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February 2018

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Tax information for 2017. Provides steps for filing plus a link to Where's My Refund. 

Black History Month in the Library of Congress magazine. Celebrated are African Americans who have made significant contributions to the success of the United States of America both well known (Carter Godwin Woodson, Frederick Douglass, Phillis Wheatley, Harriet Tubman) and less well known (Daniel Alexander Payne Murray, a librarian who documented the literature of the African diaspora in 1900, and John Willis Menard, the first African-American elected to Congress). Also included are descriptions of The Library’s local history and genealogy resources, its “Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1938,” a collection held by the Manuscript Division, and collections held by the new  National Museum of African American History and Culture.  

The fortification of foods: a review, by Judith A. Quick and Elizabeth W. Murphy. The Agriculture Handbooks of the US Dept. of Agriculture contain good concise information for consumers of lasting value. This one from 1982, written by two scientists with the Food Safety and Inspection Service Science Program, outlines the sometimes controversial history of food additives in the US - the first was salt, added in 1924 to prevent goiter, followed by Vitamin D to protect against rickets, in 1933. It describes and critiques the pros and cons of food additives, and gives a snapshot of regulations state-by-state. Other Agricultural Handbooks give information on pond and deck construction, timber and forestry, honeybees and pollen management, and all hotlinked in the library catalog (to browse all of them, simply search "Agriculture Handbook").

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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