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Government Resources

This page offers help in the location of information about government resources available to the business planner. Included are links to listings of local, state, federal and international government agency contact information, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) – an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data, the Census Bureau, DARPA, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the IRS, the International Trade Administration, OSHA, the U.S. Post Office and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. The BLS is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor. The BLS also serves as a statistical resource to the Department of Labor. BLS data must satisfy a number of criteria, including relevance to current social and economic issues, timeliness in reflecting today’s rapidly changing economic conditions, accuracy and consistently high statistical quality, and impartiality in both subject matter and presentation.

Business Advisor
The U.S. Business Advisor exists to provide business with one-stop access to federal government information, services, and transactions. Our goal is to make the relationship between business and government more productive.

U.S. Census Bureau
The mission of the Census Bureau is to be the preeminent collector and provider of timely, relevant, and quality data about the people and economy of the United States.

Information Technology Office (DARPA)
DARPA is responsible for research into breakthrough information technologies for use in advanced defense applications. The office’s mission is to provide the networking and computing hardware, software, systems and management technologies vital to ensuring DoD military superiority.

U.S. Dept. of Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor is charged with preparing the American workforce for new and better jobs, and ensuring the adequacy of America’s workplaces. It is responsible for the administration and enforcement of over 180 federal statutes. These legislative mandates and the regulations produced to implement them cover a wide variety of workplace activities for nearly 10 million employers and well over 100 million workers, including protecting workers’ wages, health and safety, employment and pension rights; promoting equal employment opportunity; administering job training, unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation programs; strengthening free collective bargaining and collecting, analyzing and publishing labor and economic statistics.

EPA Standards
The mission of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment – air, water, and land – upon which life depends.

Internal Revenue Service
Tax information for individuals or for businesses.

International Trade Administration
The International Trade Administration is dedicated to helping U.S. businesses compete in the global market place. To encourage, assist, and advocate U.S. exports, to ensure U.S. business has equal access to foreign markets and to enable U.S. businesses to compete against unfairly traded imports and to safeguard jobs and the competitive strength of American industry.

Library of Congress World Wide Web (LC Web) Home Page
Access to an extensive set of information that is well indexed for the researcher and presented in numerous “reading rooms”.

OSHA Standards
OSHA and its state partners have approximately 2100 inspectors, plus complaint discrimination investigators, engineers, physicians, educators, standards writers, and other technical and support personnel spread over more than 200 offices throughout the country. This staff establishes protective standards, enforces those standards, and reaches out to employers and employees through technical assistance and consultation programs.

United States Postal Service Home Page
Description of all the services provided by the USPS.

USPS ZIP+4 Code Lookup
Enter an address. If found in our database, this lookup will standardize the address and return the ZIP+4 Code.

U.S. Geological Survey
The U.S. Geological Survey provides the Nation with reliable, impartial information to describe and understand the Earth. This information is used to: minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; enhance and protect the quality of life; and contribute to wise economic and physical development.

U.S. Department of Commerce
The organization and programs of the Department of Commerce have changed over the years to reflect new national needs and priorities.

FedBizOpps is the single government point-of-entry (GPE) for Federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000. Government buyers are able to publicize their business opportunities by posting information directly to FedBizOpps via the Internet.

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