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CE 597 Civil Engineering Projects: U.S. Government Resources

Provides information on federal and Indiana state governmental and legal resources for this class.

U.S. Government Resources

Numerous federal agencies produce information on surveying and land use.  These cover the executive branch, independent agencies, and Congress.

United States Government Manual (Annual directory of federal agencies and officials.  Includes organizational charts.)
Army Corps of Engineers
Bureau of Land Management (Interior Dept. agency responsible for owning public lands in many western states.)
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (Interior Dept. agency responsible for regulating offshore mineral resources.)
Environmental Protection Agency Land, Oil Spill,  & Waste Management Research (Interagency organization administering federal global positioning satellite system programs and policies.)
National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS)  Commerce Dept. agency using satellite technology to provide environmental information.
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Agricultural Dept. agency responsible for  promoting conservation planning and assistance to benefit the soil, water, air, plants, and animals for productive lands and healthy ecosystems.) Produces Soil Surveys of U.S. counties with many accessible online.

Congressional Resources

Congress is a major source of information on federal land policy and surveying.  Congress must approve and revise existing federal legislation and congressional committees are responsible for funding federal programs in these areas and overseeing the management performance of these programs.  Congressional oversight agencies also produce useful information too.  Examples include:

Congressional Bills e.g. H.R. 1296 Petersburg Battlefield Boundary Modification (112th Congress-2011) or H.R. 3805 To Authorize the Secretary of the Interior to Carry Out a Land Exchange Involving Lands Within the Boundaries of the Cape Cod National Seashore and For Other Purposes (115th Congress-2017))
Congressional Committee Reports (Critical sources for determining what congressional committees want legislation to accomplish.)
Congressional Record (Features the text of legislation, congressional debate, and recorded votes.)
House Natural Resources Committee HSSE DOC Y 4.R 31/3

Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee  HSSE DOC Y 4.EN 2
Congressional Budget Office HSSE DOC Y 10
Congressional Research Service (Courtesy-University of North Texas library)

Congressional Research Service (Courtesy-Library of Congress 2018-present)
Government Accountability Office (Examines management performance of federal agency programs.)

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