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Subject Specialist

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Frank Neumann
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Central Library - Reference
600 Soledad St
San Antonio, TX 78205
210-207-2500

Featured Magazines/Newspapers

  • Governing Magazine
    The magazine that focuses on state and local government.
  • Federal Computer Week
    Federal information technology focus.
  • Federal Times
    Federal Times is a source of information for senior U.S. government managers on trends and issues facing them in their job performance and career.
 

Favorite Books

America's Top Rated Cities (4 vols)
ISBN: 9781592375455
A statistical handbook.

Congressional Yedllow Book
Biographical briefs, suite numbers, phone extensions, district offices, cities and counties in each district, top staff aides, and updates on Senators and Representatives and their staffs.

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County and City Extra, 2014
ISBN: 159888719X
This trusted reference compiles information from many sources to provide all the key demographic and economic data for every state, county, metropolitan area, congressional district, and for all cities in the United States with a 2010 population of 25,000 or more

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Politics in America, 2014
ISBN: 9781452277837
Profiles of every member of Congress, including biographical data, committee assignments, election results and key votes, interest group ratings and CQ vote studies.

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Places Rated Almanac: The Classic Guide for Finding Your Best Places to Live in America
In this unique reference, every one of America’s 379 metropolitan areas is rated by factors that are important to anyone considering a move.

State Rankings
A statistical view of the 50 United States. Annual publication.

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Statistical Abstract of the United States, 2015
ISBN: 9781598887297
Statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States. Annual publication.

Web Sites of Interest

  • FirstGov
    The United States government’s official portal.
  • Federal Agency directory
    The directory lists current/active/existing U. S. Federal Government agencies.
  • United States Code
    The U.S. Code is the codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. It is divided by broad subjects into 50 titles and published by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
    An online and searchable version of the code of rules published by federal executive agencies.
  • U.S. Census Bureau FactFinder
    Your source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data at the state, county, city or zip code level.
  • Zip Atlas
    Demographic data by US zip codes and other geographic and political categorizations
  • City Data
    Just about everything you wanted to know about thousands of American cities and towns, in the form of statistics and demographic data.
  • Library of Congress -- Thomas
    Search current and past bills, view the latest legislative and committee actions, and link to issues of Congressional Record.
  • Congressional Record
    The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session.
  • TexasOnline
    Official portal of the State of Texas.
  • Texas Legislature Online
    Track current legislation or search the history of specific bils over the last twenty years.
  • Texas government employee salaries
    Search for current salaries of Texas government employees by name, position or agency.
  • Stateline
    Site provides current news, statistical data, links to official state government pages, and discussion of issues concerning state governments.
  • National Conference of State Legislatures
    View what issues state legislators are studying, and link to state legislature and legislators' sites.
  • Building Code Reference Library
    Detailed information on building codes for all 50 states, major cities, and some counties.
  • Who Represents Me?
    Who Represents Me provides information about current districts and members of the Texas Senate, Texas House of Representatives, the Texas delegation to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and the State Board of Education.
  • Election Precinct Locator
    Use your address to locate your voting precinct
  • 2016 Primary Voting Locations
    March 1 primaries
  • Texas Constitution and Statutes
    Access the statutes and constitution of the State of Texas. Can find and download sections of the statutes or search by keyword.
  • Texas Administrative Code
    The Texas Administrative Code (TAC) is a compilation of all state agency rules in Texas. There are 16 titles in the TAC. Each title represents a subject category and related agencies are assigned to the appropriate title.
  • Texas Municipal Codes
    Available ordinances for cities in Texas.
  • Welcome to Bexar County
    Bexar County home page.
  • Bexar County Appraisal District
    Within this site you will find general information about the District and the ad valorem property tax system in Texas, as well as information regarding specific properties within the district.
  • Bexar County records
    Search Bexar County's database for land records, assumed names/DBA, UCC records, marriage licenses, foreclosure notices, public notices, and more.
  • Official website of the City of San Antonio
    The San Antonio community portal.
  • City of San Antonio Code of Ordinances
    San Antonio’s searchable municipal code.
  • San Antonio Interactive Mapping System
    The City of San Antonio GIS Division along with the Development Services Department provides a mapping tool to find zoning, historic districts, and more.
  • Politics1
    Site provides information and access to resources on parties, candidates, ideology, issues, and news. It also offers articles about political history, debates, and political memorabilia.
  • Freedom of Information Act -- access to federal records
    The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides that any person has a right, enforceable in court, to obtain access to federal agency records, except to the extent that such records (or portions of them) are protected from public disclosure by exemptions or special exclusions.
  • Texas Public Information Act -- access to state records
    Texas Government Code, Chapter 552, gives you the right to access government records; and an officer for public information and the officer's agent may not ask why you want them. All government information is presumed to be available to the public. Certain exceptions may apply to the disclosure of the information.
  • Your retirement pension
    This article from Governing Magazine discusses the financial state of state and municipal pensions. Links at the end provide access to to the pensions within Texas and directly to the financial reports of TMRS.

    Texas state plans: http://www.governing.com/gov-data/finance/funded-ratios-for-state-pensions-retirement-systems.html (scroll in drop down menu)

    TMRS latest financial reports: http://www.tmrs.org/publications.php

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