Local Government Guide to the Internet
Chapter 13: Public Administration and Finance
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Guide to the Internet 
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State and Local Directories
Where to Start
Local Government Organization
Local Government Finance
Public Employment
School Finance and Enrollment
Miscellaneous Sites
Listservs

State and Local Directories
County Officials by Position Search, County Data Queries, National Association of Counties
Search for county officials in all service areas, from health to record keeping to legal.
www.naco.org/counties/queries/pos_srch.cfm

Local Governments and Politics, Documents Center, University of Michigan
City and county directories and websites, municipal codes and laws, associations of local government officials, and more.
www.lib.umich.edu/libhome/Documents.center/pslocal.html

National City Government Resource Center
Cities online.
www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/1389

Official City Sites
Official city, county, and state government websites.
officialcitysites.org

State and Local Government on the Net, Piper Resources
www.piperinfo.com/state/states.html

State and Local Governments, U.S. Library of Congress
lcweb.loc.gov/global/state/stategov.html

State Departments of Education, State Search, National Association of State Information Resource Executives
www.nasire.org/stateSearch/index.cfm

State Finance Offices, FinanceNet
www.financenet.gov/financenet/state/offices.htm

State Government and Politics, Documents Center, University of Michigan
Government directories, congressional delegations, state laws and regulations, governors, legislatures, associations of state government officials, and more.
www.lib.umich.edu/libhome/Documents.center/state.html

State Government Budgets, FinanceNet
www.financenet.gov/financenet/state/stbudget.htm

State Search, National Association of State Information Resource Executives
Departments within state governments.
www.nasire.org/stateSearch

Where to Start
About Counties, National Association of Counties
Examples of county codes, ordinances, and policies.
www.naco.org/counties

American Political Science Association
To see if your state has a university-affiliated local government institute, contact a political science department in your state.
www.apsanet.org/opps/depts-1.cfm

Census of Government, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Public administration and finance information for states, counties, and municipalities across the nation. Use these data to compare your local government with others.
www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/govern.html

County Technical Assistance Service Resource Center, Institute for Public Service at University of Tennessee
Examples of county personnel policies, a county revenue manual, a county government handbook, and more.
www.ctas.utk.edu

FinanceNet: Financial Management in Government
Contact your stateís financial office(s).
 www.financenet.gov/financenet/state/state.htm

Governments Finance and Employment Classification Manual, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Provides a set of standardized concepts and definitions that allow you to compare financial and employment activities of governments, both across time and among governments.
www.census.gov/govs/www/toc.html

Local Government Institute
Examples of budgets, job descriptions and personnel policies, procurement documents, a risk management manual, and much more.
www.LGI.org

Municipal Research and Services Center
A municipal research service in the state of Washington. Includes local government information on a wide variety of topics. Also includes examples of municipal codes, ordinances, contracts and budgets.
www.mrsc.org

Municipal Technical Advisory Service
Examples of city codes and ordinances, job descriptions, a solid waste handbook, a municipal handbook, and more.
www.mtas.utk.edu

National Association of Counties (NACo)
Created in 1935 to give county officials a strong voice in the nation's capital, it is the only national organization that represents county governments. NACo provides an extensive line of services to its members, including legislative, research, and technical as well as public affairs assistance.
www.naco.org

National League of Cities
The country's largest and most representative organization serving municipal governments. Includes links to state municipal leagues, publications, technical assistance, legislative priorities, and much more.
www.nlc.org

Southern Consortium of University Public Service Organizations, Southern Growth Policies Board
In the South, use this site to see if your state has a university-affiliated local government institute.
www.southern.org/leadership/aboutSCUPSO.html

State Associations, National Association of Counties
Contact your state association for help with finding policy-related information or fiscal data related to public administration and finance.
www.NACo.org/affils/st_assoc.cfm

State Municipal Leagues, National League of Cities
Contact your stateís league for help with finding policy-related information or fiscal data related to public administration and finance.
www.nlc.org/nlc-leag.htm

Local Government Organization
Government Organization GC(1), Census of Government, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Number and selected characteristics of state and local government units and public school systems.
www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/gc97org.html

