Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Consumer Information Catalog, Summer 2015

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Govt Information

Lists more than 150 free or low-cost publications from federal agencies on money, health, jobs, housing, education, travel and other topics of interest.  From the Federal Citizen Information Center


Fair Lending Report of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets

Describes efforts by the Bureau over 2014 to protect consumers from credit discrimination and broaden access to credit.  Claims $224 million in remediation to 303,000 consumers.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


An Introduction to Health Insurance: What Should a Consumer Know?

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health Insurance

Provides an overview of private-sector health insurance, including how health insurance plans differ and which plan might be best for a particular consumer.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Snapshot of Complaints Received From Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Defense/Military,Veterans

Offers data and trends about consumer complaints submitted by servicemembers, veterans, and their families.  More than 17,000 complaints were received during 2014.  Includes special focus on problems involving management of financial accounts.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


Measuring America: Why We Ask

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Population/Census

Infographic that explains what the American Community Survey asks and the uses that are made of the answers.  Covers questions on employment, education, veterans, income, housing, commuting, disability, health insurance, and people.  From the Census Bureau



Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical,United Nations

This database allows you to browse and view data on suspected side-effects from various medicinal products (also known as adverse drug reactions.  From the World Health Organization


National Senior Investment Initiative

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Consumer Info/Protection,Elderly,Financial Crisis/Markets

Focuses on the types of securities purchased by senior investors, the suitability of recommended investments, the training of brokerage representatives, marketing and other aspects of how investment firms deal with seniors.  From the Securities and Exchange Commission


Analyze Trends: Drinking Water Dashboard

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

Provides an overview of the Safe Drinking Water Act regulatory activities of EPA and information about which public water systems are regulated, how many have been inspected, how many have failed inspections, and how many have returned to compliance.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


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