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Government Information Resources for Sociology: U.S. Government Internet

Government Information Resources for Sociology

U.S. Government Internet

Numerous government agency websites and publications include information useful to sociologists. Representative samples include:

GovInfo Provides one stop access to the U.S. Government's major legal, legislative, and regulatory information sources from 1994-1995 to present. Includes all versions of congressional bills, committee reports on legislation, the text of laws, transcripts of debates in the Congressional Record, transcripts of some congressional committee hearings, and the texts of proposed and adopted regulations in the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations. (Comment on proposed federal regulations.)

Bureau of Justice Statistics (Compiles criminal justice statistics)

Crime Data Explorer-FBI resource containing criminal activity data.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (Labor Dept. statistical agency tracking employment and unemployment rates, price increases, wages, consumer expenditures etc.

Congressional Budget Office (Congressional support agency analyzing the federal budget, the costs of legislation reported by congressional committees, and costs of individual programs.)

The War on Poverty: 50 Years Later (March 2014 House Budget Committee report)

Congressional Research Service Reports Also available in the Purdue Libraries catalog, this resource provides members of Congress sand their staff with nonbiased reports on public policy topics and legislation Congress is considering. Helpful categories to browse under include: Aged, Children, Families, Minorities, and Social Services.

Congressional Research Service (Library of Congress 2018-present)

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Block Grant:  Responses to Frequently Asked Questions (June 3, 2019 CRS report)

Green Book HSSE Doc Y 4. W 36:10-4 Produced by the House Ways and Means Committee, this publication provides detailed coverage and statistics on federal social assistance programs such as Aid to Families With Dependent Children, Medicare, Medicaid, and others. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) is a member of this committee.

Senate Finance Committee HSSE DOC Y 4.F 49  (Senator Todd Young (R-IN) is a member of this committee.


Government Accountability Office Reports The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is Congress' accounting arm and produces numerous reports documenting the management performance of federal agencies and programs. An essential resource!

Census Bureau Produces numerous reports on the U.S. population, characteristics of U.S. ethnic groups, and economic subjects such as poverty. The Department of Health and Human Services also produces poverty data with its own standards which are different from the Census Bureau's. See here for more information. (Detailed demographic, economic, and social data.)

Statistical Abstract of the United States (Annual statistical compendium) Connect HERE for post 2012 data.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Responsible for administering Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Department of Homeland Security Office of Immigration Statistics Responsible for compiling, analyzing, and disseminating statistical information on immigrants and their impact on the U.S. See especially the annual Yearbook of Immigration Statistics.
Federal Agency Inspector General Reports Responsible for analyzing the management performance of programs administered by their respective agencies. Can issue criminal penalties if fraud is committed in these programs by agency employees or private sector contractors.

National Center for Education Statistics (Dept. of Education's statistical branch)

National Center for Health Statistics (U.S. Government health and epidemiology statistics)

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)-Formerly known as food stamps.  Administered by
Agriculture Dept's Food & Nutrition Service

U.S. Government Manual (Annual directory of federal agencies, officials, and programs.)

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