Vote for the top Government news story of 2011

2011 was a momentous year in Federal Government-related news and as such, it was a banner year for important Government publications, as demonstrated by our 2011 Year in Review collection available from the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).

But which Government news story was the most significant, in your opinion? Vote in our poll below, and then see the publications that follow that relate to these important stories:

Note 1:As of January 27, 2012, this poll is NOW CLOSED with the final results showing above, but feel free to click on the SHARE THIS link to pass on the results to others.
Note 2: This is a non-scientific user poll. Results are not statistically valid and cannot be assumed to reflect the views of the Government Printing Office customer as a group or the general population.

Following are the Federal Government publications that relate to each of these important 2011 stories:

2011 News Story   Related Federal Publication(s)
9/11 tenth anniversary   Ten years have passed since that tragic day, but the memories are still strong. 2011 saw some excellent publications about that day, including a 10th anniversary edition of Pentagon 9/11 and a reprinting of the 9/11 Commission Report, all of which you can find in our 9/11 Collection: A Decade of Remembrance.

Assassination of Osama bin Laden  FBI Terrorism Research and Analysis Project (TRAP) A Navy SEALS team located and killed Osama bin Laden this year, the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks and many other Al Qaeda and insurgent terrorist attacks. This 2011 publication, Terrorism Research and Analysis Project (TRAP): A Collection of Research Ideas, Thoughts, and Perspectives, V. 1analyzes causes and possible responses to terrorism as presented at the FBI Terrorism Research and Analysis Project (TRAP) Symposium of international academics and law enforcement personnel.

Death of North Korea’s Kim Jong Il   The recent death of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Il, marks an uncertain time for the Korean Peninsula and the entire region. North Korea: A Country Studyreviews the history and the dominant social, political, economic, and military aspects of contemporary North Korea before this.

Deep Water BP Gulf oil disaster report  Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling, Report to the President, January 2011 In January of this year, the National Commission on the BP (British Petroleum) Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling released its controversial Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling, Report to the President, January 2011. This best-selling publication offers the fullest account available of what happened in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010 and why, and proposes actions, changes in company behavior, reform of government oversight, and investments in research and technology that will be required to avert future disasters.

End of the war in Iraq  Battleground Iraq: Journal of a Company Commander There is an interesting White House timeline about the Iraq war at the end of which is a link to the Joining Forces initiative with which one can express one’s support for the troops. GPO’s bookstore has a number of books about Iraq, but two stand out as best-sellers. Battleground Iraq: Journal of a Company Commander gives a realistic account by Major Todd Brown of his experiences as a U.S. Army company commander in Iraq from April 2003 to March 2004. Hard Lessons: The Iraq Reconstruction Experienceexamines the Iraq reconstruction experience, and provides 13 take-away lessons for future contingency relief and reconstruction operations.

  • Buy them in our online bookstore:

a)      Battleground Iraq: Journal of a Company Commander

b)      Hard Lessons: The Iraq Reconstruction Experience

Japan earthquake and tsunami  Field Operations Guide for Foreign Disaster Assessment and Response Natural disasters were big in the news this year, and the Federal Government was involved in responding to them, from the National Guard in the U.S. to foreign response teams overseas. For example, in response to the tragic earthquake and resulting tsunami and nuclear reactor problems in Japan, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) that included disaster response experts, urban search and rescue teams, and nuclear experts from the U.S. Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The Field Operations Guide for Disaster Assessment and Responseis used by USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) for DART teams and other disaster assistance personnel when responding to foreign disasters like the Japan situation.

Last Space Shuttle flight  NASA and Space Shuttle publications including "Wings-in-Orbit" 2011 marked the end of NASA’s three-decade long space shuttle program when, on July 21, the final space shuttle mission ended with the shuttle Atlantis rolling to a stop at its home port, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA has published a number of terrific books about the program which you can find in our NASA and Space Shuttle Publications, along with a new set of beautiful color bookmarks, one for each shuttle and the best-selling Wings in Orbitbook.

