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Commonwealth Data Point: Transparency at Work in Virginia,

Commonwealth of Virginia

Commonwealth Data Point is an excellent tool for understanding the basic implementation of financial expenditures. Find out budget data, or what was purchased on the state credit card. The website also provides demographic data, such as university enrollment and food stamp use. While browsing the website, you may want to consider how state and local governments implement policy decisions. What changes could you make to policy or spending practices?

Many Eyes from IBM,

IBM

Many Eyes is a collaborative, innovative resource for graphs, maps, charts, and other interactive resources. Users may browse data ranging from the status of smoking in Virginia restaurants (by county) to food safety or sports statistics. The website offers detailed information about different types of data visualizations (pie charts, histograms, maps, etc.) and ways to create such visualizations. Users may then input their own data into the website, complete with charts or maps. Many Eyes is an excellent tool for learning how to create and interpret many types of data sets.

Dr. Dean Ornish on the world's killer diet,

Dean Ornish

This video serves as an excellent background source for information about the obesity epidemic in Virginia and elsewhere. Drawing from CDC and other public health research, Dr. Dean Ornish discusses the effect of diet on obesity, cardiovascular,…

Legislative Meeting Schedule,

Virginia General Assembly

This website gives an updated schedule of the House and Senate committee meetings. Beside the Date and Time, the committee is listed with the exact location where the meeting is being held. Notice that not all of the meetings are held at the…

Basic Waste Management Fact Sheet,

Joe LaRocco

This document contains basic facts about solid waste management in Virginia written by Joe LaRocco. These facts include the amount of waste produced by one person every day to landfills,the importance of recycling, and how solid waste is…

Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2009 (Excerpt) ,

US House of Representatives

The Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2009 is a more recently introduced bill to try to extend federal recognition to six Indian tribes in Virginia (the Chickahominy Tribe, the Chickahomin Tribe Eastern…

What Criteria Must Be Met for Federal Recognition of Tribal Status?
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Testimony of Theresa Rosier, Counselor to the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs

This document contains testimony from the U.S. Office of Federal Acknowledgment regarding its criteria for federal tribal recognition. American Indian tribes who are federally recognized are eligible for additional rights and "inherent sovereignty." …

CDC Maps of Obesity Trends,

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

These maps show the United States obesity prevalence from 1985 through 2008. Obesity rates have been rising dramatically during that period. What are the causes of this rise in obesity? What should the government's role be in this public health…

Virginia Obesity Rates - CDC graph,

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

These graphs reflect growing trends in the "obesity epidemic" taking place in Virginia and other areas of the United States. The data was compiled by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a government department.

What are some…

Attorney General (Excerpt from the Constitution of Virginia),

Virginia General Assembly

This one-page selection from the Virginia constitution outlines the qualifications for the office of the Attorney General.

What role does the Attorney General play in Virginia government? Why does the Virginia constitution require that the…