ODDS AND ENDS : SEPTEMBER 2000

With Hypertext Links to Web Sites Where Appropriate

Table of Contents

America's Children 2000
Americans with Disability Act
Bureau of Land Management
Browse Electronic U.S. Government Titles (CU)
Career Education Consumer Report
Campus Crime and Security Statistics
Census Bureau State and County QuickFacts
Census (Historical Significance) Presentation
Census Schedules Going Online
Census Schedules Going Online, Part Two
Census Tract Street Locator
A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation
CIA World Factbook, 2000
Congressional Gold Medals
Disability.Gov
Domestic Violence Against Women and Girls: An Epidemic
Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses
Energy.Gov Debuts
Farm Service Agency
FDLP Desktop
FDR Presidential Library & Musuem Releases 10,000 Documents
Freedom of Information Act - Carry a Big Stick
FTC Report on the Marketing of Violent Entertainment to Children
Fuel Economy Guide
GITCO Moves to a New URL
Government Web Sites Being Made Accessible to the Disabled
GPO Access New Electronic Titles
History of the Federal Judiciary
HUD's Environmental Maps
Land Patents (BLM)
Law Librarian's Society of Washington, D.C.
LexisOne
Majority Whip's Home Page (U.S. Congress. House.)
MapStats
MedlinePlus's Prescription Drug Info
Michigan Ballot Proposals 2000
Michigan Career Education Consumer Report
Michigan Charter School Initiative Evaluation Reports
Michigan Electronic Voter's Guide 2000
Michigan Money Quest
Michigan School Choice/School Vouchers Info
Michigan State Park Campground Reservations
Michigan State Police Fugitives At Large/Ten Most Wanted List
Michigan Tax System Outline
Michigan Unclaimed Property Records
National Gallery of Arts Kids Page
National Teacher Recruitment Clearinghouse
Post Office to Offer Free E-Mail
Postal Service Commission Report On a Safe and Secure Environment
Prisoners in 1999
Progress of Nations, 1999
Russia's Road to Corruption
School Choice/School Vouchers
State of the Cities, 2000
Telephone Consumer Complaint Form
UNESCO's 2000 Online Manifesto
United Nations Bibliographic Information Systems (UNBISNet)
U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1873
Workers.Gov
ZIP Code Business Patterns

America's Children 2000
http://www.childstats.gov/pubs.asp
"America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2000" developed by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics.
(Last checked 07/17/06)

Americans with Disabilities Act Home Page
http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/adahom1.htm
This page, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, pulls together recent developments and information on the enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which celebrated its 10th anniversary on July 28, 2000. The site also describes the Toll-Free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301. Businesses, state and local governments, and others can call and ask questions about general or specific ADA requirements including questions about the ADA Standards for Accessible Design via this number.
(Last checked 08/26/00)

Browse Electronic U.S. Government Titles
http://spot.colorado.edu/~byrnet/bet/begp.htm
Tim Byrne of the University of Colorado has pulled together the 7,300 gov docs titles with 856 fields in the CU catalog into a database that he hopes will work as a cumulative list of URLs cataloged by GPO. According to Tim, "Browse Electronic Titles" never did fulfill that function since titles only stayed on BET until the cataloging was done. The new site "New Electronic Title List" only includes the titles that have been cataloged. Source: September 8, 2000 GoPIG Minutes.
(Last checked 09/25/00)

Bureau of Land Management Launches Web Page
www.blm.gov/lr2000
The Bureau of Land Management now provides the public access to land and minerals records that previously required an in-person visit to a BLM access center. The site puts the agency’s LR2000 database online, enabling users to view, print and download information from nearly 2 billion land and minerals records from the continental United States. Source: Dan Caterinicchia, Federal Computer Week, October 3, 2000.
(Last checked 10/06/00)

Campus Crime and Security Statistics
http://www.ope.ed.gov/security/
The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Campus Security Statistics Website is your direct link to reported criminal offenses for over 6000 colleges and universities in the United States. If you are thinking of attending college in a large urban city, a small liberal arts college, a specialized college, or a community college you can find their security statistics here. If you are not sure what colleges you want to see, the OPE Campus Security Statistics Website has the tools to help you search for a college. You can search for a college based on its location, program, size or degree offerings either alone or in combination. The more criteria you specify, the smaller the number of colleges that will fit your criteria. Once you've found some colleges of interest, you can obtain important and understandable security information on all of them.
(Last checked 10/24/00)

