ODDS AND ENDS : ISSUE 110, JULY 2005

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

Table of Contents

75 Years of IRS Criminal Investigation History, 1919-1994
2004 Fireworks Annual Report
Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation
Assuring Access to Publicly-Funded Information in the Digital Age : A Bibliography
Broken Promises : The United Airlines Pension Crisis
Census Atlas of the United States
Census Bureau's Microdata Editor
Census Bureau's Population Finder
Communicating with Congress: How Capitol Hill is Coping
with the Surge in Civil Advocacy
Condition of Education 2005
Congressional Research Service Reports via UNT
Downing Street Memo : Unofficial Hearing
Ending Abusive Child Labor
France in America /France en Amérique
G8 Summit 2005, Gleneagles, Scotland
Gasoline Price Changes : The Dynamic of Supply, Demand, and Competition
Guantanamo Bay Detainees
Hi Magazine
Ideas for Eye-Catching Displays
Identity Theft &Terrorism
The Lugar Survey on Proliferation Threats and Responses
Mad Cow Disease
Map Collections: 1500-2004
Michigan Highways and Local Names
Michigan State Police Identity Theft Team
Minerals Information
MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Database
Modernizing Michigan Medicaid Long-Term Care:
Toward an Integrated System of Services and Supports
OpenCRS: Congressional Research Service Reports for the People
Performance Audit of the Sex Offenders Registry
Popular Names of US Government Reports
Protecting the Environment: 30 Years of U.S. Progress
Public Papers of the Presidents : A Visual Comparison
Report of the Headquarters Review Group Concerning the Religious Climate
of the U.S. Air Force Academy
Report of the Task Force on the United Nations:
American Interests and UN Reform
Safercar.gov
Science Under Siege
Secrets Revealed! Let Uncle Sam Pay Your Bills!
Sex Offenders Registry Performance Audit
State Law Material on the Web
Strengthening Transparency, Governance, Accountability of Charitable Organizations:
A Final Report to Congress and the Nonprofit Sector
Sue Davidsen's Michigan Library Page
Traffic Crash Purchasing System (TCPS)
UN Pulse
U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)
The US SAFE WEB Act: Protecting Consumers from Spam, Spyware, and Fraud
Watergate Files Web Page from the Gerald Ford Library and Museum
WE CAN! : Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition
White House Page Offers Humor
Working for Women, Worldwide: The U.S. Commitment
World Drug Report 2005

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75 Years of IRS Criminal Investigation History, 1919-1994
http://www.thememoryhole.org/irs/75_years.htm
The Memory Hole has made this 1996 publication (T 22.2/15:7233. [[0956-J] 202pp.), withdrawn for some reason, available to the public. Posted on GOVDOC-L, July 12, 2005.
(Last checked 07/12/05)

2004 Fireworks Annual Report
http://www.cpsc.gov/library/2004fwreport.pdf
Just in time for the Fourth of July. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has just released this 30-page 2004 Fireworks Annual Report: Fireworks-Related Deaths, Emergency Department-Treated Injuries, and Enforcement Activities During 2004 prepared by Michael A. Greene and James Joholske, June 2005. According to an accompaning CPSC News Release, parents often don’t realize that sparklers, for instance, burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals. “The best way parents can keep their children safe this 4th of July is never allow young children to ignite or handle fireworks of any kind,” Stratton said. Children most often suffer burns, lacerations and eye injuries.
(Last checked 06/30/05)

Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation
http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/advances/
This publication describes what federally funded programs have accomplished in understanding medical errors and implementing programs to improve patient safety over the last 5 years. This compendium is sponsored jointly by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Department of Defense (DoD)-Health Affairs. The 140 articles in the 4-volume set cover a wide range of research paradigms, clinical settings, and patient populations. Where the research is complete, the findings are presented; where the research is still in process, the articles report on its progress. In addition to articles with a research and methodological focus, the compendium includes articles that address implementation issues or present useful tools and products that can be used to improve patient safety. For print versions of articles, download PDF files.
(Last checked 07/02/05)