Individual State Descriptions, Appendix A, Government Organization, Census of Government, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Summary descriptions of each type of legally authorized local government in each state, corresponding to the five basic types of local governments recognized in Census Bureau reporting: county, municipal, town or township, school district, and special district government.
www.census.gov/govs/www/govstruc.html

Statistical Abstract of the United States, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
State and national figures on local government structure (in the State and Local Government section).
www.census.gov/statab/www

Local Government Finance
Annual State and Local Public Employee Retirement Systems, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Data from the 1997 Census of Government and the 1998 Annual Survey of State and Local Employee-Retirement Systems include basic counts and identifying information, measures of financial activity, and membership information.
148.129.129.31/govs/www/retire.html

Compendium of Government Finances GC(4), Government Finances, Census of Government, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Local government data on revenues (classified by type) and expenditures (classified by function).
www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/govern.html

Consolidated Federal Funds Report, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Federal government expenditures or obligations for all states, counties, and sub-county areas of the United States.
tier2.census.gov/cffr/cffr.htm or
govinfo.kerr.orst.edu/cffr-stateis.html

FinanceNet
Operated by the National Science Foundation to link government financial management administrators, educators, and taxpayers. Links are especially useful for financial managers.
www.financenet.gov

Finances of County Governments, Government Finances, Census of Government, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Information on revenue, expenditure, debt, and assets for individual county governments. Includes national and population size-groups to allow comparison of data.
www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/gc92fin.html or
www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/govern.html

State Tax Rates and Structure, Federation of Tax Administrators
Summaries of state tax structures, including state individual income tax and corporate income tax.
www.taxadmin.org/fta/rate/tax_stru.html

Statistical Abstract of the United States, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
State and national figures on local government finance (in the State and Local Government section).
www.census.gov/statab/www

Public Employment
Annual Public Employment and Payroll Data, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
National-level, annual survey of government employment that measures the number of government civilian employees and their gross payrolls for one month. Data are for the month of October through 1995. Beginning with the1997 survey, data are for the month of March. There was no survey between October 1995 and March 1997.
www.census.gov:80/govs/www/apes.html

Compendium of Public Employment, Public Employment GC(3), Census of Government, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
County-level data on number of employees by function, and October earnings for full-time teachers and all other public employees.
www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/govern.html

Statistical Abstract of the United States, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
State and national figures on public employment (in the State and Local Government section).
www.census.gov/statab/www

School Finance and Enrollment
Census Lookup, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Decennial census school enrollment data for public and private schools.
venus.census.gov/cdrom/lookup

Common Core of Data, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education
National database with information on all public elementary and secondary schools and school districts. Includes location, revenues, and expenditures. Updated annually. Limited information on private schools is available.
nces.ed.gov/ccd

Compendium of Public Employment, Public Employment, 1997 Census of Government, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
County-level data on number of teachers and October earnings for full-time teachers.
www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/govern.html

Digest of Education Statistics 1999, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education
School enrollment, revenues, and expenditures at the state level.
nces.ed.gov/pubs2000/digest99

Governments - PDF Publications, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
National and state statistics on public school finance.
www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/govern.html

Mini-Digest of Education Statistics 1997, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education
National-level education statistics.
nces.ed.gov/pubs98/minidigest97

National Institute on Educational Governance, Finance, Policy-Making and Management, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education
National leadership and support to develop and disseminate information that helps guide design and implementation of policy, management strategies, and finance systems that support high levels of learning by all students.
www.ed.gov/offices/OERI/GFI

National Public School and School District Locator, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education
School and school district information, including name, address, phone number, number of students enrolled, total FTE teachers, and student-teacher ratio.
nces.ed.gov/ccdweb/school

Public Education Finances, Census of the Government, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
School finance data for independent school systems.
www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/govern.html

Public Elementary-Secondary Education Finance Data, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Annual data on revenues and expenditures, debt, and assets (cash and security holdings) of individual elementary and secondary school systems.
148.129.129.31/govs/www/school.html

Public School District Finance Peer Search, Education Statistics Finance Center, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education
Compare the finances of your school district to districts with similar characteristics.
nces.ed.gov/edfin/search/search_intro.htm

