ODDS AND ENDS : ISSUE 104, JULY 2004

A Collection of Web Sites of Possible Interest to Government Documents Librarians

Table of Contents

Afghanistan Reconstruction : Deteriorating Security and Limited Resources
Have Impeded Progress
America at Risk: Closing the Security Gap
American Presidency Project
America's Army
Black Members of the United States Congress: 1870-2004
Bush Aerobics
Bush Shootout
Business.gov : The Business Gateway to Federal Resources
Cancer Survivorship, United States: 1971-2001
Challenge in Higher Education:
Confronting and Reducing Substance Abuse on Campus
CIA World Factbook, 2004
Code Talk
Condition of Education, 2004
Data Mining: Federal Efforts Cover a Wide Range of Uses
Detainee Interrogation Memorandum Excerpts
Detroit Exposure and Aerosol Research Study
Detroit Metropolitan Area Fails Smog Standards
Educator Sexual Misconduct: A Synthesis of Existing Literature
The Empire That Was Russia
Enhanced Overview of the U.S. Economy
Federal Contractor Misconduct:
Failures of the Suspension and Debarment System
File Sharing : Selected Universities Report
Taking Action to Reduce Copyright Infringement
Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research (FRASER)
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), How to Use...
G8: Sea Island Summit 2004
Government Views of D-Day 1944
Government Views of Iraq
Government Views of the Rosenberg Spy Case
Greece: Threat of Terrorism and Security at the Olympics
Health Consequences of Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General
Health Insurance Coverage: Estimates from the
National Health Interview Survey 2003
Health Status of Soon-to-be-Released Inmates
Hispanic Heritage Month 2004: Sept. 15-Oct. 15
Incarceration of Youth Who are Waiting for
Community Mental Health Services in the United States
A Journey to Inspire, Innovate and Discover
The Kissinger Telcons
Labor Day 2004: Sept. 6
Marine Protected Areas of the United States: Virtual Library
Medicare: Presription Drugs and Other Assistance Programs
Michigan Genealogical Death Indexing System (GENDIS)
Michigan Department of Natural Resources E-Mall
Military Campaign Maps and Atlases
Military Casualty Information
National Commission on Terrorism Attacks Upon the United States
National Do Not Email Registry: A Report to Congress
National High School Debate Topic, 2004-2005
National World War II Memorial
Normandy
On Point: The United States Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom
Patterns of Global Terrorism, 2003 (Revised Report)
Prisoner Abuse: Patterns from the Past
Reading at Risk
Report from the Field: The USA Patriot Act at Work
Report on the U.S. Intelligence Community's
Prewar Intelligence Assessments on Iraq
Resources for Federal Depository Library Directors
Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction (UK)
Spacesounds
State Education Reforms
Taguba Report Annexes
Tiananmen Square, 1989: The Declassified History
Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Data for 2002 Released
UNAIDS 2004 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic
The USA Patriot Act at Work
U.S.-Central American Free Trade Agreement and
Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)
Venus Transit 2004
Volunteering for the Coast
What Works Best for Whom: Effects of Welfare and Work
Policies by Subgroup
Winning the War on Terrorism
Women in the Labor Force: A Databook
Your Tax Dollars at Work...Offshore

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Afghanistan Reconstruction : Deteriorating Security and Limited Resources
Have Impeded Progress : Improvements in U.S. Strategy Needee

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d04403.pdf
Assesses the extent and purpose of short and long-term reconstruction funding and the problems that have impeded progress. From the General Accounting Office, June 2004.
(Last checked 07/06/04)

America at Risk: Closing the Security Gap
http://www.house.gov/hsc/democrats/pdf/press/report/FULLREPORT.pdf
The United States is vulnerable to nuclear, biological, chemical, and radiological attacks. Pathways to the country via land, sea, and air are insecure. Critical infrastructures have few defenses. While this assessment seems to have been made in the weeks following 9-11, it is actually the current conclusion of the Democratic members of the House Select Committee on Homeland Security. A new report by these members documents gaps in intelligence, nuclear material protection, biodefense, and critical infrastructure protection, among others. Feb. 2004, 156pp.
(Last checked 06/18/04)

American Presidency Project
http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/site/docs/index_pppus.php
The American Presidency Project at UC Santa Barbara, Department of Political Science, has provided the text of the Public Papers of the Presidents from 1929 through 1992/93 along with other interesting stuff like Inaugural Addresses and National Political Party Platforms (back to 1840).
(Last checked 06/09/04)

America's Army
http://www.goarmy.com/aagame/index.htm
The U.S. Army has developed a highly realistic and innovative PC video game called America's Army and a Special Forces version variant which can be downloaded from this web page. "You'll face your first tour of duty along with fellow Soldiers. Gain experience as a Soldier in the U.S. Army, without leaving home." A link to Army recruiters is also provided!
(Last checked 06/02/04)

