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Executive Branch

White House Administration/
Includes information on President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama as well as the cabinet.

Office of Management & Budget (OMB) Office of Management & Budget predominant mission is to assist the President in overseeing the preparation of the Federal budget and to supervise its administration in Executive Branch agencies. This site contains information on the President's Budget and supporting documents. It also contains a link to the Government Printing Office where documents can be ordered or downloaded.

Legislative Branch

United States Senate - From this site you can contact your Senator, look up the status of a bill in the Senate or check on the schedule for Senate business.

Web page for Iowa Senator Charles Grassley(R)
Web page for Iowa Senator Tom Harkin(D)

United States House of Representatives - From this site you can contact your Representative, look up the status of a bill in the House or check on the schedule for House business.

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The Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) mission is to provide the Congress with objective, timely, nonpartisan analyses needed for economic and budget decisions and with the information and estimates required for the Congressional budget process.

The General Accounting Office (GAO) Government accounting office is the investigative arm of Congress. Charged with examining matters relating to the receipt and disbursement of public funds, GAO performs audits and evaluations of Government programs and activities.

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Judicial Branch

The Federal Judiciary US Judicial Branch is the U.S. federal court system which presents judicial news and resource directories.

Federal Agencies/Departments

Access America for Seniors The website for seniors to conduct business with and get information from the government … all in one place!

Administration on Aging a department of the US Department of Health and Human Services, was established by the Older Americans Act. AoA provides information designed for Older Americans and their families as well as those concerned about providing the opportunities and services to enrich the lives of older persons and support their independence.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. The BLS is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor. The BLS also serves as a statistical resource to the Department of Labor.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), is an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services, which promotes health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is the federal agency that administers the Medicare
and Medicaid insurance programs. In addition to providing health insurance, CMS also performs a number of quality-focused activities, including regulation of laboratory testing (CLIA), surveys and certification, development of coverage policies, and quality-of-care improvement.

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The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) provides information on VA programs, veterans benefits, VA facilities worldwide, and VA medical automation software.

The General Services Administration (GSA) provides expertly managed space, supplies, services, and solutions, at the best value, to enable Federal employees to accomplish their missions. GSA negotiates contracts for goods and services purchased from the private sector

The Government Printing Office (GPO) informs the Nation by producing, procuring, and disseminating printed and electronic publications of the Congress as well as the executive departments and establishments of the Federal Government.

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) NCHS is the Federal Government's principal vital and health statistics agency. Since 1960, when the National Office of Vital Statistics and the National Health Survey merged to form NCHS, the agency has provided a wide variety of data with which to monitor the Nation's health.

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The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is the principal biomedical research agency of the United States Government. The NIA promotes healthy aging by conducting and supporting biomedical, social, and behavioral research and public education.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Health information, news and events, scientific resources, grants and contracts.

The Office of Federal Register (OFC) provides ready access to: Federal Regulations, by filing them for public inspection, publishing them in the daily Federal Register, and codifying them in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

The Social Security Administration (SSA) Provides information on retirement, disability, survivors and supplemental security income benefits.

The US Census Bureau is the collector and provider of timely, relevant, and quality data about the people and economy of the United States.

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Provides news and resources, information about community plans, buying and renting homes and doing business with HUD.

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) role is to promote equal opportunity in employment through administrative and judicial enforcement of the federal civil rights laws and through education and technical assistance.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ensures that the food we eat is safe and wholesome, that the cosmetics we use won't harm us, and that medicines, medical devices, and radiation-emitting consumer products such as microwave ovens are safe and effective

US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

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National Organizations

Access to Benefits Coalition
The Access to Benefits Coalition™ (ABC) is dedicated to ensuring that Medicare beneficiaries with lower incomes know about and can make the best use of all available resources for reducing the costs of prescription drugs, including the Medicare-approved drug discount card program and the Medicare prescription drug benefit (starting in 2006).

AFL-CIO Department of Employee Benefits is responsible for the development of policy on employee benefit issues including health care and Social Security.

AFSCME Retiree Program is a collective bargaining organization of the nation's largest public employee and health care workers union.

Aging Research Centre (ARC) provides a service that allows researchers in this field to find information that is related to the study of the aging process.

Alliance for Aging Research is a private, not-for-profit advocacy organization fighting for science policies in the nation's capital to speed breakthroughs for greater health, vitality and longevity.

Alzheimer's Association is your source for information, support and assistance on issues related to Alzheimer's disease.

American Association of Homes & Services for the Aging (AAHSA) represents not-for-profit organizations dedicated to providing high-quality health care, housing and services to the nation's elderly.

