New Federal Government Publications and Websites

If you noticed it, you are not imagining it - the roads have gotten more deadly since CoVid. Access the CrashStats, opens a new window of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration including data from 2021, opens a new window showing the highest annual percentage increase in the recorded history of data in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), which started collecting data in 1975. Georgia shows a modest 8.5% increase, just under the United States average of 10.5%. The highest increase is in Idaho (33.6%), the lowest is Maryland with a decline (-4.4%).  

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).

TAXES IRS forms and instructions, opens a new window, including previous years. After filing you can check Where's My Refund?, opens a new window Georgia tax forms, opens a new window and instructions for individuals. File by April 15, 2022 or certain individuals can request an extension, opens a new window. IRS Free File, opens a new window (for federal return). IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE), opens a new window programs offer free basic tax return preparation to qualified individuals. Georgia Free File Alliance, opens a new window can help with both federal and state returns for qualified taxpayers. Do you need to file a Federal income tax return, opens a new window? Not everybody does. Did you get a notice from the IRS? Enter your notice number, opens a new window to understand the process. Be aware of and avoid IRS' Dirty Dozen tax scams, opens a new window. Promoters of frivolous schemes encourage taxpayers to make unreasonable and outlandish legal claims to avoid paying their taxes. See IRS' discussion of frivolous tax arguments, opens a new window. If someone offers you one listed on the tax scams, avoid!

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.

It's FAFSA time for seniors! Even if you aren't sure you'll go to college, fill out a FAFSA, opens a new window anyway. It's free. It’s not too late to fill out the 2021-22 FAFSA form, opens a new window if your circumstances have changed. It’s possible that you’ve missed deadlines for aid from your state or school, but the federal FAFSA deadline for 2021–22 is June 30, 2022. Read more about the impact of CoVid-19 on the FAFSA process, 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.   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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