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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 to Get a Copy of Your Birth Certificate
A birth certificate or a certified copy of an original birth certificate is becoming increasingly important as a required form of identification. Learn how to get a copy of your birth certificate.
How to Write a Letter to Your Congressman or...
Tips for writing effective letters to Congress
How Much Do Members of Congress Get Paid?
Salaries and benefits paid to Members of the US Congress
3 Requirements to Become U.S. President
The requirements to serve as President of the United States
How to Apply for Social Security Benefits and...
When and how to apply for Social Security retirement benefits.
Questions and Answers for US Citizenship Test
The 100 questions on U.S. history and government used as part of the U.S. citizenship test.
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.
How to Order Greeting Cards From the White...
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.
Former US Citizenship Test Questions
Questions formerly used by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in testing immigrants for citizenship
How Much Does the President of the United...
Pay and Compensation of the President of the United States
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.
How to Get a Federal Tax ID Number
How to get a Federal Tax ID number, or EIN.
How to Find and Recover Unclaimed Money and...
Finding and recovering unclaimed property held by state governments.
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.
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.
How You Can Apply for a U.S. Passport
Ins and outs of applying for a U.S. passport.
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...
Current annual salaries of top elected and appointed US government officials, along with the annual salaries for these officials in 2000 or 2001.
Which U.S. States Have No Income Tax?
States without state income tax.
Government Aid and Money - No Grants Needed
Assistance from the U.S. Government for home repair or improvement and homelessness.
How to Get a Federal Tax ID Number and If You...
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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.
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.
Do You Still Have to Register for the Draft?
Registering for the draft is required by law for all males 18 to 25.
How to Get Copies or Transcripts of Your IRS...
How to get copies or transcripts of your past IRS tax returns.
What is the Process for Impeaching the President?
The process of impeachment of the President of the United States.
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.
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.
Why the CDC Says Americans Are Getting Taller...
Americans are getting taller, but also fatter.
Gun Control Timeline - U.S. Government...
Gun Control Timeline A Brief History of Firearms Regulation in America Guide Extra: When did this whole
Powers Shared and Not by the Federal and State...
Explains the concept of federalism.
How to Replace Badly Damaged or Mutilated U.S....
How to replace damaged US currency.
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.
What Was The Great Compromise of 1787?
About the Great Compromise of 1787.
Very Low Income Housing Repair Loans and Grants
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.
Why the U.S. Has a House of Representatives and...
Why the US Congress Has Two Chambers, the House and Senate
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.
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 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%.
Proof of U.S. Citizenship
Proof of U.S. Citizenship – Documents that can be used as proof of U.S. citizenship
Top 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 Women in the U.S. Still Make Less Money...
A government study confirms that women still make less than men.
Lifetime Earnings Soar with Education
A person's lifetime earnings soar as their education level increases.
U.S. Constitution: Articles, Amendments and...
Index to the US Constitution. US Government Info.
The U.S. Legislative Process: How Bills Become...
How the U.S. Federal Legislative Process Works
Is the U.S. Postal Service a Government Agency...
About the United States Postal Service (USPS). Is it government agency or a private business? It's both.
Download Adobe .PDF Reader Here
Read about the popular Adobe .pdf file format and download the free software here.
Presidential 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.
The Electoral College System
The Electoral College System, not the nationwide poplar vote, elects the President of the United States. How does it work?
Money to Start or Expand a Small Business
Finding money for starting or expanding a small business.
One Term 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.
About the DD-214 Form
How to request a copy of the Veterans' Military records form DD-214.
About Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
About Supplemental Security Income or SSI.
Postal Service's Mail Holding Request Goes Online
About the US Postal Service's online mail holding request.
Very Low to Moderate Income Housing Loans
About USDA-backed very low to moderate income housing loans.
Who Pays the Most US Income Tax?
Answers to the burning question: Who pays the most U.S. income tax?
How to Locate Your Unclaimed Property from the...
State resources for finding and recovering unclaimed money and other property.
What Does It Take to Amend the US Constitution?
How constitutional amendments are proposed and adopted.
Quick Facts About Current U.S. Supreme Court...
Current Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court
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.
Executive Branch of US Government
About the executive branch of US government.
Taking Guns Into or Through Canada
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.
About the Presidential Veto
About the presidential power to veto or reject bills passed by Congress.
3 Surpisingly Simple Requirements to Become a...
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?
Do Illegal Aliens Have Constitutional Rights?
Illegal aliens do have some constitutional rights.
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.
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.
Getting Government Assistance Without Grants
Getting assistance from the government without a grant, which you will not get.
There Just is No Free or Cheap Government Land
No matter what you may read, there is no free government land.
Federalism
Federalism – a description of federalism as practiced in the United States
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.
Bipartisan Support: How Congress Can Raise Its...
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How Convention Delegates are Chosen
Explains how delegates to the presidential conventions are selected
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.
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.
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.
Can You Deliver Mail Yourself In a Postal...
Find out why the government won't let you deliver the mail yourself even if there's a Postal Service Shutdown. Learn about the regulations that govern the use of your own personal mailbox. Read a history of the tough regulations that lead to a mailbox monopoly. Discover the penalties for dropping mail in someone else's mailbox without postage.
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.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
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.
Constitutional Powers of the Presidency - from...
Presidential Powers granted by the U.S. Constitution, from your About.com Guide
Budget Deficit History
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.
Miranda Rights Questions and Answers
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Small Business Loan Programs from the SBA
All SBA small business loan programs lend to small businesses unable to secure financing on reasonable terms through normal lending channels.
Still More Boys Than Girls Being Born
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.
Gun Control Timeline
Gun Control Timeline Dateline: 09/26/99 When did this whole gun control debate start? It could have started
Federal Assistance for Cancer Patients
U.S. Government and private sources of financial aid for cancer patients.
