The Statistical Abstract is zeroed out in the Commerce Dept.’s budget for next fiscal year. This is a valuable source of facts and statistics compiled by the government since 1878. Even if some of those facts are available elsewhere, the “Stat Abs,” as its fans call it, makes it so convenient to have them in one place and to have sources for all that data.
Much more recent than the Stat Abs is Data.gov. This site allows anyone with the right programming skills to reuse government data. They can even use it to produce profit-making web sites. (You’d think conservatives would appreciate that.) However, it too is on the chopping block.
Tell your senators and representatives to fund these valuable sources of government information.