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From the National Archives:

Operation Desert Storm — Declassified
This is the first page of the National Security Directive that authorized the start of U.S. military action in the Persian Gulf from January 15, 1991.  You can see all three pages of the top secret directive here.  
-from the Presidential Timeline

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From the National Archives:

Operation Desert Storm — Declassified

This is the first page of the National Security Directive that authorized the start of U.S. military action in the Persian Gulf from January 15, 1991.  You can see all three pages of the top secret directive here.  

-from the Presidential Timeline

How to avoid scams that appear to be from the government

Every day, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) receives numerous complaints from people who have been scammed.

Some of these complaints are from people who are encouraged to reveal information about their salary, benefits, tax rebate, or bank information.

In order to get this information, the criminals pose as Federal government representatives and make fake letters, e-mails, phone calls or websites that look real and official.

Protect yourself from scammers by following these recommendations:

Be wary of suspicious calls. Don’t reveal personal information like your Social Security number, bank account or credit card numbers to people who call and tell you they work for the government. No government agency will ever call you out of the blue and ask for personal data.

Sign up on the National Do Not Call Registry to stop telemarketers from contacting you.

Don’t pay money when applying for a free scholarship or grant. Government agencies will not ask for money upfront to process any grants or subsidies. These transactions are free and only official government agencies provide federal scholarships or grants.

Don’t believe false job offers. Many scammers use websites that look like they’re associated with the government to post jobs and offer guaranteed employment in exchange for money. Do not send money or reveal personal and confidential information to people who hand out brochures or study materials for job placement exams. Job applications in all government departments are free.

File a complaint

If you have been scammed or you suspect someone is committing fraud, register a complaint or get in touch with the FTC at 1-877-382-4357.

When filing a complaint you may be asked for the following information:

  • Date, time and phone number of the call you received
  • Name, website or email address of the organization that contacted you
  • The amount of money and form of payment that the scammer requested
  • Other pertinent details and information

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Come hang out with us IRL — apply to watch the State of the Union with us here at the White House as part of our SOTU Social.

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Come hang out with us IRL — apply to watch the State of the Union with us here at the White House as part of our SOTU Social.

Most Popular Topics of 2013

Like many other years, 2013 had its ups and downs.

We celebrated new life when a baby prince was born across the pond. We watched a landmark Supreme Court decision in the ruling on the Defense Against Marriage Act. We witnessed history when one Pope stepped down and another was elected. We mourned as a nation after the Boston Marathon bombings and we paid respects after Nelson Mandela died.

Through the ups and downs of this year, we’ve shared information with you on many different subjects. Here’s what was most popular on our blog and on USA.gov in 2013.

Popular Blog Posts:

  1. What is Money Made Out Of?
  2. Tips for Saving Energy in the Winter
  3. Changes to Federal Benefits after Supreme Courts Ruling on DOMA
  4. Weather visualization animated gif
  5. Government shutdown
  6. Northern lights over Iceland
  7. JFK and his children in the Oval Office
  8. First female pilot in the Afghan Air Force
  9. Southern lights animated gif
  10. Rosa Parks statue unveiled at the Capitol

Popular Pages on USA.gov:

  1. Home Page
  2. Unclaimed Money from the Government
  3. A-Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies
  4. Government Benefits, Grants, and Financial Aid for Citizens
  5. Government Jobs
  6. Government Shutdown (page no longer available)
  7. American Holidays
  8. Contact Elected Officials
  9. Government Sales and Auctions
  10. Government Departments and Agencies

Popular Links on USA.gov:

  1. Government Jobs
  2. Search by State for Unclaimed Money
  3. Federal Government Surplus and Seized Property Sales
  4. Contact Your U.S. Senators
  5. Federal Benefits
  6. Federal Grants
  7. Contact Your U.S. Representatives
  8. Unclaimed Tax Refunds
  9. Unclaimed Pensions from Former Employers
  10. Free Annual Credit Report

Popular Searches on USA.gov:

  1. Jobs
  2. Passports
  3. Immigration and Citizenship
  4. Benefits and Grants
  5. Social Security
  6. Affordable Care Act
  7. Credit Report
  8. Taxes
  9. Auctions
  10. Unclaimed Money

Every month we update USA.gov with the most popular pages, links, and search terms. See what’s trending now.

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