Black Members of the United States Congress: 1870-2004
http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/31339.pdf
Provides biographical information and committee assignments with years of service for all Black members of Congress. Through the 108th Congress, 112 Blacks have served, 108 in the House and 4 in the Senate. 85 have been Democrats, 27 Republicans. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the State Department. Mildred L Amer. Updated March 4, 2004.
(Last checked 07/19/04)

Bush Aerobics
http://www.miniclip.com/bushaerobics.htm
Let the President whip you into shape with a regimen of aerobics. Just for fun!
(Last checked 07/12/04)

Bush Shootout
http://www.miniclip.com/bushshootout.htm
If the Secret Service drops by, we had nothing to do with this one! You’re George Bush, and armed fighters have taken over the White House. Do you have the aim, firepower and guts to get yourself and your cabinet out without, oh, opening fire on Karl Rove? And would someone mind telling us where the heck Cheney is in this mess? Surely the VICE President is the guy to indulge in a shoot-em-up with us! Just for fun. Source: USA Today Hot Site, June 30, 2004.
(Last checked 07/12/04)

Business.gov : The Business Gateway to Federal Resources
Formerly called U.S. Small Business Advisor
http://www.business.gov/
Portal for federal government information on business including business development, sources of financial assistance, tax information, laws and regulations, trade assistance, workplace issues, federal acquisition procedures, and relevant forms. A collaborative site managed by the Small Business Administration.
(Last checked 07/06/04)

Cancer Surviorship, United States: 1971-2001
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5324a3.htm
The number of people continuing to live with cancer increased from 3 million in 1971 to 9.8 million in 2001. Patients diagnosed with cancer today have a 64 percent chance of surviving five years, compared with 50 percent for those diagnosed in the mid-1970s. This study of cancer survivors was carried out by the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, June 25, 2004.
(Last checked 07/19/04)

Challenge in Higher Education:
Confronting and Reducing Substance Abuse on Campus
http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/publications/
challenge_higher_ed/challenge_higher_ed.pdf

NCJ 204079 provides administrators of higher education a basic understanding of illegal drug use among the college population and urges their support in ridding campuses of this threat. Office of National Drug Control Policy. 66pp.
Also available in the MSU Government Documents Library as PREX 26.2:C 35
(Last checked 07/16/04)

CIA World Factbook, 2004
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html
Latest edition of the compendium of information on the countries of the world. Includes revised maps and a section on rank order of the countries of the world for various topics under several main categories including People, Economy, Military, Communications, and Transportation. The U.S. ranks 1st in military expenditure by a wide margin but only 30th in military expenditures as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product. From the Central Intelligence Agency.
(Last checked 07/06/04)

Code Talk
http://www.codetalk.fed.us/
Code Talk is a federal inter-agency Native American Web site designed specifically to deliver electronic information from government agencies and other organizations to Native American communities. Code Talk is hosted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Native American Programs. CodeTalk is named for the CodeTalkers who served their country with honor and distiction. The web page also provides many web links to information about the CodeTalkers as well.
(Last checked 06/04/04)

The Condition of Education, 2004
http://www.nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2004077
The Condition of Education 2004 summarizes important developments and trends in education using the latest available data. The indicators represent a consensus of professional judgment on the most significant national measures of the condition and progress of education for which accurate data are available. The 2004 print edition includes 38 indicators in six main areas and a special analysis on student financial aid in postsecondary education." From the National Center for Education Statistics. Source: Gary Price’s ResourceShelf, June 5, 2004.
(Last checked 06/07/04)

Data Mining: Federal Efforts Cover a Wide Range of Uses
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d04548.pdf
"Our survey of 128 federal departments and agencies on their use of data mining shows that 52 agencies are using or are planning to use data mining. These departments and agencies reported 199 data mining efforts, of which 68 are planned and 131 are operational. The figure here shows the most common uses of data mining efforts as described by agencies. Of these uses, the Department of Defense reported the largest number of efforts aimed at improving service or performance, managing human resources, and analyzing intelligence and detecting terrorist activities." GAO-04-548, May 4, 2004
(Last checked 06/02/04)

Detainee Interrogation Memorandum Excerpts
http://www.npr.org/documents/2004/dodmemo030306.pdf
The administration has admitted debating the legality of torturing detainees in their war against terrorism before the current public relations fiasco in Iraq. This web link provides a link to one such memorandum (portions deleted) signed by Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld. Attorney General Ashcroft has refused to provided additional documentation.
(Last checked 06/11/04)

Detainee Interrogation Memorandum
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/nation/documents/dojinterrogationmemo20020801.pdf
A copy of an Aug. 1, 2002, memorandum 'Re: Standards of Conduct for Interrogation under 18 U.S.C. 2340-2340A,'" sent from the Justice Department to Alberto R. Gonzales, counsel to President Bush, has been posted on washingtonpost.com.
(Last checked 06/14/04)

