Category Archives: Federal


What are the candidates spending on their campaigns?

As you well know, there are a number of candidates running for office this year with the presidential and other national races generating the most attention. Every few days there are stories or reports about candidates including campaign financing and spending.

The Seattle Times ran an article on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, entitled, “Ron Paul done spending on primaries,” by Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times. The article stated that Ron Paul had announced that he would stop spending money on the Republican party’s 11 remaining primaries, effectively ending his campaign. One day later, on Wednesday, May 16th, Ron Paul’s campaign … Read More

Development in Floodplains?

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In an article entitled “Halt to Development in Flood Plains Sought” in The Seattle Times, dated March 28, 2012, by Phuong Le, The Associated Press, the National Wildlife Federation asked a Seattle federal judge to issue an injunction to stop the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from issuing flood-insurance for certain flood-prone areas in Washington’s Puget Sound area. An injunction would temporarily block new development in various habitat areas around the Puget Sound area.

The Federation alleges that FEMA’s flood-insurance program encourages construction in floodplains where endangered species are being harmed. However, according to FEMA, the Federation hasn’t shown that … Read More

What are the salaries of your State’s public employees?

Among the many types of public information available on our “Free Public Records Search Directory” you can access the salaries of various federal, state, and county employees. Some of the databases are maintained by newspapers from around the country. Others are maintained by State agencies. Some of the sites provide an accounting of federal or state expenditures, while others allow a salary search of individual employees or positions.

Using the “Federal Employees” website, you can search salaries by name, agency or job title. You can also access the salaries of “U.S. Postal Service” employees by name … Read More

Free Public Records Directory – 50 States and More

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As you know, Free Public Records Directory provides access to a variety of governmental public records.  However, you may not know that in addition to the 50 states and the District of Columbia, we provide public record links to U.S. national and federal websites, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

The “United States” public records pages include the “USA” website and many public record links unique to the national and federal level such as “Immigration & Customs Detainee Locator” to view current or recently released detainees,   “EPA Fugitives” wanted for environmental … Read More

EPA Launches New Mapping Tool

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently launched a new mapping tool in its Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) database. In an effort to improve transparency, the EPA and State Enforcement Actions Map will provide the public with access to EPA and state compliance and enforcement information for more than 800,000 regulated facilities nationwide. Most of the data will be refreshed monthly to include up to date information about the enforcement actions taken to address water, air, and hazardous waste law violations.

The ECHO website allows users to search for permit, inspection, violation, enforcement action, informal enforcement action, … Read More

Mortgage Foreclosure: What happens and is there help?

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Are you facing a home mortgage foreclosure and wonder if there is help for you? Are you a tenant of a mortgage foreclosure and wonder if you have any rights? Or do you want to purchase a home that’s been foreclosed but don’t know where to look? These are all good questions that can be answered by accessing various state and governmental agency websites. There are many educational and helpful websites available if you know where to look. Below are a few agency links to get you started. Even if you live in another state, many of the links provide … Read More

Locate Inmate Records Online

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Searching for inmate records used to be difficult and time consuming, but thanks to the advancement of Internet technology, it is now much quicker and easier. Most state prisons and many county jails provide an active inmate database to the public where you can search for inmates by name. You can obtain information such as offender name, incarceration date, offense, current location, projected release date, and sometimes even a mugshot. The information available is generally for current inmates only, but in some areas, past inmate records may also be available.

For example, in Stearns County, Minnesota, you can find past Read More

Searchable Online Access to FBI Records

If you’re interested in researching current or historic FBI activities or investigations, the FBI has recently created an online resource of documents regarding its various investigations conducted through the years. The online site is referred to as “The Vault.” The FBI’s new site contains previously unreleased files, files that were previously available but not scanned, and files that were previously available on other sites. These files span the history of the FBI.

If you’re a history buff, this site will keep you interested with its many different categories such as anti-war, civil rights, foreign counterintelligence, the gangster era, … Read More

Live Radiation Monitoring Data

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Hopefully we’re getting accurate information from the government that there is no danger to the U.S. from radiation originating from the failed reactors in Japan.

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency provides live radiation monitoring reading for dozens of sites all over the country.

We have added this link to our national page and to our environment and sustainability category page.… Read More

Pennsylvania Upgrades Sex Offender Registry

The Pennsylvania State Police has recently made improvements to it Megan’s Law website making it easier for the public to find information about registered sexual offenders in the state. They have added a mapping function that includes radius searches surrounding a specific address. This new feature allows users to enter an address and establish a search radius of a half-mile, one mile, three miles or five miles. Users can then query the system for offenders living, working, or attending school within the given radius. Results include offender’s name and all known aliases, photograph, physical description, scars, marks, or tattoos, address, … Read More