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The United States Government Manual                                                                                                                                                                 The official handbook of the Federal Government. This special edition of the Federal Register is currently updated to provide comprehensive and authoritative descriptions of the programs and activities of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches.

USA.gov by TopicUSA.gov List of Agencies
The U.S. government’s official web portal, including a comprehensive list of governmental departments and agencies.

The Government Printing Office’s website. Provides access to many government publications.

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications                                                                                                                                                                                                         Information from the three branches of government.

Federal Code of Regulations

“The Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR) is a currently updated version of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). It is not an official legal edition of the CFR. The e-CFR is an editorial compilation of CFR material and Federal Register amendments produced by the National Archives and Records Administration’s Office of the Federal Register (OFR) and the Government Publishing Office. The OFR updates the material in the e-CFR on a daily basis…”

Legislative Information

A project of the Library of Congress, Thomas provides access to federal legislative information freely available to the public, including bills, resolutions, public laws, the Congressional Record, and information about current activity in Congress.

House of Representatives
See schedules of House proceedings and view live feeds from the House floor. Find information about representatives and committees.

Features information on Senate members, full text of bills introduced in the Senate, reports on the status of bills, voting information, daily information on major floor and committee actions.


THOMAS  1973 to presentTHOMAS is the best source on the Internet for congressional information. It contains the full text of bills since 1989 (i.e. starting with the 101st Congress) plus summaries of bills since 1973 (i.e. starting with the 93d Congress). THOMAS also permits you to track legislation by viewing the history of bills. That is, you can determine the status of a bill currently before Congress. You also can determine the final status of a bill introduced in a previous Congress. Bill status is available since 1973.  

FDsys contains all published versions of bills from the 103rd (1993-1994) Congress to present. The system is updated by 6 a.m. (EST) daily when bills are published and approved for release.

History of Bills since 1983. Lists legislative actions on bills that are reported in the Congressional Record. A typical entry includes a bill number, title, summary, names of sponsors and cosponsors, and a chronological list of actions on the bill.

House Bills and Resolutions 1799-1873Includes links to images, and browse lists for dates, keywords & committees for bills originating in the House. Covers the 6th through 42nd Congresses, 1799-1873.

Senate Bills and Resolutions 1819-1873Includes links to images and browse lists for dates, keywords and committees for bills originating in the Senate from the 16th Congress (i.e. 1819) through the 42nd Congress (i.e. 1873).

Judicial Information

Federal Judiciary Homepage
General information about the Judicial Branch of the U.S. Government.

Supreme Court
Provides access to the Supreme Court’s schedule, oral arguments, information about the justices, and full text of recent decisions.

Supreme Court Opinions
Supreme Court decisions from 1893-present, via FindLaw.

Decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court
Full-text of decisions for 1990-present, via Cornell’s Legal Information Institute.


Federal Statistics

This website provides access to government-produced statistics on a variety of topics, as well as links to the many statistical agencies.

Bureau of Justice Statistics
Provides information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Provides statistics on labor economics.


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