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Bureau of Justice Statistics

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/
Home to statistics on incarcerated persons, with summary findings, publications, and selected statistics by race, gender, offense, admission, and release date.

Career One Stop

http://www.careeronestop.org
In line with the Department of Labor's vision for America's Labor Market Information System, CareerOneStop is a collection of electronic tools, operating as a federal-state partnership, and funded by grants to states. America's Service Locator directs job-seekers to a range of services available in their area such as: unemployment benefits, job training, youth programs, seminars, education opportunities, and disabled or older worker programs.

Committee on Education and the Workforce

U.S. House of Representatives
http://edworkforce.house.gov/
Website of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Workforce.
Schedules of hearings, meetings, committee members, publications, press releases, issue summaries, and relevant legislation are all accessible through this site.

Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ies/index.html
Established by the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002, the Institute of Education Sciences is the research arm of the Department of Education. The IES site provides information about the condition of education. It has an evaluation center, research center, statistics center, and a special education research center. Each center provides topics "of interest" and programs which they are working on. Its goal is the transformation of education into an evidence-based field in which decision makers routinely seek out the best available research and data before adopting programs or practices that will affect significant numbers of students.

Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

U.S. Senate
http://help.senate.gov/index.html
U.S. Senate committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Membership listings, scheduled hearings, and related subcommittees are accessible at this site. The page also provides the tools to learn more about the policies and debates in the realm of health, education, and labor.

Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS)

http://www.nifl.gov/lincs
LINCS is the premier online information and communications network for adult and family literacy. The LINCS site contains the most up-to-date news on literacy and calendar of upcoming national and state conferences. It also includes a rich database of local, regional, and nationally developed materials and multi-media teaching an learning resources. The LINCS collections are subject-specific electronic gateways to specialized information on high-quality literacy practices and materials. LINCS online discussion lists are public forums for literacy stakeholders to share resources, experiences, and ideas; ask questions of subject experts; and keep up to date on literacy issues.

National Institute for Literacy

http://www.nifl.gov
The National Institute for Literacy is a federal agency under the Secretaries of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services. The Institute provides national leadership regarding literacy, literacy services, and policy, and serves as a national resource for adult education and literacy programs. Primary activities include LINCS, America's Literacy Directory, Bridges to Practice, Equipped for the Future, and Partnership for Reading.

Office of Vocation and Adult Education (OVAE)

http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/index.html
The Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) works to ensure that all Americans have the knowledge and technical skills necessary to succeed in postsecondary education, the workforce, and life. Through the Preparing America's Future initiative's comprehensive policies, programs and activities, OVAE is helping reform America's high schools, supporting America's community colleges, and expanding America's adult education programs. The OVAE website has information, research, and resources about OVAE programs, grants, and events.

U.S. Census Bureau

http://www.census.gov
The U.S. Census Bureau provides data about the United States population and economy. Current demographic information is searchable on this site by state, as well as projections into the future. Statistics pertaining to income, poverty, health insurance coverage, and housing are accessible through the site.

U.S. Department of Education

http://www.ed.gov
The Department's website provides descriptions of federal and state programs, as well as specifics pertaining to the organization of the Department of Education and its branches: Home of the National Center for Education Statistics, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, and the Institute of Educational Sciences. Access to information is broken down by audience type providing specific information for students, parents, teachers, and administrators.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

http://www.hhs.gov
The HHS site has information on programs and policy regarding health issues. There are resource locators for nursing homes, physicians, and health care facilities, and numerous reference sections, ranging from glossaries and dictionaries to statistics and databases, all related to health. Home to numerous programs, the Health Resources and Services Administration of HHS is leading health literacy, the objective of the Healthy People 2010 (HP 2010) initiative to improve and expand access to quality health care for all, especially for those with low health literacy skills.

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

http://www.dol.gov
The DOL site has workforce data and links to various labor offices (e.g., the Bureau of Labor Statistics) where population labor demographics can be found. The Department administers a variety of federal labor laws including those that guarantee workers' rights to safe and healthful working conditions; a minimum hourly wage and overtime pay; freedom from employment discrimination; unemployment insurance; and other income support. The site provides direct links to both America's Job Bank, and the Occupational Outlook Handbook, as well as numerous statistics on the American working population.

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