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Census Bureau press release on the opportunity Atlas. This new Census product graphically displays how well children from different neighborhoods do in adulthood. 

Special review - initial observations regarding family separation issues under the zero tolerance policy. This report of the Department of Homeland Security. Office of Inspector General, was released September 27, 2018, and addressed the Trump administration’s separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Drug overdoses in the workplace. Some news stories have reported on an increase in drug overdoses in the workplace and fatalities resulting from drug use. These statistics can be obtained from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Fatality and Catastrophe Investigation Summaries database (search "drug" in keyword). The incidents are usually about a year behind in this database. 

IdentityTheft.gov is a portal set up by the Federal Trade Commission to help victims of identity theft. It makes a report and gives information on victim rights. It guides victims through a recovery plan, including sample letters to creditors and credit reporting agencies. If you don't know you are a victim yet, it lets you know what the warning signs are. It covers recovery for accounts you might not have thought of. 

The Measuring Real Income Growth Act of 2018. In the Senate, two Democratic senators introduced a bill that would direct the federal government to publish a version of data that separates out the share of national income flowing to rich, middle class and poor. The purpose is to give Congress a better picture of who is benefitting from economic growth than the Gross National Product does.

Minority voting rights. The U.S. Civil Rights Commission's new statutory enforcement report on voting rights access of minorities. 

SAM.gov. SAM.gov replaces the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) to be used to match individuals, local governments, and nonprofits with Federal government assistance. It also incorporates FBO.gov, FDPS.gov and WDOL.gov data for those pursuing Federal contracts.

Census jobs. Both temporary and permanent Census positions in the Atlanta area are offered. For other areas, monitor opportunities at Census' page Field Opportunities by State.

GovInfo, produced by the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO), is replacing older government publication portals like FDSys. Its Release Notes provide details on its enhancements. 

 Budget 

The Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2019.

Debt to the penny (daily history from Treasury Dept.; also see Treasury's FAQ about the public debt.

USAspending.gov is required by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act to help citizens understand where tax dollars are spent. Click on a state on the map to see the total amount of spending and the top recipients.

Congressional calendars. Keep up with what they are working on. Senate Legislative Calendar. House Legislative Schedule

 Economy

U.S. Economy at a Glance. Summary page of the most closely watched statistics, from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Economic Report of the President.  Annually written by the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, the report contains text and extensive data appendices to describe current and foreseeable trends and annual numerical goals concerning topics such as employment, production, real income and Federal budget outlays.

Selected interest rates weekly release from the Federal Reserve. 

Latest unemployment rates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. See Georgia's current unemployment rate (right-hand side).

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