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Subject-specific online resources, recommended websites and more.

Government

See also Law and Legal, Tax Information, Elections, Government of Virginia and Politics in Virginia.

Elected Officials

  • How to Contact Your Elected Officials
    Locate phone, email or mailing address information for federal, state and local elected officials.

  • Who's My Legislator?
    Identify your Virginia legislators and your federal representatives by typing in your address or using the map. Contact information and district boundaries are included. Provided by the Virginia General Assembly.

Federal Government

  • Good Starting Points

    • Congress.gov
      The official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. It is presented by the Library of Congress (LOC) using data from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, the Government Publishing Office, Congressional Budget Office, and the LOC's Congressional Research Service.

    • govinfo
      The U.S. Government Printing Office provides free access to official federal government documents and publications from all three branches of government. Content includes items such as the Federal Register and the Congressional Record.

    • USA.gov
      The U.S. government's official web portal. USA.gov provides easy-to-use access to federal government information and services. Also provides links to information on state and local governments. Available in Spanish.

  • America's Founding Documents
    The National Archives provides the full text of the Charters of Freedom: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, the Bill of Rights and later amendments to the Constitution. The documents are available as text transcriptions, PDF files or high-resolution images.

  • Budget of the United States Government
    The United States budget is issued by the Office of Management and Budget and is presented here, for fiscal years 1996 to date, along with related documents such as the Economic Report of the President.

  • Social Security Administration
    Learn about, apply for or manage your benefits; find answers to frequently asked questions; use benefit calculators; read the Online Social Security Handbook; and more.

  • Travel.State.Gov
    Resources for international travelers, including country-specific information and travel warnings, passport forms and information, visa information for foreign nationals and information on legal issues that might affect American citizens traveling or living abroad. Provided by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs.

  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)
    The USCIS website provides forms and information on laws, citizenship through naturalization, the U.S. naturalization test and more. It also includes Citizenship Resource Center, a one-stop resource for locating citizenship preparation materials and activities in 6 languages, and the publication, Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants, available in 14 languages. The guide provides new immigrants with useful information on how to settle into life in the United States. Topics covered include finding employment, education, childcare, personal finance, and facts about our system of government.

  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    Veterans and their dependents and survivors have access to information, benefits and services from the VA's website.

  • United States Government Manual
    Provides information about the agencies of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the U.S. government as well as quasi-official agencies.

State and Local Government

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