Accurate and actionable data on the economy is critical to many aspects of our research and scholarship.This guide provides researchers with links to information on a range of sources focused on new economy data and analysis from the public and private sectors, as well as scholarly work, news, government information, reports and alerts. Many of these sources should find a place in your customized research toolkit. The sites recommended in this guide are all free to use, and they are published by advocacy, government, corporate, academic, international financial groups and research experts. Many of the sites are updated on a regular basis, so it is recommended that you use RSS feeds or alerts to remain abreast of changes.
Agora – Bringing Voting Systems Into the 21st Century
Agora is a blockchain-based digital voting solution for governments and institutions. Today’s voting systems are slow, costly and easy to manipulate. They provide their clients with a modern, secure, cost-effective and incentivizing manner of engaging voters. Their team of skilled cryptographers and security scientists leverages the unique attributes of blockchain technology to radically improve voting procedures. Enable remote and instantaneous voting. Votes are tamper-proof from registration to count. The voting process is fully transparent and end-to-end verifiable.
arXiv.org – Open Access e-Prints
arXiv is a free distribution service and an open-access archive for 2,060,196 scholarly articles in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics. Materials on this site are not peer-reviewed by arXiv.
BankTracker – Investigating Reporting Workshop
The unprecedented bet that many banks made on mortgages, real estate development and other real estate-related lending during the middle part of this decade has produced a payoff no one imagined just a few years ago — a huge increase in loan defaults, a soaring number of foreclosures and a plunge in bank profits. And now, an analysis of bank financial statements by the Investigative Reporting Workshop and msnbc.com, sheds new light on just how dangerous conditions have become in many banks across the nation. The analysis is based on reports every bank is required to file each quarter with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the federal agency that protects deposits and is part of the bank regulatory system. The Investigative Reporting Workshop, a project of the School of Communication at American University, intends to address this fundamental issue for democracy in two important ways: a) By conducting significant investigative journalism projects on a national and international scale; and b) By researching and experimenting with new models for creating and delivering investigative projects.
Beige Book – Current Economic Conditions by Federal Reserve District
Commonly known as the Beige Book, this report is published eight times per year. Each Federal Reserve Bank gathers anecdotal information on current economic conditions in its District through reports from Bank and Branch directors and interviews with key business contacts, economists, market experts, and other sources. The Beige Book summarizes this information by District and sector. An overall summary of the twelve district reports is prepared by a designated Federal Reserve Bank on a rotating basis.
Benefunder – Hybrid Funding Channel for Research and Innovation
Benefunder is a hybrid organization that has created a new funding channel for research and innovation while providing philanthropists with a smarter and more meaningful way to give. Benefunder is the first marketplace that matches philanthropists directly with research and other programs at top institutions. They bring access, efficiency, and engagement to donors, facilitating greater impact while providing a scalable source of funding for principal investigators. Benefunder integrates with wealth management by partnering with donor-advised fund (DAF) administrators. They act as a philanthropic specialist to financial advisors, private bankers, and family offices, allowing them to expand their service and relationship opportunities. Benefunder is reducing the innovation deficit by providing a new funding channel for research and promoting commercialization.
Benton Foundation – Using Technology and Innovation To Address Our Nation’s Critical Challenges
The mission of the Benton Foundation is to articulate a public interest vision for the digital age and to demonstrate the value of communications for solving social problems. The Benton Foundation works to ensure that media and telecommunications serve the public interest and enhance our democracy. They pursue this mission by seeking policy solutions that support the values of access, diversity and equity, and by demonstrating the value of media and telecommunications for improving the quality of life for all.
beSpacific – Accurate, Focused Research On Law, Technology and Knowledge Discovery
Blog by Sabrina I. Pacifici published since August 2002 providing accurate, focused research, highlighting primary government documents. Updated daily, it hosts a searchable database of over 45,000 postings on topics including: the financial system, privacy, civil liberties, government documents, enterprise content mgmt, librarians/libraries, FOIA, Congress/legislation, education, healthcare, the economy, cybercrime/cybersecurity, knowledge management and knowledge strategies, legal and legislative research, and emerging web applications and services to implement organizational best practices.
Blockchain is the world’s leading software platform for digital assets. Offering the largest production blockchain platform in the world, we are using new technology to build a radically better financial system. Our software has powered over 100M transactions and empowered users in 140 countries across the globe to transact quickly and without costly intermediaries. We also offer tools for developers and real time transaction data for users to analyze the burgeoning digital economy.
Bringing the Rural Poor Into the Digital Economy
A rural Arkansas case study of a pilot project from a non-profit called SamaUSA, the American arm of Samasource, an international organization that aims to teach digital skills to people lacking access to traditional employment routes
Building the 21st Century Digital Government
18F is a team of top-notch designers, developers, and product specialists inside the General Services Administration, headquartered at 18 and F streets in Washington, D.C. 18F is a civic consultancy for the government, inside the government, enabling agencies to rapidly deploy tools and services that are easy to operate, cost efficient, and reusable. “Delivery is the strategy”.
Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) U.S. Department of Commerce
BEA strives to provide the most timely, relevant and accurate economic data to you, their users, to help promote a better understanding of the U.S. economy. These reliable and consistent measures of economic activity are essential to the informed decision making of policymakers, business leaders and every American household. The success of their statistical programs, in large part, is determined by the trust in the quality of their data. As one of the world’s leading statistical agencies, they are dedicated to staying on the cutting edge of the economy. To help keep you informed on a number of non-statistical issues, their Director’s Page provides a number of useful pieces of information. The 5-year BEA Strategic Plan is available for your review as well as a report card of their successes in meeting the over 200 annual milestones in the Plan. Information on the President’s current budget request for BEA also is available. Congressional testimony related to BEA and its statistical programs will be included to keep you current on important topics being considered by Congress. Finally, other important reports and information can be found to keep you informed on ongoing activities and plans at BEA.
