 1970, it has been, for better or worse, a bit of both.
Why the U.S. Has a House of Representatives and...
While it often seems overly time-consuming, the US legislative process requires both a House and a Senate. Why did the Founding Fathers do that?
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.
Are You Eligible for a Very Low to Moderate...
About USDA-backed very low to moderate income housing loans.
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.
Learn How Federalism Works in the US
Federalism – a description of federalism as practiced in the United States
Which U.S. States Have No Income Tax?
Residents of nine U.S. states pay no state income tax. Sounds great, but is it really cheaper to live in one?
Issues, Organizations, and Interest Groups
Pick an issue - pick an opinion. There's an online organization for you.
When you could sit right down and mail yourself...
Several babies and children were actually legally mailed via the US Post Office from 1913 to 1915.
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 Was The Great Compromise of 1787?
How many representatives to the new Congress should each state get? The answer required the Founding Fathers to make a truly great compromise.
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?
How to Get Your Unclaimed Property Back From...
State resources for finding and recovering unclaimed money and other property.
US Supreme Court Retirement Benefits
Since enactment of the Judiciary Act of 1869, retiring U.S. Supreme Court justices have received a lifetime pension equal to their highest full salary. Why?
What Does the Chief Justice of the U.S....
What are the duties of the Chief Justice of the United States?
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.
Wnat is Direct Democracy?
What is direct democracy? US Government Info.
Gun Control Timeline - U.S. Government...
Gun Control Timeline A Brief History of Firearms Regulation in America Guide Extra: When did this whole
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.
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.
How to Get a Federal Tax ID Number and Do You...
What is a federal tax ID number, do you or your business even need one, and how do you get it?
Why You Shouldn't Expect to Buy Government Land...
No matter what you may read, there is no free government land.
How to Get a Report of Separation from the U.S....
How to request a copy of the Veterans' Military records form DD-214.
Are You or a Family Member Eligible for SSI?
About Supplemental Security Income or SSI.
How You Can Get Government Assistance without a...
Getting assistance from the government without a grant, which you will not get.
Who Really Elects the President of the United...
The Electoral College System, not the nationwide poplar vote, elects the President of the United States. How does it work?
US Census Confirms, the More You Learn, the...
Census Bureau confirms that the more you learn, the more you earn.
What Legislative Powers Does the President of...
While the Constitution grants lawmaking powers to Congress, the president has and exercises some legislative powers, as well. What are they?
Why You Really Will Never Get a 'Free'...
Here is why you or anybody else will never get one of those 'free' government grants widely advertised in scam emails and on TV.
How Bills Become Laws in the US Congress
The 14 basic steps required for a bills to become laws in the United States Congress.
U.S. Supreme Court Report: Recent Decisions
Recent rulings and decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court.
How Are Convention Delegates Chosen?
Explains how delegates to the presidential conventions are selected
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.
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.
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.
Do Illegal Aliens Have Constitutional Rights?
Illegal aliens do have some constitutional rights.
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.
Was Abraham Lincoln a Racist?
In his latested book, black American author Lerone Bennett contends that Abraham Lincoln was a devoted racist.
What Is the Difference Between National Debt...
Learn the difference between the federal deficit and the national debt.
How The Government Can Help You Buy a Home If...
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Federal Assistance for Cancer Patients
U.S. Government and private sources of financial aid for cancer patients.
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.
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.
Loretta E. Lynch, first African-American Woman...
Brief Biography of Loretta E. Lynch, the first African-American woman to serve as Attorney General of the United States
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.
John G. Roberts Biography
Biography of Chief Justice of the United States John Glover Roberts, Jr.
The Supermajority Vote
Defines supermajority votes in U.S. government and politics, and explains when they are required and by what authority.
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.
FDA Warns Consumers of Fake Ebola Virus...
The FDA is warning consumers to beware of ads for products falsely claiming to treat or prevent the Ebola virus.
What Is the Job of the Executive Branch?
About the executive branch of US government.
How a Presidential Veto Works and How Congress...
About the presidential power to veto or reject bills passed by Congress, and how Congress can override a veto.
Broken Arrow to Faded Giant - Lost Nuclear...
How the US Department of Defense informs the public of nuclear accidents like the sinking of the Russian submarine Kursk.
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.
How to Replace a Lost Medicare Card
Unlike Social Security cards, Medicare cards are often needed in order to get benefits. Lost Medicare cards do need to be replaced. Here’s how.
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.
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.
Reverse PIN Technology and Your Safety
Learn the truth behind the rumors about reverse PIN technology and your safety.
USDA Offers Loans and Grants to Repair Rural...
The USDA offers low interest loans and grants to low-income homeowners to repair, improve, modernize, or to remove hazards in their rural homes.
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.
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.
