US Government Information
USA.gov is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal,
state, and local government web resources and services. As the catalyst
for a growing electronic government, USA.gov helps citizens navigate
through government red tape. At USA.gov, you can apply for benefits
online, contact a government agency, or use the Internet's most
comprehensive search of government websites—all from one easy location.
The U.S. government's official web portal, USA.gov, makes it easy for the
public to get U.S. government information and services on the web. USA.gov
also serves as the catalyst for a growing electronic government.
USA.gov is an interagency initiative administered by the U.S. General
Services Administration's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative
Technologies. It got its start when Internet entrepreneur Eric Brewer, whose
early research was funded by the Department of Defense, offered to donate a
powerful search engine to government. That gift helped accelerate the
government's earlier work to create a government-wide portal.
"A list of 100 milestone documents, compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration, and drawn primarily from its nationwide holdings. The documents chronicle United States history from 1776 to 1965.
The list begins with the Lee Resolution of June 7, 1776, a simple document resolving that the United Colonies are, and of right, ought to be free and independent states. . . and ends with the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a statute that helped fulfill the promise of freedom inherent in the first documents on the list. The remaining milestone documents are among the thousands of public laws, Supreme Court decisions, inaugural speeches, treaties, constitutional amendments, and other documents that have influenced the course of U.S. history. They have helped shape the national character, and they reflect our diversity, our unity, and our commitment as a nation to continue our work toward forming a more perfect union."
There are over 3,000 counties in the United States. You can get information on them here, a page maintained by the National Association of Counties.
"The official site for U.S. Government information. In September 2000, FirstGov.gov was launched, the only official U.S. Government portal to 47 million pages of government information, services, and online transactions."
"FirstGov offers a powerful search engine that searches every word of every U.S. government document in a quarter of a second or less."
"FirstGov.gov also features a topical index, online transactions, links to state and local government, options to contact your government, and other tools so you don't have to know the name of the government agency to get the information you want anytime you want it."
In 1992, FedWorld was established by The National Technical Information Service( NTIS), an agency of the U.S Department of Commerce, to serve as the online locator service for a comprehensive inventory of information disseminated by the Federal Government. This new service assisted agencies and the public in electronically locating Federal Government information, both information housed within the NTIS repository and information we made accessible through an electronic gateway of more than 100 Government bulletin boards. What started out as a small dial-up access system has grown tremendously over the last four years in size, technology, and content.
A part of the FedWorld Information Network, the Government Information Locator Service (GILS) is essentially a card catalog. It identifies public information resources throughout the U.S. Federal Government, describes the information available in those resources, and provides assistance in obtaining the information. Ultimately, GILS consist of a decentralized collection of agency-based information locators and associated information services. GILS supplements other agency information dissemination mechanisms and commercial information sources. GILS uses network technology and international standards for information search and retrieval so that information can be retrieved in a variety of ways, and so that GILS users can find other information resources worldwide. GILS provides automated linkages that facilitate electronic delivery of online information products and services.
The Query Server is an advanced meta search tool that broadcasts a single query across a set of Web-enabled search engines.
The Query Server is a powerful solution offered by Open Text that allows organizations to unify access to multiple internal and external information sources - including repositories, news feed systems, document management systems, intranets, and the Internet.
To provide American citizens direct online access to the basic Federal Government documents that define our democratic society, a core group of current and historical Government publications is being made available for free, permanent, public access via the GPO Access service. These titles contain information which is vital to the democratic process and critical to an informed electorate. They support the public's right to know about the essential activities of their Government. Immediate, online access to authenticated versions of these Core Documents of Democracy increases in importance as Americans grow ever more dependent on remote electronic access to basic information resources -- both past and present.
U.S. Government Documents - Research Guide
State Government Document Guide