Assuring Access to Publicly-Funded Information in the Digital Age : A Bibliography
http://govpubs.lib.umn.edu/doc/ACRL_Bibliography_Russell.doc
There was a really nice bibliography on government information and the internet that was handed out Judith Russell's speech at ACRL that we thought everyone might like access to. I've confirmed that ACRL and the author are both fine with the file being posted on the UMN website, so many thanks to Brenda Dingley, Assistant Director for Technical Services, University of Missouri - Kansas City, University Libraries, dingleyb@umkc.edu for her work! Source: Amy West, University of Minnesota Government Publications Library, GOVDOC-L, June 1, 2005.
(Last checked 07/05/05)

Broken Promises : The United Airlines Pension Crisis
http://edworkforce.house.gov/democrats/unitedhearing.html
This is not only an interesting government publication, on a hot topic, but it may represent history -- the first online hearing. According to Congressman George Miller, "by employing email and the Internet, we can hold a hearing at any time, on any subject; we can invite the most well-informed participants regardless of their ability to travel or the congressional schedule. The Online Congressional Hearing is an important information gathering innovation that will allow more Americans, and the news media, to participate in the public debate on high priority issues facing Americans"
(Last checked 07/07/05)

Census Atlas of the United States
The Census Atlas of the United States is intended for a general-interest audience. It includes maps, figures, and text selected and organized to increase public understanding of population and housing characteristics across the U.S. and also to answer the map user’s natural question : How does my community compare with other communities?
The Census Atlas is also a high-quality reference book, a systematic collection of information emphasizing spatial distribution and patterns from 1790 to 2000. The book uses the full range of topics from Census 2000 plus historical data that provide temporal context for Census 2000 population and housing results.
The Census Atlas gives a lively and coherent picture of the U.S. population and housing in a product that integrates text and figures with maps. The book illustrates what the Census Bureau does — collects data that provides a continuous record of the population and captures the cultural moment.
Note: all FDLP libraries will get one copy through the FDLP, however if you aren't an FDLP library, or would like an additional copy, sign up at:
http://questionweb.com/83208/censusatlas.asp.
More information: Approximately 350 pages; Hardcover; Price: $95.00; ISBN: 1-58769-010-1; Size: 12 ¼ x 15 ¼.
Source: Andrea Sevetson, Census Update, GOVDOC-L, June 29, 2005.
(Last checked 07/01/05

Census Bureau's Microdata Editor
http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/cpstc/cps_table_creator.html
The Census Bureau is testing a new (and easy?) program for creating your own tables from the Current Population Survey microdata. Source: Grace York, University of Michigan Documents Center, GOVDOC-L, July 6, 2005.
(Last checked 07/06/05)

Census Bureau's Population Finder
The new "Population Finder" tool is available on the
American FactFinder site in the top left corner, and on the Census Bureau's homepage. This tool allows you to select a state, county, city, or ZIP Code area and get the latest population estimate as well as 1990 and 2000 census counts. You're also just a click away from rankings for these areas according to population size. In addition, click on "Search by address" in the American FactFinder and then enter an address. You can get quick access to data about the tract the address is in plus all the tracts in the county. Source: Andrea Sevetson, Census Update, GOVDOC-L, June 29, 2005.
(Last checked 07/01/05

Communicating with Congress: How Capitol Hill is Coping
with the Surge in Civil Advocacy

http://www.cmfweb.org/SupportingFiles/documents/Communicating_with_Congress_-_Report_1.pdf
Congress received four times more communications in 2004 than 1995--thanks to the Internet. Only 17% of House offices and 38% of Senate offices respond online. The others still reply with snail mail. Personalized or individualized messages have more impact than form letters found on various advocacy web pages. So remember, quality is more persuasive than quantity.
(Last checked 07/01/05

Condition of Education 2005
http://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/
NCES has just released 'The Condition of Education 2005.' This publication summarizes important developments and trends in education using the latest available data. The report presents 40 indicators on the status and condition of education and a special analysis of the mobility of elementary and secondary school teachers. 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 2005 print edition includes 40 indicators in six main areas: (1) enrollment trends and student characteristics at all levels of the education system from elementary education to adult learning; (2) student achievement and the longer term, enduring effects of education; (3) student effort and rates of progress through the educational system among different population groups; (4) the contexts of elementary and secondary education in terms of courses taken, teacher characteristics, and other factors; (5) the contexts of postsecondary education; and (6) societal support for learning, including parental and community support for learning, and public and private financial support of education at all levels.
(Last checked 06/01/05)