Business Dynamics Statistics, BDS
The U.S. economy is comprised of millions of establishments with paid employees. The population of these businesses is constantly churning –– some businesses grow, others decline, and yet others close. New businesses are constantly replenishing this pool. The Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS) tracks these changes over time, providing annual measures of establishment openings and closings, firm startups and shutdowns, and job creation and destruction. These measures are available for the entire economy, and by industrial sector, state, and MSA. They are also available by firm and establishment size and age. The BDS is created from the Longitudinal Business Database (LBD), a confidential database available to qualified researchers through secure Federal Statistical Research Data Centers. The use of the LBD as its source data permits tracking establishments and firms over time. BDS data tables show key economic data: a) Employment – job creation and destruction; b) Job expansions and contractions; c) Number of establishments and firms; d) Establishment openings and closings; and e) Number of startups and firm shutdowns
Business Intelligence Online Resources 2021 Subject Tracer™ Information Blog
Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog constantly monitors the Internet for the latest business intelligence resources and sources available and then lists them alphabetically in an ongoing information blog with a direct link to the source.
Census Bureau Economic Indicators
A overall view of the latest economic indicators presented by the Census Bureau along with Economic Indicator Calendar and Census Bureau Economic Programs.
Census Bureau Economic Statistics
A overall view of the latest economic stats presented by the Census Bureau. Census Bureau Economic Statistics…
Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) was established in 1999 to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people’s lives. In order for citizens to effectively exercise their voices in a democracy, they should be informed about the problems and choices that they face. CEPR is committed to presenting issues in an accurate and understandable manner, so that the public is better prepared to choose among the various policy options. Toward this end, CEPR conducts both professional research and public education. The professional research is oriented towards filling important gaps in the understanding of particular economic and social problems, or the impact of specific policies. The public education portion of CEPR’s mission is to present the findings of professional research, both by CEPR and others, in a manner that allows broad segments of the public to know exactly what is at stake in major policy debates. An informed public should be able to choose policies that lead to an improving quality of life, both for people within the United States and around the world.
ChangeTracker – Tracking Change In Washington
ChangeTracker, an experimental new tool that watches pages on a) whitehouse.gov, b) recovery.gov and c) financialstability.gov so you don’t have to. When the White House adds or deletes anything— say a blog post, or executive order … ChangeTracker will let you know. The latest changes are on their page or sign up to get alerts sent to you. Each change links to a page that shows the different versions side-by-side. Text highlighted in red means it was removed, green means it was added.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
CREW uses high-impact legal actions to target government officials who sacrifice the common good to special interests. Many Americans have given up on our political system, writing off our elected leaders as crooks. At CREW, they believe politicians must be held accountable for their actions. Day in and day out, they work to ensure government officials -regardless of party affiliation- act with honesty and integrity and merit the public trust. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting ethics and accountability in government and public life by targeting government officials who sacrifice the common good to special interests. They advance their mission using a combination of research, litigation, policy advocacy, and media outreach.
The version of the site contains legislation from the 107th Congress (2001) to the present, member profiles from the 93rd Congress (1973) to the present, and some member profiles from the 80th through the 92nd Congresses (1947 to 1972). Congress.gov is in an initial beta phase with plans to transform the Library of Congress’s existing congressional information system into a modern, durable and user-friendly resource. Eventually, it will incorporate all of the information available on THOMAS.gov. (To compare the scope of legislative information on THOMAS.gov versus the scope of legislative information on the beta
Congressional Research Service – Every CRS Report
Congressional Research Service reports are the best way for anyone to quickly get up to speed on major political issues without having to worry about spin — from the same source Congress uses. CRS is Congress’ think tank, and its reports are relied upon by academics, businesses, judges, policy advocates, students, librarians, journalists, and policymakers for accurate and timely analysis of important policy issues. The reports are not classified and do not contain individualized advice to any specific member of Congress. Until today, CRS reports were generally available only to the well-connected. Now, in partnership with a Republican and Democratic member of Congress, they are making these reports available to everyone for free online. The number changes regularly. It’s every CRS report that’s available on Congress’s internal website. They redact the phone number, email address, and names of virtually all the analysts from the reports. They add disclaimer language regarding copyright and the role CRS reports are intended to play.
Current Awareness Tools 2021
Current awareness has become a very timely topic with professionals and business executive/entrepreneurs especially those suffering from information overload in todays dynamic internet based information economy. It is no longer a “nice to have” resource but rather a “must have” internet tool that is part of our daily business routine! Obtaining these current awareness tools and constantly discovering the current happenings and information on the Internet is the driving force behind the creation of this white paper. This white paper will list the best and most competent current awareness resources available for the professional and business executive/entrepreneur in the following detailed subject classifications: a) Articles and Trade Journals; b) Listservs®; c) News Groups, Message Boards and Forums; d) eMail Alerts; e) Web Site and Page Monitoring Bots; f) WebLogs; g) RSS Feeds; h) News Aggregators; i) Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs; and j) Search Engines, Answer Engines and Subject Trees.
Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents
The Compilation of Presidential Documents collection consists of the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents and the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents which are the official publications of materials released by the White House Press Secretary. The Compilation of Presidential Documents is published by the Office of the Federal Register (OFR), National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Suggested Citation Form: Daily Comp. Pres. Docs., 2009 DCPD No. 00001, p.3. The citation is to material published in the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents in the year 2009, in the first document, on page three. In conjunction with the change of administration in 2009, OFR and GPO are pleased to provide more timely access to Presidential Documents by making materials available in electronic format on a daily basis. The Digest of White House Announcements, Nominations Submitted to the Senate, Checklist of White House Press Releases, and Acts Approved by the President will continue to be made available electronically on a weekly basis.