Detainee Interrogation Memorandums Posted by FindLaw
http://news.findlaw.com/hdocs/docs/dod/62204index.html
A comprehensive collection posted by FindLaw.
(Last checked 07/25/04)

Detroit Exposure and Aerosol Research Study
http://www.epa.gov/dears/
This site provides information about a research study that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is conducting in Detroit, Michigan. The study, named the Detroit Exposure and Aerosol Research Study (DEARS), will help develop data that improves our understanding of human exposure to various air pollutants in our environment. The primary objective of DEARS is to compare air pollutant concentrations and their sources measured at central or community air-monitoring stations with those measured in various neighborhoods in the Detroit, Michigan area.
(Last checked 06/30/04)

Detroit Metropolitan Area Fails Smog Standards
http://www.epa.gov/pmdesignations/documents/120/responses.pdf
Twenty-eight states meet new, more protective health standards for fine particles in their air. In the remaining states, EPA identified counties that it believes do not meet the new PM2.5 standards. Review this June 29, 2004 map to identify metropolitan areas in Michigan failing standards.
(Last checked 06/30/04)

Educator Sexual Misconduct: A Synthesis of Existing Literature
http://www.ed.gov/rschstat/research/pubs/misconductreview/report.pdf
More than 4.5 million students endure sexual misconduct -- ranging from inappropriate jokes to forced sex -- by employees at their schools, according to a 156-page report to Congress. The report examines the incidence and prevalence of abuse, patterns of misconduct, and prevention strategies. Charol Shakeshaft, Hofstra University, June 28, 2004.
(Last checked 07/02/04)

The Empire That Was Russia
http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/empire/
If you enjoyed Dr. Zhivago, you may want to take a look at this web site. The Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii Collection contains approximately 2,615 distinct photographic images of the vast Russian Empire taken between 1905 and 1915. Frequent subjects include people, religious architecture, historic sites, industry and agriculture, public works construction, scenes along water and railway transportation routes, and views of villages and cities. An active photographer and scientist, Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) undertook most of his ambitious color documentary project from 1909 to 1915. The Library of Congress purchased the collection from the photographer's sons in 1948.
(Last checked 07/15/04)

Enhanced Overview of the U.S. Economy
http://www.bea.gov/bea/glance.htm
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) announced a new feature on its Web site called the "Enhanced Overview of the U.S. Economy". This new feature will provide a summary of the Nation?s economy with easy to read highlights and graphs of major economic statistics, making them more accessible to even casual data users.The overview also includes news releases and articles that summarize gross domestic product, personal income, balance of payments and other economic indicators. Using color-coding, the new format makes data tables more accessible than before and provides easier downloading and printing from the Web site. Source: Gary Price’s ResourceShelf, June 4, 2004.
(Last checked 06/07/04)

Federal Contractor Misconduct: Failures of the Suspension and Debarment System
http://www.pogo.org/p/contracts/co-020505-contractors.html
Federal Contractor Misconduct Database
http://www.pogo.org/db/index.cfm
A muckracking report by the Project on Government Oversight. Many of the U.S. government's largest contractors have been found to have repeatedly broken the law or engaged in misconduct, according to POGO's investigation. However, they are never even temporarily suspended, let alone debarred, from gaining additional government contracts, contrary to Reagan/Bush era laws. POGO's research found that, since 1990, 43 of the government's top contractors paid approximately $3.4 billion in fines/penalties, restitution, and settlements. Furthermore, four of the top 10 government contractors have at least two criminal convictions. And yet, only one of the top 43 contractors has been suspended or debarred from doing business with the government, and then, for only five days. Our report includes recommendations to improve the system to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not awarded to contractors with long rap sheets. May 10, 2002. No Haliburton is not listed.
(Last checked 06/07/04)

Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research (FRASER)
http://fraser.stlouisfed.org/
The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis announces the debut of FRASER (Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research). FRASER provides access to historical economic statistics and data. We have scanned all content from the following publications:

  • Economic Indicators
  • All Bank Statistics
  • Annual Statistical Digest
  • Banking and Monetary Statistics
  • Business Statistics (Supplement to Business Conditions Digest
  • Concordance of Statistics
  • Productivity and Costs Statistical Release
    By this fall we will have Business Conditions Digest loaded, and we will continue to add publications to the site. You can see the content of a publication by issue (using the date feature), or you can look at a single table across many years (using the table listing feature). All Bank Statistics and the Concordance of Statistics are only searchable by date, due to the type of publication. Since we are at the beginning of this process, we'd be especially interested in any comments (good or bad). It is still early, so we can go back and change things. Source: Katrina Stierholz, Library Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Katrina.L.Stierholz@stls.frb.org via GOVDOC-L, July 9, 2004.
    (Last checked 07/09/04)

    File Sharing : Selected Universities Report Taking Action to Reduce Copyright Infringement
    http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d04503.pdf
    Describes universities' views and actions relating to use of peer to peer networks for copyright violations and actions by law enforcement agencies in response to copyright violations by organizations. From the General Accounting Office, May 2004.
    (Last checked 07/06/04)

    Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), How to Use...
    http://www.rcfp.org/foiact/index.html
    The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has published a newly updated edition of its handbook, "How to Use the Federal FOI Act." The publication offers "step-by-step guidance for requesters along with a short course on the exemptions to the FOI Act that will help individuals seeking FOIA documents to frame their initial requests to agencies and to write appeals of denials. The book also offers advice on how to obtain expedited review and suggestions for overcoming other problems."
    (Last checked 06/22/04)

    G8: Sea Island Summit 2004
    http://www.g8usa.gov/home.html
    The G8 Summit brings together the leaders of the world's major industrial democracies: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The European Union also sends representatives, including the President of the European Commission and the leader of the country holding the Presidency of the European Council. At previous Summits, Leaders have discussed a wide range of international economic, political, and security issues.
    President Bush hosted the 30th G8 Summit at Sea Island, Georgia on June 8-10, 2004. The United States assumed the Presidency of the G8 from France at the beginning of 2004. The United Kingdom will host the G8 Summit in 2005 and Russia will host in 2006.
    (Last checked 07/14/04)

    Government Views of D-Day 1944
    http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/library/Divisions/Government/DDay.html
    A comprehensive collection of web resources covering everying from "air operations" to "weather" compiled by Grace-Ellen McCrann, Chief, Reference & Government Documents Divisions, Cohen Library, The City College of New York, 138th Street at Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031; e-mail: gemscot@yahoo.com; May 24, 2004.
    (Last checked 06/02/04)

    Government Views of Iraq
    http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/library/Divisions/Government/Iraqbib.html
    Iraq has been international front-page news for some time and this resource is a compilation of online primary resources to help fill in the background. The site concentrates on Government documents and information and while the bulk of the resources are from the United States, there are international entries as well. Resources include such items as U.S. Congressional Hearings and Resolutions, Federal Agency reports, transcripts of press conferences and briefings, USAID Fact Sheets, legislation, news releases and Presidential Communications, as well as texts of United Nations Security Council Resolutions, the Geneva Conventions and Protcols, selected international treaties and regulations and memoranda, orders and public notices from the Coalition Provisional Authority. Compiled by Grace-Ellen McCrann, Chief, Reference & Government Documents Divisions, Cohen Library, The City College of New York, 138th Street at Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031; e-mail: gemscot@yahoo.com; May 24, 2004.
    (Last checked 06/02/04)

    Government Views of the Rosenberg Spy Case
    http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/library/Divisions/Government/rosenbergs.html
    Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed for espionage in Sing Sing Prison on 19 June 1953. They had been convicted of giving American atomic secrets to the Soviets during World War II. Though the government was convinced of their guilt, many people were not and the debate over their guilt or innocence did not stop with their deaths. Subsequent declassified government documents have however indicated that Julius Rosenberg did indeed spy for the Soviets but that the government's case against Ethel Rosenberg was quite weak.
    Here at The City College of New York we have a particular interest in the Rosenberg case because Julius Rosenberg was a 1939 graduate of City College (School of Engineering). It was also at City College that he met many of the men who were later identified as part of what is sometimes referred to as the "Atomic Spy Ring," including his trial codefendant, Morton Sobell (Class of 1938, School of Engineering).
    This site concentrates on primary government documents and information about both the Rosenberg case and the people involved. Resources include a number of declassified documents from such Federal agencies as the FBI and the Central Intelligence Agency, as well as documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
    Compiled by Grace-Ellen McCrann, Chief, Reference & Government Documents Divisions, Cohen Library, The City College of New York, 138th Street at Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031; e-mail: gemscot@yahoo.com; May 24, 2004.
    (Last checked 06/02/04)

    Greece: Threat of Terrorism and Security at the Olympics
    http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/32822.pdf
    A study of the terrorist threat and security planning for the Olympics by the Congressional Research Service. Posted by the State Department.
    (Last checked 06/02/04)

    Health Consequences of Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General
    http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/smokingconsequences/
    Full text of the May 2004 report from U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona on smoking and health, which reveals "for the first time that smoking causes diseases in nearly every organ of the body. ... [It] finds that cigarette smoking is conclusively linked to diseases such as leukemia, cataracts, pneumonia and cancers of the cervix, kidney, pancreas and stomach." Includes links to related government resources on smoking.
    (Last checked 06/02/04)

    Health Insurance Coverage: Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey 2003
    http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/insur200406.pdf
    In 2003 43.6 million persons in the U.S. were not covered by health insurance. Coverage is increasing for children but decreasing for working age adults. Covers characteristics of the uninsured and reasons for noncoverage. From the National Center for Health Statistics. 2004. 13pp.
    (Last checked 07/19/04)

