Advisory Committee on Transparency - Educates policymakers on transparency-related issues, problems, and solutions and shares ideas with members of the Congressional Transparency Caucus. It hosts events to discuss important and wide-ranging transparency policy issues with experts from a variety of backgrounds and develops educational publications and provides timely information to the public and members of Congress. The Sunlight Foundation administers and funds the committee, with Daniel Schuman serving as its Director.
American Family Immigration History Center (AFIHC) - Explore the extraordinary collection of immigrant arrival records stored in the Ellis Island Archives. More than 22 million passengers and members of ships' crews entered the U.S. through Ellis Island and the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924. Information about each person was written down in ships' passenger lists, known as "manifests."
Black Book Online - Free web searches for private investigators and/or those in the legal, insurance, collection, journalistic or law enforcement professions. reverse lookups, phone directories, maildrops, corporations, real estate, businesses, news search, death records, skip trace, criminal records, sex offenders, professional licenses, state records, federal records, Internet, bank accounts, non-profits, unique searches, aviation, vessels.
California Department of Consumer Affairs License Lookup - Use this page to look up a company or individual who has a California license issued by the Department of Consumer Affairs. Information provided includes address, license number, and disciplinary actions taken (if any) for licenses of various types in the following major categories: Accountancy, Acupuncture, Architects, Athletic Commission, Automotive, Barbering and Cosmetology, Behavioral Sciences, Cemetery and Funeral, Chiropractic, Contractors, Court Reporters, Dental, Electronic and Appliance Repair, Engineers and Land Surveyors, Geology, Hearing Aid Dispensers, Home Furnishings, Landscape Architects, Medical Board, Midwives, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Osteopathic Physicians, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistants, Podiatry, Private Postsecondary and Vocational Schools, Psychiatric Technicians, Psychology, Registered Dispensing Opticians, Registered Nursing, Respiratory Care, Security and Investigative, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Structural Pest, Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Technician, Vocational Nurses.
CARFAX - CARFAX Vehicle History Reports reveal important background information and unearth hidden problems in a vehicle's past that may affect its safety and resale value. Examples: totaled in an accident/salvaged, flood damage, odometer rollbacks, lemon histories, junked titles, state emissions inspection results, lien activity, and/or vehicle use (taxi, rental, lease, etc.).
Carroll's GovSearch - Carroll Publishing and GovSearch provide the most frequently updated information on over 395,000 government decision-makers and key staff at the federal, state and local levels.
Classmates - Alumni Directories from more than 30,000 high schools.
Compilation of Presidential Documents - 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).
Congressional Research Service (CRS) - The Congressional Research Service is the public policy research arm of the United States Congress. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS works exclusively and directly for Members of Congress, their Committees and staff on a confidential, nonpartisan basis. [Iinterpret this as meaning the CRS feels it has no responsibility to release its publicly-funded reports to the public that funds it. SeeCRS memo Legislation of Interest to CRS: Public Access to CRS Products.] Meanwhile, alternative sources for some CRS reports include the following:
CourthouseDirect - Provides immediate delivery of document images and copies of real property and official records for 105 counties nationwide. You no longer need to go to the courthouse or call a title company to get copies of these documents.
Courts - Directory listings for courts across the U.S. - organized by state.
CRiis - Access to public records for for several county governments in California and two county governments in Nevada.
Data 101 - Congress is constantly considers legislation that could dramatically alter how you use everyday data. Data 101 is an easy to understand fact sheet explaining the importance of maintaining access to information as well as protecting it from piracy.
Enigma Public - Repository of public data. Build tools to open up access to this information and provides easy-to-use interfaces so that public data can truly be public.
EPA's Toxic Release Inventory - A publicly available EPA database that contains information on toxic chemical releases and other waste management activities reported annually by certain covered industry groups as well as federal facilities.
GenWed - Marriage records and genealogy databases. Search genealogy databases, find marriage records, marriage record index, marriage certificates, census records, death records, birth records. U.S., Canada, Native American, and UK records.
GovernmentRecords - A nationwide database of over 157 million registered voters collected from over 4,000 local governments. Locate witnesses in criminal or personal injury cases, find individuals who owe taxes or child support, locate defendants or discover heirs to estates. Also maintains DMV files. If you are a law enforcement agency, government agency, a government contractor or an accredited news organization, GovernmentRecords.com can help you locate people and obtain profiles of individuals nationwide.
