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New site for veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs quietly unveiled the beta version of Vets.gov, a new site eventually intended to give users single sign-on access to thousands of online veteran services.

  • On Veterans Day, VA Quietly Unveils New ‘Vets.gov’, By Mohana Ravindranath NextGov (November 11, 2015).

    Currently, the site is a bare-bones framework of that vision.

    Within the next year, veterans will be able to manage all their personal information in one account on Vets.gov, VA Secretary Robert McDonald said in a statement on the site.

Tracking political advertising spending

Everything you need to know about political ads, by Jenn Topper, Sunlight Foundation (Nov. 10, 2015). ” Here’s what you need to know about political ads and the (lack of) disclosure around them.”

Full Text of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

The full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (30 chapters, more than 230 PDF files, and more than 2,000 pages) is now available from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

[The link to the ustr.gov site was very slow this morning. Another copy of the TPP is available from New Zealand http://tpp.mfat.govt.nz/text and NZ also has a zip file of all 30 chapters: www.mfat.govt.nz/downloads/trade-agreement/transpacific/TPP-text/TPP_All-Chapters.zip]

Campaign Financing Data Easier to Find at New Federal Election Commission Website

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is an independent regulatory agency that administers and enforces federal campaign finance laws. The FEC has jurisdiction over the financing of campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the Presidency and the Vice Presidency.

GPO announces enhancements to MetaLib

Hat tip to InfoDocket for noticing that Metalib, the Government Publishing Office’s meta-search engine, has added several resources. These include a new MetaLib QuickSet called “Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)” and 8 new databases including the Department of Energy’s “OpenNet,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Historical Maps and Charts, and the Catalog of the Office of Minority Health Resource Center. Check out the complete Infodocket post by Gary Price for details and more tips.


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