March 4, 2008

National Consumer Protection Week

This week is National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW). Each year NCPW organizers choose a theme and this year's,"Financial Literacy: A Sound Investment," encourages people to master the financial facts of life. "It’s a sound investment: Financially savvy consumers are likely to make smarter decisions about managing their money, using credit wisely, and building a solid financial foundation for later."

Check out, the federal government's one-stop place for consumer information, for even more consumer information resources covering a variety of topics from product safety to homes and community.

January 8, 2008

January 8, 2008 - Switching to Digital TV

Thinking about the 2009 deadline for TV broadcasting's switch from analog to digital? On February 17, 2009, analog programing disappears and TV stations will broadcast only in digital. Many people, however, are not ready to give up their analog televisions just yet. Enter the digital box converter available at various retail stores across the country.

To help supply consumers with digital box converters, the NTIA launched the Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Coupon Program. All U.S. households will be eligible to request two coupons worth $40 each that they can use to purchase up to two converter boxes. The program began accepting applications on January 1, 2008.

For additional inforamtion visit the government's DTV website or to check out the DTV countdown.

September 28, 2007

September 28, 2007 - Gov Gab: Your U.S. Government Blog

The General Services Administration has introduced Gov Gab, an informal source of government information compiled by public services staff. They say "by blogging, we can share those fantastic finds, tips and information with you on a more personal level, to help you make your own life a little easier." Initial entries include information on getting ready for international travel, understanding the label "organic" and locating lost luggage.