New Federal Government Publications and Websites

Weekly Roundup, opens a new window of new government publications. Curated by the federal depository at the University of California San Diego. If it was mentioned in the news, a link to it is probably here., opens a new window - get interactive maps for your location displaying the Air Quality Index AQI in real time, plus the primary pollutant. The interactive Fire and Smoke Map, opens a new window also displays particle plumes, smoke coverage, and fires. Canadian Wildland Fire Information, opens a new window system. 

Airline Customer Service dashboard, opens a new window. Find at a glance airlines who will seat families together without an added charge, cancellation and delay policies. This page is under construction and will change as new data is added. Other useful information is found at the Aviation Consumer Protection, opens a new window page. 

"Juice Jacking", opens a new window beware of trouble from public USB recharging stations. 

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

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.

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.

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

Free advice at Matters, opens a new window on credit reports, buying or renting a home, avoiding a scam when looking for a job, borrowing and debt, your rights when shopping, buying a car, prizes and grants, and choosing a vocational school or college.

Browse documents of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol, opens a new window.

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. 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 until December 31, 2026. 

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, 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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