File IRS Complaints Online
Americans can now file complaints against employees of the Internal Revenue Service via the Internet.
5 Tips for Getting Your Tax Refund Quickly
Find out the quickest way to get a tax refund. See IRS tips for getting a tax refund quickly. Read important information about correcting mistakes in your tax refund.
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.
What Is a Filibuster in the United States Senate?
What is a Filibuster in the US Senate?
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.
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.
Veterans Health Care Program
The VA Veterans Medical Care Benefits provide outpatient medical services, hospital care, medicines, and supplies to eligible veterans.
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?”
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.
Government Sales and Auctions
What does the U.S. government have going for it when it comes to public sales and auctions? Diversity. From Treasury bills to wild horses and houses, you name it and a government agency probably sells it. Best of all from the consumer's standpoint, the government is not out to make a profit, so most items are sold at or below cost or fair market value. Plus, purchasing from the government helps to defer cost of running the government, which saves taxpayers' dollars.
A Brief History of the US Supreme Court
From its first assembly in 1790, a short history of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Your Introduction to the US House of Representa...
About the U.S. House of Representatives.
Who Cannot Have a Gun in America? - U.S....
Persons prohibited from owning guns under US Federal law, from your About.com Guide
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.
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 Federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance...
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps qualifying low income households pay their heating and cooling energy costs. In some states, home weatherization assistance is also available.
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.
What Responsibilities Does the President of the...
About the many roles of the President of the United States.
Buying Personal Property from the U.S. Government
Sources for buying surplus, used and siezed property from the U.S. government.
Obamacare Penalty and Minimum Insurance...
About the Obamacare tax penalty and minimum insurance coverage requirements.
Basic Details of the Federal Medicare Health...
For Americans 65 and older, Medicare provides essential health care coverage at affordable prices.
Elena Kagan – Associate Justice of the...
Brief Biography of Elena Kagan, 112th Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court
Who Pays the Most US Income Tax?
Answers to the burning question: Who pays the most U.S. income tax?
Federal Regulations: The Real Laws Behind the...
Federal regulations and the federal rulemaking process. The laws behind the acts of Congress.
What Is Congress's Real Job?
About the Legislative Branch of U.S. Government
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%.
Congressional Allowances
Along with salaries and benefits, members of the US Congress get certain allowances in support of their duties.
Cash for Appliances Rebate Program
The federal cash for appliances program will offer rebates on purchases of a wide array of home appliances certified as energy-efficient by the EPA’s Energy Star program.
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.
Taking Guns to Canada? Beware!
The Canadian government is warning Americans bringing firearms across the border, or even borrowing guns while in Canada, that the new Canadian Firearms Act apply equally to visitors.
Federal Student Aid Primer and How to Apply
Federal Student Aid Basics: Sources of Funding and How to Apply
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.
More About the Official Naturalization Test for...
How does the naturalization test for U.S. citizenship work and what percentages of immigrant applicants pass it?
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.
Should You Get Your Baby a Social Security...
While totally optional, there are several good reasons to get your new baby a Social Security number. How do you do that?
The Death Master File
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Financial Assistance for Cancer Patients
U.S. Government and private sources of financial assistnace and support for cancer patients and their families.
What Are the Powers and Responsibilities of...
Specific powers of the U.S. Congress established by the Constitution.
Truth About Cell Phones and the Do Not Call...
Is it true that your cell phone about to be assaulted by telemarketers? Do cell phones really need to be registered on the National Do Not Call list?
Why Did Lincoln and George W. Bush Suspend...
On Oct. 17, 2006, President Bush suspended the constitutionally bestowed right of writs of habeas corpus. President Abraham Lincoln did the same thing 144 years ago. Both presidents based their action on the dangers of war, and both presidents faced sharp criticism for carrying out what many believed to be an attack on the Constitution. But there were some significant differences and similarities in both the circumstances and the details of the two presidents' actions.
Who Is in the President's Cabinet?
Departments and Secretaries of the President’s Cabinet Agencies
State Unclaimed Property Searches: Find...
Here you will find state government resources for finding and claiming unclaimed money and property.
Constitutional Questions
Answers to questions and interesting facts about the U.S. Constitution, from your About.com Guide
IRS Budget Cuts Will Hurt Taxpayers, Says OMB
Proposed cuts to the 2016 IRS budget will just end up hurting taxpayers, warns President Obama’s top budget analysts.
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.
US Military Drone Pilots Need Better Training,...
After the accidental killing of two innocent al Qaeda hostages in a drone aircraft strike, the GAO says US drone pilots need better training.
How to Find Forgotten Money on the U.S....
The U.S. Treasury provides a web site where individuals can search for and claim forgotten money.
Living Past 90 in America is No Decade at the...
The number of Americans living well into their 90s has almost triples since 1980, but living through one's 90s may not be a decade at the beach.

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