Congressional Research Service Reports via UNT
http://digital.library.unt.edu/govdocs/crs/
This site aims to provide integrated, searchable access to many of the full-text CRS reports that have been available at a variety of different Web sites since 1990. Metadata has been created for each report, including subjects terms from the Legislative Indexing Vocabulary, supplemented with Library of Congress Subject Headings. Users have the ability to search by keyword, title, author, subject, and report number, and browse by subject.Courtesy of Cathy Nelson Hartman and Valerie D. Glenn, University of North Texas Libraries.
(Last checked 06/21/05)

Downing Street Memo : Unofficial Hearing
Opponents of the war in Iraq held an unofficial hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday (June 16) to draw attention to a leaked British government document that they say proves their case that President Bush misled the public about his war plans in 2002 and distorted intelligence to support his policy. In a jammed room in the basement of the Capitol, Representative John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, presided as witnesses asserted that the "Downing Street memo" - minutes of a July 23, 2002, meeting of Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top security officials - vindicated their view that Mr. Bush made the decision to topple Saddam Hussein long before he has admitted.
(Last checked 07/07/05)

Ending Abusive Child Labor
http://usinfo.state.gov/journals/ites/0505/ijee/ijee0505.htm
The May 2005 issue of Economic Perspectives, an electronic journal of the U.S. Department of State International Affairs Program, examines some of the noteworthy initiatives under way to combat abusive child labor. Creating a safe and healthy world for our children is as important a task as any that exists. Yet millions of children around the world remain victims of poverty, illness, armed conflict, and exploitive and forced labor.
(Last checked 06/29/05)

France in America /France en Amérique
http://international.loc.gov/intldl/fiahtml/
Conceived in partnership with France’s national library, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, France in America /France en Amérique is a bilingual digital library made available by the Library of Congress. It explores the history of the French presence in North America from the first decades of the 16th century to the end of the 19th century. Through direct digital access to complete books, maps, prints, and other documents from the collections of the partner libraries, the project illuminates two major themes in the history of relations between France and the United States: the role played by France in the exploration and settlement of the continent and its participation in several events which indelibly marked the history of the United States: the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, and the Louisiana Purchase. The site will be completed in fall 2006 with a panorama of economic, scientific, literary and artistic exchanges between the two nations in the course of the 19th century. However, even now it is full of full text materials which scholars may wish to explore.
(Last checked 06/29/05)

G8 Summit 2005, Gleneagles, Scotland
http://usinfo.state.gov/ei/economic_issues/g8_summit_2005.html
Leaders from the world's eight leading industrialized countries are gathering in the Scottish golf resort of Gleneagles with African development and climate change topping their meeting agenda. The meeting continues through July 8. According to press reports, climate change and the Middle East will be the focus of the first day's discussions, and the G8 leaders will also meet with leaders from India, China, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico. This web site provided by the U.S. Department of State International Affairs Program provides background information.
For more detailed information, consult the G* Information Centre web page sponsored by t the University of Toronto.
(Last checked 07/07/05)

Gasoline Price Changes : The Dynamic of Supply, Demand, and Competition
http://www.ftc.gov/reports/gasprices05/050705gaspricesrpt.pdf
Analyzes the factors that cause fluctuations in the price that U.S. consumers pay for gasoline. Blames crude oil price changes for 85% of the changes in the retail price. Federal Trade Commission. 2005. 166pp.
(Last checked 07/06/05)

Guantanamo Bay Detainees
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4711397
This web site by National Public Radio (NPR) provides a history of the U.S. military base and detention of "enemy combatants", plus an analysis of the Bush administration's detainee policies.
(Last checked 07/06/05)

Hi Magazine
http://www.himag.com/
Want to practice your Arabic? Check out the web version of"hi" magazine, IIP's monthly Arabic-language publication at http://www.himag.com/. Need help in translating? Unfortunately only the most recent issue is available. Hi Interanational provides English translations of feature articles. Courtesy of the U.S. Department of State International Affairs Program.
(Last checked 07/05/05)

Ideas for Eye-Catching Displays
http://skyways.lib.ks.us/tricon/2004/handouts/displays/frame.htm
A powerpoint presentation on government documents displays at the Fort Hays State University (Kansas) Forsyth Library.
(Last checked 06/30/05)

