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  1. America Saves Week Promotes Financial Literacy

  2. Indiana's Brightest Students Sought for Prestigious Award

  3. Outdoors Initiative Celebrates American Conservation

  4. EPA Warns of Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

  5. Fed Info Center Advice Eases Burden of Losing a Wallet

  6. USA.gov Offers Tips en Español on Filing Taxes for Free

US CensusWhat's Up Next for 2010 Census Data

This is a friendly reminder about the 2010 Census data currently being released by the Census Bureau. The first wave of Census data – 2010 Redistricting Data Summary File (P.L. 94-171) – is released on a flow basis (a few states at a time) for all states throughout March. Twenty-one states have received this data, including Indiana. An interactive map for Indiana is available through Stats Indiana. Map widgets for all states by county are available here.  A National Summary File of this data will be available in April, providing population and housing unit counts for the United States, regions, divisions, and American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Areas.

In May, a Demographic Profile down to the place/city level will be released and will contain data on population and housing characteristics such as sex, age groups, race, Hispanic/ Latino origin, Household relationships (spouse, child, partner), Occupancy, and Tenure (own/rent).

Data released between June and August is the most sought after by all states and will include:

  • Population counts, by state, for 63 race categories and Hispanic or Latino origin – down  to the census block level

  • Population counts, by state, for many detailed race and Hispanic or Latino categories and American Indian and Alaska Native tribes – down to the census tract level

  • Many other selected population and housing characteristics to the census tract and block levels

For a basic timeline of 2010 Census milestones, visit the Interactive Timeline on the Census Bureau’s website. For more detail about the data that is being released through June 2013, visit the 2010 Data Products release schedule webpage, also available in PDF. The State Data Center will continue to provide updates via Friday Facts. For more information, go to the Census 2010 and Redistricting areas of the Stats Indiana website. Ask the State Data Center questions 24/7 by using the Ask-a-Librarian feature on the State Library website. 

USA.gov Offers Tips en Español
on Filing Taxes for Free

USA.gov’s Facebook page has a new entry, Three Ways to File Your Taxes for Free.  Filing your taxes shouldn't cost an arm and a leg. In fact, it shouldn't cost a penny if you do it through some of the free tax preparation programs offered by the federal  government.

Spanish-speaking patrons can visit Artículos del Gobierno for a complete list of articles and subscribe to receive articles via RSS feed or e-mail.

The articles are in the public domain so you may reproduce them in your publication, but please cite source of each article used. If you use an article, please send a link of your publication to steven.hoffman@gsa.gov.

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America Saves Week Promotes Financial Literacy

America Saves Week: Feb. 20-27Do you know how to save?  Do you know how to build wealth and not debt?  Join Hoosiers and citizens all over the country for America Saves Week, February 20-27. This initiative encourages everyone to learn how to save for a rainy day and manage finances responsibly. The Office of the Indiana Secretary of State has savings tips to help manage your finances and set financial goals.  There are tips on budgeting as well as saving and other resources to help you become financially savvy and survive economic challenges. If you need help creating a savings plan, check out Indiana Saves. This site is specific to Indiana citizens and will help you on the path to beginning saving or building your nest egg. There are also up-to-date tips and resources on Twitter and Facebook.  These free resources will help all Hoosiers, whether we’re saving for the first time or want tips on how to better build wealth.  

Indiana's Brightest Students Sought for Prestigious Award

Indiana Mr. and Miss Math/Science AwardsSearching for: Young people who are gifted in the areas of math and science. 

These fields have become critical to the Indiana economy and the national economic outlook. The future careers of Hoosiers depend on students excelling here.  Indiana would like to encourage and honor students who excel in math and science to continue on these paths. The Mr. and Miss Science Awards program is modeled after the Mr. and Miss Basketball program.  Yes, Indiana is known for excellence in basketball, but now the Hoosier State can be recognized for excellence in academics!  To apply, fill out the online application, which includes the requirements for this award.  Applications are due March 21.  Contact Michael Chartier if you have questions or concerns about the application or the program.  Good luck to all award nominees and participants!

