- Megasites - Major focused compendia that provide easy access to specialized subjects or tools.
- Virginia - Sources for the State
- General/National - References, lists, publications
- The Blonz Guide - One of those (probably ubiquitous) search sites where you can "Find anything findable by entering the key words in appropriate spaces and then hitting the appropriate (sic) button to start the search. You can also go to the search engine site by clicking on the underlined NAME of the search engine." Recently updated to include all of the newer engines (including Google). Some people have much too much time on their hands, thank heavens.
- GPO Access - The Government Printing Office might have to change its name to Government Publications Online if this site gets the attention it deserves. Your taxes already paid for creating the Federal Register, Congressional Record and carefully edited regulations, so why not browse those sources with a better search engine than leafing through library copies? As agencies come on-line, everybody benefits.
- IRS - Guess which is, to date, the friendliest, warmest, perkiest government site around? If you must restrict your sugar intake, you might want to try the (very well done) text-only version. A good search engine allows the intrepid to plumb the bowels of Title 26 of the U.S. Code.
- The Dismal Scientist - The pompous title is "An Economic Information and Economic Analysis Web Site:" but it claims to be "the best free lunch on the web." Lots of data (which can be personalized), excellent opening page with links to key indicators, and a breezy insouciance that obviously intends to bely its name.
- Virginia Association of School Business Officials
- Virginia Society of CPA's
- Treasurers' Association of Virginia
- Richmond Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants
- State Auditor of Public Accounts- Comparative cost reports and other information.
- U.S. Census Bureau Virginia Quick Facts- Detailed statistics on Virginia's Cities and Counties.
- Virginia General Assembly- But you can't tell the wealth of info in the Legislative Information Service by this page. It does have links to House and Senate information.
- National Association of Counties- Information about Virginia's counties and cities
- Bill Tracking- Searchable Database of the Code of Virginia, the Administrative Code, and Bills and Resolutions.
- Virginia State Documents- from the Library of Virginia, indexed by the department of origin.
- Standard & Poor's- One of the leading global rating agencies committed to providing the world's credit markets with accurate, timely and prospective credit opinions.
- The Fitch Ratings Public Finance Group- Analyzes and prepares comprehensive rating reports on the strengths and risks of the complex areas of the tax-exempt bond market. The Public Finance Group also rates the debt of state and local governments and their authorities, as well as the taxable debt of not for-profit issuers.
- Moody’s Investors Service(use of site requires a login) - Among the world's most respected, widely utilized sources for credit ratings, research and risk analysis.
- Government Finance Officers' Association- The site has been completely redesigned and updated in 2002, and provides many new services, including an "e-store" for online course registration and purchases.
- Kaplan's Auditnet Resource List- If you're vaguely interested in auditing and want to see what's available on the Web, or if you're severely interested in auditing and want to find everything you can, the KARL is the place to start. Regular updates, including changes in Web addresses, are available by free subscription and delivered by e-mail.
- Census Map Stats- Click on a state and you get information - click on a county and you get information - plus pretty good maps. May be a little esoteric but if you have a color printer, the maps look sharp when printed out.
- Federal Reserve "Beige Book" Report- Evaluates economic activity by district - but when you stop to think about it, useful for finance and budget officers as well.
- "The Web's Legal Dictionary"- Explains a lot of the legal jargon pretty clearly - usage could be a little dangerous, however - you may figure out what your County or City Attorney is REALLY telling you or the Board or the Council.
LINKS TO THIRD PARTY SITES
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