    Health Status of Soon-to-be-Released Inmates
    http://www.ncchc.org/pubs/pubs_stbr.html
    Prisons and jails offer a unique opportunity to establish better disease control in the community by providing improved health care and disease prevention to inmates before they are released. A series of papers (summarized in Volume 1 and provided in full in Volume 2) documents indisputably that tens of thousands of inmates are being released into the community every year with undiagnosed or untreated communicable disease, chronic disease and mental illness. The research also shows that not only would it be cost effective to treat several of these diseases while the individuals are incarcerated, but in several instances it would even save money in the long run.
    (Last checked 06/22/04)

    Hispanic Heritage Month 2004: Sept. 15-Oct. 15
    http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/
    facts_for_features_special_editions/002270.html

    In 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim a week in September as National Hispanic Heritage Week. The observance was expanded in 1988 to a monthlong celebration (Sept. 15-Oct. 15). During this month, America celebrates the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Sept. 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries — Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively. Courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau, Facts for Features.
    (Last checked 07/19/04)

    Incarceration of Youth Who are Waiting for Community Mental Health Services in the United States
    http://www.house.gov/reform/min/pdfs_108_2/pdfs_inves/
    pdf_health_mental_health_youth_incarceration_july_2004_rep.pdf

    Democratic Minority report states that 15,000 children with psychiatric disorders were improperly incarcerated in 2003 because no mental health services were available. U.S. House Committee on Government Reform, Minority Staff Special Investigations Division. July 2004. 19pp.
    (Last checked 07/19/04)

    A Journey to Inspire, Innovate and Discover
    http://www.moontomars.org/docs/M2MReportScreenFinal.pdf
    The President's Commission on Moon, Mars and Beyond, chaired by Edward C. 'Pete' Aldridge, Jr., supports the President's new vision for space and the report contains eight findings and fourteen recommendations on how to implement that vision. The Commission believes that this new space agenda will significantly help the nation protect its technological leadership, economic vitality, and physical, economic and military security. Three 'imperatives for success' were also identified: sustainability, affordability, and credibility."
    (Last checked 07/06/04)

    The Kissinger Telcons
    http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB123/
    This briefing provides an overview of the May 2004 National Archives release of "approximately 20,000 declassified pages (10 cubic feet) of ... [Henry Kissinger telephone call transcripts], spanning Kissinger's tenure from 1969 to August 1974 as national security adviser and then secretary of state to President Nixon." Despite the fragmentary nature of these conversations, Kissinger's ideas and feelings are candidly expressed. As a Nixon aide Kissinger was involved in the secret bombing of Cambodia and the bombing of Hanoi. He also played a key role in the SALT treaty, the Berlin Agreement, President Nixon's 1972 visit to China, the Jordan crisis, the Pentagon Papers, the India-Pakistan War, the Munich Olympics Massacre, the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, and other key events of the time. Features transcripts of 10 new conversations, the finding aid to the collection, and legal documents relating to the release. From the National Security Archive at George Washington University.
    (Last checked 06/04/04)

    Labor Day 2004: Sept. 6
    http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/
    facts_for_features_special_editions/002264.html
    ,br> The first observance of Labor Day is believed to have been a parade on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, probably organized by Peter J. McGuire, a Carpenters and Joiners Union secretary. By 1893, more than half the states were observing a “Labor Day” on one day or another, and a bill to establish a federal holiday was passed by Congress in 1894. President Grover Cleveland signed the bill soon afterward, designating the first Monday in September as Labor Day. Courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau Facts for Features.
    (Last checked 07/19/04)

    Marine Protected Areas of the United States: Virtual Library
    http://www2.mpa.gov/mpa/mpaservices/virtual_library/virtual_library.lasso
    "The MPA Virtual Library is a searchable database covering electronic, print, and Internet resources, including publications (print and online), websites, photos, video, and projects. The resources cover the United States and territories as well as other countries around the world.... In collecting resources for the MPA Library, the term 'marine protected areas' is used very broadly to include areas such as marine reserves, no-take zones, marine parks, marine sanctuaries, national parks with marine components, national beaches and seashores, sensitive sea areas, ecological reserves, etc. In short, any area of the marine environment that has been afforded some sort of protection by regulation or legislation may be considered a marine protected area." Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Commerce/NOAA and the U.S. Department of the Interior. Source: Gary Price's ResourceShelf, June 15, 2004.
    (Last checked 07/06/04)

    Medicare: Presription Drugs and Other Assistance Programs
    http://www.medicare.gov/AssistancePrograms/
    The launch of the Medicare.gov drug price comparison website has been accompanied by a chorus of complaints that the site provides inaccurate data, according to companies sponsoring the drug store discount cards for qualified Medicare recipients.
    For related article, see Robert Pear, "Mistakes Reported in Drug-Cost Comparisons", New York Times, May 1, 2004.
    (Last checked 06/01/04)

    Michigan Genealogical Death Indexing System (GENDIS)
    http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132--14297--,00.html
    This system allows the user to search for records using key pieces of information such as the decedent's name, father's last name, and year of death. The GENDIS site can be accessed through a quicklink on the right side the home page of the Michigan Department of Community Health Web Site at http://www.michigan.gov/mdch.
    (Last checked 07/14/04)

