• USAGov’s Guide To Government Benefits During Any Life Event

    USAGov’s Guide To Government Benefits During Any Life Event
    People navigate life, not government. Yet there are many life events that are associated with government benefits.
  • U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services, March 2021

    The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis announced today that the goods and services trade deficit was $74.4 billion in March, up $3.9 billion from $70.5 billion in February, revised. March exports were $200.0 billion, $12.4 billion more than February exports. March imports were $274.5 billion, $16.4 billion more than February imports.Full Text
  • Personal Income and Outlays, March 2021

    Personal income increased $4.21 trillion, or 21.1 percent at a monthly rate, while consumer spending increased $616.0 billion, or 4.2 percent, in March. Economic impact payments established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which was enacted on March 11, 2021, were distributed.Full Text
  • Gross Domestic Product, 1st Quarter 2021 (Advance Estimate)

    Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 6.4 percent in the first quarter of 2021, reflecting the continued economic recovery, reopening of establishments, and continued government response related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the first quarter, government assistance payments, such as direct economic impact payments, expanded unemployment benefits, and Paycheck Protection Program loans, were distributed to households and businesses through the Coronavirus Response and Rel
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  • Important Tips to Prepare Before and During a Hurricane

    Important Tips to Prepare Before and During a Hurricane
    Having an annual hurricane checklist is key to ensuring your family’s safety during this time of year to prepare yourself, your family, and your assets. Here are a few things to remember.
  • USAGov’s Five Lessons Learned to Combat Scams in 2021

    USAGov’s Five Lessons Learned to Combat Scams in 2021
    According to the Federal Trade Commission, Americans have reported over 226K scams and lost over $386M in frauds linked to COVID-19. Due to the rise in fraud, federal experts across the government share official information on how to recognize, avoid and report many types of scams.
  • U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services, February 2021

    The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis announced today that the goods and services deficit was $71.1 billion in February, up $3.3 billion from $67.8 billion in January, revised. February exports were $187.3 billion, $5.0 billion less than January exports. February imports were $258.3 billion, $1.7 billion less than January imports.Full Text
  • Gross Domestic Product for the CNMI, 2019

    The estimates of GDP for the CNMI show that real GDP-GDP adjusted to remove price changes-decreased 11.2 percent in 2019 after decreasing 19.3 percent in 2018. This release also includes the results of a comprehensive update of the territorial economic accounts.Full Text
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  • U.S. International Investment Position, 4th Quarter and Year 2020

    The U.S. net international investment position, the difference between U.S. residents' foreign financial assets and liabilities, was -$14.09 trillion at the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, according to statistics released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Assets totaled $32.16 trillion and liabilities were $46.25 trillion. At the end of the third quarter, the net investment position was -$13.86 trillion.Full Text
  • Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account, U.S. and States 2019 and 2018

    The Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) shows that arts and cultural economic activity, adjusted for inflation, increased 3.7 percent in 2019 after increasing 2.3 percent in 2018. Arts and cultural economic activity accounted for 4.3 percent, or $919.7 billion, of current-dollar gross domestic product (GDP), in 2019.Full Text
  • Gross Domestic Product by State, 4th Quarter and Year 2020 (Preliminary)

    Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in the fourth quarter of 2020, as real GDP for the nation increased at an annual rate of 4.3 percent. The percent change in real GDP in the fourth quarter ranged from 9.9 percent in South Dakota to 1.2 percent in the District of Columbia.Full Text
  • Personal Income and Outlays, February 2021

    Personal income decreased $1,516.6 billion, or 7.1 percent at a monthly rate, while consumer spending decreased $149.0 billion, or 1.0 percent, in February. Economic impact payments associated with the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act of 2021 (which was enacted on December 27, 2020) declined sharply in February and unemployment benefits continued, but at a lower level. In addition to presenting estimates for February 2021, these highlights provide compariso
  • Gross Domestic Product, (Third Estimate), GDP by Industry, and Corporate Profits, 4th Quarter and Year 2020

    Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 4.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020, reflecting both the continued economic recovery from the sharp declines earlier in the year and the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including new restrictions and closures that took effect in some areas of the United States. The increase was 0.2 percentage point higher than the "second" estimate released in February. In the third quarter, real GDP increased 33.4 percent. Profits d
  • Personal Income by State, 4th Quarter and Year 2020 (Preliminary)

    State personal income increased 6.1 percent in 2020 after increasing 3.9 percent in 2019. In 2020, the increase in transfer receipts was the leading contributor to personal income growth in all states and the District of Columbia. The percent change in personal income across all states ranged from 8.4 percent in Arizona and Montana to 2.4 percent in Wyoming.Full Text
  • U.S. International Transactions, 4th Quarter and Year 2020