Career Education Consumer Report
http://www.mycareereducation.org/
A new web page launched by the Michigan Department of Career Development on October 18, 2000, this web page is designed to help students, school counselors, and dissatisfied workers identify job interests, determine average annual salaries, locate where appropriate training is available, and compare how the programs stack up. The site also offers a personality test that identifies interests and offers career suggestions accordingly. Site visitors may then learn what the average income is for people working in different fields across the state. In all, the site identifies 2,728 educational and training programs offered by 307 universities, colleges, and trade schools. Links are also provided to the Michigan Talent Bank, one of the nation's largest job-listing databases, the Michigan Occupational Information System, and several additional resources. The site was developed to fulfill the Workforce Investment Act, passed last July and requiring the Department of Career Development to offer resources to Michigan residents that help them cvompare educational programs and costs.
(Last checked 10/23/00)

Census Bureau State and County QuickFacts
http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/index.html
State and County QuickFacts provides frequently requested Census Bureau information at the national, state and county level.
(Last checked 10/18/00)

Census (Historical Significance) Presentation at IASSIST
http://datalib.library.ualberta.ca/iassist
This is an audio of the keynote speech by Dr. Kenneth Prewitt with an introduction by Judith Rowe at the International Association for Social Science Information Service and Technology Conference held in early June. The address was very interesting, touching on the historical significance of the census and its inherent political nature. The link is under annual conferences on the IASSIST homepage. Source: Shawn Nicholson, Michigan Documents /Social Sciences Librarian, Michigan State University.
(Last checked 08/22/00)

Census Schedules Going Online
http://GenealogyDatabase.com
Genealogists rejoice! Heritage Quest, Inc. is going to offer the entire US Census, all 12,555 rolls of film, from 1790 to 1920 online this fall. It will be available by subscription to libraries.
(Last checked 07/14/00)

Census Schedules Going Online, Part Two
http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/census/
For those who are not involved with genealogy reference work, there is another place on the web to find US Census data, for free! The USGenWeb Census Project is using volunteers around the country to enter original census data from every available federal census (1790- 1920), and is making this information available for free to anyone who wants it. The project only started in 1997, so much of the census is not yet entered, but it's a good start. And, of course, by depending on volunteers the project will probably take longer than the Heritage Quest, Inc. production will. However, if you're a small public library or just don't want to pay the subscription fees, USGenWeb is a very good alternative. Source: Becki White, Reference Department, Pottsville Free Public Library, 215 W. Market St., Pottsville, PA 17901; e-mail: potdocs@iu29.schiu.k12.pa.us; telephone: (570) 622-8880; fax: (570) 622-2157; GOVDOC-L, July 14, 2000.
(Last checked 07/14/00)

Census Tract Street Locator
http://tier2.census.gov/ctsl/ctsl.htm
Here's something easy and useful from the US Census. Type in the address of the organization on whose board you serve (or your home address) and you'll get a list of the nearby census tracts. Then click on "profile" and you'll find out how many people are in each tract, the racial/ethnic breakdown, citizenship status, educational attainment, percent of families in poverty, average household income, and more. The information can help your organization think about who it can be serving, and it's curiously satisfying just to know.
(Last checked 10/23/00)

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation:
U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/
Part of the Library of Congress American Memory Project, this site now includes full-text of all of the predecessors to the Congressional Record (House Journal, Senate Journal and Senate Executive Journal, Annals of Congress, Register of Debates, & The Congressional Globe) up to 1873 (1st through 42nd Congresses) as well as full text of the Statutes at Large up to 1873 (1st through 42nd Congresses). The site also offers documents on the Continental Congress and constitutional debates (1774-89) in the Journals of the Continental Congress, Farrand's Records of the Federal Convention of 1787 and The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution (Elliot's Debates), as well as selected documents from the U.S. Serial Set. Next year's additions to this site will include the fulltext of the American State Papers & more 19th century volumes from the Serial Set. Source: Jennifer Manning, e-mail: jmanning@crs.loc.gov, GOVDOC-L, September 25, 2000.
(Last checked 09/29/00)

