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When disaster strikes, on the road or in the sky, the NTSB is there.

The National Transportation Safety Board investigates transportation accidents both within the United States and abroad, publishes reports, and issues recommendations to defend against those accidents reoccurring, covering accidents in aviation, rail, highway, marine, pipeline, and multi-modal. The NTSB can trace its origins back to the Air Commerce Act of 1926, which states that one of…

Do you FOIA?

Signed into law by President Johnson on July 4, 1966, the Freedom of Information Act encourages and implements a policy of publicly accessible government information. Requestors can contact many federal government agencies, requesting copies of reports and records. FOIA.gov is the government’s portal for data and information relating to past requests. FOIA has been the subject of such…

How much do you know about Memorial Day?

This coming Monday is Memorial Day in the United States, a federal holiday set aside for the remembrance of those who died while serving in the armed forces. The origins of the holiday can be traced back to Confederate Memorial Day events that began following the close of the Civil War. When President Grant issued…

Nebraska, and the death penalty in America.

The Nebraska state legislature on Wednesday, by a vote of 32-15, passed a bill to ban the death penalty in the state. Governor Pete Ricketts has said he will exercise his veto; 30 votes in the legislature are needed to override. From 1972-1976, the United States suspended capital punishment within the nation’s borders, and since…

Before there was Hydraulic Fracking there was Nuclear Fracking

Before there was Hydraulic Fracking there was Nuclear FrackingDid you know that Colorado has two sites where the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (currently the Department of Energy (DOE) experimented with Natural Gas Fracturing using a Nuclear device? One was the Rio Blanco site located in the Piceance Basin 52 miles northeast of Grand Junction. On…

Learn more about motorcycle gangs with Government Information!

A conflict between members of the Bandidos and the Cossacks motorcycle clubs in Waco, Texas, turned deadly Sunday, leaving nine people dead, twice as many injured, and ten times that many arrested. While stories of biker gang violence don’t frequent the headlines in 2015, the government keeps an eye on them. Outlaw motorcycle clubs were the subject…

Government Information Library honors National Poetry Month

Government Challenges of Poets and Their PoetryEvery April, as part of National Library Week, the American Library Association announces the “top ten most frequently challenged” books in the country, those challenged predominately by local school boards—quasi-government entities–usually at the behest of concerned parents. In 2014, these books included The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time…

More than weather reporting – A brief history of NOAA

Barely five months after Meriwether Lewis and William Clarke’s Corps of Discovery returned to St. Louis, Congress in 1807 presented President Thomas Jefferson with a bill that would charge the government to train an investigative eye more nearby and “cause a survey to be taken of the coasts of the United States, in which shall…

African American Coloradans in History

To celebrate Black History Month, the Government Information Library is honoring some notable Coloradans. This week we focus on Rachel Bassette Noel, the first African American woman to hold public office in Colorado. Rachel Bassette Noel (1918–2008) was the first African-American woman to hold public office in Colorado following her election in 1965 to the…