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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...
Charisma, popularity and the gift of gab are not absolutely required to be President of the United States, but several things are.
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.
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. Read about criticism of the debt and who owns it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Former US Citizenship Test Questions
Questions formerly used by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in testing immigrants for citizenship
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.
What is the Process for Impeaching the President?
The process of impeachment of the President of the United States.
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 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.
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.
Wnat is Direct Democracy?
What is direct democracy? US Government Info.
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.
How You Can Apply for a U.S. Passport
Ins and outs of applying for a U.S. passport.
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.
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?
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?
How to Get a Federal Tax ID Number
How to get a Federal Tax ID number, or EIN.
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.
How Much Does the President of the United...
Pay and Compensation of the President of the United States
How to Get a Federal Tax ID Number and If You...
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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.
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.
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?
How to Replace Badly Damaged or Mutilated U.S....
How to replace damaged US currency.
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.
How to Find and Recover Unclaimed Money and...
Finding and recovering unclaimed property held by state governments.
The Truth About Small Business Grants From the...
The truth about U.S. Government small business grants
Issues, Organizations, and Interest Groups
Pick an issue - pick an opinion. There's an online organization for you.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Government Aid and Money - No Grants Needed
Assistance from the U.S. Government for home repair or improvement and homelessness.
Learn How Federalism Works in the US
Federalism – a description of federalism as practiced in the United States
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.
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?”
What Does It Take to Amend the US Constitution?
How constitutional amendments are proposed and adopted.
Who is In the Middle Class?
Politicians say they love the middle class, a group for which the U.S. government has no definition.
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.
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.
U.S. Constitution: Articles, Amendments and...
Index to the US Constitution. US Government Info.
Why Does the US President Give a State of the...
The president’s State of The Union Address has not always been just another political campaign speech as it has become. What is it's history?
Which U.S. States Have No Income Tax?
States without state income tax.
Who Are the Current U.S. Supreme Court Justices?
Current Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court
What Is the Job of the Executive Branch?
About the executive branch of US government.
Are You or a Family Member Eligible for SSI?
About Supplemental Security Income or SSI.
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.
14 Steps: How Bills Become Laws
How the U.S. Federal Legislative Process Works
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.
Why the CDC Says Americans Are Getting Taller...
Americans are getting taller, but also fatter.
How to Get Copies of Your Past Income Tax Returns
How to get copies or transcripts of your past IRS tax returns.
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.
Download Adobe .PDF Reader Here
Read about the popular Adobe .pdf file format and download the free software here.
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.
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?.
Is Higher Education Worth the Money?
A person's lifetime earnings soar as their education level increases.
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.
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.
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.
Are You Eligible for a Very Low to Moderate...
About USDA-backed very low to moderate income housing loans.
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.
Your Introduction to the US House of Representa...
About the U.S. House of Representatives.
Obamacare Penalty and Minimum Insurance...
About the Obamacare tax penalty and minimum insurance coverage requirements.
Gun Control Timeline - U.S. Government...
Gun Control Timeline A Brief History of Firearms Regulation in America Guide Extra: When did this whole
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 You Should Know About the Obama Bus
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.
How to Get a Report of Separation from the U.S....
How to request a copy of the Veterans' Military records form DD-214.
How to Get Your Mail Held Online
About the US Postal Service's online mail holding request.
End of Paper Savings Bonds
Find out when paper savings bonds will no longer be available in the United States. Discover how to purchase bonds after they are no longer available at banks and credit unions. See why the fed stopped selling the popular investments over the counter.
Who Pays the Most US Income Tax?
Answers to the burning question: Who pays the most U.S. income tax?
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.
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.
Do Illegal Aliens Have Constitutional Rights?
Illegal aliens do have some constitutional rights.
What Are the Powers and Responsibilities of...
Specific powers of the U.S. Congress established by the Constitution.
The Supermajority Vote
Defines supermajority votes in U.S. government and politics, and explains when they are required and by what authority.
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.
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.