CIA World Factbook 2000
http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html
Produced annually by the CIA, this highly acclaimed reference contains important CIA data on every country from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, including recent international disputes, natural resources, environment, population, inflation rates, agriculture, industries, defense, literacy rates, religions, and more. Key data is grouped under geography, people, government, economy, communications, and defense forces. Maps. In addition to the updating of information, the following changes have been made in this edition of The World Factbook. There is a new 'country profile' on the Southern Ocean. The name Wake Atoll has been officially changed back to Wake Island. There are new entries on Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Telephones - main lines in use, and Telephones - mobile cellular. The Background entry, which was introduced in the 1999 edition, has now been completed for over 200 countries. The terms and abbreviations used in the Environment-current issues entry are now explained in the Notes and Definitions section of the prefatory material.
(Last checked 09/18/00)

Congressional Gold Medals
http://dallaslibrary.org/CGI/goldframe.htm
This is a listing of all 288 of the Congressional Gold Medals given over the period between 25 March 1776 through to the present day. Courtesy of the Dallas Public Library. Source: GOVDOC-L, October 25, 2000.
(Last checked 10/26/00)

Disability.Gov
http://disabilities.gov/
http://www.disability.gov/
July 26, 2000, marks the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In celebration of this milestone, the Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities created this site, www.disAbility.gov, to provide one-stop online access to resources, services, and information available throughout the Federal government. Source: GOVDOC-L, July 27, 2000.
(Last checked 07/28/00)

Domestic Violence Against Women and Girls: An Epidemic
http://www.unicef.org/vaw/
Consider these global figures. Up to half of all women and girls in some countries have experienced physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner or family member. More than 60 million females are missing from population statistics -- killed by their own families deliberately or through neglect, because of their gender. Only 44 countries have adopted specific legislation to address domestic violence. These disturbing findings come from a new UNICEF report which asserts that domestic violence has reached global epidemic proportions. Compiled by UNICEF's Innocenti Research Centre in Florence, Italy, the report seeks to overturn the prevalent assumption that domestic violence is insoluble because it takes place within the "private" sphere of the family.
(Last checked 07/12/00)

Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses
http://www.dol.gov/elaws
A major feature of this new interactive site from the U.S. Department of Labor is the "Poster Advisor" which allows businesses to determine what posters they need to display and to download them free from the Internet. Starting at http://www.dol.gov/elaws/Posters.htm, you're conducted through a series of screens. The first few screens are informative or for disclaimers. After that you're asked a series of questions. Based on your answers, the Advisor links you to PDF versions of required posters for your workplace. (Black and white or color versions of the posters are both available.) The advisor does not link you to posters that might be required by your state, but they do link you to relevant state departments. The site also links to additional reading for you based on the recommended posters. Besides the Poster Advisor, the site has 24 other Advisors including representation from the Employment Standards Administration, Mine Safety and Health Administration, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Pension and Welfare Administration, and Veterans' Employment and training Service. Source: LLRXBuzz, October 2, 2000.
(Last checked 10/03/00)

Energy.Gov Debuts
http://www.energy.gov/
The Energy Department has unveiled a new portal that will make it easier for people to find information with a click of their mouse — from tips on cutting energy costs to saving the environment. Gone is the department’s stodgy Web site (www.doe.gov) with canned news releases, speeches from the DOE secretary and a bureaucratic tone that provided statements but little help for the customer. Taking the old site’s place is Energy.gov (www.energy.gov), which features a state-of-the-art design that makes the wide range of department information easily accessible. Source: Judi Hasson, Federal Computer World, October 2, 2000.
(Last checked 10/06/00)

Farm Service Agency
http://www.fsa.usda.gov/pas/default.asp
You don't have to be a MSU alumni to love this site. Check out the Newsroom for the latest news releases or media advisories by the FSA or USDA. Also provides information on Farm Loan and Conservation programs as well as commodity prices.
(Last checked 10/06/00)

FDLP Desktop
http://www.gpo.gov/fdlpdesktop
The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Desktop, comprised of more than 700 pages, is an enhanced version of the website formerly called "FDLP Administration." Source: GOVDOC-L, July 25, 2000.
(Last checked 07/26/00)

