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!   

Your Chance to Brief the President

This is the coolest idea I’ve seen from government in some time.  You’ve probably heard of the Daily Briefing Book that is prepared for the president by his experts and advisors.  The Obama-Biden Transition Team have created something better. It’s called the  Citizen’s Briefing Book.  It’s a collection of the best-rated ideas for the new president from ordinary citizens like you.

Citizen’s Briefing Book:  http://citizensbriefingbook.change.gov

Simply log-in and submit your idea.  Your fellow citizens will rate your idea, comment on what you’ve said, and the best ideas will float to the top.  These will be gathered and delivered to President Obama after he is sworn in.

For example: “Libraries of all types need our support

The collection can be searched, browsed, and sorted by most popular and most recent submissions.

How about we implement something like this locally to gather the best ideas from our citizens for bettering library services?

New Utah Legal Research Resource

Our State Law Librarian and vice-chair of the Utah State Library Board of Trustees, Jessica Van Buren, has launched a new blog titled “Utah State Law Library” available at http://www.utcourts.gov/lawlibrary/blog/
She and her library staff will be posting on a variety of topics, including legal research tips, updates on new titles and new briefs, online self-help resources including forms. 
You can subscribe to the blog’s full feed or to feeds to particular topical categories including Court Briefs,  Federal Documents, Legal Forms, Legal Research, Library News, Legal Self-Help, New Books, and the weekly password to access the wireless network at Utah courthouses.

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):


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

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