Why You Shouldn't Expect to Buy Government Land...
No matter what you may read, there is no free government land.
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?
How to Get Your Unclaimed Property Back From...
State resources for finding and recovering unclaimed money and other property.
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.
Federal Assistance for Cancer Patients
U.S. Government and private sources of financial aid for cancer patients.
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.
How You Can Get Government Assistance without a...
Getting assistance from the government without a grant, which you will not get.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
What Does the Chief Justice of the U.S....
What are the duties of the Chief Justice of the United States?
What Is a Filibuster in the United States Senate?
What is a Filibuster in the US Senate?
What Is Congress's Real Job?
About the Legislative Branch of U.S. Government
The FTC wins a judgment against yet another...
The FTC has won a judgment against American Business Builders, yet another work-at-home scam. If it sounds too good to be true, run away.
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.
Federal Regulations: The Real Laws Behind the...
Federal regulations and the federal rulemaking process. The laws behind the acts of Congress.
How Are Convention Delegates Chosen?
Explains how delegates to the presidential conventions are selected
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.
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.
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.
Are You Eligible to Apply for a Government Grant?
Learn the truth about U.S. federal government grants.
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.
How The Government Can Help You Buy a Home If...
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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%.
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.
Social Security Administration Upgrades Website
The Social Security Administration announces a new fresh, user-friendly version of its Website.
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.
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.
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.
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 Test for US Citizenship
How does the naturalization test for U.S. citizenship work and what percentages of immigrant applicants pass it?
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.
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.
What Responsibilities Does the President of the...
About the many roles of the President of the United States.
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?
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.
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.
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.
8 Interesting Facts about George Washington
Interesting facts about George Washington.
Who Is in Obama's Cabinet?
Departments and Secretaries of the President’s Cabinet Agencies
How the Congressional Committee System Gets...
About the congressional committee system
How To Apply For Social Security Benefits
a simple how to on applying for social security retirement benefits
What the Miranda Rights Really Mean
Detailed content and meaning of the Miranda warnings. Page 2.
Government Forms & Applications
Comprehensive links to U.S. Government forms and applications
Congressional Allowances
Along with salaries and benefits, members of the US Congress get certain allowances in support of their duties.
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.
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.
Ted Cruz was born in Canada. Can he still run...
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) openly acknowledges that he was born in Canada. Could that prevent him from running for president in 2016?
The US Federal Minimum Wage
About the U.S. Federal Minimum Wage.
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.
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.
State Unclaimed Property Searches: Find...
Here you will find state government resources for finding and claiming unclaimed money and property.
About the U.S. Department of Health and Human...
A brief summary of the functions of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Federal Funding for Child Welfare
Despite billions in federal funding, many states struggle to meet their child welfare needs, the GAO reports.
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.
Buying Personal Property from the U.S. Government
Sources for buying surplus, used and siezed property from the U.S. government.
Separation of Powers
Separation of powers forms the cornerstone of the constitutional framework envisioned by the Founding Fathers to ensure a form of government in which no individual or group ever becomes too powerful.
Jobs - Department of Transportation
Job opportunities at the US Dept. of Energy: coast guard civilian jobs federal aviation administration federal transit administration ms sans serif national highway traffic safety administration nhtsa
Introduction to the Structure of U.S. Government
The basics of U.S. Government. The three branches of government, from which grow checks and balances, and the separation of powers as envisioned by the Founding Fathers.
When Was the Great Recession?
Find out when the most recent recession officially began and ended. Discover how the long the recession lasted. See how the length of the recession of the late 2000s compared with that of prior recessions. Read about what makes a recession versus what makes a recovery.
How the End of Social Security Paper Checks...
Find out why the government stopped sending paper Social Security checks. See how to continue getting federal benefits after the government ends paper Social Security checks. Learn about the history of Social Security checks and the use of electronic payments.
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?
Why Our Current System of Presidential...
A brief history and current process of US presidential succession.
What If the Presidential Election Is a Tie?
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