FDR Presidential Library and Museum Releases 10,000 Digital Documents
http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/
In an absolute boon to scholars and students, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library has recently announced the release of some 10,000 digitized documents, 6,000 of which are pages that had been locked in FDR's White House safe (Safe Files); the remainder come from the Vatican Files and German Diplomatic Files. The documents are offered as both digitized originals and text files. The Safe Files may be browsed by box (of six) and topic. Each topic heading indicates number of items, document types, and topics covered. The Vatican Files may be keyword-searched (all returns display in full-text on a single page) or browsed by box and topic. The German files are browseable by box and topic. While some copies of the original versions were unavailable at the time of initial review, they were accessible on subsequent visits. Additional resources at the FDR Library site include a collection of thousands of copyright-free photos, a K-12 Learning Center, finding aids, and related links, among others. Without a doubt, this is one of the finest online presidential libraries. Source: Scout Report.
(Last checked 09/18/00)

Federal Land Patents
https://www.glorecords.blm.gov/
This Web site, hosted by the Bureau of Land Management, hosts an online database of "land patents," which record the transfer of land from the federal government to private citizens. The patents were granted by the now-defunct General Land Office. Many of them date back almost 200 years and are key for real estate researchers and people investigating their family histories. Until recently, the documents were available only by visiting a BLM records vault in Northern Virginia. BLM officials decided that digitizing the patents and making them available online would save wear and tear on the original documents and also would provide an electronic shortcut for researchers.
(Last checked 10/06/00)

Freedom of Information Act
"What will 33 cents buy these days? Plenty, if used as postage on a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. For more information, see "The Freedom of Information Act - Carry a Big Stick", by Martha A. Churchill, appearing in the Michigan Bar Journal, July 2000, pp.836-839

FTC Report on the Marketing of Violent Entertainment to Children
http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2000/09/youthviol.htm
Study finds companies in motion picture, music recording and electronic game industries routinely target children under 17; retailers make "little effort" to restrict access to violent material. Commission calls for additional industry steps to improve existing rating systems. Source: J Bowers, GOVDOC-L, September 14, 2000.
(Last checked 09/15/00)

Fuel Economy Guide
http://www.fueleconomy.gov/
The online Fuel Economy Guide offers fuel cost data for new and used vehicles; side-by-side vehicle comparisons; search capabilities by miles-per-gallon, vehicle market segment, fuel type, manufacturer, and model. Also available: a metric version, links to other car-buying Web sites, and a section on low-emission vehicles.
(Last checked 10/06/00)

George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/gwhtml/
The Library of Congress, the University Press of Virginia and the Papers of George Washington at the University of Virginia have released online The Diaries of George Washington.
(Last checked 09/18/00)

GITCO: Government Information Technology Committee
http://www.library.ucsb.edu/ala/gitco/
ALA Godort's GITCO committee has moved to a new URL. Source: GOVDOC-L, July 27, 2000.
(Last checked 07/28/00)

Government Web Sites Being Made Accessible to the Disabled
http://pnnonline.org/technology/govsites0825.adp
Federal agencies are revamping their software programs, Web sites and other electronic information resources to make them accessible by people with disabilities -- including visual and hearing impairment -- under new rules that go into effect in May 2001. The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (http://www.access-board.gov) estimates the cost of the project could vary from less than $1000 million to close to $700 million, the Washington Post reports. Source: Philanthropy News Network, August 25, 2000.
(Last checked 08/28/00)

GPO Access New Electronic Titles
http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/locators/net/
The lists highlighted below represent new additions to the Federal Depository Library Program Electronic Collection (FDLP/EC) during the most recent four weeks. This tool replaces the Browse Electronic Titles (BET) locator service. Source: GOVDOC-L, July 25, 2000.
(Last checked 07/26/00)

History of the Federal Judiciary
http://air.fjc.gov/history
The Federal Judicial Center's web page presents historical reference information on federal courts, court decisions, and judges in the United States. The Federal judges biographical database houses information on more than 2,800 individuals who have served as Supreme Court justices and district, circuit, and appellate court judges. This searchable database contains the service records and professional resumes of presidentially appointed judges since 1789. The FJC site also contains a legislative history of the Supreme Court and every Federal district court, circuit court, and court of appeals. The landmark judicial legislation section presents the full text of 21 statutes related to the organization and administration of the judiciary system. Other sections explore selected topics in judicial history, such as notable records of judicial service and judicial impeachments, a photo exhibit of historic Federal courthouses, and a collection of FJC publications and related links.
(Last checked 08/10/00)

HUD'S Environmental Maps (E-Maps)
http://www.hud.gov/emaps/
Healthy Communities Environmental Mapping — HUD E-MAPS — is a free Internet service that combines information on HUD’s community development and housing programs with EPA’s environmental data. HUD E-MAPS provides:

  • location, type and performance of HUD-funded activities in every neighborhood across the country; and
  • select EPA information on brownfields, hazardous wastes, air pollution and waste water discharges.
    The site uses a database generated from HUD's Community 2020 software, which offers more than 600 types of census data for geographic areas ranging from entire states to individual city blocks.
    (Last checked 09/25/00)

    Law Librarian's Society of Washington, D.C.
    http://www.llsdc.org/sourcebook/index.html
    Compiled by members of the Legislative Research Special Interest Section, the Legislative Source Book contains numerous links to nifty publications such as:

  • Current Status Table on Selected Legislation
  • Finding and Establishing Direct Links to Thomas and GPO Access Documents
  • Internet and Online Sources of Legislative and Regulatory Information
  • Questions and Answers in Legislative and Regulatory Research
  • Quick Links to House and Senate Committee Documents and Hearings
  • Selected Telephone Numbers and Web Sites With Useful Legislative Information
    The same information is available for sale in paper copy from the Society. Source: Rick McKinney, GOVDOC-L, September 14, 2000.
    (Last checked 09/15/00)

    LexisOne
    http://www.lexisone.com
    http://www.llrx.com/extras/lexisone.htm
    Provides access to state and Federal cases since 1996, and complete Supreme Court case law, as well as a repository of online legal forms. Also provides access to a Legal Internet Guide, covering 16,000 law related web pages sorted into 24 "intuitive" categories. It's marketed for solo lawyers or small law firms but does not require that you be a practicing attorney to sign up. The second web page provides an online review.
    (Last checked 07/14/00)

    Majority Whip's Home Page (U.S. Congress. House.)
    http://www.majoritywhip.house.gov/
    Ever watched the evening news only to be surprised at what happened on the floor of the US House of Representatives that day? Ever wonder when that important bill is scheduled to be voted on in the House? Ever wish you could be notified, in advance, what issues would be debated in the US House? Well, if so, the Majority Whip's site is the place to visit. As the site explains, "Schedules of floor activity for the House of Representatives are produced by the Office of the Majority Whip on a weekly and daily basis. This website is the first place that schedule information becomes available." In fact, "Before any politicians, lobbyists or reporters pick up printed copies of it on Capitol Hill, the schedule is available" at this site. For those who prefer personal service, there are two schedules available free via e-mail. The Whip Notice is a weekly publication of scheduled legislative activity, and the Whipping Post is published on evenings prior to scheduled votes. For those who want to feel like an "insider," this is a must-visit site! Source: BriefMe Politics & Government, July 13, 2000.
    (Last checked 07/17/00)

    MapStats
    http://www.fedstats.gov/mapstats/
    MapStats provides statistics and links to additional data sources produced by more than 70 agencies in the United States. Choose your state and then county, or if you want the state profile leave the pull down menu on state only. You'll be treated to a wonderful aggregate of links related to that particular county or state, including agriculture, population and demographics, banking, crime, energy and environment, and business.
    (Last checked 10/03/00)

    MedLinePlus Prescription Drug Info
    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginformation.html
    Get smarter about the use of prescription drugs. MEDLINEplus publishes an online guide to more than 9,000 prescription and over-the-counter medications. You'll find out about proper use, precautions and possible side effects. Courtesy of the National Library of Medicine. Source: USA Today Hote Site, July 5, 2000.
    (Last checked 07/14/00)

    Michigan Ballot Proposals 2000
    http://www.msue.msu.edu/msue/iac/temp/Ballot.htm#top
    On November 7, 2000, Michigan citizens will have the opportunity to vote on two statewide ballot initiatives. This web page, maintained by the Michigan State University Extension Service, provides the official ballot language and an analysis of the Tuition Voucher Proposal and the Proposed Legislation Affecting Local Government. If you'd like more detailed information on either proposal, check out the two analyses that are available at the Citizens' Research Council website at : http://www.crcmich.org. Source: Beth Moore, Extension Specialist; telephone: (517) 353-9694; e-mail: mooree@msue.msu.edu via Judi Dow, Agricultural Economics Library, Michigan State University, 219 Agriculture Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-1039 ; telephone: (517) 355-6650 ; e-mail: dowj@msu.edu.
    (Last checked 10/09/00)