Data.gov – Home of U.S. Government’s Open Data
The purpose of Data.gov is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. Although the initial launch of Data.gov provides a limited portion of the rich variety of Federal datasets presently available, they invite you to actively participate in shaping the future of Data.gov by suggesting additional datasets and site enhancements to provide seamless access and use of your Federal data. Data.gov includes a searchable data catalog that includes access to data in two ways: through the “raw” data catalog and using tools. As a priority Open Government Initiative for President Obama’s administration, Data.gov increases the ability of the public to easily find, download, and use datasets that are generated and held by the Federal Government. Data.gov provides descriptions of the Federal datasets (metadata), information about how to access the datasets, and tools that leverage government datasets. The data catalogs will continue to grow as datasets are added. Federal, Executive Branch data are included in the first version of Data.gov. US Economic datasets are available from http://catalog.data.gov/dataset#sec-groups. These are “big data” federal.
Datasets for Data Mining and Data Science
A very comprehensive listing of open source datasets for data mining and data science.
Debategraph – The Global Debate Map
Debategraph helps groups collaborate in thinking through complex issues by building and sharing interactive maps of domains of knowledge from multiple perspectives. Their public service goal is to make the best arguments on all sides of any public debate freely available to all and continuously open to challenge and improvement by all. Debategraph is a wiki debate visualization tool that lets you: a) map the strongest case on any issue that matters to you; b) openly engage and learn from opposing views in a transparent, multi-perspective dialogue; c) create and reshape maps of the conversation as it develops, make new points, rate and filter the arguments; d) keep track of the maps via email and RSS feeds; and, e) share and embed the maps around the web.
Deep Web Research and Discovery Resources 2022 White Paper
Deep Web Research Subject Tracer™ Information Blog constantly monitors the Internet for the latest deep web resources and sources available and then lists them alphabetically in an ongoing information blog with a direct link to the source. It is divided into the following sections: a) Articles, Papers, Forums, Audios and Videos; b) Cross Database Articles; c) Cross Database Search Services; d) Cross Database Search Tools; e) Peer to Peer, File Sharing, Grid and Matrix Search Engines Presentations; f) Resources – Deep Web Research; g) Resources – Semantic Web Research; and h) Current Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs.
Digital Services Playbook of the Office of the CIO, Government of the United States
It’s a e-governance best practices handbook. a playbook of 13 key “plays” drawn from successful practices from the private sector and government that, if followed together, will help government build effective digital services.
Discover U.S. Government Information – govinfo Next Generation System
govinfo is free U.S. Government information for all. govinfo is a service of the GPO , which is a Federal agency in the legislative branch. govinfo provides free public access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. govinfo will replace FDsys. GPO launched govinfo in February 2016 as a beta website to eventually replace its predecessor, GPO’s FDsys. govinfo is more than just a website. In addition to providing an advanced, metadata-powered search experience, govinfo also includes a content management system and a standards-compliant preservation repository.These three components comprise GPO’s world-class system for the comprehensive management of electronic information: a) Public Access; b) Content Management and c) Digital Preservation. What can I find on govinfo? See what’s available, including information on individual publications or collections of content, or view an alphabetical list of collections, publications, other resources, and external partner sites.
Econbrowser – Analysis of Current Economic Conditions and Policy
The Econbrowser analyses current economic conditions and policies and is written by James D. Hamilton, Professor of Economics at the University of California, SanDiego; and Menzie Chinn, Professor of Public Affairs and Economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Economic Indicators of the United States
GDP, Unemployment Rate, Inflation, Balance of Trade, etc. are available from this webpage.
Lots of similar data of other countries also available.
Economics – BRASS Business Guide
BRASS Business Guide (via the American Library Association) offers a selection of the best resources for finding data and information about economics and the U.S. and global economy. Sections included: a) Best Economics Books.; b) Business & Economics News; c) A Guide to Economics Blogs; d) Key Economics Databases; e) Top Economics Journals; and f) U.S. and Int’l Economic Data.
EconomyWatch.com – Largest Online Economics Community in the World
EconomyWatch.com is the largest online economics community in the world. Every month, close to one million users come to the site, read their newsletters, come to their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter. Since their beginnings as a small portal in 1999, they have become a trusted reference source, cited by everyone from the World Bank to the Economics Network of academics in the UK, and from the BBC to the Huffington Post. On EconomyWatch.com, you will find a comprehensive mix of news, analysis, reference, articles, data, charts and tools. These have been provided both by their core team, by freelance contributors, and by members of our extended community
Education Resources Search Interface Provided by ERIC Institute of Education Sciences
ERIC was founded on May 15, 1964. It is primarily a search interface to educational and academic published journal articles and research papers. Anything with DOI can be indexed. The list of currently approved journals can be found at: http://eric.ed.gov/?journals and the approved list of non-journal sources can be found at http://eric.ed.gov/?nonjournals. Example you can search for: “political science” in this interface. Or search for “information quality”. Or search for “elearning”.
eFinancialBot.com – Your Global Financial Search Engine
eFinancialBot.com – Your Global Search Engine for Financial Resources searches 74+ selected financial meta search engines over the Internet and is powered by Google. It has been created by Internet expert and guru Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. and utilized the sources and resources of the Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs of the Virtual Private Library.
eGovernment Interest Group (eGov IG)
The mission of the eGovernment Interest Group (eGov IG) is to explore how to improve access to government through better use of the Web and achieve better government transparency using open Web standards at any government level (local, state, national and multi-national). The eGov IG is designed as a forum to support researchers, developers, solution providers, and users of government services that use the Web as the delivery channel, and enable broader collaboration across eGov practitioners.
eHealthcareBot.com – 2022 Search Engine for Healthcare Resources
Searches selected healthcare resources and sources taken from various Subject Tracers and resources from the Virtual Private Library. Created and compiled by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. . Currently over 147 healthcare meta search engines and resources are accessed simultaneously.
Entrepreneurial Resources 2022 Subject Tracer™ Information Blog
Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog constantly monitors the Internet for the latest entrepreneurial resources and sources available and then lists them alphabetically in an ongoing information blog with a direct link to the source.