    Michigan Department of Natural Resources E-Mall
    http://mi-mall.michigan.gov/
    The Michigan Department of Natural Resources e-store provides an opportunity to support the Department's Natural Heritage Program, Nongame Wildlife Fund, through purchase of a variety of items, including books, patches, posters, prints, and videos.
    (Last checked 06/30/04)

    Military Campaign Maps and Atlases
    http://www.dean.usma.edu/history/web03/atlases/map%20home.htm
    In 1938, the predecessors of what is today The Department of History at the United States Military Academy began developing a series of campaign atlases to aid in teaching cadets a course entitled, 'History of the Military Art.' Since then, the Department has produced six atlases and nearly one thousand maps, encompassing not only America's wars but global conflicts as well. In keeping abreast with today's technology, the Department of History is providing these maps on the World Wide Web. The maps were created by the United States Military Academy's Department of History and are the digital versions from the atlases printed by the United States Defense Printing Agency. Source: Gary Price’s ResourceShelf, May 24, 2004.
    (Last checked 06/01/04)

    Military Casualty Information
    http://www.dior.whs.mil/mmid/casualty/castop.htm
    Information provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, Directorate for Information Services and Reports.
    (Last checked 06/07/04)

    National Commission on Terrorism Attacks Upon the United States
    Also called the 9-11 Commission
    http://www.9-11commission.gov/hearings/hearing12.htm
    The 9-11 commission, in its 12th and final set of hearings on June 16-17, reported that confusion and missteps hampered both air traffic control and the Air Force as they attempted to stop the hijacked planes. In addition, the panel reported that it found no "credible evidence" that the Iraq regime of Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda cooperated on the attacks.
    (Last checked 07/02/04)

    National Do Not Email Registry: A Report to Congress
    http://www.ftc.gov/reports/dneregistry/report.pdf
    A report from the Federal Trade Commission on why it does not choose to implement a national do not email registry that would be similar to the Do Not Phone registry. The commission expressed doubts that it would not would, fears that it would lead to more spam, and faith that internet service providers could make greater progress through email sender authentication schemes.
    (Last checked 07/06/04)

    National High School Debate Topic, 2004-2005
    http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/debate04.html
    Grace York and the University of Michigan Documents Center have put together a 2004-05 high school debate topic guide. This year, it's on U.S. foreign policy and UN peacekeeping forces.
    (Last checked 06/14/04)

    National World War II Memorial
    http://www.wwiimemorial.com/default.asp?page=home.asp
    Website for the recently completed National World War II Memorial in Washington DC. Contains information about the design, construction, and funding of the memorial. Also contains a registry of 4 databases with names of those whose service helped win the war.
    (Last checked 06/02/04)

    Normandy
    http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/brochures/normandy/nor-pam.htm
    This online version of a 45-page brochure, part of the U.S. Army Campaigns of World War II series, chronicles the details of one of the epic assaults of history. Illustrated with photographs, maps, and drawings, it paints a realistic picture of the events from June 6-July 24, 1944. From the U.S. Army Center for Military History.
    (Last checked 06/02/04)

    On Point: The United States Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom
    http://onpoint.leavenworth.army.mil
    "On Point tells the compelling story of America's Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and is of interest to a broad audience. However, it aims at a specific audience -- soldiers and defense professionals. Within the Army, On Point has two specific goals: to educate soldiers on the conduct of combat operations in OIF and to suggest some preliminary implications for the Army's continued transformation." Courtesy of the Center for Army Lessons Learned. Source: Gary Price’s ResourceShelf, May 29, 2004.
    (Last checked 06/07/04)

    Patterns of Global Terrorism, 2003 (Revised Report)
    http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/pgtrpt/2003/33771.htm
    The U.S. government has restated its 2003 accounting of terrorist attacks, reporting a sharp increase in the number of significant attacks and more than doubling its initial count of those killed. The State Department's annual Patterns of Global Terrorism report now counts 208 terrorist attacks as having occurred in 2003, with 625 dead, while the old report counted 307 deaths in a total of 190 terror attacks. In case you are interested in taking a look at the original report, see Patterns of Global Terrorism, 2003 (Original Report).
    (Last checked 06/23/04)

    Prisoner Abuse: Patterns from the Past
    http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB122/index.htm
    CIA interrogation manuals written in the 1960s and 1980s described "coercive techniques" such as those used to mistreat detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, according to the declassified documents posted May 12, 2004 by the National Security Archive. The Archive also posted a secret 1992 report written for then Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney warning that U.S. Army intelligence manuals that incorporated the earlier work of the CIA for training Latin American military officers in interrogation and counterintelligence techniques contained "offensive and objectionable material" that "undermines U.S. credibility, and could result in significant embarrassment." National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 122.
    (Last checked 06/07/04)

