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  1. USA.gov Offers Latest News on Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

  2. State Department Provides Tips for Safe Overseas Travel

  3. Federal Consumer Action Handbook Available for Free

  4. Online Resources Available for Summer Job Seekers

Document of the Month: Indiana Agent of State Reports

Indiana’s fiscal and legal matters became more formal and centralized in the creation of the Office of Agent. The Agent was responsible for reviewing transactions regarding public improvements and establishing legal proceedings, if necessary.  The Agent was also responsible for reviewing all transactions from the sale or distribution of stocks, and the system of internal improvements. The Indiana Agent of State Reports contain a historical account of Indiana’s financial affairs and laws relating to fiscal matters. For example, the Act of January 28, 1834 established the State’s Bank.  Also included are detailed accounts of bonds issued and sold for Internal Improvement Funds; detailed descriptions of business transactions with banks, railroads, and other institutions throughout the State (Territory).   Historians and researchers may find particular interest in the register of Indiana State Bonds, as it lists individuals and each transaction in detail.  These and other reports offer a historical glimpse on Indiana’s financial history and how we conducted the business affairs of the day.  The Agent of State Reports can be found in the Library’s Indiana Collection, I 336 Ia for the years 1842-53, 1854-57, and 1858-72. 

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USA.gov Offers Latest News on Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

USA.gov: 2011 Japan Earthquake/TsunamiMany media outlets are providing online updates about the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Ensure you’re getting information from authoritative, timely sources by visiting the USA.gov portal to government information. USA.gov maintains a topic page on the Japan 2011 Earthquake/Tsunami.  Subtopics include Air Quality and Food Safety for inside the United States, Evacuation for American citizens in Japan, and Donation/Relief efforts. The portal is a valuable resource for consistently updated, reliable information. As with many government information websites, you can check the date the web document was last updated at the bottom of the webpage.

State Department Provides Tips for Safe Overseas Travel

Travel.State.GovIt’s that time of year! High school and college students – and some families – are embarking on their spring breaks. If you or your student are going anywhere outside of the United States, make sure you take the proper safety precautions. The Department of State has several resources available to those going overseas. Click here for what to do in an emergency and here for information specific to traveling in Mexico. Students Abroad has information on the important things to remember about international travel. It tells you about documentation you’ll need, what to do if you’re involved in an emergency, and what sort of health precautions you’ll have to take before you go and once you’re there. It also has a list of tips designed specifically for spring break. Be sure to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This is advised for anyone traveling abroad. It allows you to register your trip before you go so that the State Department is aware that you are in a foreign country and can better assist you should an emergency occur. It also gives you better access to updated information from the nearest US embassy or consulate. Remember – international travel can be a lot of fun, but it’s also important to stay safe.

Federal Consumer Action Handbook Available for Free

2011 Consumer Action HandbookWe each have different roles throughout life: parent, sibling, child, boss, employee, friend. But one part everyone plays is that of a consumer, and it's important to know how to protect your money and have the latest details on ever-changing rules and regulations in today's marketplace.

The free 2011 Consumer Action Handbook from the Federal Citizen Information Center helps you make smart purchases and handle customer disputes. This year's edition features:

  • Full rules of the credit CARD Act, the new law designed to protect you from surprise fees, rate increases, and other penalties
  • Precautions to take when you're shopping online and on social networking sites
  • Pros and cons of investing in gold and protecting against investment scams
  • Tips on "going green" and living an eco-friendly lifestyle
  • Financing information for college and higher education
  • Contact information for over 1,500 consumer and corporate offices and a sample complaint letter, to take action when you have a problem with a product or service
  • Suggestions on building a healthy credit score and report

You can order the free Consumer Action Handbook in print, download it or get all the helpful information online at www.consumeraction.gov.  For consumer information in Spanish, visit consumidor.gov to read or order the Guía del Consumidor--the marketplace guide for the Spanish-speaking audience.

Everyone is a consumer—-and with the help of the Consumer Action Handbook, you can be as informed and prepared as possible.

This article is brought to you courtesy of The Federal Citizen Information Center, connecting people with government benefits, services, and information through its family of websites, including Pueblo.gsa.gov, USA.gov, GobiernoUSA.gov, and ConsumerAction.gov; by phone at 1-800-FED-INFO (1-800-333-4636); and with publications by mail from Pueblo, Colorado. FCIC is part of the U.S. General Services Administration’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies.

Online Resources Available for Summer Job Seekers

USA.gov: Links to Summer Employment OpportunitiesStudents are well into the second semester of school, and many are beginning to think about summer employment. Summer jobs can sometimes be tough to find, but the federal government has a list of suggestions for places to look, including local merchants, tourist attractions, and summer camps. Students may also be interested in looking for work at local government offices or parks and recreation offices. Those who like the outdoors should check out the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Student Program. Also, check out these interviewing tips from the Federal Citizen Information Center and the Department of Labor.

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