EveryCRSReport.com – Congressional Research Reports for the People
EveryCRSReport.com is a project of Demand Progress in collaboration with the Congressional Data Coalition — a bipartisan coalition founded by Demand Progress and the R Street Institute to promote open legislative information. Congressional Research Service reports are the best way for anyone to quickly get up to speed on major political issues without having to worry about spin — from the same source Congress uses.CRS is Congress’ think tank, and its reports are relied upon by academics, businesses, judges, policy advocates, students, librarians, journalists, and policymakers for accurate and timely analysis of important policy issues. The reports are not classified and do not contain individualized advice to any specific member of Congress. Now, in partnership with a Republican and a Democratic member of Congress and library partners, we are making these reports available to everyone for free online and in one place.
Federal IT Dashboard
The General Services Administration’s Federal IT Dashboard enables agencies, OMB, Congress, GAO, and the public to understand the value of their Federal IT portfolios, manage the health of their IT investments, and make better IT planning decisions.
Federal Register – Daily Journal of the United States Government
The Office of the Federal Register (OFR) of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) jointly administer the FederalRegister.gov website. The OFR/GPO partnership is developing an unofficial XML-based edition of the daily Federal Register on this site. In this edition, Federal Register documents are organized and displayed in an easier to read format; they have also added various web tools and user aids designed to help people find material relevant to their interests.
FedSpending.org – A Project of OMB Watch
The purpose of the FedSpending.org database is to give journalists, analysts, government officials, and regular citizens easy access to information on federal spending. Broader access to this information should foster the development of a better informed, active citizenry that has more power to hold elected officials accountable. FedSpending.org is limited to information contained within the FPDS and FAADS government databases (See here for data that is not included on FedSpending.org).
Financial Markets and Portfolio Management (FMPM)
The official publication of the Swiss Financial Analysts Association, Financial Markets and Portfolio Management (FMPM) addresses all areas of finance, concentrating on financial markets, portfolio theory and wealth management, asset pricing, risk management, and regulation. The journal serves as a bridge between innovative research and its practical applications. FMPM publishes academic and applied research articles, shorter “Perspectives,” book reviews, and survey articles dedicated to current topics of interest to the financial community.
Financial Sources 2021 Subject Tracer™ Information Blog
Financial Sources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog constantly monitors the Internet for the latest financial resources and sources available and then lists them alphabetically in an ongoing information blog with a direct link to the source.
FinancialStability.gov – Comprehensive Financial Stability Plan and Related Resources
This site displays all the information related to the comprehensive financial stability plan from the United States Government initially issued on February 10, 2009. This site will be the starting point for transparency of all financial stability resources and sources being developed and implemented by the United States Government Department of Treasury. The Financial Stability Plan Fact Sheet is available by clicking here.
Financial Stability – Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, issued annually
This report summarizes the Federal Reserve Board’s framework for assessing the resilience of the U.S. financial system and presents the Board’s current assessment. By publishing this report, the Board intends to promote public understanding and increase transparency and accountability for the Federal Reserve’s views on this topic.
Financial Stability Annual Report to Congress – Office of Financial Research (OFR)
The Office of Financial Research’s 2021 Annual Report found that unexpected turbulence from the COVID-19 pandemic elevated risks across financial markets and revealed limitations in conventional market monitoring.
Financial Stability Oversight Council Annual Report (FSOC)
The Financial Stability Oversight Council Annual Report fulfills the Congressional mandate to report on the activities of the Council, describe significant financial market and regulatory developments, analyze potential emerging threats, and make certain recommendations.
FOIAonline – Freedom of Information Act Online
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives you the right to access information from federal agencies. FOIAonline allows you to submit FOIA requests to all participating agencies from this website, track the status of requests, search for requests submitted by others, and generate up-to-the-minute reports on FOIA processing. FOIAonline participating agencies include: the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Commerce (except the US Patent and Trademark Office), Office of General Counsel of the National Archives and Records Administration, Merit Systems Protection Board, Federal Labor Relations Authority, and the Department of the Treasury’s Departmental Offices (headquarters), Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Bureau of the Fiscal Service, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), and United States Mint. Please note that the Internal Revenue Service, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration are not participating in FOIAonline. Moreover, Treasury only participates in FOIAonline to the extent of allowing submission of requests; Treasury manages processing in a separate system. A chart provides further details on the information available in FOIAonline by participating agency. Requests under the Privacy Act must be sent directly to the appropriate agency.
Follow Pew Research Center on Twitter
Here’s a list of active Pew Research Center Twitter accounts, including pollsters, demographers and others who regularly tweet about their reports and related analysis.
Government Benefits, Grants and Loans
Learn about government programs that provide financial help for individuals and organizations. Learn about federal government programs, including unemployment benefits, and how to find which ones are available to you. Find the answers to common questions about receiving Social Security. Get answers to the most common questions about student loans. Learn about government grants and loans for states and organizations.
GovTrack.us – Tracking the U.S. Congress
GovTrack.us is an independent tool to help the public research and track the activities in the U.S. Congress, promoting government transparency and civic education through novel uses of technology. You’ll find here the status of U.S. federal legislation, voting records in the Senate and House of Representatives, and information on Members of Congress, as well as congressional committees and the Congressional Record. The site is a research tool, but also a (totally free) tracking service. Pick up Trackers throughout the site to make a personalized feed or get email updates.
Grant Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog
Grant Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog constantly monitors the Internet for the latest grant resources and sources available and then lists them alphabetically in an ongoing information blog with a direct link to the source.