    Reading at Risk
    http://www.nea.gov/pub/ReadingAtRisk.pdf
    Literary reading is in dramatic decline with fewer than half of American adults now reading literature, according to a recent National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) survey. Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America reports drops in all groups studied, with the steepest rate of decline - 28 percent - occurring in the youngest age groups. Courtesy of th National Endowment for the Arts. Spotted in Gary Price's ResourceShelf, July 9, 2004.
    (Last checked 07/12/04)

    Report from the Field: The USA Patriot Act at Work
    http://www.lifeandliberty.gov/docs/071304_report_from_the_field.pdf
    The Justice Department report says that the Patriot Act was crucial in the prosecution of suspected members of al Qaeda cells in Lackawanna, N.Y., and Portland, Ore., and that it allowed authorities to more easily prosecute dozens of defendants for allegedly providing "material support" to terrorist groups. The report outlines lesser known prosecutions that it characterizes as related to terrorism, including cases involving the Islamic Resistance Movement, a Palestinian group also known as Hamas, and the rebel group FARC in Colombia.
    The report also provides as examples lengthy accounts of non-terrorism cases in which the Patriot Act played a central role, including investigations of a couple who allegedly defrauded widows and orphans, and of an Indiana man accused of filming the sexual abuse of his 13-year-old daughter. Sensenbrenner highlighted the case of the Wisconsin woman, 88, who was kidnapped in 2003. She was rescued after officials used the Patriot Act to obtain information from Internet service providers. Source: "Justice Dept. Report Details Use of Patriot Act", GOVDOC-L, July 14, 2004.
    (Last checked 07/15/04)

    Report on the U.S. Intelligence Community's Prewar Intelligence Assessments on Iraq
    http://intelligence.senate.gov/iraqreport2.pdf
    http://www.gpoaccess.gov/serialset/creports/iraq.html
    The United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on Iraqi intelligence, "approved unanimously by the committee's nine Republicans and eight Democrats, says that key prewar intelligence assessments that Iraq possessed banned chemical and biological weapons, and was seeking nuclear arms 'either overstated or were not supported by the underlying intelligence,'according to the Wall Street Journal. "The report blames the Central Intelligence Agency and other intelligence agencies, citing 'a series of failures,' including shoddy work, poor management and flawed procedures, that led to 'mischaracterization of the intelligence. For more information, see David S. Cloud, "Bush Pressured on Intelligence Reform", Wall Street Journal. (Eastern edition). New York, N.Y.: July 12, 2004. pg. A.3
    (Last checked 07/12/04)

    Report on the U.S. Intelligence Community's Prewar Intelligence Assessments of Iraq
    http://news.findlaw.com/legalnews/lit/iraq/documents.html#sicrpt
    http://news.findlaw.com/hdocs/docs/iraq/sic70904iraqrpt.pdf
    The Senate Select Committee On Intelligence released its 521-page report, unanimously approved by The committee, detailing pre-war intelligence regarding Iraq's weapons Of mass destruction programs, ties To terrorists, threat To regional stability and violations Of human rights. The report was heavily redacted by the Central Intelligence Agency prior to release. Source: FindLaw's Breaking Documents, Vol. 1, July 12, 2004.
    (Last checked 07/15/04)

    Resources for Federal Depository Library Directors
    http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/directors/index.html
    Information on the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) for Library Administrators and Managers, including a link to a Director's ListServ.
    (Last checked 07/02/04)

    Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction
    http://www.butlerreview.gov.uk/report/report.pdf
    Lengthy review of the functioning of Britain's intelligence community in matters related to Iraq, weapons of mass destruction, and other related topics. Issued by a five member committee of Parliament headed by former cabinet secretary Robin Butler, the report found British intelligence about Iraq "seriously flawed" but found no evidence that the government deliberately distorted the reports. July 14, 2004. 216pp.
    (Last checked 07/19/04)

    Spacesounds
    http://www.spacesounds.com/missions/index.html
    Why should surfing involve only your eyes? Listen to the history of the space program and experience actual NASA ground and spacecraft communications from Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and shuttle missions at this nifty site. If you weren’t aware that the universe is full of aural marvels, you’ll thrill to excerpts such as Cosmic Debris and The Rings of Saturn. Space sounds not enough? Follow the links to sister collections of sounds concerning dinosaurs, whales and storms. Source: USA Today Hot Site, June 23, 2004.
    (Last checked 07/12/04)

    State Education Reforms
    http://nces.ed.gov/programs/statereform/
    This website, which draws primarily on data collected by organizations other than NCES, serves as a general resource on State Education Reforms, describing major developments in state-level education policies. First based on the Overview and Inventory of State Education Reforms: 1990 to 2000, this site is updated periodically to incorporate new data. Currently, this site generally reflects information collected through 2002, and more recent data, before state implementation of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Future updates to this site will reflect state implementation of that Act's requirements. Source: Gary Price’s ResourceShelf, June 2, 2004.
    (Last checked 06/07/04)