Identity Theft &Terrorism
http://www.house.gov/hsc/democrats/pdf/press/ChoicePoint-Report_070105.pdf
"Three House members released a report on the need for strong federal laws to protect consumers from identity theft. The report, Identity Theft and Terrorism, prepared by the House Homeland Security Committee, highlights the security gaps currently existing in consumer database companies and large financial institutions." July 1, 2005. 11pp.
(Last checked 07/07/05)

The Lugar Survey on Proliferation Threats and Responses
http://lugar.senate.gov/reports/NPSurvey.pdf
"During the next ten years the world faces a 29 percent chance of a nuclear attack and the prospect of four new nations being added to the nuclear weapons club, according to a new survey of non-proliferation and national security experts compiled by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Dick Lugar. Over the same period, the experts rated the risks of a major chemical or biological attack as both greater than 30 percent, while the prospects of a dirty bomb attack were pegged at 40 percent." Report by Senator Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, June 2005, 44pp.
(Last checked 06/29/05)

Mad Cow Disease
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/bse/
Now that a second BSE-positive cow has been identified in the United States, inquiring minds may want to know more about Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy or mad cow disease. This web site contains information on control measures and reported cases, as well as news and articles on BSE. Includes links to information on related diseases. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, see the Food and Drug Administration web site on the same topic.

Map Collections: 1500-2004
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/gmdhome.html
In case you are interested in maps.... The Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress holds more than 4.5 million items, of which Map Collections represents only a small fraction, those that have been converted to digital form. The focus of Map Collections is Americana and Cartographic Treasures of the Library of Congress. These images were created from maps and atlases and, in general, are restricted to items that are not covered by copyright protection. Maps Collections is subdivided into seven collections: Cities and Towns, Conservation and Environment, Cultural Landscapes, Discovery and Exploration, Military Battles and Campaigns, Transportation and Communication, and General Maps.
(Last checked 07/12/05)

Michigan Highways and Local Names
http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,1607,7-151-9615_36946---,00.html
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) today announced the creation of a Web link designed to help motorists locate the local names of state trunkline roads and highways (M, I and US roads). The Highways and Local Names page is available under "Roads and Travel" on the MDOT Web site at http://www.michigan.gov/mdot. The link provides users with a database of more than 3,000 records, listed in numerical order by MDOT region. Each entry is then displayed by highway number, local name and county. A color-coded map makes it easy to locate regions. The database also can be sorted by county.
(Last checked 06/21/05)

Michigan State Police Identity Theft Team
http://www.michigan.gov/identity-theft
The Team’s Web site, contains information and resources to assist law enforcement officers and victims, including forms that will assist with investigations. The Web site also offers tips for avoiding identity theft including a yearly review of your credit report; monthly review of financial and credit statements; withholding identifying information during unsolicited offers by phone, mail, Internet or in person; and the shredding or tearing up of identifying paperwork before discarding. The Team has also created a toll-free phone number, 1-877-MI-ID-THEFT (1-877-644-3843). Citizens can call the number to receive information on how to report identity theft when they believe they may be a victim.
(Last checked 06/21/05)

Minerals Information
http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/
Statistics and information on the worldwide supply of, demand for, and flow of minerals and materials essential to the U.S. economy, the national security, and protection of the environment.
(Last checked 07/05/05)

MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Database
http://www.tkb.org/Home.jsp
The National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT) Terrorism Knowledge Base is the one-stop resource for comprehensive research and analysis on global terrorist incidents, terrorism-related court cases, and terrorist groups and leaders. The Terrorism Knowledge Base illuminates the current status of terrorism today. It takes users through the history, affiliations, locations, and tactics of the terrorism entities operating across the world at this moment. The database features interactive maps, biographies on key terrorist personalities, dynamic graphs, and succinct summaries on who is who and what is what inside the shadowy world of terrorism today. In order to create the premier source for anti-terrorism information, the Terrorism Knowledge Base integrates data from the RAND Terrorism Chronology 1968-1997; RAND®-MIPT Terrorism Incident database (1998-Present); Terrorism Indictment database (University of Arkansas); and DFI International's research on terrorist organizations. Includes links to National Counterterrorism Center Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (WITS) and A Chronology of Significant International Terrorism for 2004.
(Last checked 07/07/05)

Modernizing Michigan Medicaid Long-Term Care: Toward an Integrated System of Services and Supports
http://www.ihcs.msu.edu/LTC/Reports/Final_LTC_Task_Force_Report.doc
Final Report of the Michigan Medicaid Long-Term Care Task Force, 2005, 54pp.
(Last checked 06/21/05)