Guide to the Global Economy
This website can be used by college, Masters and high school students with some or no economics background. In fact, that is one of their objectives: to make knowledge of the global economy accessible to non-experts. Also, the website can be used in the U.S. and internationally which fits with our second objective: to make this knowledge available to anyone anywhere. They use data provided by the World Bank to show the main economic indicators of all countries. Each indicator is presented in comparison to several other countries and in terms of changes over time. They discuss the definitions of the various indicators and provide information about the ways in which one can interpret them.
i360Gov – Federal Government News
i360Gov provides government business and technology leaders with important federal government news and analysis regarding government’s largest and most important initiatives in an interactive, online environment. Comprised of six topic-specific news channels each functioning as its own web site, the i360Gov network delivers daily federal government news and analysis pertaining to the following topics: a) Policy and Business, b) Information Technology, c) State and Local Government, d) Defense/Intelligence, e) Healthcare Policy and IT, and f) Energy Policy and Technology.
International Monetary Fund Alerts
Sign up to receive free e-mail notices when new series and/or country items are posted on the IMF website.
Internet Alerts 2022
InternetAlerts.info is a Subject Tracer™ Information Blog from The Virtual Private Library. It is designed to bring together the latest resources and sources on an ongoing basis from the Internet covering alerts.
Intrapreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog
Intrapreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog constantly monitors the Internet for the latest intrapreneurial resources and sources available and then lists them alphabetically in an ongoing information blog with a direct link to the source.
Journal of Economics and International Business Management (JEIBM)
Journal of Economics and International Business Management (JEIBM) is a quarterly double-blind peer-reviewed international journal that establishes an effective communication channel between decision and policy makers in business, academic and research institutions, government agencies in order to recognize the implementation of important role effective systems in organizations. It considers all aspects of economics and business, including those combining business and economics with other fields of inquiry.
Legal Services Corporation Legal Aid for Americans
Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1974 to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans. LSC promotes equal access to justice by providing funding to 134 independent non-profit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories. LSC grantees serve thousands of low-income individuals, children, families, seniors, and veterans in 813 offices in every congressional district.
LegiStorm – Transparency’s Sidekick
LegiStorm Pro is a fully integrated, Web-based platform for government affairs professionals who need to accurately identify congressional staff, monitor activity on Capitol Hill, and engage with members and staff. The core of LegiStorm Pro is the industry’s most accurate, timely and comprehensive database of contact and biographical data on congressional staff. We track legislative issues covered, roles and titles, education and work histories, disclosures, social media links, and other contextual information. This ensures that our clients accurately identify the correct staff across member offices, committees and caucuses. Our list-building capabilities allow our clients to quickly and easily create and export custom contact lists. Additionally, LegiStorm Pro encompasses a broad range of services to meet the needs of our diverse client base. From hearing and town hall schedules to real-time monitoring of press releases and Twitter feeds, LegiStorm Pro provides our clients with a one-stop shop for the information they need to be successful.
LittleSis – Free Database Detailing Connections Between Powerful People and Organizations
LittleSis is a free database detailing the connections between powerful people and organizations. They bring transparency to influential social networks by tracking the key relationships of politicians, business leaders, lobbyists, financiers, and their affiliated institutions. All of this information is public, but scattered. They bring it together in one place. Their data derives from government filings, news articles, and other reputable sources. Some data sets are updated automatically; the rest is filled in by their user community.
Manifesto of the New Economy
A book named Manifesto of the New Economy “Institutions and Business Models of the Digital Society” by Alexander Dolgin, Professor of Moscow State School of Economics, has been published. As Alexander Dolgin says in his book, a new economy is principally the economy of clubs, i.e. different associations of people founded on base of their interests. In such clubs one can find comfortable social habitat for unique personalities living in the society. A person`s quality of life depends on people around him and the way they deal with each other. From the point of view of the economy, the club allows to produce collective goods with reasonable expenses of production. It gives premise for productive joint activities. This concerns different aspects of life, big or small issues: from the problems of a condominium and economically favourable collective purchases to superior forms of cultural and political activities. That is why the club becomes a key form of society being. A society is as good as it can successfully produce different and accessible clubs. From this point of view the new economy brings great positiveness.
MAPLight – U.S. Congress Campaign Contributions and Voting Database
MAPLight.org, a groundbreaking public database, with offices located in Berkeley, California, illuminates the connection between campaign donations and legislative votes in unprecedented ways. Elected United States officials collect large sums of money to run their campaigns, and they often pay back campaign contributors with special access and favorable laws. This common practice is contrary to the public interest, yet legal. MAPLight.org makes money/vote connections transparent, to help citizens hold their legislators accountable. MAPLight.org combines three data sets: a) Bill texts and legislative voting records; b) Supporting and opposing interests for each bill; and c) Campaign contribution data from the Center for Responsive Politics and the National Institute on Money in State Politics. Combining this data makes visible key information that could never before be determined easily.
Michael Sandel – What Money Can’t Buy book
Michael Sandel’s book, What Money Can’t Buy, discusses the markets that are expanding into different realms of peoples’ daily lives. How are these shifts changing the way people do tasks? Are we allowing money to dictate too much? Sandel discusses the moral implications of these markets with questions such as the following: should prisoners to be able to pay for different, better cells than non-paying prisoners? Should companies be able to buy and sell the right to pollute? Where would you draw the line between markets and morals?
“There are some things money can’t buy; these days, not many. Today, almost everything is up for sale.”
Mobile technology is changing the way people find and use information and services. How does government interact with the public in this anytime, anywhere world? This Making Mobile Gov Project is helping agencies work together to make a more open, innovative government to meet 21st century citizen expectations.
MuckRock – Government Tool Powered by State and Federal Freedom of Information Laws
MuckRock is an open government tool powered by state and federal Freedom of Information laws, a generous grant from the Sunlight Foundation, and you. They make tools to keep our government transparent and accountable. Requests are based on your questions, concerns and passions, and you are free to embed, share and write about any of the verified government documents hosted there.