School District Data Book Profiles, National Center for Education Statistics
Special school district tabulations of decennial census data, along with data from the National Center for Education Statistics. Topics include public and private school enrollment, student-to-teacher ratio, school revenues and expenditures, and characteristics of the population within the school district. Watch for an updated data book when Census 2000 data are available.
nces.ed.gov/surveys/SDDB
govinfo.kerr.orst.edu/sddb-stateis.html

School Enrollment ñ Social and Economic Characteristics of Students, Current Population Reports, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
National-level school enrollment data.
www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/school.html

U.S. Department of Education
A primary source of education finance and enrollment data.
www.ed.gov

Miscellaneous Sites
American Society for Public Administration
Largest professional association in public administration.
www.aspanet.org

The Gateway, Harden Political InfoSystem and capitolimpact.com
Extensive resource of state and local government information, including congressional delegation, state legislative delegation, county officials, cities in the county, law enforcement agencies, primary and secondary schools, post secondary schools, media, and much more.
hpi.www.com

Governing
Governing is a magazine for state and local governments, and articles from current and past issues are available. Internet resources for government officials and special reports are also found here. Its GovLinks site is especially useful.
www.governing.com

Government Finance Officers Association
An association of public-sector finance professionals. Website provides certification, consulting, finance links, publications, recommended practices, training, and more.
www.gfoa.org

Governmental Accounting Standards Board
Information on governmental accounting, performance measurement, financial statements for state and local governments, and more.
www.rutgers.edu/Accounting/raw/gasb

Governments: Federal, State and Local Governments (including Schools), Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Links to online data reports, including tax collections, state and local government structure, employee retirement systems, school finance, and much more.
www.census.gov/govs/www

Governments ñ PDF Publications, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Data on governments covering every level of government. Subjects range from property taxes to prosecutions, and from structure and finance to public employment.
www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/govern.html

International City/County Management Association
A professional and educational organization representing appointed managers and administrators in local governments. Website provides local government news, a clearinghouse of data and information about local governments, publications, and more. See Public Management, icma.org/pm, ICMAís monthly online magazine.
www.icma.org

Municipal Code Corporation
Links to municipal codes, minutes, a sample ordinance service, and other information for publishing municipal codes and placing them online.
www.municode.com

Municipal Codes Online, Seattle Public Library
Links to many of the nationís city and county codes. Also includes a link to state codes and related legal sources.
www.spl.org/govpubs/municode.html

National Association of Towns and Townships (NATaT)
NATaTís purpose is to strengthen the effectiveness of town and township government by educating lawmakers and public policy officials about how small town governments operate and by advocating policies on their behalf in Washington, D.C.
www.natat.org/natat

The National Center for Small Communities (NCSC)
The only national, nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to serving the leaders of the nationís smaller communities. Provides small town decision-makers with the tools to govern effectively and the skills to expand local economies, protect natural resources, and preserve community character.
www.natat.org/ncsc

Small Cities
Newsletter for municipal decision-makers in small, growing cities.
www.smallcities.org

Stateline.org
Excellent daily source of online state legislative and political news. Founded by the Pew Center on the States to help journalists, policy makers, and citizens become better informed about innovative public policies.
www.stateline.org

U.S. Conference of Mayors
News from around the country related to local government, reports on local economies, and a mayoral election database are all available.
www.usmayors.org

U.S. State and Local Gateway
Links to information of interest to state and local governments. Categorized by type (funding, tools, contacts, etc.), topic (education, public safety, administrative management, etc.), and current issues.
www.statelocal.gov

Listservs
Access Local Government
Topic Covered: Information about local programs, federal and state issues of interest to local government officials, and resources provided by the National League of Cities, International City/County Management Association, National Association of Counties, and Public Technology, Inc.
To subscribe, visit: www.nlc.org/alg-home.htm

LOCALGOV
Topic Covered: Local government issues, including housing, benchmarking, budgets, infrastructure, economic development, telecommunications, citizen involvement, and much more.
To subscribe, visit: archive.wln.com/localgov


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