Essential Information for New Immigrants

October 20, 2022

Are you a new immigrant in the United States? As a nation of immigrants, the Federal Government can assist your transition to become a full-fledged citizen by producing easy-to-follow lessons to help immigrants settle in the United States. Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants provides a general summary of rights, responsibilities, and procedures essential to becoming permanent residents.

If you are a recent immigrant or know someone who is in the process of becoming a citizen, this comprehensive guide offers critically important information about ensuring legal status and finding support agencies and organizations that can assist with the processing of documents or essential services on the path to citizenship.

Produced by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), the Guide covers the following important matters new arrivals will need to know when preparing to become a citizen:

  • Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Permanent Resident, and,
  • How to Maintain Your Permanent Resident Status

There are also examples of how to learn English and what to expect regarding health care and other Federal benefits.

While the primary audience for this resource is new immigrants, it is also helpful for individuals already preparing for the U.S. Naturalization Test and attorneys assisting immigrants during the U.S. Naturalization process, and public libraries, especially in regions and cities where new immigrants reside.

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Humanities Magazine: A Focus on American Culture and the Arts

September 30, 2022

“The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; those aspects of the social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.”–National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, 1965, as amended: https://www.neh.gov/about.

Humanities, published by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), is a quarterly magazine focusing on American culture and the arts by authors who have dedicated their lives to bringing us closer to our creativity and self-expression. It includes vivid and interesting descriptions of NEH- sponsored research in the humanities, NEH programs and projects, and issues related to the humanities in the United States. It also provides recent NEH grants, deadlines, and helpful information for applicants seeking funds. With interesting stories of literature, history, archaeology, comparative religion, philosophy, and language crafted by well-known authors across the spectrum of the Humanities, the magazine allows readers to become more aware of the world around them and recognize the positive impact of American culture and the arts.

This publication is an excellent resource for anyone involved in the arts and humanities.

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Native American Day

September 21, 2022

September 23 is Native American Day. In recognition of the important contributions Native Americans have made to our country, the US Government Bookstore is featuring the Smithsonian Institution multi-volume hardcover reference Handbook of North American Indians series.

The Handbook of North American Indians print series is a fascinating fourteen-volume collection. It is the ultimate resource for Native American history across various regions of North America. The set summarizes what’s known about the prehistory, history, and cultures of North America’s aboriginal peoples north of central Mexico’s urban civilizations.

Volumes in this set feature specific tribes located in geographic areas across the U.S., including The Plains, Great Basin, Arctic, Northwest Coast, Southwest, California, North, and South East. It also describes Indians in Contemporary Society, Indian-white relations, languages, and more.

Learn about the important contributions of Native Americans in this popular hardcover reference series about North American Indians from the Smithsonian Institution.

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National Wellness Month

August 22, 2022

August is National Wellness Month, a great time to focus on eating a healthy diet and maintaining physical wellness. Incorporating healthy habits into your lifestyle makes for a better quality of life. To help Americans make healthier food choices, Dietary Guidelines for Americans is now available from the U.S. Government Bookstore.

Dietary Guidelines, authored by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition experts and Health and Human Services (HHS), are designed to help individuals and families stay on track to consume a healthy diet. The information in the Dietary Guidelines is used to develop, implement, and evaluate food, nutrition, and health policies for Americans.

It provides science-based advice to promote health and reduce the risk for major chronic diseases through diet and physical activity. It summarizes and synthesizes knowledge regarding individual nutrients and food components into recommendations for a pattern of eating that consumers can quickly adapt.

It’s important to remember that a healthy dietary program does not have to be based on a rigid prescription. These Guidelines feature a customizable framework, core elements from which individuals can tailor an affordable series of healthy choices to meet personal, cultural, and lifestyle preferences.

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Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

Find more than a million official Federal Government publications from all three branches at www.govinfo.gov.

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Medicare Anniversary: America’s Health Insurance

July 29, 2022

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Social Security Act Amendments, thus establishing Medicare and Medicaid, the health insurance programs for Americans. For over 57 years, these two medical support programs have been the foundation that ensures affordable healthcare for all Americans over sixty-five years of age and low-income families.

It’s essential to be informed and prepared to obtain and complete the necessary documents to qualify for the critical benefits of the Medicare and Medicaid health insurance programs. To help Americans with this crucial task, the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) online bookstore offers the Health Insurance Claim Forms (CMS-1500), the official standard Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) health insurance claim form.

“The CMS-1500 form is the standard claim form developed by the National Uniform Claim Committee (NUCC) and used by all non-institutional medical providers or suppliers to bill Medicare carriers and durable medical equipment regional carriers (DMERCs) when a provider qualifies for a waiver from the Administrative Simplification Compliance Act (ASCA) requirement for electronic submission of claims. It is also used for billing of some Medicaid State Agencies.” For more information, visit the CMS website at http://www.cms.gov.