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Founded in 1920, the National Bureau of Economic Research is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works. The NBER is committed to undertaking and disseminating unbiased economic research among public policymakers, business professionals, and the academic community. Over the years the Bureau’s research agenda has encompassed a wide variety of issues that confront our society. The Bureau’s early research focused on the aggregate economy, examining in detail the business cycle and long-term economic growth. Simon Kuznets’ pioneering work on national income accounting, Wesley Mitchell’s influential study of the business cycle, and Milton Friedman’s research on the demand for money and the determinants of consumer spending were among the early studies done at the NBER. The NBER is the nation’s leading nonprofit economic research organization. Sixteen of the 31 American Nobel Prize winners in Economics and six of the past Chairmen of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers have been researchers at the NBER. The more than 1,000 professors of economics and business now teaching at universities around the country who are NBER researchers are the leading scholars in their fields. These Bureau associates concentrate on four types of empirical research: developing new statistical measurements, estimating quantitative models of economic behavior, assessing the effects of public policies on the U.S. economy, and projecting the effects of alternative policy proposals.
New Economy 2020 and Beyond
Brexit is a seismic moment. It presents extraordinary challenges. It offers significant opportunities. But it is also a chance to reflect, think, debate and chart a new course for the UK and the economy. This report, The New Economy 2020 and Beyond, represents the management consulting industry’s first contribution to that process of reflection, argument and renewal.
New Economy Coalition (NEC)
The New Economy Coalition (NEC) is a network of organizations imagining and building a future where people, communities, and ecosystems thrive. Together, we are creating deep change in our economy and politics—placing power in the hands of people and uprooting legacies of harm—so that a fundamentally new system can take root.
New Economy – Investopedia
New economy is a buzzword describing new, high-growth industries that are on the cutting edge of technology and are the driving force of economic growth. The new economy is commonly believed to have started in the late 1990s, as high tech tools, particularly the internet and increasingly powerful computers, made their way into the consumer and business marketplace. The new economy was seen as a shift from a manufacturing and commodity based economy to one that used technology to create new products and services at a rate that the traditional manufacturing economy could not match.
New Economy – Wikipedia
The new economy is the result of the transition from a manufacturing-based economy to a service-based economy. This particular use of the term was popular during the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s. The high growth, low inflation and high employment of this period led to overly optimistic predictions and many flawed business plans.
New Normal StartUp Resources 2022
Comprehensive and Selective StartUp Resources for the new normal with the following sections: a) Idea Validation; b) Bootstrapping; c) Pitching; d) Lean Startup; e) Customer Development (CusDov); f) Minimum Viable Product (MVP); g) Launching; h) Finding/Venture Capital/Seed Capital/Angel Investing; i) Landing Page Optimization; j) PR/Press/Marketing; k) Conversion Rate Optimization; l) Tools, Resources, New Normal and Videos; and m) Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs.
New Rules for the New Economy
New Rules to the New Economy eBook by Kevin Kelly.
NextGov.com – Technology and the Business of Government
Nextgov.com is part of the National Journal Group Inc. and the Atlantic Media Company. It is a spin off of Government Executive.com and provides coverage and commentary on the management of information technology in the federal government. From time to time, Nextgov and Government Executive.com will share content and collaborate on features and events. Nextgov.com provides news, interaction and research for government and contractor executives and managers in the information technology community. Their readers are high-ranking civilian and military officials who are responsible for providing IT support to those who defend the nation and carry out the many laws that define the government’s role in our economy and society. Nextgov.com’s essential editorial mission is to cover the IT and business processes that the federal government deploys to meet agency missions – dozens of which dwarf the largest institutions in the private sector. They aspire to serve the people who manage these huge agencies and programs in much the way that large consumer and business-to-business technology magazines serve private-sector managers.
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Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
OMB’s predominant mission is to assist the President in overseeing the preparation of the federal budget and to supervise its administration in Executive Branch agencies. In helping to formulate the President’s spending plans, OMB evaluates the effectiveness of agency programs, policies, and procedures, assesses competing funding demands among agencies, and sets funding priorities. OMB ensures that agency reports, rules, testimony, and proposed legislation are consistent with the President’s Budget and with Administration policies. In addition, OMB oversees and coordinates the Administration’s procurement, financial management, information, and regulatory policies. In each of these areas, OMB’s role is to help improve administrative management, to develop better performance measures and coordinating mechanisms, and to reduce any unnecessary burdens on the public.
Open311 – Collaborative Model and Open Standard for Civic Issue Tracking
Open311 first began with an API for Washington D.C.’s 311 system, but it really become a community when the leadership of San Francisco and the support of organizations like OpenPlans, Code for America, and even the White House brought many cities, companies, and organizations together into a productive collaboration. Now it’s a rich ecosystem of cities, technology platforms, and forward thinking initiatives around the world that are building common infrastructure for people to better engage with their government and get connected to their community. Technical development and discussion around Open311 has continued on the mailing list, on GitHub, and in many other venues, but a lot of news about this burgeoning ecosystem has gone unnoticed. What follows is a long overdue collection of highlights that haven’t received enough attention.
Open Datasets – includes federal government and global data
Open Government was published in 2010 by O’Reilly Media. The United States had just elected a president in 2008, who, on his first day in office, issued an executive order committing his administration to “an unprecedented level of openness in government.” The contributors of Open Government had long fought for transparency and openness in government, as well as access to public information. Aaron Swartz was one of these contributors (Chapter 25: When is Transparency Useful?). Aaron was a hacker, an activist, a builder, and a respected member of the technology community. O’Reilly Media is making Open Government free to all to access in honor of Aaron. #PDFtribute
Open Government Guide
The Open Government Guide is a complete compendium of information on every state’s open records and open meetings laws. Each state’s section is arranged according to a standard outline, making it easy to compare laws in various states.
Open Government Partnerships (OGP)
OGP was launched in 2011 to provide an international platform for domestic reformers committed to making their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens.
The OpenGov Foundation is a fiercely apolitical nonprofit dedicated to serving those who serve the people in America’s legislatures.
