Tag Archives: Government Information

SeeThroughNY – Salary Information for New York City and State Employees

The Empire Center for New York State Policy now provides a database tool through the SeeThroughNY network where you can look up salary information for New York City Government, State Government, and Public Authority payrolls.

Click on SeeThroughNY to use the tool; database is searchable by name Title, Branch or Entity, Agency and Subagency. Data can also be exported to Excel.

Brought to the blog by Professor Ruth Padawer!

Back to School Stats


Did you know:

  • the average number of children participating each month in the National School Lunch Program in 2009 was 31.3 million
  • the number of classroom computers in the nation’s schools in 2005-2006 was 14.2 million (or one computer for every four students)?  
  • the per-pupil expenditure on public elementary and secondary education nationally in 2009 was $10,499, and in New York $18,126 per-pupil, the most among all states?
  • the average tuition, room and board at the nation’s four-year private colleges and universities for one academic year (2008-09) was $40,633, more than double the cost in 1990?

Find these and other interesting statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Facts for Features & Special Editions!

From the FCC – The Information Needs of Communities

Have you seen The Information Needs of Communities: The changing media landscape in a broadband age?  Read the latest report from the FCC by Steven Waldman – download the full PDF or download by chapter.  And for quick key facts and recommendations, check out the Fact Sheet and Executive Summary.

Bureau of Labor Statistics – Labor Force Statistics

BLSLooking for statistics on the labor force, including current and historical unemployment rates?  Check out the Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, including tables on employment status, characteristics of the employed/not employed, and minimum wage earnings.

GPO Access is now FDsys

FDsys Search

Beginning December 20, 2010, FDsys has replaced the Government Printing Office’s GPO Access service for finding online Federal Government publications.

You can use the search tool to find Congressional Reports, Bills, and Calendars, Public and Private Laws, the Federal Register, United States Government Manual, and much more!

Facts for Features: Labor Day

Did you know that:

  • the first observance of Labor Day – a parade of 10,000 workers – is believed to have taken place in New York City in 1882?
  • 3.5 million workers face commutes to work of 90 minutes or more each day?
  • there are 154.4 million, 16 years and older, in the nation’s labor force?

Find these and other interesting statistics at the Census’ Facts for Features: Labor Day.

The U.S. Census Bureau has a section – Facts for Features and Special Editionsdesigned for journalists!  This collection of statistics from demographic and economic subject areas provides information, background, and source citing for topics in the news.

CRS Reports on Journalists’ Privilege

Looking for Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports on Journalists’ Privilege?  CRS Reports examine Supreme Court and other court decisions and legislative proposals related to journalists’ privilege and rights to refuse to disclose information on sources in news gathering. 

Try these 2 sources: 

Open CRShttp://opencrs.com/  (freely accessible to public; note:  reports do not become public until a member of Congress releases the report, so not all reports will be available through Open CRS.)

  1. in the Search Open CRS box, type:   journalists’ privilege
  2. click Go

Lexis Nexis Congressionalhttp://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?ANH6180 (Columbia University Libraries subscription database; use UNI and password to authenticate)

  1. click on "Congressional Publications" in the menu on the left
  2. go to the Advanced Search tab
  3. uncheck all the boxes except "CRS Reports
  4. (1916-present)"
  5. in search box, type:  journalists’ privilege
  6. click Search