    Taguba Report Annexes
    http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/040719/usnews/19prison.b.htm
    In the last issue of Red Tape, there was a link to the base report conducted by Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba into prisoner abuses at Abu Ghraib. U.S. News and World Report provides links to some of the missing annexes. Note: US News and Report articles are usually available free over the world wide web for about two weeks.
    Source: "Shining a light in a real dark place", USNews.com, July 19, 2004; Kathy Amen, GOVDOCS-L, July 15, 2004.
    (Last checked 07/15/04)

    Tiananmen Square, 1989: The Declassified History
    http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB16/
    Documents providing a U.S. perspective of the events surrounding the Chinese government's use of heavily armed military forces against student demonstrators at Tiananmen Square in 1989. "Includes Selected Documents from the Microfiche Collection: China and the United States: From Hostility to Engagement, 1960-1998." From George Washington University's National Security Archive.
    (Last checked 06/02/04)

    Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Data for 2002 Released
    http://www.epa.gov/tri/
    The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) is a publicly available EPA database that contains information on toxic chemical releases and other waste management activities reported annually by certain covered industry groups as well as federal facilities. This inventory was established under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA) and expanded by the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990. 2002 data was released in June 2004. Enter your zip code to see what is going on in your home area.
    (Last checked 06/30/04)

    UNAIDS 2004 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic:
    Joint United National Programme on HIV/AIDS
    http://www.unaids.org/bangkok2004/report.html
    Press Release announcing report.
    UNAIDS reports that the number of people living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, has risen in every region of the world and last year five million people became newly infected with HIV -- more than the previous year. These and other findings are included in the UNAIDS 2004 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic, the most accurate picture of AIDS to date. This web site provides access to the 22-page executive summary and the full 235-page report, sponsored by various UN agencies and prepared for the XV International Aids Conference to be held in Bangkok, July 11-16. It is available in English, French, Spanish, and Russian.
    (Last checked 07/14/04)

    U.S.-Central American Free Trade Agreement and Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)
    http://www.ustr.gov/new/fta/cafta.htm
    Still worried about NAFTA's impact on the U.S.? Now there is a CAFTA as well. This web site provides information about the 2004 trade agreements between the United States and Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, and between the United States and the Dominican Republic. Features the text of the agreement, fact sheets, and quotes from supporters. From the United States Trade Representative (USTR).
    (Last checked 06/02/04)

    Venus Transit 2004
    http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/sunearthday/2004/index_vthome.htm
    At sunrise on June 8, the planet Venus crossed in front of the Sun in a "rare celestial event", the first time since 1882. NASA’s Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum (SECEF) provided this web site which at the time included a live Webcast for observing the transit and predictions of times when the transit can be viewed in certain areas. Readings about Venus and the transit, including historical accounts of the 1882 event, photographs, and recordings of John Philip Sousa’s “Venus Transit March, are also provided.
    (Last checked 06/16/04)

    Volunteering for the Coast
    http://www.csc.noaa.gov/techniques/volunteer/
    It's high summer, and coastlines from Oregon to Cape Cod beckon. Whether you're a resident or a summer visitor, you can help improve the condition of your favorite oceans, lakes, rivers, streams and marshes -- this NOAA website shows you how to get started. Learn how to find opportunities in your area, and read a collection of tips for volunteers. The success stories section describes programs around the country where individuals are making a difference.
    (Last checked 07/20/04)

    What Works Best for Whom: Effects of Welfare and Work Policies by Subgroup
    http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/whatw_best/whatw_best_title.html
    Reports the results of a study which looked at the effects of over 25 welfare to work policies to see which combination of elements appeared to be most successful. From a study commissioned by the Administration for Children and Families.
    (Last checked 07/19/04)

    Winning the War on Terrorism
    http://www.house.gov/hsc/democrats/pdf/press/report2/WinningtheWaronTerror.pdf
    Prepared by the U.S. Congress. House. Select Committee on Homeland Security Democratic membership. 2004. 95pp.
    (Last checked 06/18/04)

    Women in the Labor Force: A Databook
    http://www.bls.gov/cps/wlf-databook.pdf
    Historical and current labor force data for women (and men) including employment status, earnings, hours, education attainment, union affiliation and more. BLS Report 973, Feb 2004.
    (Last checked 06/02/04)

    Your Tax Dollars at Work...Offshore:
    How Foreign Outsourcing Firms are Capturing State Government Contracts
    http://www.washtech.org/wt/report/TaxDollarsAtWork/offshoring_finaltext_pdf.pdf
    According to a study released by the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers (WashTech), 40 state governments (including Michigan) have contracted with companies in India and other low-wage countries to help administer new food-stamp and other taxpayer-funded programs." A pdf report prepared for WashTech by Philip Mattera, Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First. July 2004 36pp.
    (Last checked 07/15/04)

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