OpenCRS: Congressional Research Service Reports for the People
http://www.opencrs.com.
The Center for Democracy and Freedom has launched a new web site — OpenCRS: Congressional Research Service Reports for the People — providing links to more than a half-dozen existing collections of nearly 8,000 reports from the Congressional Research Service and centrally indexing them so visitors can find reports containing specific terms or phrases. The project is a response to years of rumbling and wrangling by open-government advocates over a lack of direct accessibility to reports from the policy research arm of Congress. OpenCRS also encourages visitors to ask their lawmakers to send them any reports not yet publicly available — and gives detailed instructions to do this — so these can be added to the collection.
(Last checked 06/28/05)

Performance Audit of the Sex Offenders Registries
http://audgen.michigan.gov/comprpt/docs/r5559504.pdf
Details some of the problems with the state's sex offenders registry. Office of the Auditor General/Michigan Department of State Police, July 2005, 36pp.
(Last checked 07/14/05)

Popular Names of US Government Reports
http://www.indiana.edu/~librcsd/popname/index.html
In 1984 the Library of Congress published what is now a well-known useful reference tool entitled Popular Names of U.S. Government Reports. The University of Indiana has converted that publication into a searchable database. In addition, IU has expanded the database to include records for those reports originally listed in the appendix as "unidentified", but which the IU staff have tracked down. So far they have identified all but two. And of course, they have been adding new reports as identified or submitted to them.
(Last checked 07/14/05)

Protecting the Environment: 30 Years of U.S. Progress
http://usinfo.state.gov/journals/itgic/0605/ijge/ijge0605.htm
The June 2005 issue of Global Issues, an electronic journal of the U.S. Department of State International Affairs Program, puts a positive spin on efforts of the U.S. government to protect the environment.
(Last checked 06/29/05)

Public Papers of the Presidents : A Visual Comparison
http://pages.slu.edu/faculty/montrejr/papers/public_papers.html
The Office of the Federal Register (OFR) began publishing the Public Papers of the Presidents series in 1957 as an official publication of United States Presidents' public writings, addresses, and remarks (1 CFR 10). The series provides an historical reference covering the administrations of Presidents Hoover, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. (The papers of President Franklin Roosevelt were published privately before the commencement of the official Public Papers series). Currently, volumes are published approximately twice a year, and each volume covers approximately a 6-month period. This snapshot compares the output of all the presidents from Reagan to George W. Bush. Source: Aimee Quinn, GOVDOC-l, June 20, 2005.
(Last checked 06/21/05)

Report of the Headquarters Review Group Concerning the Religious Climate of the U.S. Air Force Academy
http://www.af.mil/pdf/HQ_Review_Group_Report.pdf
A United States Air Force headquarters team assessed the religious climate at the United States Air Force Academy after allegations of: harassment of Academy cadets by evangelical Protestants, promotion of evangelical Christianity by the Academy, and religious intolerance at the Academy. U.S. Air Force. June 22, 2005. 103pp. Source : What's New at Infomine.
(Last checked 07/05/05)

Report of the Task Force on the United Nations: American Interests and UN Reform
http://www.usip.org/un/report/index.html
http://www.usip.org/un/report/usip_un_report.pdf
In December 2004, at the request of Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), Congress directed the United States Institute of Peace to establish a Task Force on the United Nations. The 12-member bipartisan Task Force, chaired by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, cooperated with the support of leading public policy organizations to assess reforms that would enable the UN to better meet the goals of its 1945 charter and offer Congress an actionable agenda to strengthen the UN. Report recommendations include:

  • Addressing urgently needed internal UN management reform by: (1) establishing a single, very senior official in charge of daily operations and filling the role of Chief Operating Officer; (2) empowering the Secretary General to replace his or her top officials; (3) creating an Independent Oversight Board that has the audit powers to prevent another scandal like Oil-for-Food.
  • Action by the U.S. government to call upon the UN and its members to "affirm a responsibility of every sovereign government to protect its own citizenry and those within its borders from genocide, mass killing, and massive and sustained human rights violations."
  • Abolition of the current UN Human Rights Commission, and establishment of a new Human Rights Council, ideally composed of democracies and dedicated to monitoring, promoting, and enforcing human rights.
    2005. 154pp.
    (Last checked 07/05/05)

