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  • Jun 16, 2022

Tech Talk with Jeff - Free Government Educational Information

Of the many things our government does, one of them is produce a ton of information that is available to all of us, if we know where to look for it.

We should all take advantage of it as we pay for it through our taxes, so why not use it?

There are several agencies that regularly put out notices and newsletters of interest on a range of topics. You can sign up to receive emails from these agencies as they release the information. 

Here are just some examples. There are many more available than I’m listing here, this is just a start.

FTC (Federal Trade Commission) – Yes, it sounds boring, but it really isn't. They put out a range of notices about various topics including scams they are seeing, people or groups they have helped that have been scammed, protecting consumers, and a host of other topics. Check it out here: Federal Trade Commission | Protecting America's Consumers (ftc.gov)

SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) – This agency provides information to protect investors, market information, laws, and so on. Find this one here: SEC.gov | Newsroom

NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) – This is a really interesting agency that does research. One of the topics they are working on currently is producing the new generation of encryption standards that we will need in a few years as more quantum computers come online and wipe out our current encryption standards. There is some important and exciting stuff they are working on! National Institute of Standards and Technology | NIST

CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) – This agency provides information on financial matters covering a range of topics. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (consumerfinance.gov)

As you can tell from my list, it leans towards the type of work that I do, technology based. There are many more resources beyond this that are available, and it is worth looking them up. A quick internet search should help you find them. A search using “list of federal government newsletters” quickly turned up a site for the U.S. General Services Administration which leads to more newsletters.

Happy information searching!

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