Carroll Publishing - Information on government decision-makers and key staff at the federal, state, and local levels.
Carroll's GovSearch - Powered by Carroll Publishing, providing frequently updated information on over 360,000 government decision-makers and key staff at the federal, state and local levels. GovSearch provides immediate access to biographies of all executive and key level members of government, federal and defense organizational charts, plum position postings and many additional consumer features.
City Mayors - Examines how city mayors and others who govern metropolitan areas, develop innovative solutions to long-standing urban problems such as housing, transport, education and employment, but also how they meet the latest environmental, technological, social and security challenges which affect the well-being of their citizens.
City-Data - Profiles of U.S. cities, including tens of thousands of city photos not found anywhere else, hundreds of thousands of maps, satellite photos, stats about residents (race, income, ancestries, education, employment), geographical data, state profiles, crime data, housing, businesses, birthplaces of famous people, political contributions, city government employment, weather, hospitals, schools, libraries, houses, airports, radio and TV stations, zip codes, area codes, user-submitted facts, similar cities list, comparisons to averages.
Federal, State, and Local Government Finances - The Census Bureau conducts a census of governments at five year intervals, and an annual survey for the intervening years. The state and local government finances are available in files and viewable tables. The statistics cover government financial activity in four broad categories of revenue, expenditure, debt, and assets.
Find a County - The National Association of Counties collects information here on counties, such as county officials, courthouse addresses, county seats, cities within a county as well as various statistical and geographical information.
Find-It! Washington - A collection of online search tools to help citizens find Washington State government information.
Follow the Money (National Institute on Money in State Politics) - Provides campaign-finance database and relevant issue analyses; promotes independent investigation of state-level campaign contributions by journalists, academic researchers, public-interest groups, government agencies, policymakers, students and the public at large.
GovEngine - Federal, state, and local government and court resources.
Governing - A monthly magazine whose primary audience is state and local government officials: governors, legislators, mayors, city managers, council members and other elected, appointed and career officials.
Government Computing News (GCN) - Provides news about the acquisition and use of information technology in government and the people doing it; news about regulation, oversight and legislation concerning IT in government; and information about new products as well as product reviews.
GovLoop - Online community connecting nearly 50,000 government innovators from federal, state, and local government. GovLoop's mission is "to connect government to improve government." The community is a great resource for all people in and around government, whether they are looking to connect with peers, collaborate on projects or discover career-building opportunities.
GovSpot - Government information portal. Federal, state and local government resources.
Hawaii - Official government of Hawaii site provides electronic access to government information and services, working in Hawaii, living in Hawaii, visiting Hawaii, and education in Hawaii.
International City/County Management Association (ICMA) - Creates excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional local government management worldwide. The organization provides technical and management assistance, training, and information resources in the areas of performance measurement, ethics education and training, community and economic development, environmental management, technology, and other topics to its members and the broader local government community.
Leadership Directories - Publishes 14 personnel directories called Yellow Books. Taken as a whole, The Leadership Library provides detailed contact information for 400,000 leaders of 40,000 U.S. government, business, professional, and nonprofit institutions.
LegiScan - Whether you need to focus on a single state, track any of the bills across fifty states or are looking to create your own custom application, LegiScan provide services that bring all legislative information together into a single uniform interface.
Local Government Commission (LGC) - Provides technical assistance and networking to local elected officials and other dedicated community leaders who are working to create healthy, walkable, and resource-efficient communities.
Municipal Code Corporation - Information regarding the purchase of official copies of posted documents may be obtained by contacting the Municipality or Municipal Code Corporation.
Munisource - Links to 3,500 Official Municipal Sites in 44 countries.
National Association of Counties (NACo) - The only national organization that represents county governments in the United States. Provides an extensive line of services including legislative, research, technical, and public affairs assistance, as well as enterprise services to its members. Also see Find a County.
Public Record Search - Do you need to obtain information from state or local government agencies? Search for criminal records, property records, court records, judgments, liens, sex offenders, business licenses, recorded documents and more. Accurate directory of free public records databases and private information sources. Free public records database searches.
Business related: The Secretary of State's office usually registers businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Election related: The Secretary of State is often the state's main election official and operates the office that registers candidates. Citizens can usually get voter registration and poll location information on websites of the Secretary of State.
Other duties: In some instances, the Secretary of State oversees the state's archives or library, the department of administration that handles the state's operations, and issues automobile registration.
Socrata - A 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.
States: State Government Offices - View all the websites in a given state -- from a state's home page or governor's site to the smallest counties or townships.
Topics: The websites of state government constitutional officers, state legislatures, state judiciaries and departments across all states.
State Financial Disclosure Project - While national debate in the United States continues over financial disclosure practices for federal officials, personal financial disclosure for state and local officials remains an under-studied area also in need of more sunlight and scrutiny. This research project scores each U.S. state based on relevant disclosure policies and practices. This score is also integrated with other related measures to assess overall transparency around potential conflicts of interest by public officials.
Stateline - Founded in order to help journalists, policy makers and engaged citizens become better informed about innovative public policies. Source for state news.
Sunlight Foundation - A national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that uses civic technology, open data, policy analysis and journalism to make our government and politics more accountable and transparent.
Taxpayers Against Fraud Educational Fund (TAFEF) - A nonprofit, public interest organization dedicated to combating fraud against the government and protecting public resources through public-private partnerships. TAFEF pursues its mission by working to maintain the integrity and advance the effectiveness of whistleblower reward and private enforcement provisions in federal and state laws, including the federal and state False Claims Acts and the federal tax, securities, and commodity futures trading laws.
USA.gov - Official portal for the U.S. Federal Government. FirstGov provides extensive information on each of the three branches of the U.S. Federal Government: the Executive, the Legislative, and the Judicial branches and access to a wealth of state and local government information.
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