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Each year the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Speech, Debate, & Theatre Association announces the national high school debate topic. The Library of Congress prepares a compilation of appropriate materials relating to the annual topic. This compilation is then printed by the Senate.

Category:National High School Debate Topic

Internal Revenue Service


The Internal Revenue Service, a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, administers and enforces the federal tax laws and regulations. Its website is organized by user categories (e.g., Individual, Business, Charities & Non-Profits, Government Entities, and Tax Professionals) and can be easily navigated with the Site Map...

National Weather Service


The National Weather Service (NWS) website, which is part of NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) is responsible for weather predictions and warnings. But they also offer a great deal of detailed information on past as well as current weather conditions.

Their maps can show you everything from temperature, cloud cover, wind speed and flooding conditions to air quality and current advisories and warnings. Current information of interest includes:


Disability.gov is the federal government website for comprehensive information on disability policies, programs and services in communities nationwide. The site links to thousands of resources from federal, state and local government agencies; academic institutions; and nonprofit organizations. You can find information on topics, such as applying for Social Security disability benefits, finding a job and paying for accessible housing, to name just a few. 

Every day, new informati ...

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)



The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established in 1970 and its "mission is to protect human health and the environment." The EPA regulates air pollution under the Clean Air Act legislation (also see The Plain English Guide to the Clean Air Act).

The EPA's ...

Category:Air Pollution
Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)


The purpose of ONDCP is to establish policies, priorities, and objectives for the nation's drug control program. Links provide information on numerous topics; including Drug Facts, Publications, Prevention, Enforcement, State and Local Resources, and Treatment. A section for Parents and Youth provide information for parents on various issues involving drugs and youth (includes a T ...

Category:Criminal Justice
National Register of Historic Places


The National Register of Historic Places, maintained by the National Park Service, is the official list of the Nation’s cultural resources that are worthy of preservation. Properties listed in the register include districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture. The listings include all historic areas in the National Park System, National Histor ...

Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center Libraries


The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, located in Monterey, California, specializes in training and supporting linguists for the Defense Department and other federal agencies. Their Resources page offers a collection of links to materials in more than 20 languages from Amharic to Vietnamese. The resources include educational websites, online newspapers, ...

National Climatic Data Center


The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) archives weather information for local areas across the country, and provides education and reference materials. Sections of particular interest are: Climate Data Online: primary portal for searching, mapping, and downloading data for particular locations Climate at a Glance: portal for displaying climate monitoring data for the US and the world Extreme Weather and Climate Events: information on hurricanes, tornadoes, temperature extremes, floods, d ...



The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System is a computerized database containing very basic facts about servicemen who served on both sides during the Civil War. The site currently includes basic facts about 6.3 million Union and Confederate soldiers, and 18,000 African American Sailors (all sailors will be entered at a later date). The site also includes histories of regiments in both the Uni ...

Category:Civil War
United States Tax Court


The U.S. Tax Court hears disputes regarding tax deficiencies which have been claimed by the Internal Revenue Service, but have not yet been paid by the taxpayer. Its site includes a database of Opinions (1995-present) and Docket& ...



Students.gov is the student gateway to the U.S. government. Included on this Web site is information about student financial aid. See the section "Pay for your education..." for financial aid and scholarhips, or the listings for graduate fellowships, student jobs or military funding for college.

U.S. Small Business Administration


"The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation."

Links to starti ...

Category:Small Business


"Business.gov helps small businesses understand their legal requirements and locate government services from federal, state and local agencies [and] is an official site of the U.S. Small Business Administration."

Information about starting a business, running a bus ...

Category:Small Business
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)


The National Archives has a great deal of valuable information for the genealogist and family historian. This is probably the most well-known agency to genealogists. NARA is the repository of our government's records, many of which include information about our ancestors. There is a whole section for genealogists and family historians.

NARA's magazine Category:Genealogy and Family History

National Geophysical Data Center


The National Geophysical Data Center is operated by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It provides access to technical data in a variety of areas, broadly covering land, marine, submarine and solar features. These are the major subdivisions of the website:

Central Intelligence Agency


The Central Intelligence Agency is the U.S. Government's primary foreign intelligence gathering and analysis agency.

U.S. Patent  and Trademark Office


The United States Patent and Trademark Office, an agency within the Department of Commerce, maintains a comprehensive website for information about intellectual property including registration (with the exception of copyright, which is under the jurisdiction of the United States Copyright Office, a department of the Library of Congr ...


The Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) formulates federal postsecondary education policy and administers programs that address critical national needs in support of our mission to increase access to quality postsecondary education.

Resources on the site include teaching resources in Science, Math, Hi ...

Category:Higher Education
Renewable Resource Data Center


The Renewable Resource Data Center (RReDC) provides information on several types of renewable energy resources in the United States, in the form of publications, data, and maps. An extensive dictionary of renewable energy related terms is also provided.

RReDC is supported by the National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV) and managed by the Category:Solar Energy