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Websites was legislatively mandated through Section 204 of the E-Government Act of 2002 as the U.S. government's official web portal.

 A-Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies

           U.S. Government Information by Topic

           State and Territorial Government Sites

Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids

GovSpeak : A Guide to U.S. Government Acronyms and Abbreviations  This website identifies hundreds of government acronyms for agencies, offices, departments, publications, etc.

Superintendent of Documents Classification System  This is the classification system used in the BSU Library for the shelving of tangible government publications.

Core Documents of U.S. Democracy

"To provide American citizens direct online access to the basic Federal Government documents that define our democratic society, a core group of current and historical Government publications is being made available for free, permanent, public access via GPO Access. These titles contain information which is vital to the democratic process and critical to an informed electorate. They support the public's right to know about the essential activities of their Government."

Cornerstone Documents | Congressional | Presidential
Judicial | Regulatory | Demographic | Economic | Miscellaneous

100 Milestone Documents  compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration, chronicle United States history from 1776 to 1965. 

Federal Legislative Branch

"The legislative branch is the law making branch of government made up of the Senate, the House of Representatives, and agencies that support Congress."

Senate  Site identifies Senators, Committees, active legislation and voting records, and much more.

House of Representatives  Site identifies Representatives, Committees, and legislative activity. "As per the Constitution, the U.S. House of Representatives makes and passes federal laws. The House is one of Congress’s two chambers (the other is the U.S. Senate), and part of the federal government’s legislative branch. The number of voting representatives in the House is fixed by law at no more than 435, proportionally representing the population of the 50 states." has replaced THOMAS (provided by the Library of Congress,) as the official source for United States legislative information.  


Redistricting Maps 2012  View 2012 Minnesota redistricting maps for US House

Current 7th Congressional District

Representative:  Collin Peterson  

Senator:  Amy Klobuchar  

Senator:  Al Franken  

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Current 8th Congressional District

Representative:  Rick Nolan

Senator:  Amy Klobuchar  

Senator:  Al Franken

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Federal Executive Branch

"The president is the head of the executive branch of the government, which includes many departments and agencies."

The White House


Federal Judicial Branch

"The judicial branch is made up of the Supreme Court, Lower Courts, Special Courts, and court support organizations."

Supreme Court of the United States

Federal Courts

     Jury Service in Federal District Courts