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Our mission

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.

Homeland Security Report Card

The State of Homeland Security 2007: An Annual Report Card on the Department of Homeland Security

Report from President’s Identity Theft Task Force

Strategic Plan, Website Released to Combat Identity Theft

Library of Congress newspaper project

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers (BETA)

“This site allows you to search and read newspaper pages from 1900-1910 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).”

Money management


Here’s a site from the U.S. Financial Literacy and Educational Commission. It contains detailed information on a variety of money-related topics such as:
– Budgeting & Taxes
– Credit
– Financial Planning
– Home Ownership
– Paying for Education
– Privacy, Fraud &
– Retirement Planning
– Saving & Investing
– Starting a Small

Data breach at USDA

USDA exposes citizen data

These data breaches at various government entities have been happening so frequently that they don’t even seem all that shocking anymore. But, of course, exposure of American citizens’ data is serious business, especially when it’s related to those citizens’ receipt of federal aid.

Since I’m not a hacker, I have to wonder: how did the private information of so many people became available to the public via the open Web? What measures are in place, or are lacking, in terms of protecting this information at the federal level? The USDA owes us an explanation.