A few moments of your time administering important Federal benefits will give you peace of mind that your medical and financial needs are in order.

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Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

Find more than a million official Federal Government publications from all three branches at www.govinfo.gov.

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The Harmonized Tariff Schedule: An essential resource for exporters

July 22, 2022

Tariffs are critical components of trade, particularly international trade. As described on the United States International Trade Commission website, the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) comprises a hierarchical structure describing all goods in trade for duty, quota, and statistical purposes.

The HTSUS structure is based upon the international Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS), administered by the World Customs Organization (WCO) in Brussels. The 4- and 6-digit HS product categories are subdivided into 8-digit unique U.S. rate lines and 10-digit non-legal statistical reporting categories. This system’s classification of goods must be done per the General and Additional U.S. Rules of Interpretation, starting at the 4-digit heading level to find the most specific provision and then moving to the subordinate categories.

The Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, Annotated for Statistical Reporting Purposes 34th Edition 2022, currently available from the U.S. Government Bookstore, is the primary source for determining applicable tariff rates and statistical categories for all merchandise imported into the United States. It can also be used in place of Schedule B for classifying goods exported from the United States to foreign countries.

Regardless of what product you produce or manufacture, the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States proves to be an incredibly comprehensive resource for exporters.

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Find more than a million official Federal Government publications from all three branches at www.govinfo.gov.

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Government Resources for Homeownership

July 14, 2022

Are you considering a home purchase or refinancing?

An excellent resource for homeowners or prospective owners is the Consumer Handbook on Adjustable Rate Mortgages from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). This handy booklet can help you determine if an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) is the best choice for you during the home buying process.

It explains how an ARM works and whether it’s the right option. It also describes important features of the loan the lender is offering, and there’s an easy-to-understand illustration showing the parts of a loan estimate specific to ARM loans.

Another excellent resource Your Home Loan Toolkit: A Step by Step Guide, takes home buyers through the home loan process in a breeze. This easy-to-understand toolkit includes interactive worksheets, checklists, smart research tips, financing terms, helpful conversation points to discuss with lenders, and much more. The guide also provides the closing disclosure to help home buyers become more comfortable accepting financial documents. 

With significant financial changes coming to the mortgage market, it’s more important to understand the critical details of shopping for the right financing, recognizing the risks with the various ARMs, and making the best financing choice for you and your family.

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Order by Phone or Email: Call our Customer Contact Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.512.1800. DC or International customers call +1.202.512.1800.  Email orders to ContactCenter@gpo.gov

Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

Find more than a million official Federal Government publications from all three branches at www.govinfo.gov.

About the author: Blogger contributor Ed Kessler is a Promotions Specialist in GPO’s Publications and Information Sales Office.

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A Key Information Resource: The Code of Federal Regulations

June 30, 2022

Are you interested in fully understanding the business of Government? One key information resource of the Federal Government is the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Departments and agencies across the entire Federal Government update changes documented under fifty different subjects and routinely publish those changes as a series of updated rules and regulations that drive their respective public programs.

The CFR is an annual codification of the general and permanent rules published by executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. CFRs present official and complete text of agency regulations in one organized publication that provides a comprehensive and convenient reference for anyone needing to know the text of the general and permanent Federal regulations.

The CFR is divided into 50 titles representing broad areas subject to Federal regulation such as Domestic Security, Agriculture, Banking and Finance, Aerospace and more. Public administrators make sure this critical information is always up-to-date.

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Order by Phone or Email: Call our Customer Contact Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.512.1800. DC or International customers call +1.202.512.1800.  Email orders to ContactCenter@gpo.gov

Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

Find more than a million official Federal Government publications from all three branches at www.govinfo.gov.

About the author: Blogger contributor Ed Kessler is a Promotions Specialist in GPO’s Publications and Information Sales Office.

Images and additional content provided by Government Book Talk Editor Trudy Hawkins. Trudy is the Senior Marketing & Promotions Specialist in GPO’s Publication & Information Sales Office supporting the U.S. Government Online Bookstore (https://bookstore.gpo.gov).


Economic Report of the President 2022

June 22, 2022

With every change in Administration, the new President establishes a new economic plan in collaboration with the Economic Council. The Economic Report of the President 2022 Together with the Annual Report of the Council of Economic Advisers provides timely and authoritative information concerning economic developments and trends for the preceding year and, prospectively, for the years ahead.

When it comes to national economic policy, you don’t have to be a public official or high-powered business person to benefit by understanding the priorities of an Administration to help better prepare your economic planning for the coming year.

