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Free Government Information (FGI) is a place for initiating dialogue and building consensus among the various players (libraries, government agencies, non-profit organizations, researchers, journalists, etc.) who have a stake in the preservation of and perpetual free access to government information. FGI promotes free government information through collaboration, education, advocacy and research.

Where to Find Government Information

If you are looking for information from the government, you are not quite in the right place. The Free Government Information site is devoted to raising awareness of issues related to government information policy, especially those regarding the easily restricted/malleable/trackable digital realm.

But since FGI is run by volunteer librarians, we are happy to offer you some starting points for your government information resources:

  • Places to Ask Questions
  • Places to do your own research
    • General GPO Federal Digital System – One stop access to thousands of publications from the Government Printing Office.
    • General USA.Gov – Web portal with information by topic for citizens, researchers, government employees and others.
    • Science Science.gov – a gateway to authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. Government agencies, including research and development results.
    • Census American Factfinder – Where you want to go for population and demographic information and anything to do with Census EXCEPT Genealogy.
    • Statistics Fed Stats – Numbers on nearly everything.
    • Congress THOMAS – current federal legislation
    • GAO Reports Government Accountability Office Topic Search – Nonpartisan reports on government operations browseable by topic.
    • CRS Reports Open CRS – Brings together reports on many topics of interest done by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service.
    • Directory US Government Manual – Learn more about the structure of our government and locate government contacts.

    And more…

In addition to this NOT comprehensive list of outside web sites, Free Government Information has a few pages with government resources that are only here because they represent interesting uses of free, fully functional electronic information, or they represent interesting government-to-citizen communication tools. Please see our remixes page, government podcasts page and RSS directories page for examples.

Good luck in your government information research! When you’re done, please come back and read about the issues that might make your research harder in the future!

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    • Reginald,

      Lori Smith’s posting on Missing Some Money? provides several free ways of locating unclaimed property. I used it this morning to find that I was owed $25 from a former employer in Texas back in 1998. Who knew?

      “And besides all that, what we need is a decentralized, distributed system of depositing electronic files to local libraries willing to host them.” — Daniel Cornwall, tipping his hat to Cato the Elder for the original quote.

  1. It’s fascinating to see how the government is spending our money on information technology, computers, network equipment, etc. Especially by agency and by technology. You’ll find some surprises here, and it tracks exactly how public funds are being budgeted for these solutions.

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