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Government Document Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): U.S. Documents

Answers to frequently asked questions about Government Documents in Purdue Libraries.

U.S. Documents

Where can I find information about the transition from the Obama to Trump Administrations?

Where can I find information about federal civil service leadership positions in the executive and legislative branches?

Where can I find personal U.S. income tax forms?

Where can I find the text of U.S. Government regulations?

  • Three publications cover U.S. regulations. They are the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) , HSSE Ref 353.005 C64. has the complete text of all federal regulations. The Federal Register, HSSE Ref 353.005 C64, which announces new and proposed federal regulations. List of Sections Affected which tracks changes in regulations between their appearance in the Code of Federal Regulations and Federal Register. The website Regulations.gov enables one to track the federal regulatory process and make comments on proposed federal agency regulations.

Where can I find the text of congressional bills and information on their status?

  • Two sites will help you find this information. Federal Digital System provides the full text of congressional bills from 1993-present, committee reports on these bills, and information on their status. The Library of Congress' Thomas service provides the text of these bills from 1989-present and related legislative history and status information.

Where can I find out who are the leaders of particular foreign countries such as Thailand's Agriculture Minister of Argentina's Finance Minister?

Where can I find international trade (imports and exports) information?

Where can I find information on the Medicare prescription drug program?

Where can I find information about military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq along with casualty information on these conflicts?

Where can I find statistical information from U.S. Government agencies?

Where can I find the text of U.S. Laws?

  • Paper copies of U.S. laws can be found in the United States Code, HSSE Ref 345 Un3co, and United States Code Annotated, HSSE Ref 345 Un3coa. These laws can be found online through GPO Access.

Where can I find quick information on foreign countries including maps?

Where can I find ethical regulations for members of the House of Representatives & Senate?

Where can I find information and statistics on immigrants in the United States?

Where can I find biographical information on current U.S. Supreme Court justices?

  • From this section of the U.S. Supreme Court website.

Where can I find national crime and criminal statistics with state and local breakdowns?

Where can I find a listing of the members of President Barack Obama's cabinet?

Where can I find the text of White House press briefings during the Barack Obama Administration?

Where can I find information on federal government grants for individuals or businesses?

Where can I get information on federal contracts for businesses?

Where can I find information on the human rights practices of foreign countries?

Where can I find U.S. Government information resources on avian influenza or bird flu?

Where can I find statistics on energy such as oil and gas prices and information on energy commodities such as nuclear energy?

Where can I find information on the energy resources of foreign countries?

Where can I find information on cutting edge energy research and emerging sources of energy such as methanol and wind power?

Where can I find information on mineral resources in the U.S., foreign countries, and for individual mineral industries such as cement or iron ore?

Where can I find information and statistics on U.S. transportation and transportation systems?

Where can I find information about U.S. Government public land ownership?

Where can I find information about the property the U.S. Government owns or leases?

Where can I find information about U.S. national forests?

Where can I find information on how much pollution is released into the atmosphere with breakdowns by state?

Where can I find information on how pharmaceutical drugs are approved and regulated by the government?

Where can I find listing of national parks in the U.S?

Where can I find information about U.S. Government sponsored offshore oil and natural gas drilling?

Where can I find information about U.S. government support of scientific research and related statistics?

Can I order books and ebooks produced by U.S. Government agencies?

Where can I find information about programs and exhibitions at Smithsonian Institution Museums?

How can I find information on federal government agency sales or auctions of new or seized merchandise and real estate?

What would be a good database to use for crime statistics?

How can I find historical salary information for members of Congress?

  • See this June 2016 Congressional Research Service report. This 2013 Congressional Research Service report covers salaries from 1789-2009.

How can I find the salaries of current federal government employees including senior executive officials?

Where can I find biographical information about current and historical U.S. Representatives and Senators?

Where can I find biographical information about current and historical federal court judges including salaries?

How can I find information about the U.S. Capitol including its history, art, and architecture?

How can I find information about military personnel records?

Where can I find information about historic federal agency records for government programs in Indiana?