OpeningParliament.org – Opening, Monitoring and Supporting the World’s Parliaments and Legislative Institutions
OpeningParliament.org is a forum intended to help connect the world’s civic organizations engaged in monitoring, supporting and opening up their countries’ parliaments and legislative institutions. Parliamentary monitoring organizations (PMOs) are working to create strong, open and accountable parliaments, through enhancing citizen participation in the legislative process and bringing parliaments closer to the people they represent. OpeningParliament.org provides a forum for international collaboration on efforts to improve access to parliamentary information and share experiences and good practices among PMOs. It also serves as the home of the Declaration on Parliamentary Openness, a set of shared principles on the openness, transparency and accessibility of parliaments developed by the international PMO community. The Declaration On Parliamentary Openness is available by clicking here.
OpenSecrets – Money in Politics – See Who Is Giving and Who Is Getting
Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, OpenSecrets is the nation’s premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. Our mission is to track the flow of money in American politics and provide the data and analysis to strengthen democracy.
Open States – Discover and Follow All State Legislatures
Open States allows anyone to discover more about lawmaking in their state. With Open States, you can track state bills, get campaign and contact information for legislators and follow all the action across 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
Participatory Politics Foundation (PPF)
Every day, our lives abound in political feelings and opinions. Not just on Election Day. The Participatory Politics Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to increase civic engagement. PPF develops free Web tools that create new opportunities for engagement with government. Voting is important, but we have a chance to go further and create a political process that is more participatory, creative, responsive, and accountable. They believe that the internet opens an unprecedented opportunity to extend and amplify political voices and actions.
Performance.Gov – Driving Federal Performance
Responding to the President’s challenge to cut waste, save money, and better serve the American people, Performance.gov provides a window on the Obama Administration’s approach to improving performance and accountability. Performance.gov shows progress on the Administration’s efforts to create a government that is more effective, efficient, innovative, and responsive. Reforming how Washington works is an ongoing effort that demands vigilance and leadership.
POPVOX – Bridges the Gap Between Public Wants and Congress Want and Need to Receive
POPVOX bridges the gap between the input the public wants to provide and the information Members of Congress want and need to receive. Constituent communications are flooding and overwhelming Congressional offices. POPVOX verifies, aggregates, and simplifies communication with Congress on an open and trusted (and nonpartisan) common ground. Advocacy organizations, trade associations, unions and other groups send their members to POPVOX to take action on bills pending before Congress.
Quorum – Data Driven Politics
Quorum is an online legislative strategy platform that provides legislative professionals in Washington and all 50 states access to the world’s most comprehensive database of legislative information, with quantitative insights and modern project management tools making it easier to track legislation, build support, and take action.
RAND Corporation – Congressional Resources
RAND informs policymakers with research and analysis that is relevant to current Congressional agendas, providing knowledge that is trusted for its objectivity, comprehensiveness, and enduring value.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the General Services Administration (GSA) produce this website. RegInfo.gov provides a list of all rules undergoing Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) E.O. 12866 regulatory review. Updated daily, it also provides a list of all rules on which review has been concluded in the past 30 days, lists and statistics on regulatory reviews dating back to 1981, and letters to agencies regarding regulatory actions.
This website was launched in 2003 to enhance public participation in federal regulatory activities. Users can search Proposed Rules and Regulations from more than 176 federal departments and agencies along with notices from the Federal Register. Many proposed regulations include a link to a comment form that readers can complete and submit to the appropriate department or agency. Regulations.gov is updated each business day with proposed new regulations. Among the database’s search options are keyword or subject, department or agency name, regulations published today, comments due today, open regulations or comments by publication dates, docket ID, Regulation Identifier Number, or CFR citations.
Resources for Economists on the Internet
This guide is sponsored by the American Economic Association. It lists more than 2,000 resources in 97 sections and sub-sections available on the Internet of interest to academic and practicing economists, and those interested in economics. Almost all resources are also described.
Rock Solid – One Seamless Government and Citizen Engagement System
Rock Solid is the citizen engagement platform that ties innovative technologies together, helping citizens and local governments work as one. Get the insight you need to manage workflow and more efficiently engage with your citizens. Rock Solid lets you see how and why your citizens interact with you and brings your departments together to address their needs.
SeeClickFix – Report Non-Emergency Issues and Receive Alerts in Your Neighborhood
SeeClickFix allows anyone to report and track non-emergency issues anywhere in the world via the internet. This empowers citizens, community groups, media organizations and governments to take care of and improve their neighborhoods.
Social Informatics 2021 Subject Tracer™ Information Blog
Social Informatics Subject Tracer™ Information Blog constantly monitors the Internet for the latest social networks, communities, resources and sources available and then lists them alphabetically in an ongoing information blog with a direct link to the source.
Socrata – The Future of Connected Government
Socrata is the leading developer and provider of Open Data Services, a category of cloud-based Web 2.0 solutions that enable federal, state, and local governments to dramatically improve the reach, usability and social utility of their public information assets. The Socrata Social Data Platform™ is a turnkey information delivery platform that reduces lifecycle management costs for government customers while boosting their ability to disseminate relevant information and data-driven services to a wide range of audiences including citizens, civic application developers, researchers, journalists and internal stakeholders. The cloud-based Socrata platform transforms information assets – tabular data, geospatial data, unstructured content and real-time data from government transactional systems – into a consumption-optimized and socially-enriched experience, that is automatically accessible across multiple channels of interaction, to enhance governments’ ability to accomplish their mission at a reduced cost.
Subsidyscope aimed to raise public awareness about the role of federal subsidies in the economy. Pew’s Subsidyscope Project completed its four-year effort to provide data and analysis to make federal government spending and subsidies more transparent in 2012.