    Safercar.gov
    http://www.safercar.gov
    This collection of consumer resources and data on automobile safety features crash test and rollover ratings for vehicles (models back to 1990), tire ratings, air bag safety and rollover prevention information, and details about recalls and reporting defects. Includes videos of specific rollover situations, air bags, and other driving safety topics. From the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
    (Last checked 07/07/05)

    Science Under Siege :
    the Bush Administration's Assault on Academic Freedom and Scientific Inquiry
    http://www.aclu.org/Files/OpenFile.cfm?id=18533
    "The American Civil Liberties Union has released a report examining government policies and practices that have hampered academic freedom and scientific inquiry since September 11, 2001." Hey, it may not be a government document, but it does deal with government policies and should be of interest to the academic crowd. ACLU, June 2005, 42pp.
    (Last checked 06/29/05)

    Secrets Revealed! Let Uncle Sam Pay Your Bills!
    http://www.consumer.state.ny.us/pdf/misleading_grant_guides.pdf
    The business of government grants is thriving. Companies selling guides to government grants -- and scam artists peddling "guaranteed" government grants -- are profiting fromt he false notion that the government has billions of dollars available to help people pay their credit-card bills and other expenses. This is due, in part, to the exaggerations and misleading claims spread by Matthew Lesko and the nationwide network of Lesko distributers. Excerpt from Secrets Revealed! Let Uncle Sam Pay Your Bills! How misleading advertising is feeding a nationwide boom in government grant scams. A Report by the New York State Consumer Protection Board. Dec. 2004. 33pp.
    (Last checked 06/30/05)

    State Law Material on the Web
    http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/statelaw.html
    If either you or your patrons don't have access to LEXIS Academic or State Capital, answering that legal question has just gotten a bit easier. Autumn Kladder, an intern at the University of Michigan Documents Center, has just completed a massive update to our web grid. States AND territories are listed in rows while columns identify the web sites for the state as a whole, bills, session laws, legal codes, constitution, new regulations and executive orders, codified regulations, attorney general opinions, state courts, and main newspapers. Source: Grace York, University of Michigan Documents Center, GOVDOC-L, Feb. 24, 2005.
    (Last checked 07/06/05)

    Strengthening Transparency, Governance, Accountability of Charitable Organizations: A Final Report to Congress and the Nonprofit Sector
    http://www.nonprofitpanel.org/final/Panel_Final_Report.pdf
    As congress debates increased oversight of nonprofit organizations, it has chastised the sector for not coming forward with alternative ideas for a shared role in improving accountability. One report of recommendations out of the nonprofit sector has recently been released from a group convened by Independent Sector - the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector. June 2005. 116pp.
    (Last checked 07/06/05)

    Sue Davidsen's Michigan Library Page
    http://michiganlibrarytalk.blogspot.com/
    Sue Davidsen, the Government Information Lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Information and a former Red Tape Editor, has launched a new blog focusing on Michigan laws affecting libraries, U.S. laws affecting libraries, web site design and usability, and the future of libraries. For more information, contact Ms. Davidsen at davidsen@umich.edu.
    (Last checked 06/14/05)

    Traffic Crash Purchasing System (TCPS)
    https://mdotwas1.mdot.state.mi.us/TCPS/login/welcome.jsp
    The Michigan State Police has initiated a new Traffic Crash Purchasing System (TCPS) so that motorists involved in accidents and/or insurance agents can purchase copies of traffic accident reports, commonly called a UD-10. Information on crashes from the past 10 years is available. People must wait 10 days before they can access the report of their crash to allow time for filing. Reports are $10 and must be purchased with a credit card.
    (Last checked 07/14/05)

    UN Pulse
    http://unhq-appspub-01.un.org/lib/dhlrefweblog.nsf
    The UN Library now offers a blog providing highlights about the latest happenings and publication releases.
    (Last checked 07/14/05)

    U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)
    http://www.wola.org/economic/cafta.htm"
    To open our borders to expanded free trade is the idea behind this proposed new agreement and this site attempts to provide background details and a discussion of the agreements conditions. "The proposed U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) promotes trade liberalization between the United States and five Central American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Modeled after the ten-year old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), CAFTA is widely considered to be a stepping stone to the larger Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) that would encompass 34 economies. CAFTA must be approved by the U.S. Congress and by National Assemblies in the Central American countries before it becomes law." Web site courtesy of the Washington Office on Latin America. Source: El Dorado County Library What's Hot on the Internet, Weeks of June 13th and 20th, 2005.
    (Last checked 06/25/05)

