Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Recalls Look-Up by VIN

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Transportation

Check to see if your vehicle has been the subject of a safety recall by entering the Vehicle Identification Number.  Covers 15 years.  From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


Telemarketing Regulation: National and State Do Not Call Registries

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Consumer Info/Protection,Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

Outlines the laws underpinning the national do not call list, describes the regulations implementing the list, answers some of the most frequently asked questions, and discusses penalties for violating the rules.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP): United States, 2014-15 Influenza Season

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical,Statistics

Includes groups recommended for vaccination, timing of vaccination, and vaccine composition for the 2014-15 season.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Alternative Currencies

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Crime/Justice,Great Britain,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology,Taxes

Outlines the different types and aims of these currencies, describes how alternative currencies are being used, and includes regulatory and policy challenges regarding consumer protection, financial crime and taxation and benefits.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Data Point: Checking Account Overdraft

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets

Presents the results of consumers’ experiences with overdraft policies at a number of large U.S. banks.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


Risks to Consumers Posed by Virtual Currencies

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets

Describes what virtual currencies like Bitcoin are, and what risks they pose for people who buy or use them.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


NOAA’s Updated Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook Calls for an Increased Chance of a Below-Normal Season

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Environment,Weather/Disasters

Latest prediction calls for a 70% chance of a below normal season for hurricanes along the U.S. Atlantic Coast because atmospheric and oceanic conditions that suppress cyclone formation have developed and will persist through the season.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical

Discusses skin cancer incidence and mortality, risk factors, and how risks can be reduced.  Also discusses gaps in research and surveillance.  From the Office of the Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services


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