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Government Publications-United States Federal Government

This guide was designed to help aid students and researchers locate information published by the U.S Federal government.

White House

Picture of the White House in Washington, DCThe White House  This is the official website for the White House and is a source of information about the current Administration, White House News and the three branches of US Government. Typical documents found here include: Presidential proclamations,  press releases,  Executive orders and Presidential memoranda,  the Weekly Address and Presidential agendas

  • The US National Archives - along with the Office of Presidential Libraries - oversees the Presidential Libraries for the Presidents from Herbert Hoover onwards. These Libraries exist both as "bricks & mortar" museums and as digital repositories. 


1. Public Papers of the Presidents 

The Public Papers of the Presidents is a compilation of Presidential writings, addresses, and remarks of a public nature. It is issued in serveral volumes for each administration.


2. Weekly Compilation / Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents  

The official publication of presidential statements, messages, remarks, and other material released by the White House Press Secretary.  While the Weekly Compilation has been published in print since 1963, it is only available online from 1993. Note, after January 29th, 2009 this publication was replaced by Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents, both are available from FDsys at the link above.

3. Presidents of the United States ( Library of Congress)

Contains a large selection of primary source materials associated with various Presidents of the United States, including manuscripts, letters, broadsides, government documents, prints, photographs, sheet music, sound recordings, and films..

4. The American Presidency Project:(UCSB)

Provides a comprehensive array of Presidential documents from 1789 to present. The archives also contain thousands of other documents such as party platforms, candidates' remarks, Statements of Administration Policy, documents released by the Office of the Press Secretary, and election debates. Includes State of the Union Addresses.

5. Presidential Papers Collection (Library of Congress) 

Coverage from  George Washington to John F. Kennedy.


The Budget of the United States Government .

1996 - present through GPO's govinfo site

Print: 1940 - 1971, see call no.: HJ2051.A57 and from 1972 - present, see call no.: HJ2051.A57.


  • UBC Library's print collection is complete from 1958-1971 and from 1978 - present. The print Budgets from the 1940s, 1950s and early 1970s are missing volumes. 
    • An unofficial version of the Budgets from 1923 to present is available online "through a partnership between GPO and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis" at FRASER.

Public Budget Database

The Public Budget Database provides account level detail for budget authority, outlays and receipts. The data covers a period from 1976 to a five-year projection (from 1962 for outlays). This data is provided in various formats along with a user's guide.
FY 2003FY 2004FY 2005FY 2006FY 2007FY 2008FY 2009FY 2010FY 2011FY 2012FY 2013FY 2014, FY2015, FY2016, FY2017-Present
The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (Transparency Act) requires a single searchable website, accessible by the public for free that includes for each Federal award:
    1. the name of the entity receiving the award;
    2. the amount of the award;
    3. information on the award including transaction type, funding agency, etc;
    4. the location of the entity receiving the award;
    5. a unique identifier of the entity receiving the award.

Presidential Messages

Weekly Compiliation of Presidential documents.

Compiliation of Presidential Documents (GPO's govinfo site)

  • 1993+
  • issued weekly on Mondays
  • consists of the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents and the Daily Compilation of Presidential Document
  • contains proclamations, executive orders, speeches, press conferences, appointments, nominations etc.
  • each issue has a cumulative index for the year, with separate quarter, semiannual and annual indexes
  • contents are later incorporated into the semi-annual Public Papers of the Presidents