Full-text of Inaugural Available Through FDsys

The Government Printing Office (GPO) released FDsys to the public last Thursday  at the same time that Mike Wash, GPO’s chief technical officer, announced it in his Washboard blog.

FDsys: http://fdsys.gpo.gov/

One spankin’ new government publication it includes is the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents from The Office of the Federal Register (OFR). This publication appeared on January 20, 2009 to coincide with the incoming President’s term of office. The online Daily Compilation will replace the printed Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. The OFR has partnered with the Government Printing Office to make the Daily Compilation the first publication specifically engineered for the new FDsys platform. More new web services will be added throughout 2009 allowing FDsys to gradually replace GPO Access. For more information see the FDsys project website.

FDsys has the full-text of the presidential inaugural ceremony as printed in the Senate pages of the January 20, 2009 Congressional Record, pages S667 through S670 (PDF). Enjoy!   

New Service for Choosing a Nursing Home

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has begun a five-star quality rating system for each of the nation’s 15,800 nursing homes that participate in Medicare or Medicaid. It’s the first-ever U.S. federal government website to help  with the difficult and emotional task of choosing a nursing home.

Nursing Home Compare : Find and Compare Nursing Homes (web site):

http://www.medicare.gov/nhcompare

To search the system simply enter a Zip Code to get star ratings of nursing homes in that area.

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Get an Early Start on Your Taxes

The IRS has placed its comprehensive free tax guide for individuals online.

Publication 17 has been updated with important changes for 2008, including information on the new recovery rebate credit, new first-time-home buyer credit, and an additional standard deduction for real estate taxes.

As in prior years, the publication provides information on how to file an individual tax return, what to include as income, how to calculate capital gains and losses, how IRAs and other expenses can affect how much income to report, whether to take the standard deduction or itemize, and how to figure taxes and credits.

It has been published annually by the IRS for more than 65 years and has been available on the IRS Web site since 1996.

Download Publication 17: Your Federal Income Tax : For Use in Preparing 2008 Returns (PDF, 299 p.).

Please help reduce the cost to government and save trees in the process by accessing it online. The bonus to you is that the PDF version is searchable and the online version contains more than 900 interactive links.

For those who do not have access to the Internet can call 1-800-829-3676 to request a free copy from the IRS.Printed copies will be available in January 2009.

Utah Photos in Online Government Digital Libraries


MoabAre you in need of that perfect Utah photo for your library website?   Did you know that U.S. Federal government agencies offer some of the richest collections of photos relating to Utah?  If you rely on Google Images for finding photos of Utah, you’re missing the big picture.     

The Bureau of Land Management, for example, has recently launched an enhanced version of their BLM Photo Library, Continue reading