    The U.S. current account deficit widened by $7.6 billion, or 4.2 percent, to $188.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The revised third quarter deficit was $180.9 billion. The fourth quarter deficit was 3.5 percent of current dollar gross domestic product, up from 3.4 percent in the third quarter.Full Text
  • Misinformation, Disinformation and What Government Can Do About Them

    Governing: The challenges of misinformation and disinformation are everywhere and, because they are so often spread via electronic communication, they are as much of a cybersecurity risk as anything that a hacker trying to steal network passwords or plant ransomware might attempt. But while Russian misinformation campaigns to distract American voters and the ongoing conspiracy theorizing about COVID-19 and vaccines are front and center, they are only the most visible. In many cases, cyberespiona
  • Microsoft Vulnerability Puts US Government on High Alert

    Government Technology: Newly discovered flaws in Microsoft Corp.’s software for email has raised concerns at the highest levels of the U.S. government, which is urging users to immediately apply patches.At least 30,000 organizations across the U.S., including significant numbers of small businesses and local governments, have been hacked via holes in Microsoft’s email software in the last few days by suspected Chinese attackers who are focused on stealing email from victims, the blog
  • Additional State and Local Perks Make it Into Senate Covid Relief Bill

    Route Fifty: The coronavirus response bill approved by the Senate provides assistance to state and local governments beyond $350 billion in direct aid.Amendments to the bill will also provide more money to counties with large swaths of federal land that is not subject to property taxes and would allow state and local governments to spend direct aid on extra pay for employees responding to the pandemic.
  • Pittsburgh to spend $4 million on Google Cloud migration

    StateScoop: Pittsburgh IT officials announced plans Monday to migrate the city’s legacy IT systems to Google Cloud over the next four years, a move expected to save money and encourage the development of new digital services.The city’s Department of Innovation and Performance will oversee the $4 million transition, which will include the creation of new analytical tools and public-facing online applications that will live on Google’s platform.
  • California’s Three Days Paid Leave Not Enough Against COVID

    Governing: Millions of California workers are staring down the pandemic with no clear access to an economic safety net if they take time off, a situation that is deepening the state's COVID-19 crisis and galvanizing policymakers to extend sick-leave mandates.Federal and state measures that required most businesses to offer two weeks of paid leave to recover from the coronavirus, or to quarantine in case of exposure, expired Jan. 1. Golden State employees have since been left with three days of m
  • Police Department Tries Out Virtual Reality De-Escalation Training

    Route Fifty: The video footage appears from the perspective of a police officer as he taps on the window of a parked car and asks to see the driver’s identification. As the man hands it over, the police officer’s partner suddenly draws his gun and points it into the car.The first officer now faces an array of choices. Should he tell the man in the car to remain calm? Use his radio to call for backup? Or tell his partner to put away his gun? Each choice has consequences for the escala
  • Has COVID-19 Forever Changed Town Meetings in New Hampshire?

    Government Technology: Virtual hearings, drive-through voting, default budgets — that's how many New Hampshire communities got through town meeting season in 2020, the year of the pandemic.They're about to do it all over again. And some worry that the traditional New Hampshire town meeting could become another casualty of COVID-19, as Granite Staters become accustomed to new ways of taking care of business. Many communities are voting for local officials and zoning amendments on Tuesday. R
  • Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins tells Cuomo to resign

    Times Union: State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Sunday called for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to resign amid widening sexual harassment allegations that are being leveled against him, marking the highest-ranking Democrat to call on the governor to step down.Minutes later, Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie also called for Cuomo to consider stepping aside.
  • Longmont City Council Considers Commuter Rail Options

    Governing: When it comes down to what Longmont, Colo., might do to prod the Regional Transportation District to start funding and developing the long-delayed completion of a Northwest Rail line through Broomfield and Boulder County into Longmont, "all options are currently on the table," Mayor Brian Bagley says.Bagley did not specifically detail any of those options, including what Longmont might do if the City Council decides the RTD is taking too long to get going on the Northwest Rail project
  • How Can Government Defend Against DDoS Attacks?

