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Government Resources on the Web

This guide acts as a quick reference to Federal, State, and City resources. It also includes information on non-partisan political organizations. To begin research on matters related to government operations, statistics, and policies, consult the extensive list of links maintained by the Serial and Government Publications Division of the Library of Congress at


Federal Government IRS Tax Forms Government Publications Federal Statistics Congressional Directory Census Information Medicare Benefits Social Security Information Passport Services


California Government State Government Voter Registration Department of Motor Vehicles Legislative Information State Senate State Assembly State Judicial Branch  California State Tax Services


San Francisco Government City Government  City Services Contact Info Jury Duty San Francisco Bicycle Coalition BART Muni Ferry Service SFO Parking Association of Bay Area Governments



Non-Partisan Sources of Political Information is not affiliated with the U.S. Congress; it is a website dedicated to political advocacy and activism. The site includes a blog with state-by-state updates, advocacy guides, and contact information for elected officials.

This site reports on campaign finance, lobbying, and ethics in government. You will find detailed financial profiles of Presidential, House, and Senate candidates as well as exhaustive listings of contributions made by PACs, lobbyists, and individuals. is maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics. The organization’s stated aims are to “inform citizens about how money in politics affects their lives, empower voters and activists by providing unbiased information, and advocate for a transparent and responsive government.” This website is a resource for information about federal campaign contributions, lobbying data, and analysis.

For each candidate, this site allows the user to access candidates' biographical information as well as voting records, position statements, speeches, funding, and endorsements by PACs and lobbies. Vote Smart refuses financial assistance from all organizations and special interest groups who lobby, support, or oppose any candidate or issue.