House Committee on Rules - The Rules Committee has two broad categories of jurisdiction: special orders for the consideration of legislation (known as 'special rules' or 'rules') and original jurisdiction matters. A special rule provides the terms and conditions of debate on a measure or matter, consideration of which constitutes the bulk of the work of the Rules Committee. The Committee also considers original jurisdiction measures, which commonly represent changes to the standing rules of the House, or measures that contain special rules, such as the expedited procedures in trade legislation. The Committee has the authority to do virtually anything during the course of consideration of a measure, including deeming it passed. The Committee can also include a self-executed amendment which could rewrite just parts of a bill, or the entire measure. In essence, so long as a majority of the House is willing to vote for a special rule, there is little that the Rules Committee cannot do.
Interest Groups - Which candidates is the computer industry giving to? What are the patterns in tobacco contributions over the last ten years? Where is the political money coming from within the agribusiness industries?
Interment - A publisher of cemetery records and materials relating to cemeteries. Visitors use its resources to locate burials of their family and friends, trace their family history, and learn about cemeteries.
legislation.gov.uk - Full text of Acts of Parliament from 1988, Statutory Instruments from 1987, Northern Ireland Statutory Rules from 1998 and a number of other legislative documents. There is also information about Crown and Parliamentary copyright including Publishing Guidance Notes.
LexisNexis - One of the world's largest information providers.
Lobbying Database - Lobbying totals for the last three years for everyone from AAI Corp to Zurich Financial. Use the search engine to look for a company, lobbying firm or individual lobbyist or can search for total spending by a particular industry.
Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) - Lobbyists register with the the House of Representaives and the Senate in accordance with the LDA. Lobbying and other records are available for public inspection.
Marriage Records Search - Individual State Guides designed to show you where all the best marriage record archives and databases are found.
Mary Ferrell Foundation (MFF) - With a wide topic base including the assassinations of the 1960s, the Watergate scandal, and post-Watergate intelligence abuse investigations, the MFF's vast digital archive contains over 1.3 million pages of documents, government reports, books, essays, hours of multimedia, and innovative research tools.
National Archives (UK) - The UK government's official archive, containing over 1,000 years of history. We give detailed guidance to government departments and the public sector on information management and advise others about the care of historical archives.
National Archives UK Documents Online - The National Archives (UK) is responsible for looking after the records of central government and the courts of law, and making sure everyone can look at them. The collection is one of the largest in the world and spans an unbroken period from the 11th century to the present day. DocumentsOnline allows you online access to The National Archives' collection of digitised public records.
National Obituary Archive (NOA) [Arrangeonline.com] - The world's largest repository of obituaries and death records with more than 55 million individual entries on file. Visitors may search the archive freely to learn about the deaths of friends or family or to explore relationships when building family trees or doing genealogical research. Funeral directors across North America serve as contributing members to help us publish obituaries based on information provided by families.
Official Documents UK - Official Documents contains the full text of selected UK Government reports, Command Papers and House of Commons Papers covering a broad range of topics including the economy, work and welfare, health, transport and the environment.
Official Federal Land Patent Records Site - Land patents document the transfer of land ownership from the U.S. federal government to individuals. These land patent records include the information recorded when ownership was transferred. The information here is provided by the Bureau of Land Management.
Port State Information eXchange - The Port State Information Exchange (PSIX) system contains vessel specific information derived from the U.S. Coast Guard's Marine Safety Information System (MSIS). The PSIX Vessel Search Page allows you to search for a particular vessel by using one or more search criteria.
Portico - A collection of web sites, containing publicly available information, compiled for the use of the advancement community: Tools/Directories, Biographical, Occupations, Personal Property, Salaries, Stocks, Businesses, Media, Non-profits, International, Other Resources.
Project on Government Secrecy - The FASProject on Government Secrecy works to challenge unwarranted secrecy and to promote reform of national security information policy and practice.
Property Assessment Directory - Links to property assessment databases from around the country that allow you to search online, usually by owner name or property address, in order to find the assessed values of properties.
Property of the People - Comprised of leading attorneys, activists, and scholars, Property of the People is a nonprofit specialist organization dedicated to the aggressive pursuit of governmental transparency in the service of democracy.