    The US SAFE WEB Act: Protecting Consumers from Spam, Spyware, and Fraud
    http://www.ftc.gov/reports/ussafeweb/USSAFEWEB.pdf
    Federal Trade Commission. June 2005. 32pp.
    For anyone who is annoyed with spam, spyware, and fraud via the web, this is must reading.
    (Last checked 07/07/05)

    Watergate Files Web Page from the Gerald Ford Library and Museum
    http://www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov/museum/exhibits/watergate_files/index.html
    "When Judge John Sirica gaveled the trial of the Watergate seven to order on January 8, 1973, federal investigators had already discovered a covert slush fund used to underwrite nefarious activities against Democrats. The money and the men on trial could be linked to the Committee to Re-elect the President (CRP) at whose head sat the former Attorney General of the United States, and President Nixon’s former law partner, John Mitchell." This was the legal beginning to an Affair that began before the 1972 Presidential election. This site has been created by the Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum from materials in their collection. For a day-to-day account of the Affair, visit this site prepared by the Washington Post newspaper, Watergate Chronology. The 2 Post reporters who covered the story from beginning have given their files to the University of Texas at Austin. The school has put some of the papers online at The Woodward and Bernstein Watergate Papers. "The Harry Ransom Center's collection contains notes from source interviews, drafts of newspaper stories and books, memos, letters, tape recordings, research materials, and other Watergate papers." Source: El Dorado County Library What's Hot on the Interent, Week of June 6th, 2005.
    (Last checked 06/25/05)

    WE CAN! : Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition
    http://wecan.nhlbi.nih.gov
    To help families adopt healthier lifestyles, NIH launched today (June 1, 2005) a new national public education program targeting parents and caregivers of children ages 8 to 13. Developed by NHLBI and promoted in collaboration with several other NIH institutes, national health and youth organizations, and community-based groups, "We Can!" ("Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition!") provides resources to encourage healthy eating, increase physical activity, and reduce sedentary time. The program offers a parents' handbook in Spanish and English as well as a new six-lesson curriculum for parents and tested curricula for children through community-based sites. A new online resource provides parents, caregivers, communities, national partners, and media up-to-date health information and tips on maintaining a healthy weight for families. For more information, call toll-free 866-35-WE CAN (866-359-3226).
    (Last checked 06/02/05)

    White House Page Offers Humor
    http://www.whitehouse.org/
    This unofficial White House page now offers humor along the line of the Onion, but be careful. In the past, it was used to hawk pornography. Source: GOVDOC-L, June 27, 2005.
    (Last checked 06/28/05)

    Working for Women, Worldwide: The U.S. Commitment
    http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/women/index.htm
    Published to mark the 10th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration at the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, this full-color publication combines overview essays and success stories that detail U.S. achievements in helping women abroad and in the United States. Text and photos focus on the areas of education and training, health, economic empowerment, political empowerment, helping women in conflict situations, and in combating violence against women. This publication is a collaboration between the Bureau of International Organization Affairs and the International Information Programs offices of the U.S. Department of State.
    (Last checked 07/05/05)

    World Drug Report 2005
    http://www.unodc.org/unodc/world_drug_report.html
    The negative impacts of the illicit drug trade touch every society in the world. This year's World Drug Report estimates that 200 million people, or 5% of the global population age 15-64, have consumed illicit drugs at least once in the last 12 months. The drug trade is pernicious and large. UNODC estimates its retail value at US$ 321bn. It impacts almost every level of human security from individual health, to safety and social welfare. Its consequences are especially devastating for countries with limited resources available to fight against it.
    The World Drug Report 2005 provides one of the most comprehensive overviews of illicit drug trends at the international level. In addition, this year it presents the work of UNODC in two new areas of research. Both aim to provide tools to enrich our understanding of an immensely complex situation: an estimate of the financial value of the world drug market, and the preliminary steps towards the creation of an illicit drug index. The analysis of trends, some going back 10 years or more, is presented in Volume 1. Detailed statistics are presented in Volume 2. Taken together these volumes provide the most up to date view of today's illicit drug situation. Courtesy of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
    (Last checked 07/14/05)

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