Writer's Guide to Government Information

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US Government Manual

US Government Manual – http://www.usgovernmentmanual.gov

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • Who is the General Counsel for the Department of Energy?
  • What are the functions of the Employment and Training Administration?
  • What are the duties of the Veterans Appeals Board?

Description:

Short descriptions of every federal agency along with a list of key officials and contact information. Might be good for assigning your fed character to an agency.

OPM Position Classification Standards by Occupational Series

OPM Position Classification Standards by Occupational Series – http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=List-by-Occupational-Series

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What are the duties of an autopsy assistant?
  • What are the different areas that US chaplins can be involved in?
  • What are the duties of a geographer?

Description:

This page links to descriptions of federal job families. Sometimes duties for specific job classes are provided. If a job covers several paygrades, narrative is given on the differences in duties.

The major classification areas are:

  • 0000 – 0099 – Miscellaneous Occupations
  • 0100 – 0199 – Social Science, Psychology, and Welfare
  • 0200 – 0299 – Human Resources Management
  • 0300 – 0399 – General Administrative, Clerical, and Office Services
  • 0400 – 0499 – Biological Sciences
  • 0500 – 0599 – Accounting and Budget
  • 0600 – 0699 – Medical, Hospital, Dental, and Public Health
  • 0700 – 0799 – Veterinary Medical Science
  • 0800 – 0899 – Engineering and Architecture
  • 0900 – 0999 – Legal and Kindred
  • 1000 – 1099 – Information and Arts
  • 1100 – 1199 – Business and Industry
  • 1200 – 1299 – Copyright, Patent, and Trade-Mark
  • 1300 – 1399 – Physical Sciences
  • 1400 – 1499 – Library and Archives
  • 1500 – 1599 – Mathematics and Statistics
  • 1600 – 1699 – Equipment, Facilities, and Service
  • 1700 – 1799 – Education
  • 1800 – 1899 – Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, and Compliance
  • 1900 – 1999 – Quality Assurance, Inspection and Grading
  • 2000 – 2099 – Supply
  • 2100 – 2199 – Transportation
  • 2200 – 2299 – Information Technology Management

FBI Name Check [Federal Background Check]

FBI Name Check – http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/name-checks

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What files are searched in the course of a FBI background check?
  • How many name checks does the FBI do in the course of a year?
  • What sports events will the FBI do name checks for?

Description:

Provides a high level overview of how the FBI checks names for criminal and terrorism histories. Also outlines the official circumstances under which a name check may be requested. They process about 3 million name checks a year.

Presidential Department Descriptions

Presidential Department Descriptions – http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/cabinet

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What is the function of the Office of White House Counsel?
  • Who coordinates the President’s travel schedule?
  • What areas of policy are handled by the Domestic Policy Council?

Description:

Brief descriptions of White House offices. Includes quotes from interns who have spent time in that department.

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