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AARPis the nation's leading organization for people age 50 and older. It serves their needs and interests through information and education, advocacy, and community services that are provided by a network of local chapters and experienced volunteers throughout the country. The organization also offers members a wide range of special benefits and services, including Modern Maturity magazine and the monthly Bulletin.

American Cancer Society consists of a National Society with chartered Divisions throughout the country, and over 3,400 local Units.

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a leading national resource for people who are blind or visually impaired, the organizations that serve them, and the general public.

American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is the premier professional organization of health care providers dedicated to improving the health and well- being of all older adults.

American Medical Association (AMA) is much more than a voluntary membership organization of physicians. It is the patient's advocate and the physician's voice. It sets standards for the profession of medicine.

American Society on Aging (ASA) Enhancing the knowledge and skills of those working with older adults and their families.

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The Arc (formerly the Association for Retarded Citizens of the United States) is the country's largest voluntary organization committed to the welfare of all children and adults with mental retardation and their families.

Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) is the only national membership organization devoted primarily to gerontological and geriatrics education.

B'Nai B'rith Center for Senior Housing and Services provides opportunities for seniors and their families to enrich their quality of life through participation in a comprehensive program which includes: expanded senior housing efforts; advocacy on behalf of issues important to seniors; continuing education, recreation, and travel.

Doctor Koop is a company led by Dr. C. Everett Koop and others who are dedicated to improving the quality of people's lives by empowering them to improve their health.

Families USA Foundation is a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health and long-term care for all Americans.

Gerontological Society of America was established in 1945 to promote the scientific study of aging, and towards that goal the Society publishes several refereed journals and holds an annual scientific meeting that brings together more than 3000 professionals for meetings, discussions, seminars, symposiums, exhibits and fellowship.

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Institute of Certified Financial Planners (ICFP) is the association of CFP® professionals which calls on its members to aspire to the highest levels of ethical conduct, personal development, professional competence, and service to the public.

Institute for Health Policy at Brandeis University's Heller School has achieved national recognition as a leading health care policy and research institution. The Institute conducts research, policy analysis, and technical assistance on issues of organization, delivery, regulation, and financing of the U.S. and selected international health care systems.

Liberty Matters is a service organization connecting grassroots America with public policy institutions and lawmakers to effect legislative and political change.

Meals on Wheels Association of America( MOWAA) represents those who provide congregate and home-delivered meal services to people in need.

National Association of Area Agencies of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) There are four principles guiding the N4A: 1) Advocate the role of all Area Agencies on Aging in their efforts to serve the elderly. Advocate for needed resources and support services that allow older Americans to live dignified and independent lifestyles. Advocate for the rights of older Americans at the national level. 2) Provide communication, training and technical assistance to enable America's aging network to efficiently and effectively serve and represent the elderly. 3) Act as a national focal point on behalf of Area Agencies on Aging in developing and implementing a nationwide system of community-based long term care using existing local aging networks. 4) Facilitate cooperative relationships between the aging network and other public and private systems to expand and enhance a comprehensive system of long-term care.

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National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) is the only association dedicated to protecting the earned retirement benefits of federal employees, retirees, and their survivors.

National Caucus & Center on Black Aged is the only national organization whose major focus is improving life for African American and low income elderly.

National Center for Public Policy Research National Center for Public Policy Research is a communications and research foundation dedicated to providing free market solutions to today's public policy problems.

National Committee to Preserve Social Social Security and Medicare National Committee to Preserve Social is a grassroots senior citizens' advocacy and education association with about 5.5 million members and supporters dedicated to protecting the entitlements on which millions of older Americans rely.

National Council of Senior Citizens (NCSC) keeps its finger on the pulse of the concerns of older Americans through its affiliates and translates those concerns into political muscle.

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National Council on Aging (NCOA) is an association of organizations and individuals dedicated to promoting the dignity, self-determination, well-being and continuing contributions of older persons through leadership and service, education, and advocacy.

National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) is the only national, charitable organization dedicated to making life better for all of America's family caregivers.

National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCoA) National Hispanic Council on Aging is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Latino elderly, families and communities through advocacy, capacity and institution building, development of educational materials, technical assistance, demonstration projects, policy analysis and research, and improving the housing stock.

National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) is the oldest and largest national, non-profit membership organization devoting all of its resources to advocating equal access to justice for all Americans.

National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) is America's leading resource for people seeking up-to-date, medically sound information on the causes, prevention, detection and treatment of osteoporosis.

National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC) advocates nationwide to promote the independence and well-being of low-income elderly individuals, as well as persons with disabilities, with particular emphasis on women and racial and ethnic minorities.

National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC) is the one-stop gateway for women's health resources and materials for consumers and professionals.

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