Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Consumer Information Catalog, Summer 2015

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Govt Information

http://publications.usa.gov/USAFileDnld.php?PubType=P&PubID=9801&httpGetPubID=0&PHPSESSID=c67agt4ct23g44u5oqp6kd8mm2

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

http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/201504_cfpb_fair_lending_report.pdf

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

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44014.pdf

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

http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/201504_cfpb_snapshot-of-complaints-received-from-servicemembers-veterans-and-their-families.pdf

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

http://www.census.gov/library/infographics/why_we_ask.html?eml=gd&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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

 

VigiAccess

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

http://www.vigiaccess.org/

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

http://www.sec.gov/ocie/reportspubs/sec-finra-national-senior-investor-initiative-report.pdf

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

http://echo.epa.gov/trends/comparative-maps-dashboards/drinking-water-dashboard

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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