- Twenty Things
You can do and learn on u.s. government web sites
President Clinton is the first presidentof
the Internet age, and with the leadership of Vice President Gore
has moved the U.S. government on-line. Government web sites make
information and services available t thre touch of a button, helping
Americans keep in touch with their government and mking government
work better for people.
- Get tips on choosing a health plan,
a doctor, a course of treatment, or a long term care facility
from the Department
of Health and Human Services Healthfinder
service. Healthfinder also provides information on the latest
health research, different illnesses, and a host of medical resources
designed to help families stay healthy.
- Teachers, parents, and students can
access lessons and educational materials on any topic at the
Department of Education's new Gateway
to Educational Materials. The Gateway makes finding materials
on the Internet easy by connecting users to over 140 web sites.
- Start your own business with help from the Small
Business Administration, which offers everything from loans
to outreach initiatives for women and minority-owned businesses.
The site also provides e-mail counseling and mentoring, online
educational courses, and a database of federal, state and private
contracts available to small firms.
- Protect yourself and your children from environmental hazards
by finding out about drinking water quality, toxic and air releases,
and hazardous waste in your neighborhood by signing on to the
Environmental Protection Agency's
Environmental site. You can also find out about water discharge
permits and Superfund sites.
- Find your dream job through America's
Job Bank, on the Department of Labor's web page. America's
Job Bank features on-line resumes posted by more than 1.3 million
job seekers, and job listings by nearly 1.4 million employers.
- Is it possible that you or someone you know may be owed pension
benefits without knowing it? The Pension
Benefit Guaranty Corporation reunites people with missing
pensions, and features an on-line Pension Search Directory that
allows you to find benefits that may be owned to you.
- Learn how to get health insurance for your children through
the Children's Health
Insurance Program. CHIP's web page offers state-specific
information on who is eligible and how to enroll to make sure
children grow up healthy.
- Begin planning for retirement by computing your estimated
Social Security benefits online at the Social
Security Administration. SSA's home page also provides information
on obtaining a Social Security number as well as information
for employers on reporting earnings.
- Agencies from across the Federal government joined forces
to provide Federal Resources
for Academic Excellence, which makes hundreds of education
resources available on the web for teachers, students, or parents.
Subjects range from an architectural tour of the National Gallery
of Art's East Building to a mutual fund cost calculator from
the Securities and Exchange Commission.
- Buy your first home with help from the Department
of Housing and Urban Development. HUD's web page provides
a comprehensive homebuyer's kit, complete with searchable databases
of HUD homes for sle, condominiums and developments approved
for FHA financing, and HUD approved lenders.
- Eliminate hassle and find needed forms on the web: finance
a college education with financial aid forms available from the
Department of Education; find
tax forms and have tax questions answered from the Treasury
Department; or online housing discrimination forms from the
Department of Housing and Urban
- Learn food safety and handling tips, proper cooking temperature
for food, and how to test to see if your kitchen is safe from
foodborne illness from the Department
- Find a fuel-efficient car with help from the Department
- Kids, parents, and caoches can get tips from the U.S. Women's
Soccer Team and other experts on good reasons not to smoke -
like, not being able to run down the soccer field - on the Smoke-Free Kids web site.
- Curious about online trading? Learn how to invest wisely
and avoid fraud on the Internet from the Securities
and Exchange Commission.
- Plan your trip abroad, download a passport application, get
travel tips, and find out where it's unsafe to travel from the
State Department . The State
Department also provides country-specific Y2K information.
- Find help after a natural disaster from the Federal
Emergency Management Agency. FEMA's web site provides information
on where to find temporary shelters, crisis counseling, or legal
counseling. FEMA also provides help in applying for assistance
for help in rebuilding your home.
- Find the Veteran's Medical Center nearest you, and find out
what benefits you may qualify for, with help from the Department
of Veterans' Affairs.
- Learn about your Medicare benefits, get information about
nursing homes in your area, or report suspected Medicare fraud
through the Health Care
Financing Administration's web page. HCFA also provides an
on-line version of the Medicare & You 2000 Handbook.
- Learn how you can pay back student loans and volunteer in
your community through the Corporation
for Nationsal Service.
- This site was prepared by the Janine Bradley,
Administrative Assistant of the Economic Development Center at
Xavier University in accordance with guidelines issued by the
Economic Development Administration. The statements, findings,
conclusion and recommendations are those of the web master and
do not reflect the views of the Economic Development Administration.