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Consumer Protection

Access Board: United States Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board

Created in 1973, the Board is the federal agency which develops minimum guidelines and requirements for standards issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA), develops accessibility guidelines for telecommunications equipment and customer premises equipment under the Telecommunications Act, develops accessibility standards for electronic and information technology under section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provides technical assistance on those guidelines and standards, and enforces the Architectural Barriers Act.

Review Date: Friday, December 12, 2008

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. Information from AHRQ's research helps people make more informed decisions and improve the quality of health care services. AHRQ was formerly known as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.

Review Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER)

The Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) is a center within the Food and Drug Administration, an Agency within the United States Government's Department of Health and Human Services. CBER's mission is to protect and enhance the public health through the regulation of biological and related products including blood, vaccines, allergenics, tissues, and cellular and gene therapies.

Review Date: Monday, June 27, 2011

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Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) performs an essential public health task by making sure that safe and effective drugs are available to improve the health of people in the United States. As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), CDER regulates over-the-counter and prescription drugs, including biological therapeutics and generic drugs. This work covers medicines and other drugs, including fluoride toothpaste, antiperspirants, dandruff shampoos and sunscreens.

Review Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2011

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FDA Office of Women’s Health

The Food and Drug Administration Office of Women’s Health (OWH) was established by Congressional mandate in 1994. The mission of the office is to protect and advance the health of women through policy, science, and outreach and to advocate for the participation of women in clinical trials and for sex, gender, and subpopulation analyses. OWH achieves its mission by supporting scientific research and collaborating with other government agencies and national organizations to sponsor scientific and consumer outreach efforts.

Review Date: Thursday, August 25, 2011

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Federal Citizen Information Center

For more than 40 years, the Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC) has been a trusted one-stop source for answers to questions about consumer problems and government services. FCIC, part of the General Services Administration's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, has traditionally provided publications to consumers via the publications distribution center in Pueblo, Colorado. The Pueblo.GSA.gov website was where consumers could go to find information and order publications on a variety of topics from the federal government. Publications.USA.gov replaces the former Pueblo.GSA.gov. The new site provides better navigation; search; shopping experience; and now some of your favorite publications in popular e-reader formats. Additionally, we will use social media channels to keep you informed of new publications.

Review Date: Saturday, November 03, 2012

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Federal Communications Commission

The Federal Communications Commission is an independent federal agency responsible directly to Congress. Established by the Communications Act of l934, it is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable. Its jurisdiction covers the 50 states and territories, the District of Columbia and U.S. possessions.

Review Date: Thursday, August 28, 2008

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Health Resources and Services Administration - HRSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable. HRSA provides leadership and financial support to health care providers, and through its grantees, health care to uninsured people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and pregnant women, mothers and children. HRSA trains health professionals to improve systems of care in rural communities, and oversees organ, bone marrow and cord blood donation. It supports programs that prepare against bioterrorism, compensates individuals harmed by vaccination, and maintains databases that protect against health care malpractice and health care waste, fraud and abuse.

Review Date: Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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National Injury Information Clearinghouse, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Sponsored by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the clearinghouse disseminates statistics and information relating to the prevention of death and injury associated with consumer products. The Clearinghouse provides injury data from electronic data sources and distributes publications including hazard analyses, special studies, and data summaries. Each year the Clearinghouse responds to 6,000 requests for information from the American public. Information specialists search agency data bases to tailor responses to each customer's needs.

Review Date: Friday, June 26, 2015

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National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

This agency is the principal voice of the Executive Branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce on domestic and international telecommunications and information technology issues. NTIA works to spur innovation, encourage competition, help create jobs and provide consumers with more choices and better quality telecommunications products and services at lower prices.

Review Date: Thursday, August 28, 2008

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Office of Environmental Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

EPA's goal is to provide an environment where all people enjoy the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making process to maintain a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work. EPA's environmental justice mandate extends to all of the Agency's work, including setting standards, permitting facilities, awarding grants, issuing licenses and regulations and reviewing proposed actions by the federal agencies. EPA works with all stakeholders to constructively and collaboratively address environmental and public health issues and concerns. The Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) coordinates the Agency's efforts to integrate environmental justice into all policies, programs, and activities. The Office also provides information, technical and financial resources to assist and enable the Agency to meet its environmental justice goals and objectives.