    Michigan Charter School Initiative Evaluation Reports
    http://www.wmich.edu/evalctr/charter/michigan/
    http://www.publicsectorconsultants.com/charter/index.html
    http://www.publicsectorconsultants.com/charter/2000/CharterFindings.html
    After numerous public inquiries, the Michigan Department of Education has just released two studies on charter schools in Michigan over the world wide web. The first report was prepared by Western Michigan University; the latter ones by Public Sector Consultants. The Associated Press recently reported that the Western Michigan University report, commissioned by the state and paid for by tax money, had sat on the desks of state education officers since last July despite the fact the school vouchers for charter schools is an issue which will be on the statewide ballot in November. Source: Lansing State Journal, October 28, 2000, p.2B.
    (Last checked 10/30/00)

    Michigan Electronic Voter's Guide 2000
    http://www.sos.state.mi.us/election/voteguide/index.html
    This guide launched by the Secretary of State's Office includes information about voter registration, state ballot initiatives and political parties, as well as photos and information about 2000 candidates for the state House of Representatives. It soon will include information about candidates for offices such as the Supreme Court and State Board of Education. According to Secretary of State Candace Miller, the site costs less than $1000 to add to her department's web site. Source: Lansing State Journal, September 15, 2000, p. 1B.
    (Last checked 10/09/00)

    Michigan State Park Campground Reservations
    http://www.midnrreservations.com/
    Campers can now reserve their favorite Michigan campsite online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The online system will also prevent the possibility of double-booking. Campers who make online reservations will also receive a written confirmation of their reservation. The new system will allow people to make reservations from six months before arrival until the day before arrival. Campers can also continue making reservations by phone at 1-800-44-PARKS, but the online system was designed to alleviate the congestion of the thousands of phone calls previously made. Source: Lansing State Journal, October 7, 2000, p.1B.
    (Last checked 10/09/00)

    Michigan State Police
    Fugitives At Large/Ten Most Wanted List
    http://www.msp.state.mi.us/wanted/fugitiv.htm
    (Last checked 07/17/00)

    Michigan Tax System Outline
    http://www.crcmich.org/TAXOUTLINE/INDEX.HTML
    The Michigan system of state and local taxes contains 45 elements, including 30 identifiable taxes imposed by the state for its own use and 15 taxes imposed by or for local governments. In this report, state and local taxes are classified according to the basis of taxation. Courtesy of Citizens Research Council of Michigan. Source: Debbie Gallagher, Michigan Electronic Library.
    (Last checked 09/15/00)

    Michigan Unclaimed Property Records
    http://www.treas.state.mi.us/unclprop/unclindx.htm
    Dreaming of striking it rich? The Michigan Department of Treasury has millions of dollars in lost or forgotten assets from dormant bank accounts, uncashed checks, valuables left in safe deposit boxes and stock certificates. Because these properties were considered abandoned and unclaimed by the bank or company entrusted with them, they are turned over to the state, as required by law. The Michigan Department of Treasury is the custodian of these assets and returns them to their owners (or the owners' heirs) when they are rightfully claimed. The Michigan Department of Treasury just published its annual list of unclaimed property in the Detroit Free Press over the weekend. If you missed it, you can also take a look at their Money Quest web site and search by name or city.
    (Last checked 10/30/00

    National Gallery of Arts Kids Page
    http://www.nga.gov/kids/
    The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC has recently launched NGAkids, a Web site, developed by the Gallery's education division, for children. The site features "kid friendly" ways of exploring the Nations art collection online through animation and stories. Lizzy and Gordon Visit the Sculpture Garden is an animated musical adventure that follows a brother and sister as they encounter works of art in the National Gallery's Sculpture Garden. The site offers a "low-tech" version as well as a version which integrates audio and video.
    (Last checked 09/25/00)

    National Teacher Recruitment Clearinghouse
    http://www.recruitingteachers.org
    A new one-stop shop for information and resources about teacher recruitment and retention created by Recruiting New Teachers, Inc. Developed through a planning grant from the U.S. Department of Education and publicized by President Clinton during one of national radio addresses, the site offers practical resources for recruiters, teachers seeking jobs, prospective teachers, and others looking for information about how to become a teacher and how to find and keep teachers. The unique portal that can help teachers find online job banks and job listings is a central feature of the Clearinghouse. This new gateway will make it easier for school districts to reach new teachers and for teachers to identify possible teaching positions in their field anywhere in the country. Links to and profiles of hundreds of job banks, in addition to other resources, will allow teachers to find the sites most likely to have openings in the fields and locations they desire. New job banks and postings are being added on a daily basis, as states and districts learn of the potential of the new portal. For districts, the Clearinghouse not only offers a way to cast a wider net to new recruits and expand outreach nationwide, it also provides new information about innovative ways to improve their recruitment and retention efforts.
    (Last checked 08/29/00)