Federal Regulations
Federal regulations and the federal rulemaking process.
Tax Forms Won't Be Delivered To Your Mailbox...
Discover why the IRS stopped mailing paper tax forms. Find out how to continue using paper tax forms even after the IRS stops delivering them. See where you can find paper tax forms or request tax forms be delivered to your home.
The President’s Cabinet
Departments and Secretaries of the President’s Cabinet Agencies
Government Sales of 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.
Survey Answers, Why Don't More Americans Vote?
The main reasons Americans give for not voting.
Seized and Surplus Vehicle Auctions from U.S....
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.
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.
Presidential Succession
A brief history and current process of US presidential succession.
Are You Eligible for Federal Government Benefits?
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.
History of the US Federal Income Tax
While the federal income tax did not become permanent until 1913, taxes, in some form, have been a part of American history since our earliest days as a nation. Learn about the history of the income tax in America.
The Legislative Branch of US Government
About the Legislative Branch of U.S. Government
The Truth About US Government Grants
Learn the truth about U.S. federal government grants.
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.
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.
More Information About the President’s...
Why is it called a cabinet? Learn about the President's Cabinet, the origin of the term and the 15 secretaries and their departments.
Election Day Guide Questions and Answers
Clearly, the main thing to do on election day is vote. Unfortunately, voting can often be a confusing process. Here is a brief guide designed to answer some common election day questions. Where do you vote? When do you vote? What should you bring to the polls? What are your rights as a voter?
Powers of the United States Congress
Specific powers of the U.S. Congress established by the Constitution.
A Brief History of the US Supreme Court
From its first assembly in 1790, a short history of the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Original 13 States
The original 13 states of the United States of America as recognized by the Articles of Confederation.
A Brief History of White House Solar Panels
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.
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.
Unemployment Benefits
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.
Government Can Help You Buy a 'Fixer-Upper' Home
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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.
What If the Presidential Election Is a Tie?
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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?
George Washington the Man
Interesting facts about George Washington.
The Congressional Committee System
About the congressional committee system
Why Small Businesses Fail: SBA
The U.S. Small Business Administration has seen lots of small businesses come and, unfortunately, go. According to the SBA, over 50% of small businesses fail within the first five years. Why? What goes wrong?
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.
IRS Help is Available from Several Sources
IRS help with federal income tax is available to taxpayers from a multitude of sources ranging from IRS help phone lines, IRS help web sites and walk-in offices, to its U.S. Taxpayer Advocate Service for more involved or ongoing tax issues.
Campaign Contribution Laws for Individuals
Political campaign contribution limitation laws for individuals in the 2013-2014 election cycle
Congressional Allowances
Along with salaries and benefits, members of the US Congress get certain allowances in support of their duties.
The Death Master File
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About the Test for US Citizenship
How does the naturalization test for U.S. citizenship work and what percentages of immigrant applicants pass it?
Who Cannot Have a Gun in America? - U.S....
Persons prohibited from owning guns under US Federal law, from your About.com Guide
The President of the United States
About the many roles of the President of the United States.
What the Miranda Rights Really Mean
Detailed content and meaning of the Miranda warnings. Page 2.
National Debt Versus Deficit
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.
E-file Still Available for Extended Tax Filers
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is reminding taxpayers that e-file, its popular electronic filing service, will remain available for their use long after the regular April 15 filing deadline.
The U.S. House of Representatives
About the U.S. House of Representatives.
Why Keep the Electoral College?
Reasons the United States should retain the Electoral College system.
Wnat is Direct Democracy?
What is direct democracy? US Government Info.
Eric Holder: Attorney General
Attorney General Eric Holder: Biography
State Unclaimed Property Searches: Find...
Here you will find state government resources for finding and claiming unclaimed money and property.
The US Food Safety System
The government agencies responsible for the U.S. food safety system.
Welfare Reform in the United States
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.
Third in Line to the Presidency, What Else Does...
Duties of the Speaker of the House of Representatives
Social Security Administration Upgrades Website
The Social Security Administration announces a new fresh, user-friendly version of its Website.
Congressional Sessions
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?
The Supermajority Vote
Defines supermajority votes in U.S. government and politics, and explains when they are required and by what authority.
How Much Did That Obama Bus Cost?
Find out how much Obama's bus cost American taxpayers. See what's inside the luxury coach. Discover who made the bus and why the the president came under fire for campaigning aboard it.
5 Presidents Who Raised the Debt Ceiling
Learn about the debt ceiling under U.S. presidents. Find out who raised the debt ceiling the most. Discover what the borrowing cap is now and what it was under recent commanders in chief.
Obama's Obamacare Vision
President Obama's vision for a national health care program.
Constitution Day - September 17, 1787
What is Constitution Day -- September 17, 1787, all about?
The US Federal Minimum Wage
About the U.S. Federal Minimum Wage.
Administrative Procedures Act
The law providing oversight of the federal rulemaking process.
Florida Small Business Grants and Resources
Small Business Grants and Resources in Florida
U.S. Constitution - Article I, Section 8
Article I, Section 8 of the US Constitution - Defines the powers of Congress
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.
Lincoln Issues Proclamation Suspending Habeas...
Along with a declaring martial law, President Abraham Lincoln ordered the suspension of the constitutionally protected right to writs of habeas corpus in 1861, shortly after the start of the Civil War. At the time, the suspension applied only in Maryland and parts of the Midwestern states. On Sept. 24, 1862, Lincoln issued this proclamation suspending the right to writs of habeas corpus nationwide.
1 Out Of 32 Americans Under Correctional...
While 1 out of every 142 Americans is now actually in prison, 1 out of every 32 of us is either in prison or on parole from prison, according to yet another report on Americans behaving badly from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.[

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