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Consumers

Resources for K-12 students and for adults.  Provides excellent guide on how the US Government works, and what primary resources are available through the Government Printing Office (GPO).

List of federally funded programs, projects, services and activities.  Includes guide to grant writing.

Consumer protection basics from the US Government.

Outlines rights, programs and resources available to disabled Americans and those who support them.

Disability Employment Liasons,  by state http://www.dol.gov/odep/contact/state.htm

Office of Disability Employment Policy http://www.dol.gov/odep/contact/state.htm

Privacy in the digital age

Consumer Action Handbook http://www.consumeraction.gov/viewpdf.shtml
Provided by the Federal Citizen Information Center, this web version of the Handbook "provides advice and consumer tips on: car repair, purchase, and leasing; shopping from home; avoiding consumer and investment fraud; home improvement and financing; choosing and using credit cards wisely; and much more. Includes the Consumer Assistance Directory with thousands of contacts for national consumer organizations, better business bureaus, corporations, trade associations, state and local consumer protection offices, state agencies, military consumer offices, and Federal agencies.

Federal Consumer Publication Center in Pueblo Colorado http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/
The most famous source of consumer information now allows you to use many of its publications online. You can either choose from a list of topics or do a search. This far ranging page should be your first stop when looking for information.

Consumer Product Safety Commission http://www.cpsc.gov/
Find out about recalls, report an unsafe product, visit their library for publications and injury statistics and if you have kids, they have a section specifically for them on safety. The site is also available in Spanish.

Federal Consumer Information Center National Contact Center-- http://www.info.gov/

Conducts "the nation's monetary policy; supervising and regulating banking institutions and protecting the credit rights of consumers; maintaining the stability of the financial system; and providing certain financial services to the U.S. government, the public, financial institutions, and foreign official institutions." As a result of these duties, their statistical releases are heavily anticipated by the financial community. Get statistics from the Fed here.

Foreign Exchange Rates http://www.federalreserve.gov/releases/h10/Update/

Historic Rates http://www.federalreserve.gov/releases/H10/hist/

Beige Book http://www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/beigebook/

Extensive list of agencies and sub-agencies of the US Government.

Sponsored by Washington State allows simultaneous searching of more than 70 state and federal consumer sites.

Consumer Protection Page http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/consumer.shtm

      Guides on choosing wisely and scams.


Internet Fraud and Safety http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/menus/consumer/tech/privacy.shtm

      Information on protecting your computer, securing your wireless network, protecting kids privacy online, social networking, and shopping online.


10 Tips for Smart Holiday Shopping Online http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2011/11/holidayshopping.shtm

This site has a wide variety of information for prospective homeowners and people concerned about their neighborhood.

Find the Registry of Toxic Effects online here, as well as a wealth of work related health and safety resources.

New York City Public Transportation

Trains and buses are two common forms of transportation to commute to and from NYC.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is the largest public transportation provider in all of North America for the New York metropolitan area that serves New York City through Long Island, southeastern New York State, and Connecticut. It is able to serve the suburban communities by means of its subsidiary agencies such as the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), the Long Island Bus, and the Metro-North Railroad.

  • Here is the link to the MTA for more information about the services, schedules, and maps: MTA

Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) is the busiest commuter railroad in North America, serving 124 stations in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. The LIRR operates 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week, including all holidays, with service intervals varying by destination and time of day.

  • Here is the link to the LIRR for more information about the services, schedules, and maps: LIRR

Government office established to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.

Laws & Regulations http://www.osha.gov/law-regs.html

Compliance Assitance http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/compliance_assistance/index.html

Safety and Health Topics http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/index.html

OSHA Statistics http://www.osha.gov/oshstats/index.html

OSHA Publications http://www.osha.gov/pls/publications/publication.html

Information by country or by topic on vaccines needed for travel, alerts to outbreaks, and resources on how to handle illness and injury when abroad.

Transportation rules and restrictions from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, including information on security checkpoints and permitted airline carry-on items.

Help with citizenship application and green card process.

Database of government jobs currently available.