    Post Office to Offer Free E-Mail
    http://pnnonline.org/technology/usps0802.adp
    The U.S. Postal Service plans to offer every residential street address in the country -- all 120 million of them -- free e-mail addresses, and link e-mail identities with physical addresses on a massive scale. Critics say the plan will essentially create the largest "spam" database in history... Source: Philanthropy News Network Online, August 2, 2000.
    (Last checked 08/10/00)

    Postal Service Commission Report on a Safe and Secure Workplace
    http://www.casacolumbia.org/usr_doc/33994.pdf
    Going Postal" is a myth: postal workers are no more likely to physically assault, sexually harass or verbally abuse their coworkers than employees in the national workforce, according to a report of the independent United States Postal Service Commission on A Safe and Secure Workplace, presented to the Postmaster General on August 31 by Joseph A. Califano, Jr., chairman of the commission and president of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. The 249-page report concludes two years of study and reveals that postal workers are only a third as likely as those in the national workforce to be victims of homicide at work (0.26 vs. 0.77 per 100,000 workers annually from 1992 through 1998, the most recent comparable data available). Comparing industries, retail workers are eight times likelier than postal employees to be homicide victims at work; comparing occupations, taxi drivers are 150 times likelier than letter carriers to be homicide victims at work.
    (Last checked 09/01/00)

    Prisoners in 1999
    http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/p99.htm
    Even though crime rates nationwide have steadily decreased over the last eight years, state and federal prison populations grew by 3.4 percent last year, reaching more than two million people. The high prison population is being attributed to an unusually large percentage of parolees who wind up back in prison, longer mandatory sentences, and continued high numbers of convictions for nonviolent drug offenses. Nearly 10 percent of all African-American men aged 25 to 29 were in federal or state prisons last year (primarily for drug crimes). That number is 10 times the incarceration rate of Hispanic males the same age. Only one percent of white males in their late 20s were in prison.
    (Last checked 08/22/00)

    Progress of Nations, 1999
    http://www.unicef.org/pon99/
    This report by the United Nations Children's Fund documents the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS on children, and also focuses on polio, the debt burden and population growth.
    (Last checked 07/12/00)

    Russia's Road to Corruption
    http://policy.house.gov/russia/
    Subtitle: How the Clinton Administration Exported Government Instead of Free Enterprise and Failed the Russian People. A report by the Speaker's Advisory Group on Russia. Includes information on the Russian Mafia. Representative Christopher Cox (R-CA) was a leading figure in this report's preparation as he was in last year's report on Chinese espionage at DOE facilities. Source: Bert Chapman, Purdue University, e-mail: chapmanb@purdue.edu, GOVDOC-L, September 25, 2000.
    (Last checked 09/29/00)

    School Choice/School Vouchers:
    Proposal 1 Ballot Language
    http://www.sos.state.mi.us/election/voteguide/ballotprop/prop001/prop001.html
    Provisions of the Kids First! Yes Ballot Proposal
    http://www.crcmich.org/publicat/2000s/2000/voucher2000.pdf
    The Citizen's Research Council of Michigan, a nonprofit, non-partisan research organizatin has prepared a description of the proposal that will be on the November statewide ballot.
    Analysis of the KIDS FIRST! YES! Initiative Petition
    http://www.state.mi.us/sfa/pubs/ISSUE/KidsFirst/kids1combinedrevised.htm
    The Senate Fiscal Agency study reports that the voucher program would cost the State of Michigan 50 to 80 million dollars. The research predicts that the program would be used mostly by students already enrolled in non-public schools and estimates that 3% of eligible students would participate in the voucher program.
    School Retention and Dropout Rates for 1997-98 and 1998-99
    http://www.mde.state.mi.us/reports/distmembret.pdf
    Under proposed guidelines of voucher proposal, data shows that only seven school districts have graduation rates low enough to automatically qualify students for private school vouchers.
    School Choice Policies in Michigan: The Rules Matter
    http://edtech.connect.msu.edu/policy/center/choice/default.asp
    Michigan State University report studied the impact of two school choice policies, charter schools and inter-district transfers on the educational environment in Michigan. Among the finding is that little innovation is occurring at the charter schools and that school choice policies "accelerate trends towards social sorting".
    Source: Debbie Gallagher, Michigan Electronic Library.
    (Last checked 09/15/00)