When searching for federal agency records at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), how can I find the record group number for individual agencies such as the Census Bureau?

  • Go to this section of the NARA website where you'll find that Census Bureau records are in Record Group (RG) 29.

I'm returning from a trip to a foreign country. How much can I import and what can I import duty free when I go through customs?

I'm planning to travel to a foreign country soon. Where do I get information about applying for a passport?

  • Go to this section  of the State Department's website.

Where can I find information about security and safety conditions in foreign countries I plan to travel to?

Where can I find historical and current information on the salaries of federal judges?

Where can I find information about U.S. Army awards, decorations, and medals?

Where can I find information on individual Congressional Medal of Honor winners?

Where can I find information on the United States public debt?

Where can I find information on the U.S.Government's budget including budget deficit?

  • The Budget of the U.S. Government, produced by the Office of Management & Budget, can be found here.

What are good sources of government reports and statistics on U.S. Economic Conditions?

  • The monthly Economic Indicators website and the annual Economic Report of the President, produced by the President's Council of Economic Advisors are good sources.

Where can I get quick current and historical weather data for numerous U.S. locations?

  • The National Climactic Data Center's Local Climatological Data will answer many of your weather questions.

Where can I find background information on the subprime mortgage lending crisis?

Where can I find information on recent defense or military contracts?

Where can I find the text and drawings for military specifications and standards?

Where can I find information on the amount of U.S. foreign aid to various countries and international government organizations?

Where can I find information and statistics on automotive fuel economy?

Where can I find information on soil conditions in U.S. counties?

Where can I find health and safety information on household products including Materials Safety Data Sheets?

Where can I find recommended occupational exposure criteria documents for potential occupational hazards found in workplace environments?

Where can I find information on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO)? 

Where can I find information on foreign countries economic holdings in U.S. Treasury securities?

Where can I find information on the upcoming transition to digital television?

Where can I find information on state laws for giving drivers licenses to illegal aliens and federal standards for approved photo identity cards?

  • The Congressional Research Service has prepared a report on state drivers license laws and Public Law 109-13, the Real ID Act has federal standards for approved photo ID cards beginning on p. 311 of this law.

Where can I find information on U.S. tariffs for various imported items?

Where can I find foreign travel information by members of Congress and their staffs?

  • This information has been published in the Congressional Record since 1994 and is available through the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Go to website.

How can I find information on who was the U.S. Ambassador to a particular country?

How can I find the per diem rate for traveling in foreign countries?

How can I find information on gifts received by the President, First Lady, or other prominent U.S. Government officials from foreign governments or leaders?

  • This information is published by the State Department’s Office of Protocol and Published in the Federal Register. Go to the Federal Register’s search page. Select a volume for an entire calendar year listed in the drop down menu. Type “tangible gifts” in the search box and you’ll get a publication whose title is “Gifts to Federal Employees From Foreign Government Sources…”. This will contain the information you’re looking for including the assessed value of the gift.

How can I find information about the insurance security of personal and business financial accounts at my bank or financial institution?

  • Use the Electronic Deposit Insurance Estimator (EDIE) prepared by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Where can I find information about banks that have failed and the U.S. Government was required to intervene?

  • The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has a website about such events which includes a listing of failed banks from October 2000-present.

Where can I find information on individuals acting as agents for foreign governments in the U.S.?

Where can I find Davis-Bacon wage determinations which are the wages to be paid on federally funded of assisted construction projects?

Where can I find information about the government's $700 billion assistance to U.S. financial markets?

Where can I find information on federal and state minimum wage laws?

  • Use this U.S. Department of Labor website.

Where can I find information on where and how economic stimulus funds will be used?

Where can I find information and statistics on mortgage foreclosures?

Where can I find reports on transportation sector accidents e.g. airplane,highway, rail, etc.?

  • This section of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) website.

Where can I find information on economic sanctions levied by the U.S. Government against foreign governments, individuals, businesses, and transnational organizations?

Where can I find information on U.S. military sales to foreign countries?

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