GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

FRED  -- http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/
That's Federal Reserve Economic Data, to you. If you're looking for consumer price indexes, producer price indexes, exchange rates, or any of dozens of other sets of data, you can get them courtesy of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

GovTrack -- www.govtrack.us
On this site, billed as "a nexus of information about the United States Congress," you'll find the status of legislation, the speeches of representatives on the House and Senate floors, voting records, campaign contribution summaries, and more. Users can track just the issues that interest them via e-mail updates and Real Simple Syndication feeds. The site cross-references all of its data, so speeches on the House and Senate floors are linked to information on the bills mentioned.

Small Business Administration -- www.sba.gov
The site offers a wealth of information for small business owners and those seeking information on small business issues. A resource guide also offers tax info, forms, instructions and publications.

Social Security's Future -- www.socialsecurity.gov/qa.htm
With the partial privatization of Social Security high on President George W. Bush's second-term agenda, the Social Security Administration has dedicated a page on its Web site to answering many of the most pressing questions surrounding the 60-year-old federal retirement program.

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