    State of the Cities 2000
    http://www.huduser.org/publications/polleg/soc2000_rpt.html
    The Department of Housing and Urban Development's State of the Cities 2000 report says growth in cities has been strong and sustained in high-tech and other jobs, business creation and homeownership. It points out that during the economic expansion, wage growth in cities has surpassed that of their surrounding suburbs. The State of the Cities Data System provides the latest data on 114 selected cities released as part of the State of the Cities 2000. It contains selected items from the SOCDS Historical Census, Current Employment Statistics for City Residents, and County Business Patterns Special Extracts databases. It also contains data from HUD analysis of high tech jobs in cities, suburbs, and metropolitan areas. Source: USA Today Hot Site, July 10, 2000.
    (Last checked 07/16/00)

    Telephone Consumer Complaint Form
    http://www.fcc.gov/cib/ccformpage.html
    Don't say you can't fight the phone company. The Federal Communications Commission wants to hear your beef, and the agency makes it relatively painless with an online Consumer Complaint Form. Source: USA Today Hot Site, July 7-9, 2000.
    (Last checked 07/16/00)

    United Nations Bibliographic Information System (UNBISnet)
    http://unbisnet.un.org
    UNBISnet is the primary index to United Nations documentation published since 1979, or earlier for selected major documents. It also includes the catalogue of the collections of the Dag Hammarskjöld Library. A special area of UNBISnet may be accessed to view detailed voting records of resolutions adopted by the General Assembly (thirty-eighth session, 1983-) and Security Council (1946 -). Another special file contains speech citations for the main United Nations organs, the General Assembly (thirty-eighth session, 1983 -), the Security Council (thirty-eighth year, 1983 -), the Economic and Social Council (1983 -) and the Trusteeship Council (1982 -). Some links to full text are currently available, particularly to resolutions. Additional links will be made as the system is developed. Users are encouraged to send comments and suggestions to the DHL Webmaster, via www.dhl@un.org, so that the site can be continually improved in response to users' needs. Source: Tim Byrne, CoGoPub-L, September 14, 2000.
    (Last checked 09/27/00)

    UNESCO's 2000 Online Manifesto
    http://www.unesco.org/manifesto2000/
    What if the year 2000 were a new beginning, an opportunity to turn the world's culture of war and violence into a culture of peace and non-violence? Here's a start. Source: USA Today Hot Site, July 7-9, 2000.
    (Last checked 07/16/00)

    Workers.Gov
    http://www.workers.gov/
    Connecting American Works and Their Families to Government Services and Information. Categories include: jobs, learning, family and health, transportation and housing, money management, rights and protections, disability resources, citizenship, recreation and travel.
    (Last checked 10/03/00)

    ZIP Code Business Patterns
    http://tier2.census.gov/zbp/index.html
    Enter in a zip code and you'll get a page of information of businesses in that zip code, including business sector and business size. Clicking on the "Detail" button beside any of the sector names breaks the sector down further -- for example, clicking on the Detail button beside the construction sector gives you information on paper hangers, stonework firms, carpenters, etc. You can click on the "Compare" button beside those sectors to compare the number of firms in one zip code to firms in other zip codes. To get the zip codes, to use for this resource, you've got two options from the USPS. You can look up zip codes for addresses at http://www.usps.gov/ncsc/lookups/lookup_zip+4.html, or look up the zip codes for cities at http://www.usps.gov/ncsc/lookups/lookup_ctystzip.html. Source: LLRXBuzz, July 10, 2000.
    (Last checked 07/14/00)

    <--Filler Items--> National Archives Factoid:

    The policy history of the U.S. government is preserved in 21 million boxes in 16 storage facilities scattered across the country. Hundreds of millions of pages document decades of activity by dozens of federal agencies. Agencies refer back to these old records about 10 million times a year. Old records remain essential to many of the day-to-day operations of federal agencies. Decades-old veterans' records are needed to apply for benefits, and old IRS records may be necessary to resolve tax disputes. Source: William Matthews, Federal Computer Week, October 2, 2000.

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