General Government Information

Chapter 13: Section 2

Legislative Information

Information on bills pending in Congress and their status is at https://www.congress.gov. The site also has information about current activity in Congress, committee reports and other information.

How to Get Government Accountability Office Reports

The Government Accountability Office, the investigative and auditing branch of the Congress, issues reports on government personnel policies and practices and on employee benefits and entitlements, among other topics. We cover highlights of these in our weekly newsletter Federal Employees News Digest.

Publicly released GAO publications are available free at www.gao.gov. To order print copies visit www.gao.gov/ordering.htm or call (866) 801-7077. Copies vary in price and can be paid for with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover credit cards, check or money order.

How to Get the Federal Register

The Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.

The Federal Register is available free at www.federalregister.gov. Print subscriptions are available for $929 plus postage for one year. Single copies vary in price. To order, visit https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/federal-register-complete-complete-paper-subscription-service-indexes or call (866) 512-1800. Orders require prepayment by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover credit cards, check or Government Publishing Office deposit account.

How to Get the Congressional Record

The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress, including daily floor and committee activities.

The Congressional Record is available free at www.congress.gov. Print subscriptions are available for $503 for one year. Single copies vary in price. To order, visit https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/congressional-record or call (866) 512-1800. Orders require prepayment by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover credit cards, check or Government Publishing Office deposit account.

How to Get MSPB, FLRA and EEOC Decisions

Merit Systems Protection Board decisions, case reports, and studies are available free at www.mspb.gov.

Federal Labor Relations Authority decisions are available free at www.flra.gov. Bound copies may be ordered at https://bookstore.gpo.gov or call (866) 512-1800; prices vary by volume. Orders require prepayment by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover credit cards, check or Government Publishing Office deposit account.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission decisions are available free at www.eeoc.gov/federal/decisions.cfm. Several private publishing companies republish and index EEOC decisions.

How to Research the U.S. Code and the Code of Federal Regulations

The U.S. Code is searchable at http://uscode.house.gov.

The Code of Federal Regulations is searchable at https://www.ecfr.gov.

Agency libraries, general counsel offices, law libraries, or large general-purpose libraries may have copies of print versions.

USA.gov

The USA.gov site at www.usa.gov is a source of information and help for questions or problems related to the government, including veterans’ benefits, Social Security and Medicare, along with a listing of federal agencies, commonly used federal agency forms and contact points for officials. USA.gov provides e-mail and online chat access to customer service representatives and is available by phone at (844) 872-4861.

Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA)

The FEEA is a non-profit organization that provides college scholarships, emergency loans and grants to eligible civilian federal and postal employees and their dependents; it also administers childcare subsidy programs on behalf of a number of federal agencies. FEEA, which receives no government funds, is a Combined  Federal Campaign charity (CFC #11185) that manages its programs through a network of nationwide volunteers.

Emergency Assistance—FEEA provides confidential grants and no-interest loans to federal employees facing unexpected financial hardships. Loans of up to $1,200 may be given to help pay for basic living expenses, such as shelter or utilities. Payments are made directly to creditors, and employees pay FEEA back through payroll allotment. Grants of up to $500 may be given following natural disasters for for extreme personal emergencies that may not be the result of a natural disaster.

Scholarships—FEEA’s scholarship competition is open to children of current civilian federal and U.S. Postal Service employees with at least three years of federal service and the employees themselves and their spouses. Awards range from $1,000-$5,000.

For more information or to apply for assistance:

FEEA
1641 Prince St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(202) 554-0007
www.feea.org

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