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Selected Publications of Executive Departments

* Note: this is not a comprehensive list of department publications.  Check the U.S. Government Publications Catalog for more publications.

Department of Agriculture

Department of Commerce (see Census tab)

Department of Defense view a list of current publications and archived publications.

Department of  Energy search publications by subject, keyword or date range.

Department of Education

  • Condition of Education an annual "report that presents indicators of important developments and trends in U.S. education, including participation and persistence in education, student performance and other measures of achievement, the environment for learning, and resources for education."

  • Digest of Education Statistics provides a "compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from prekindergarten through graduate school."

Department of Health and Human Services 

  • Health, United States (1975- Current) from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, with more than 150 detailed tables and charts on health status and its determinants (birth and death rates, infant mortality, life expectancy, morbidity and health status), health care resources, health care utilization, and health insurance and expenditures (national and state).  1975-2007 in print MH Stacks, Call Number: RA407.3 .U57a

Department of Homeland Security

  • Yearbook of Immigration Statistics (2004-2010) "compendium of tables that provides data on foreign nationals who, during a fiscal year, were granted lawful permanent residence, were admitted into the United States on a temporary basis, applied for asylum or refugee status, or were naturalized. The Yearbook also presents data on immigration law enforcement actions, including alien apprehensions, removals, and prosecutions."

Department of Housing and Urban Development  publications available through HUD USER on such topics as housing market characteristics, fair housing and regional economic data.

Department of the Interior search by individual agency (full list) includes Fish & Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Geological Survey, and more.

Department of Justice  

  • Crime in the United States (1995 - Current) produced from data provided by nearly 17,000 law enforcement agencies across the United States.

Department of Labor  

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook: "for hundreds of jobs, the OOH, gives the training and educational requirements, earings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job, and working conditions."

Department of State

Department of the Treasury 

Department of  Transportation search by individual agency (full list) for information on aviation, motor vehicles, railroads, ships, etc.

Department of Veterans Affairs find publications for veterans and data & statistics through the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics (NCVAS).

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