Review Date: Thursday, December 15, 2011

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Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The Department includes more than 300 programs, covering a wide spectrum of activities. Some highlights include medical and social science research; preventing outbreak of infectious disease, including immunization services; assuring food and drug safety; Medicare (health insurance for elderly and disabled Americans) and Medicaid (health insurance for low-income people); financial assistance for low-income families (AFDC); child support enforcement; improving maternal and infant health; Head Start (pre-school education and services); preventing child abuse and domestic violence; substance abuse treatment and prevention; and services for older Americans, including home-delivered meals HHS is the largest grant-making agency in the federal government, providing some 60,000 grants per year. HHS' Medicare program is the nation's largest health insuror, handling more than 800 million claims per year. HHS works closely with State and local governments, and many HHS-funded services are provided at the local level by state or county agencies, or through private sector grantees. The Department's programs are administered by 11 HHS operating divisions. In addition to the services they deliver, the HHS programs provide for equitable treatment of beneficiaries nationwide, and they enable the collection of national health and other data.

Review Date: Monday, October 05, 2015

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Office of Tribal Justice, U.S. Department of Justice

The Office of Tribal Justice is the primary point of contact for the Department of Justice with federally recognized Native American tribes, and advises the Department on legal and policy matters pertaining to Native Americans: Provide a single point of contact within the Department for meeting the broad and complex federal responsibilities owed to federally recognized Indian tribes. Promote internal uniformity of Department policies and litigating positions relating to Indian country. Advise Department components litigating, protecting or otherwise addressing Native American rights and/or related issues. Ensure that the Department clearly communicates policies and positions to tribal leaders. Maintain liaison with federally recognized tribes, and work with the appropriate federal, state, and local officials, professional associations, and public interest groups. Coordinate, together with the Office of Legislative Affairs, the Department's legislative efforts relating to Indian country.

Review Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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U.S. Department of Justice

The U.S. Department of Justice is headed by the Attorney General, the chief law enforcement officer of the Federal Government, whose main responsibility is to represent the United States in legal matters generally and give advice and opinions to the President and to the heads of the executive departments of the Government.

Review Date: Thursday, November 17, 2011

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration

FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines more effective, safer, and more affordable and by helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to maintain and improve their health. FDA regulates the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of tobacco products to protect the public health and to reduce tobacco use by minors. Finally, FDA plays a significant role in the Nation’s counterterrorism capability. FDA fulfills this responsibility by ensuring the security of the food supply and by fostering development of medical products to respond to deliberate and naturally emerging public health threats.

Review Date: Monday, August 08, 2011

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AARP is the nation's leading organization for people age 50 and older. It serves their needs and interests through information and education, advocacy, and community services provided by a network of local chapters and experienced volunteers throughout the country. The organization also offers members a wide range of special benefits and services, including Modern Maturity Magazine and the monthly Bulletin.

Review Date: Friday, October 24, 2014

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Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics

Since 1981, the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics (APUA) has been dedicated to strengthening society’s defenses against infectious disease by promoting appropriate antimicrobial access and use and controlling antimicrobial resistance. With a network of affiliated chapters in over 65 countries, more than 33 of which are in the developing world, APUA stands as the world’s leading organization conducting focused antimicrobial resistance research, education, and advocacy at the grassroots and global levels. APUA’s goal is to improve antimicrobial policy and clinical practice so as to preserve the power of these lifesaving agents and improve treatment for patients with acute bacterial diseases, tuberculosis, AIDS, and malaria.

Review Date: Friday, March 08, 2013

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Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute

The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute is a non-profit consumer-funded program acting as a clearinghouse and a technical resource for bicycle helmet information. Volunteers serve on the ASTM bicycle helmet standard committee and are active in commenting on actions of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. BHSI provides resources for teachers and helmet promotion programs, and an email newsletter.

Review Date: Thursday, November 17, 2011

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California Department of Boating and Waterways

The mission of the California Department of Boating and Waterways is to provide safe and convenient public access to California's waterways and leadership in promoting the public's right to safe, enjoyable, and environmentally sound recreational boating. Since the 1950's,acquatic recreational trends have become topics of interest, from water-skiing to fishing to windsurfing to personal watercraft operation.The Department of Boating and Waterways (or "DBW" for short) was created to help develop convenient public access to the waterways and promote on-the-water safety. Funded by vessel registration fees, boating fuel tax dollars, and boating facility construction loan payments, DBW's programs include: officer training, financial aid and equipment grants for the more than 100 local and state agencies that provide boating law enforcement; voluntary education for boaters in kindergarten through college and non-students; loans for the construction of marina and grants to build boat launching ramps; aquatic pest control in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta; coastal beach erosion control; vessel sewage pumpout stations grants; and helping local agencies pay for abandoned vessel removal.

