New Federal Government Publications and Websites

The first U.S. postage stamp to honor an African American was the ten-cent Booker T. Washington stamp, issued in 1940. Here is a list of African Americans, opens a new window honored on U.S. postage stamps. A poster of stamp images, opens a new window including foreign stamps. 

Final report of the Select Committee, opens a new window to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol (814 pages). Find hearing transcripts, opens a new window at the website of the January 6th Committee.

The IRS is seeking volunteers to train for the upcoming tax filing season as part of the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs. Bilingual volunteers are particularly needed. To learn more about these programs and apply as a volunteer visit IRS.gov/volunteers, opens a new window.

Remarks by President Biden and President Zelenskyy of Ukraine, opens a new window before Bilateral Meeting December 21, 2022. This was Zelenskyy's first trip outside Ukraine since war began in February 2022. Remarks by President Biden and President Zelenskyy of Ukraine, opens a new window in Joint Press Conference, December 21, 2022. 

Slave Wrecks Project, opens a new window of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. This international network of researchers and institutions hosted by the Museum uses maritime archaeology, historical research and the study of sunken slave ships to take a distinct approach to the study of the transatlantic slave trade.

The JOLTS report, opens a new window (Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey) of the Bureau of Labor Statistics provides data current and archived, as well as by state.  

Did you get an email saying your personal info is for sale on the dark web? Before taking action, read this article from the Federal Trade Commission, opens a new window

Student loan forgiveness, opens a new window announcement of the U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid Office.

Fort Benning and Fort Gordon, two Army bases in Georgia, are getting new names, opens a new window. New names for nine Army bases were provided to Congress on August 8, 2022.  Website of the U.S. Congress Naming Commission, opens a new window, which recommended changes to names that "commemorate the Confederate States of America or any person who served voluntarily with the Confederate States of America". An interesting history of U.S. Army post names, opens a new window from the Center of Military History. 

Lithium Battery Safety Resources, opens a new window page of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. Provides information on the risks caused by damaged or recalled batteries in portable electronic devices such as laptops, e-cigarettes, and hoverboards. Testing videos graphically depict the effects.

Learn how to avoid getting scammed when selling things online, opens a new window. This page from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission covers common scams like fake payments and bogus refund requests, fake check overpayment, fake verification codes, and how to report scams.

Supreme Court opinion Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (19-1392), opens a new window stating that the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe v. Wade, 410 U. S. 113, and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa. v. Casey, 505 U. S. 833, are overruled; the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives. Other recent decisions of the Supreme Court, opens a new window. Also see ReproductiveRights.gov, opens a new window for information on federal protections for the right to an abortion. 

K-12 School Shooting Database, opens a new window, housed at the Naval Postgraduate School, documents each and every instance a gun is brandished, is fired, or a bullet hits school property for any reason, regardless of the number of victims, time, day of the week.  

The Affordable Connectivity Program is administered by the FCC and provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward high speed internet service for: households at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or a household currently receiving a Pell Grant, SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, Veterans Pension, Veterans Survivor, WIC, Lifeline, or Federal Public Housing Assistance. How to enroll, opens a new window.

The President's Budget proposal for 2023, opens a new window. The short version, opens a new window of the President's budget.

The 1950 Census, opens a new window portal.

COVID.gov, opens a new window portal to information on care, finding testing, and more. Free CoVid test by mail, opens a new window. Also: How to get your over-the-counter home CoVid test, opens a new window for free. Testing sites pop up in a lot of places now but don't assume they are all legit. A few things to keep in mind when looking into testing sites, opens a new window. Avoid these other known CoVid-related scams, opens a new window

Situation in Ukraine  U.S. Defense Department, opens a new window articles. U.S. State Department, opens a new window articles. Resources from the Library of Congress, opens a new window on the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. Nuclear Explosion, opens a new window page of Ready.gov updated 3/7/22. Find other government publications on Ukraine in the library catalog, including materials from the 2014 Orange Revolution, Crimea, and the Ukraine Famine of 1932-33 (Holodomor).

Vax Up Fulton!, opens a new window Fulton County CoVid vaccine information page. Fulton County free CoVid testing, opens a new window information page. Visualize the progress of vaccinations, opens a new window nationwide. CDC county-level, opens a new window data tracker. State of Georgia CoVid, opens a new window information and resources. Weekly Fulton County epidemiology reports, opens a new window. CDC's page Isolation and Precautions for People With CoVid-19, opens a new window.

FAFSA Even if you aren't sure you'll go to college, fill out a FAFSA, opens a new window anyway. It's free. Check deadline dates, opens a new window and see what to do if your circumstances have changed. Read more about the impact of CoVid-19 on the FAFSA process, opens a new window and learn about common student loan repayment scams. The repayment pause has been extended through the end of August 2022.

Atlanta region eviction tracker, opens a new window. This tracker, created by the Atlanta Regional Council, runs once a week, pulling data on legal evictions in metro area counties. Data is then merged with Census data to give percentages of evictions by census tract. 

Atlanta Police Department weekly crime data, opens a new window. This kind of data is the source for the Uniform Crime Reports, opens a new window

The only truly free credit report, opens a new window, provided by The Fair Credit Reporting Act. Beware of imposter sites.   Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion are offering free weekly online reports during the pandemic. Also, in connection with various settlements, Equifax is making at least six additional free Equifax credit reports each year available online to U.S. consumers on annualcreditreport.com until December 31, 2026. These reports are included in the free weekly Equifax credit reports currently offered on annualcreditreport.com.

USAJOBS , opens a new windowveterans may search for jobs using only their MOS codes. Jobs that appear will include "Compatible Military Assignments" under the "Qualifications" section. MOS codes may also be used on the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration's My Next Move, opens a new window page for veterans. Veterans interested in Federal positions see FedsHireVets.gov, opens a new window.

Latest unemployment rates, opens a new window from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. See Georgia's , opens a new windowcurrent unemployment rate (bottom of page, left-hand side).

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