U.S. economy and the Federal budget  Books about Government and Politics, including the Federal Budget and the Economy It seems every newscast this year has covered the US economy, Federal Government budgets and deficits and differing opinions about options to address them. You can find the President’s original budget submission published this year and subsequent analyses and responses to it in our collection of Books about the Government and Politics, including the Federal Budget and the Economy.

How can you find even more Federal Government publications? We have assembled many collections of Federal publications on our year-round Gift Guide and in our Special Collections page on GPO’s online bookstore.

About the Author: Michele Bartram is Promotions Manager for GPO’s Publication and Information Sales Division and is responsible for online and offline marketing of the US Government Online Bookstore (Bookstore.GPO.Gov) and promoting Federal government content to the public. 


30 Responses to Vote for the top Government news story of 2011

  1. Gregg L says:

    Hi, just wanted to mention, I loved this article. It was practical.
    Keep on posting!


  2. Disaster Recovery says:

    i think Japan earthquake would be at 1st place. there was so many difficulty;(


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  5. Andrew Pelt says:

    WONDERFUL Post.thanks for sharing..can’t wait for more…


  6. Bill (Doc) Roberts says:

    The end date was established by the Bush administration and brought into fruition by the Obama administration.

    The reduction of armed forces facilities in the US that cost at least twice what was touted, has been one of the causes of the state of the economy we’re in now. Let us stop being the world’s savior. Remember what has happened to Portugal, Spain, England, Rome. Nations rise and fall it appears that the present make up of our Congress is in the process of putting us on that downward tumble.


  7. Manchester says:

    Nice article, for me it would have to be the end of the War in Iraq..and possibly the end of the Space Shuttle flights….hopefully they’ll get something better !


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  9. Ripon says:

    Along with the last flight, an era of exploration may have an end, – temporary curtain though. But mankind’s effort of knowing can’t be brought to an end in such way. Mankind will find out its own course of way in eternal search of knowledge. Space! – The inevitable horizon is still yet unexplored to a great extent. Still yet many important things have to be known.

    Ripon #


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  11. Larry Woller says:

    I chose the Space Shuttles last flight.. wars, earthquakes, budgets, terrorism will probably continue to one degree or the other, will be next years news, the next and so on.. but the final flight of the shuttle brings a era of space exploration to a end and perhaps the omen that the last flight may bring about the end of mans desire and ability to explore and gather knowledge about himself and the universe he lives in….


    • GPOBookstore says:

      Thanks for your thought-provoking comments, Larry. You are so right… It was very hard to put together the list this year since there were so many significant stories. Does anyone out there know of any topics we may have left out?


  12. noclegi szczawnica says:

    The end of the war in Iraq, it’s time to end the war in Afghanistan. and appease Iran.
    Happy New Year 2012 World !








  15. sparta kakanjac says:

    Happy New Year 2012 USA


  16. Bill Shapiro says:

    This is not at the same level of importance as the stories listed above, but the decision not to publish the U.S.Statistical Abstract anymore (in print or online) is shameful.


  17. Dr. C Timothy Fetscher says:

    The most important federal story is the total collapse of the two party system of government. The inability to get just about anything done is a shame that the congress will have to work hard to erase.


  18. oswaldo sanviti says:

    you knows very well what i think about the most important thing happened on the year 2011…++


  19. Commercial Architects says:

    i have added my vote…..9/11 tenth anniversary.
    9/11 have changed our lives forever as it touches us in so many ways.


  20. marocannonces says:

    Bankers must change their mind this is the first step , else people must fight any form of slavery


  21. Download Ebook Gratis says:

    same, i’m vote End of the war in Iraq….hopefully sooner peace iraq in 2012


  22. classifieds says:

    Well I must say all of these are huge stories. I would have to vote for the war in Iraq as well. Goodbye 2011 and hello 2012.


  23. motherhood maternity says:

    i just added my vote
    thanks for giving the public this opportunity


  24. Boukhazna-kamel says:

    -Hello-Dear—This is The Cmment–From-this site-Wibe-I think-Dear….it is—the-Government-Book-Talk.


  25. armansyahardanis says:

    End of the war in Iraq !!!

    This is the important momentum of the changes of the world for the future! An exact calculation and brings the people to change their perspective mind to struggle against our paranoid civilization….!


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