Review Date: Monday, March 26, 2012

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Consumer Healthcare Products Association

Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), founded in 1881, is the trade association representing the makers of over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements. As such, the association acts as a liaison between the industry and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and Congress to ensure consumers have convenient access to safe and effective medicines and supplements. CHPA members companies are deeply committed to educating consumers about the appropriate and safe use of their products by supporting the CHPA Educational Foundation, the industry’s nonprofitl foundation building a better understanding of responsible medicine use among consumers of all ages. CHEC’s The foundation’s web address is OTCsafety.org.

Review Date: Thursday, August 20, 2015

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Consumers Union

Consumers Union (CU) is independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace and to empower consumers as they buy products and services. CU is comprehensive source for unbiased advice about products and services, personal finance, health and nutrition, and other consumer concerns. CU operates three Advocacy offices--in Washington, D.C., Austin, Texas, and San Francisco--that work on consumers' behalf on such issues as health care, food safety, financial services, and product safety. They testify before Federal and state legislative and regulatory bodies, petition government agencies, and file lawsuits on behalf of consumers. The Consumer Policy Institute, at CU's Yonkers, N.Y., headquarters, conducts research and education projects on issues of importance to consumers such as biotechnology, food safety and labeling, recycling, and sustainable consumption.

Review Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States, Inc.

The Federation is composed of 70 member boards whose primary responsibilities and obligations are to protect the public through the regulation of physicians and other health care providers. FSMB serves as a liaison, advocate, researcher, educator and information source to the public, to health care organizations and to state, national and international authorities.

Review Date: Friday, January 06, 2012

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Mental Health America

Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 320 affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation – everyday and in times of crisis.

Review Date: Monday, June 13, 2011

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National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association

Founded in 1984, this organization's mission is to speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courts. There are approximately 710 CASA programs across the country with some 42,000 women and men serving as volunteers in these programs. CASA programs evolved out of a WA judge's concern over making decisions about abused and neglected children's lives without sufficient information. He conceived the idea of using trained community volunteers to speak for the best interests of these children in court.

Review Date: Tuesday, October 06, 2015

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National Health Law Program

National Health Law Program (NHeLP) is a national public interest law firm with a mission is to improve health care for America's working and unemployed poor, minorities, the elderly and people with disabilities. NHeLP serves legal services programs, community-based organizations, the private bar, providers and individuals who work to preserve a health care safety net for the millions of uninsured or underinsured low-income people. NHeLP cannot provide legal advice to individuals.

Review Date: Monday, February 09, 2009

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National Patient Safety Foundation

The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) is a nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to improving patient safety and reducing medical errors in the delivery of health care. The Foundation is comprised of health care practitioners, institutional providers, health product providers, health product manufacturers, researchers, legal advisors, patient/consumer advocates, regulators, and policy makers who are committed to making health care safer for patients.

Review Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2009

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Partnership for Food Safety Education

This organization is a public-private partnership--industry, government and consumer groups-- created to reduce the incidence of foodborne illness by educating Americans about safe food handling practices. The partnership's mission include: making safe food handling meaningful to consumers through communications that are positive, upbeat and inherently empowering to foster behavior change; and combining the resources of the federal government, industry and several consumer organizations to conduct a broad-based food safety education campaign designed to reach men, women and children of all ages.

Review Date: Thursday, May 24, 2012

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Poison Prevention Week Council

The National Poison Prevention Week Council includes 33 members representing national organizations and federal agencies with an interest in and commitment to programs aimed at preventing unintentional poisonings. The council coordinates the National Poison Prevention Week during the third week in March each year to highlight the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. In honor of this awareness week, the council conducts a nationwide poster contest to engage the community in helping to ensure the safety of children and adults.

Review Date: Friday, August 26, 2011

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The Commonwealth Fund

The Commonwealth Fund is a philanthropic foundation established in 1918 with the broad charge to enhance the common good. The Fund carries out this mandate through its efforts to help Americans live healthy and productive lives and to assist specific groups with serious and neglected problems. The Fund's current four national program areas are improving health care services, bettering the health of minority Americans, advancing the well-being of elderly people, and developing the capacities of children and young people. The fund's international program in health policy seeks to build a network of policy-oriented health care researchers whose multinational experience and outlook stimulate innovative policies and practices in the United States and other industrialized countries. In its own community, the Fund makes grants toward improving public spaces and services.

Review Date: Wednesday, July 16, 2008

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The National Coalition on Health Care

The National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC) is the nation's largest and most broadly representative alliance working to improve America's health care. The Coalition is comprised of almost 100 groups employing or representing approximately 100 million Americans and united in mission for better, more affordable, and more equitable health care for all Americans. The Coalition brings together large and small businesses, labor unions, consumer groups, religious groups and primary care providers. Distinguished leaders from academia, business and government have also pledged their support of the Coalition's efforts.

Review Date: Thursday, December 29, 2011

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