    Government Technology: For decades now, nations have engaged in battles over five domains: Air, sea, land, space and cyberspace. One reality for governments today is that their online presence presents an attack surface that can be included in coordinated attacks from various groups, including state-sponsored actors. Many have referred to attacks on any organization’s online presence as “fifth-dimension warfare.”One of the major fifth-dimension issues is the Distributed Denial
  • U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services, January 2021

    The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis announced today that the goods and services deficit was $68.2 billion in January, up $1.2 billion from $67.0 billion in December, revised. January exports were $191.9 billion, $1.8 billion more than December exports. January imports were $260.2 billion, $3.1 billion more than December imports.Full Text
  • NYC asks companies to expand broadband across the city

    StateScoop: New York City wants the telecommunications industry to propose new ideas, technologies and service models that would bring the city closer to achieving universal broadband under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Internet Master Plan,” the mayor’s office announced Wednesday.The city’s new request for proposals is open to virtually any telecommunications company interested in expanding broadband access within the city, de Blasio’s office said. New York is spec
  • Kentucky Lawmakers Advance Data Centers Incentives Bill

    Government Technology: Kentucky lawmakers on Tuesday approved new state tax breaks worth millions of dollars in hopes of luring large high-tech facilities that would provide an unknown number of jobs.The House budget committee passed House Bill 372, which would give an exemption on sales and use taxes to corporations like Amazon, Facebook and Google if they open data centers inside the state. The bill's drain on the state budget would start at $15 million a year and possibly rise, according to a
  • The States Where Driving Was Up and Down the Most After Covid Hit

    Route Fifty: There were sharp differences in how much drivers in each state hit the road last year in the months after the coronavirus pandemic struck, according to a recent analysis.
    Bumper.com, a company that provides vehicle history reports, examined 2020 Apple Maps data to learn which states and cities saw the greatest increases and decreases in driving, public transportation use and walking. To assess the pandemic’s effect on drivers in the U.S., Bumper looked at average weekly levels
  • Democrats forge deal to strip Cuomo's emergency powers

    Times Union: Democrats in the state Assembly and Senate finalized a deal Tuesday afternoon to strip Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's coronavirus emergency powers that he has held for a year.The powers were delegated by the Legislature last March, giving Cuomo the authority to issue executive orders with the force of law on any issue relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. That included altering specific regulations for businesses across the state, requiring mask-wearing and social distancing and limiting or sh
  • Zencity acquires analytics firm Elucd for broader sentiment analysis

    StateScoop: To capture a wider range of community sentiment on issues like public safety and public health, the Israeli data-analysis firm Zencity announced on Thursday it’s acquired the digital polling firm Elucd.Eyal Feder-Levy, the co-founder and CEO of ZenCity, told StateScoop his company will fold the community polling and data analysis capabilities of the New York-based Elucd into its civic engagement strategy to gather more community sentiment for its local government customers.
  • Michigan GOP: Relief Spending Contingent on Whitmer’s Power

    Governing: Michigan legislators are poised to pass a compromise plan detailing how to use billions in federal COVID-19 funding, agreeing to allocate much but not all of the approximately $5 billion given to the state in late 2020.But more than $1 billion of the approximately $4.2 billion allocated does come with strings attached — GOP measures aimed at stripping emergency powers from the state health department director, and ostensibly Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
  • Can Good Data Improve Policing and Prevent Excessive Force?

    Government Technology: Police departments have faced increasing scrutiny over the last decade, with public criticism reaching a peak after a Minneapolis police officer brutally killed George Floyd while he was in custody last year. How should law enforcement agencies encourage better police work? Durham, N.C., intends to answer this question with a data system that will inform supervisors about officers who exemplify best community practices or display warning signs of inappropriate conduct.
  • Biden Criticizes ‘Neanderthal Thinking’ as Two Governors Roll Back Mask Mandates

    Route Fifty: President Biden on Wednesday knocked the governors of Texas and Mississippi for revoking mask mandates in their states, calling the moves “a big mistake.”“These masks make a difference,” Biden said during a press conference, acknowledging progress the U.S. has made in manufacturing and distributing the coronavirus vaccine. “The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime everything is fine, take off your mask.”
  • Delaware Residents Fighting to Keep 5G Off the Beach

    Government Technology: During a Dewey Beach, Del., town meeting Tuesday, residents described the new 5G wireless poles that have been showing up along the beach as "disgusting," "cockamamey," "ugly" and "absolutely ridiculous."The opposition follows an ongoing trend among community members and commissioners who are frustrated that the town has little control over wireless infrastructure installed on roads and rights of way maintained by the Delaware Department of Transportation.
  • Biden plan to distribute virus aid irks some governors

    Associated Press: The Biden administration’s plan to funnel more coronavirus aid into states with greater unemployment has irked governors with lower jobless rates, even though many have economies that weren’t hit as hard by the pandemic.The $1.9 trillion relief bill working its way through Congress allocates extra money to larger, mostly Democratic-run states with higher unemployment rates, while rural Midwestern and Southern states that tend to have Republican governors and better
  • Personal Income and Outlays, January 2021

    Personal income increased 10.0 percent (monthly rate) while consumer spending increased 2.4 percent in January as provisions of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act enacted on December 27, 2020, began to take effect.Full Text
  • Gross Domestic Product, 4th Quarter and Year 2020 (Second Estimate)

    Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 4.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020, reflecting both the continued economic recovery from the sharp declines earlier in the year and the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including new restrictions and closures that took effect in some areas of the United States. The increase was 0.1 percentage point higher than the "advance" estimate released in January. In the third quarter, real GDP increased 33.4 percent.Full Text
  • Gross Domestic Product for Guam, 2019

    The estimates of GDP for Guam show that real GDP--GDP adjusted to remove price changes--increased 2.0 percent in 2019. This release also includes the results of a comprehensive update of the territorial economic accounts.Full Text
  • USAGov’s Five Tips for the 2021 Tax Season

    USAGov’s Five Tips for the 2021 Tax Season
    As the tax season approaches, you may have questions about filing your federal, state and business taxes in 2021. Economic Impact Payments, tax credits and other relief provided in 2020 have many people wondering how to file during the pandemic.
  • U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services, December 2020

    The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis announced today that the goods and services deficit was $66.6 billion in December, down $2.4 billion from $69.0 billion in November, revised. December exports were $190.0 billion, $6.2 billion more than November exports.December imports were $256.6 billion, $3.8 billion more than November imports.Full Text
  • Personal Income and Outlays, December 2020

    Personal income increased 0.6 percent (monthly rate) while consumer spending decreased 0.2 percent in December as many provisions of the CARES Act continued to wind down before the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act was enacted on December 27, 2020. Additionally, new restrictions and closures took effect in some areas of the United States.Full Text
  • Gross Domestic Product, 4th Quarter and Year 2020 (Advance Estimate)

    Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 4.0 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020, reflecting both the continued economic recovery from the sharp declines earlier in the year and the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including new restrictions and closures that took effect in some areas of the United States. In the third quarter, real GDP increased 33.4 percent. Full Text
  • States Expect Delay of Federal Unemployment Payments

    Route Fifty: The next round of federal unemployment benefit payments for out-of-work Americans will likely be delayed state officials are warning, as they await additional guidance from the federal government on how to implement the programs.It’s unclear how long it will take states to restart the $300-a-week federal payments, which supplement the varying amounts paid by states, the payments for so-called gig workers, or benefit extensions for those who have exhausted state aid.
  • How Seattle's new payroll tax complicates efforts to enact one statewide

    Crosscut: Seattle went its own way earlier this year by enacting a tax on large businesses with highly paid employees. Now, a proposal at the Washington State Capitol aims to enact a similar corporate payroll tax across the entire state.There’s a hitch, however: A statewide tax could be difficult to pass if it is layered on top of the one Seattle businesses already are paying.
  • COVID-19 Stimulus Could Expand Internet Access in Kentucky

    Government Technology: Tucked inside the $900 billion COVID-19 stimulus bill signed by President Donald Trump on Sunday are some significant broadband provisions aimed towards getting more Americans access to the Internet at a crucial time in the nation's history.More than $7 billion for rural broadband initiatives were included as part of the bill, which also includes $300 million for the construction of rural broadband connectivity and $250 million for expanding telehealth services.
  • San Antonio’s civic tech residency program announces new challenges

    StateScoop: To expand San Antonio’s technology workforce, the city announced on Monday that its civic technology-focused outreach program, CivTechSA, will debut new pitch competitions and coding programs aimed at students in 2021.The program, run by San Antonio’s Office of Innovation out of Geekdom, a co-working space in downtown San Antonio, will launch two pitch competitions that ask K-12 and college students to solve challenges in their communities with a technology-focused soluti
  • Chattanooga Hopes to Receive Migrating Remote Workers

    Governing: Sukriti Chadha was working in New York as a developer for Yahoo, never imagining life outside of a major city, when the pandemic landed and changed all her plans."I never even envisioned going to even Chicago, to be honest," says Chadha, who has been working remotely and living with friends on Lookout Mountain since April. "In March, it felt really unsafe to be in New York. The numbers were going crazy. Chattanooga, Tenn., seemed like a really cool place to be."
  • New York County Rebuilds Cyberdefenses After Attack

    Government Technology: Chenango County has nearly recovered from a cyberattack that affected about half the county government's 400 computers late last year.The last of the affected desktops and one server, which contains mostly archival materials, are being restored, according to Herman Ericksen, county director of information technology.
  • Stimulus extends unemployment benefits. Tens of thousands in NC may still be left out.

    The News & Observer: The new stimulus bill offers jobless Americans another 10 weeks of unemployment benefits, but that may not help the tens of thousands of North Carolina residents who have already been left out of the program.The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, established by the federal CARES Act, was Kat Ham and Aaron Helfgott’s last hope.
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