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Social Policies/Programs

Resources to research policy for social work practice.

Finding Federal Domestic Assistance

  • is a government site created to help citizens identify sources of assistance and benefits available. The site provides information from 17 federal agencies about more than 1,000 government programs. Users can search by categor, browse by state or by federal agency and find links to other federal resources providing programs and benefits.

  • - Government Benefits, Grants & Financial Aid
    This site provides links to information on government programs by broad topics, such as housing assistance, educational assistance, help for seniors and people with disabilities, assistance for children and families, and assistance related to health and nutrition.  

Government Accounting Office

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) works to improve the performance of federal programs established to benefit the citizens of the United States. It is responsible for both financial and performance audits of government programs and, according to their web site advises "Congress and the heads of executive agencies about ways to make government more efficient, effective, ethical, equitable and responsive." 

Browse GAO reports on their web site by date, topic, or agency. 

GAO Reports and Testimonies

Example GAO Summary Report - Elder Justice: More Federal Coordination and Public Awareness Needed  - June 10, 2013