Outdoors Initiative Celebrates American Conservation

America's Great Outdoors InitiativeThe America’s Great Outdoors initiative was launched in April 2010 as a way to reignite America’s commitment to conservation. Following a memo issued by the President, officials from four agencies – the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture and the Council on Environmental Quality – traveled around the country seeking the opinions of experts, policy makers and regular citizens as to the best ways to preserve our natural resources. The result was this report, officially released on February 16 of this year. The report emphasizes four main areas of conservation: connecting Americans to the great outdoors, conserving and restoring our environment, cooperation to do so and the importance of getting our youth involved. For a general overview of specific goals, including creating new urban parks, conserving and restoring federal lands and improving the efficiency of federal agencies involved in conservation, be sure to check out the Executive Summary. The program seeks to improve existing inefficient policies and get grassroots and other local organizations involved.  While environmental conservation is one major goal of the program, it also aims to preserve places of great historical value.  On February 23, the National Park Service, as part of America’s Great Outdoors, used President Lincoln’s birthday to mark the start of the NPS’ observation of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. See this press release for more information.

EPA Warns of Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

EPA: Dangers of Carbon Monoxide PoisoningIt's starting to get warmer out, but most people aren’t quite ready to throw open the windows just yet. As such, it’s important to still be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. According to the EPA, carbon monoxide is the most common cause of death by poisoning in the country. Poisoning can occur when carbon monoxide gas – produced by burning propane, gasoline, wood, oil and other fuels – builds up in an enclosed space. Symptoms are similar to those of the flu – severe headaches, nausea and even impaired judgment and memory loss. Not only is carbon monoxide colorless and odorless, but if early symptoms are ignored, it is possible to lose consciousness and therefore be unable to escape. It is therefore known as the “silent killer.” Because symptoms are flu-like, people often ignore them. However, there are several hints that can tell you that this is CO poisoning rather than a regular illness. They include:  feeling better when you’re away at home, several people in the household getting sick at once, indoor pets acting drowsy and lethargic and the absence of flu symptoms such as swollen lymph nodes and a fever. It is therefore very important to install carbon monoxide alarms in your home! For more information, be sure to check out this website from the EPA. They also have a quick factsheet geared toward older adults and their caregivers.

Fed Info Center Advice Eases Burden of Losing a Wallet

Answers.USA.govLosing your wallet or purse is stressful. Your money, credit cards, driver's license--all gone. Don't fret too much about tracking down contact information to close accounts and get things replaced. This to-do list from the Federal Citizen Information Center puts the answers you need all in one place:

  1. Make a list of what you had in your wallet and tackle the important things first.

  2. Immediately cancel all your credit and debit cards, letting your bank know that your wallet was lost or stolen. Request new copies of the card with a new account number.

  3. If you were the victim of theft, file a police report so there is an official record.

  4. Report a missing driver's license to your state's department of motor vehicles and request a new copy.

  5. Alert the fraud departments of the three major credit reporting companies. They will place a fraud alert on your name and Social Security number, and you can request that they alert you before opening a line of credit in your name. (Equifax: 1-800-525-6285; Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742; Trans Union: 1-800-680-7289)

  6. Request a replacement Social Security card and consider not carrying it in your wallet in the future.

  7. Contact either your company's HR department or your health insurance provider directly to get a replacement insurance card. If you've lost a Medicare card, contact the Social Security Administration to get a replacement.

  8. For other club membership, video rental and bonus club cards, you'll have to contact the each company individually. Use the directory on consumeraction.gov to get a direct line to consumer affairs or member relations departments.

Having your cards lost or stolen can be traumatic. But these tips from the Federal Citizen Information Center can help you recover. The only thing you'll have left to do is pick out a new wallet.

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