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.

Popular scams. Someone asking for your two-factor verification code, opens a new window. An email saying your personal information is for sale on the dark web, opens a new window. Avoid getting scammed when selling things online, opens a new window - covers common scams like fake payments and bogus refund requests, fake check overpayment, and fake verification codes., 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. Real-time airport disruptions, opens a new window. The Federal Aviation Administration’s National Airspace System Status dashboard provides real-time listings of delays and closures at US airports. For each disruption, it indicates the type of problem, reason, current average delay times, and more. Examples are Arrival Delay, Departure Delay, Ground Stop, and Airport Closure. The data on this well-designed page is available in very readable formats. 

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.  

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.

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.

FAFSA Even if you aren't sure you'll go to college, fill out a FAFSA, opens a new window anyway. It's free. 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 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 (big statistics bar at the bottom of the page).

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