Important information covered in the Economic Report of The President that may spark your interest include:

  • The Public Sector’s Role in Economic Growth 
  • Inequality Before and Beyond the Pandemic
  • How Does This Recession and Recovery Differ from Others?
  • Consumer Spending
  • Exports and Imports
  • Consumer Price Inflation
  • The United States’ Economic Recovery in the Global Context

Regardless of your political views, knowing how a present Administration views the economy and its plans to improve conditions is undoubtedly worth reviewing.

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Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

Find more than a million official Federal Government publications from all three branches at www.govinfo.gov.

About the author: Blogger contributor Ed Kessler is a Promotions Specialist in GPO’s Publications and Information Sales Office.

Images and additional content provided by Government Book Talk Editor Trudy Hawkins. Trudy is the Senior Marketing & Promotions Specialist in GPO’s Publication & Information Sales Office supporting the U.S. Government Online Bookstore (https://bookstore.gpo.gov).


Flag Day

June 13, 2022

On June 14, we observe Flag Day, a day honoring our national flag.

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

The Pledge of Allegiance of the United States is a patriotic recited stanza honoring the American flag that has stood proudly during many wars.

Did you know the first flag that flew over our nation before it became free of the British Empire, where our state stars are, was a United Kingdom emblem? By reading Our Flag, you can better understand how far we’ve come as a nation. The publication features how the stars changed as new states became one throughout history.

Francis Scott Key couldn’t have penned better words to the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

The final stanza, less known, commits all Americans to honor our flag.

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

With summer upon us and children out of school, perhaps a fun family moment could be a get-together to sing America’s National Anthem, the “Star-Spangled Banner,” or maybe just read Our Flag aloud and discuss the importance of our flag history.

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Order by Phone or Email: Call our Customer Contact Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.512.1800. DC or International customers call +1.202.512.1800.  Email orders to ContactCenter@gpo.gov

Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

Find more than a million official Federal Government publications from all three branches at www.govinfo.gov.

About the author: Blogger contributor Ed Kessler is a Promotions Specialist in GPO’s Publications and Information Sales Office.

Images and additional content provided by Government Book Talk Editor Trudy Hawkins. Trudy is the Senior Marketing & Promotions Specialist in GPO’s Publication & Information Sales Office supporting the U.S. Government Online Bookstore (https://bookstore.gpo.gov).


The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States

May 25, 2022

Does your family have a copy of The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States? Every American should have handy the words of America’s founding fathers to help remind us all of the values of our freedom and independence.

This pocket-sized booklet can easily be kept in a home or on-person as a reminder of how our government is structured and operates. It also defines the ratification and amendment ratification process.

Important words of historical value, not only to live by but offer teachable moments with family and friends…

Declaration of Independence

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. ….. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”

Constitution of the United States

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Pick up your copy of The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States now!

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Find more than a million official Federal Government publications from all three branches at www.govinfo.gov.

About the author: Blogger contributor Ed Kessler is a Promotions Specialist in GPO’s Publications and Information Sales office.


Warfare: A Complex and Challenging Arena

April 19, 2022

The war in Ukraine is a grim reminder of the devastating effects of military conflict between nations. To better understand the challenges of warfare, the U.S. Government Publishing Office online bookstore provides a plethora of well-documented studies about military conflict. Here are two titles featuring critically important analyses of America’s engagement in recent war zones, and how the U.S. military interacts with civil organizations in order to effectively integrate military and civilian assets to the benefit of America’s defense and freedom.

Modern War in an Ancient Land: The United States Army in Afghanistan, 2001-2014 is an in-depth analysis of the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan that was America’s response to the 9/11 attacks. It examines the U.S. intervention in Afghanistan in October 2001 and the thirteen-plus years of conflict that followed. During this conflict, Army commanders operated under the assumption that by securing Afghans and their fledgling national government, the U.S. military was protecting America and the Western way of life. It includes graphic depictions of war on the ground as well as multiple maps. This resource provides a comprehensive and historical perspective on “America’s longest war.”

Unity of Mission: Civilian Military Teams in War and Peace provides readers with a revealing perspective on complex military operations. It offers unique insights by soldiers, AID workers, nongovernmental organizations, and others with on the ground experience. The essays found within Unity of Mission provide a rich, diverse, and candid commentary about what worked and what didn’t work. This book will be enormously helpful for anyone assigned to a military command, an embassy, or any international mission.

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Order by Phone or Email: Call our Customer Contact Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.512.1800. DC or International customers call +1.202.512.1800.  Email orders to ContactCenter@gpo.gov

Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

Find more than a million official Federal Government publications from all three branches at www.govinfo.gov.

About the author: Blogger contributor Ed Kessler is a Promotions Specialist in GPO’s Publications and Information Sales office.


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