Public Records Online (NETR Online) - An information portal to official state websites, and those Tax Assessors' and Recorders' offices that have developed websites for the retrieval of available public records over the internet. Public records information that you may find includes copies of deeds, parcel maps, GIS maps, tax data, ownership information and indexes, and will vary to the extent that the particular office has developed their site.
Public Records Sources - Maintained by BRB Publications. Public Record Research System Web provides contact information, access procedures/restrictions and more to over 26,000 government agencies that house public records. MVR-Web provides source books for driver history records and motor vehicle records. Other public records, resource, and services.
Records Research, Inc. - Provides a full array of public record search services, specializing in California Department of Motor Vehicle (CA DMV) records.
SearchSystems - One of the Internet's largest collections of free public records databases. Records databases include: federal, state, local, property, tax, geneaology, court, social security, estates, judgments, probation, laws, civil, suit, court, and more. Continues to be one of the best resources of business information, corporate filings, property records, deeds, mortgages, criminal and civil court filings, inmates, offenders, births, deaths, marriages, unclaimed property, professional licenses, etc. Free access to over 55,000 public record databases.
Sex Offender Registry Websites - The National Sex Offender Public Website, coordinated by the Department of Justice,enables every citizen to search the latest information from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and numerous Indian tribes for the identity and location of known sex offenders.
Social Security Death Index - Contains the records of deceased persons who possessed Social Security numbers and whose death was reported to the SSA. In most cases a report of death was made in connection with Social Security death benefits.
Sunlight Foundation - A non-profit, nonpartisan organization that uses the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency, and provides new tools and resources for media and citizens, alike. Committed to improving access to government information by making it available online, indeed redefining "public" information as meaning "online," and by creating new tools and websites to enable individuals and communities to better access that information and put it to use.
Superior Information Services - Instant, online searches obtained from public records data relating to businesses and individuals - with a history of up to 20 years.
The Smoking Gun - Brings you exclusive documents that can't be found elsewhere on the Web. Using material obtained from government and law enforcement sources, via Freedom of Information requests, and from court files nationwide, everything here is 100% authentic.
The Stationery Office (TSO) [UK] - TSO publishes on behalf of the UK's Parliaments and assemblies and is the UK's definitive source of official and regulatory information.
Unclaimed Persons - The purpose of this web site is to provide information to the public regarding a deceased loved one for whom next of kin has never been located. Coroner's Departments, Medical Examiner's offices and Sheriff's departments throughout the United States oftentimes conduct an investigation for which a deceased persons identity is known, however due to various reasons, family member(s) could not be located.
US Search - A world leader in public record information. Used by law enforcement agencies and private investigators to locate people.
Vietnam-Era Prisoner-of-War/Missing-in-Action Database - Database established by Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress to assist researchers investigating U.S. Government documents pertaining to U.S. military personnel listed as unaccounted for as of December 1991.
Virtual Gumshoe - Investigative resources: Companies, corporations, U.C.C. filings, courts and court records, government records and directories, high school records, legal databases, medical records databases, military, missing persons and more.
Vital Records Information (U.S.) - Information about where to obtain vital records (such as birth, death and marriage certificates and divorce decrees) from each state, territory and county of the United States.
Votenet - Track campaign funding and campaign finance research.
Western History and Geneology: Geneology Collection - Begun in 1910 under the direction of Denver City Librarian Chalmers Hadley, offers an extensive collection of genealogical and historical sources numbering about 60,000 volumes and 75,000 pieces of microform, as well as magazines, charts, clippings, and manuscripts. The collection at the Denver Public Library constitutes the largest collection in the Rocky Mountain area, and the second largest between the Mississippi River and the West Coast.
WhatDoTheyKnow - Make a request for information to a UK public authority: by law, they have to respond. Get answers from the government and public sector.
YBLost - Directory of directories. State information, public records, people locators, phone # locators, business locators, email locators, locating tools and more.
ZabaSearch - Free people search and public information search engine.
KWSnet is an Internet subject directory providing special attention to U.S. national and international news, the arts, computing, culture, environment, law, literature, media, politics, science and technology. Based in San Francisco, California, KWSnet contains over 125,000 annotated links to resources worldwide. Use Search KWSnet, located at the top of each page, to search within this site. Use Ctrl-F (Windows) or ⌘-F (Mac) to search within individual pages.
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