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Sites That Promote Economy, Efficiency and Effectiveness in Local Government

The Economy and Efficiency Commission was created to facilitate citizen input on critical issues involving local government operations, management and policy development. Throughout its history, the Commission has moved earnestly and conscientiously to fully realize the goals of assisting local governments in their efforts to research and implement efficient, effective and economical solutions to complex problems. Thus, as a principal focus of our mission, we have prepared a resource list designed to assist in meeting the information needs of local government.

We are committed to continuing our endeavors to refine this list. If you believe that your local governmental site, or a related site, would contribute to this effort or have any recommendations for improvement, we would sincerely appreciate your completing the form available on our Get Involved page. The information provided on this form will assist us to ensure that the information provided is complete. It will also facilitate our timely response to you. If you would prefer, you can send the information via email to

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International Resources

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Australian Governments' Entry Point (
More information about Australia's System of Government is available from the Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade.

Australian Local Governments (
A listing of Australian local government resources.

Sources of UK Local Government Information (
Local government information within the United Kingdom.


Associations and Boards

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The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) ( )
The Association was established in 1939, is the largest and most prominent professional association in the field of public administration.

Association of Government Accountants (
An educational organization dedicated to the enhancement of public financial management worldwide. AGA serves the professional interests of financial managers from local, state and federal government, as well as public accounting firms, responsible for effectively using billions of dollars and other monetary resources everyday.

California State Association of Counties (
The primary purpose of CSAC is to represent county government before the California Legislature, administrative agencies and the federal government.

The Council of State Governments (
This site promotes state solutions regionally and nationally.

Governmental Accounting Standards Board (
This site contains information on the organization, operations and publications of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board.

Government Finance Officers Association (
GFOA is the professional association of state/provincial and local finance officers in the United States and Canada, and has served the public finance profession since 1906.

National Association of Counties (
NACo is a full-service organization that provides legislative, research, technical and public affairs assistance to its member county governments in the United States.

International City/County Managers Association (
ICMA is a professional and educational association for more than 8,000 appointed administrators and assistant administrators serving cities, counties, other local governments, and regional entities around the world.

National League of Cities (NLC) (
The NLC, which was founded in 1924, is the country's oldest, largest and most representative organization serving municipal governments.

The National Civic League (NCL) (
The League advocates a new civic agenda to create communities that work for everyone.

National Conference of State Legislatures (
A comprehensive listing of information, research on critical state issues, informative publications, provocative meetings and seminars, an unparalleled legislative information database, a voice in Washington, D.C., and an expert staff to assist legislators and staff in solving difficult problems.

Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC) (
This association is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that represents Washington's counties before the state legislature, the state executive branch, and regulatory agencies.


Publications and Research Organizations

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Little Hoover Commission (
Created in 1962, the Little Hoover Commission (Milton Marks "Little Hoover" Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy) is a bipartisan, independent body whose function is to promote efficiency, effectiveness and economy in state programs. (
This site is dedicated to exploring ways of enhancing citizen participation in the democratic process via the Internet.

Metropolitan Forum Project (http://

Speaker's Commission on State/Local Governmetn Finance (


Research Sources

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Government Resources (
Florida Atlantic University Libraries Government Resources of Local, State and Federal Government including important U.S. and international Documents

Politically-oriented Net Sites ( )
This section contains links to sites of political interest around the world.

US Government on the Web (
Hundreds of pages about the US government. Contains Federal, State, and Local Government Information.

Links to the World - Local Government (
This is a product of the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library.

US State and Local Gateway (
This site was developed by the National Performance Review to give state and local government officials and employees easy access to federal information in ways that make sense.

Explore the Internet (Library of Congress) (
Listing of Internet research tools.

State and Local Government, Library of Congress Internet Resources Page (
This site provides Meta-Indexes for State and Local Government Information.

Legal Resources on the WEB (
This site provides links to a variety of primary legal resources available on the Internet including U.S. Federal and State statutes, regulations, and case law, arranged by Title.

Local Government Web Site (
This site provides an overall view of the information world wide web can offer in the field of local government.

The Census Bureau's Federal, state and local financial data page ()
Census data on Federal, State and Local Governments (including Schools).

The Civic Network (
The Civic Network is an evolving collection of online resources dedicated to supporting civic life and citizen participation.

FinanceNet (
This site, established by the National Performance Review, uses the Internet as a home for public financial management worldwide.

Government Information Sharing Project (
The goal of the Project has been to demonstrate improved access to electronic government information, especially for remote users and the general public.

Government Resources on the Web (
An extensive listing of local, national, and international document sources.

UCI Libraries Government Resources (
This site presents a select collection of government resources available via the World Wide Web.

Lycos Top 5% Review: Government Resources on the Web (
A resource of the University of Michigan library providing an extensive listing of U.S. government sites.

International City Government Resource Center (
This website serves as a collection of city-related URL's from throughout the world. For ease of reference, this internet site has been broken down into the following six geographic areas of the globe: Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.

Local Government Home Page (
This site is dedicated to providing on-line information for city, county, and state governments.

National City Government Resources Center (
Listings of municipal links.

State and Local Government Information (
Resource of information on state and local government.

USA CityLink (
A comprehensive listing of United States cities and states.

City Net (
City.Net is a comprehensive international guide to communities around the world.

StateSearch (
This is a service of the National Association of State Information Resource Executives and is designed to serve as a topical clearinghouse to state government information on the Internet.

The National Purchasing Institute's Internet Public Purchasing Review (
This site uses "Newspaper Sections" to allow the researcher to view new articles and research past articles.