The Economy – Global Economic Crisis Special Coverage and World Market Analysis – Archives
Middletown Thrall Library Special Coverage: The Economy – Global Economic Crisis, News, Statistics, Economic Indicators, Credit, Energy, Food, Housing / Mortgages / Subprime, & Related Resources. This is a comprehensive site created by the Middletown Thrall Library offering continued special coverage on the Global Economic Crisis with World Market Analysis. Additional resources on this Global Economic Crisis are available here as well as the eFinancialBot Global Financial Search Engine.
The Information Economy, The Impact of Automation, The Future of Work
“The emerging new information economy has created a Rashomon moment”. For the Future of Work, a special project from the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, business and labor leaders, social scientists, technology visionaries, activists, and journalists weigh in on the most consequential changes in the workplace, and what anxieties and possibilities they might produce.
The State of American Business 2022
U.S. Chamber of Commerce delivers an outline of the top challenges facing the business community and the Chamber’s policy priorities for 2022.
This We Know: Explore U.S. Government Data About Your Community
Their mission was to present the information the U.S. government collects about every community. By publishing this data in an easy to understand and consistent manner, they sought to empower citizens to act on what’s known. In this first phase of development, they focused on a handful of nationwide data sets from six different agencies in the data.gov catalog. They picked data sets that each had a spatial component. All the data sets were converted to RDF and loaded into a RDF database that served as the foundation for this website. This project is no longer being actively maintained.
Trading Economics provides its users with accurate information for 196 countries including historical data for more than 300.000 economic indicators, exchange rates, stock market indexes, government bond yields and commodity prices. Our data is based on official sources, not third party data providers, and our facts are regularly checked for inconsistencies. TradingEconomics.com has received more than 100 million page views from more than 200 countries.
Transparency Project – Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
Knowing “what the government is up to” is often the first step in ensuring that the government respects the civil liberties of its citizens. Transparency is especially important given the government’s increasingly secretive use of new technologies for law enforcement and national security purposes. From cell phone location tracking, the use of surveillance drones, secret interpretations of electronic surveillance law, and the expanding use of biometrics, EFF wants to hold the government accountable and uphold your digital rights. To that aim, EFF’s Transparency Project is dedicated to using federal and state freedom of information laws, the courtroom, and their megaphone to shine light on government activities. While emerging technologies give the government new tools that threaten citizen civil liberties, technology also has the potential to create a more democratic relationship between public institutions and the citizens they serve.
UK Government Open Data Site
The UK Government’s open data website, data.gov.uk, developed with the help of Tim Berners-Lee (W3C Director) and John Sheridan (Linked Data Lead for data.gov.uk and co-Chair of the W3C eGovernment Interest Group). Like data.gov in the United States, the UK site reflects a growing awareness inside and outside of government that standards-based open data is a key enabler of government services and a building block for new information services across government and industry. Additionally, this new site showcases Semantic Web and Linked Data technologies.
USAspending.gov – Track USA Spending
USAspending.gov is the publicly accessible, searchable website mandated by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 to give the American public access to information on how their tax dollars are spent. See data summaries for prime recipients of federal awards, including the funding received year over year, agencies that made the awards, and the type of awards received. This is a searchable database of federal government assistance awards and contract awards. You may search by contractor, recipient, state, Congressional district, federal government agency/department/program, type of product or service. Data from FY 2000 to present. The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (Transparency Act) requires a single searchable website, accessible by the public for free that includes for each Federal award: 1) The name of the entity receiving the award; 2) The amount of the award; 3) Information on the award including transaction type, funding agency, etc; 4) The location of the entity receiving the award; and 5) A unique identifier of the entity receiving the award.
You can search USA.gov in a few different ways to find official U.S. government information, programs, and services. They’re all organized by topic. USA.gov searches only federal, state, and local government websites for the public. Its search box works like other search engines you’re used to, but USA.gov only returns results from government web pages, most ending in .gov or .mil. This helps you be sure you’re getting official information you can trust–and there’s no advertising. If you know the agency you want to get in touch with, use the A to Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies. It features contact information and web addresses of hundreds of federal agencies, sub-agencies, and divisions, as well as state government contact information.
U.S. Global Health Budget Tracker and Resources
This resource provides regularly updated information on U.S. government funding for global health. It includes historical trends and tracks funding levels throughout the appropriations process. Data can be customized by U.S. Agency, Program Area, and Initiative. Watch KFF’s global health team demonstrate how to use the Budget Tracker to analyze funding data.
US Government Web Services and XML Data Sources
USGovXML.com is an index to publicly available web services and XML data sources that are provided by the US government. USGovXML.com indexes data sources from all 3 branches of government as well as its boards, commissions, corporations and independent agencies.
World Bank Data
The World Bank Group provides free, open, and easy access to its comprehensive set of data on living standards around the globe—some 7,000 indicators, including hundreds that go back 50 years. The data are available in Arabic, French, and Spanish in addition to English.
World Economic Forum
These 5 charts reveal the global economic outlook for 2022 – After rebounding to an estimated 5.5% in 2021, global growth is expected to decelerate markedly in 2022 – to 4.1 %, reflecting continued COVID-19 flare-ups, diminished fiscal support and lingering supply bottlenecks. Although output and investment in advanced economies are projected to return to pre-pandemic trends next year, they will remain below in emerging market and developing economies (EMDEs), owing to lower vaccination rates, tighter fiscal and monetary policies and more persistent scarring from the pandemic.
YourEconomy.org (YE) is designed to be a practical tool for researchers, business and community leaders, and economic-growth professionals. It provides timely, detailed – yet quick and easy-to-access – information about businesses, agencies and organizations (establishments), and jobs at the national, state, metropolitan (MSA), and county levels. The site also gives policymakers and journalists the benefit of being able to look at regional economies and their business and industry activities in a new way. YourEconomy.org (YE) is a free business census containing 22 million active establishments (over 44 million total) providing unique aggregate information about the performance of businesses through time from a local to a national perspective. YE lets you view businesses through their composition, growth, rankings, and summary graphs showing companies in your community.