Happy holidays from GIRT!

Where would we government information professionals be without some government documents about the holiday season? Make some cocoa and settle down to read up!

A Brief Timeline of the National Christmas Tree, from the National Parks Service, offers a glimpse of National Christmas Trees past.

Christmas Proclamation Issued by President Roosevelt, December 24, 1942, available from the National Archives, offers a glimpse of a bleak holiday season in American history.

Are You Dreaming of a White Christmas? from the National Climatic Data Center may help you forecast the color of your own December holidays.

Crew of Apollo 8 – A View from Lunar Orbit, December, 1968, chronicles the space mission of Apollo 8 during a winter holiday long ago.

Wishing all of our readers happy holidays and a safe and productive 2015!

Government Information Round Table (GIRT)

Study of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program

As you may have heard, on December 9, 2014, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its Study of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program.  Currently, you can find links to the following document’s on the Committee’s home page.

  • Study of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program – Foreword, Findings and Conclusions, and Executive Summary
  • Additional Views
  • Minority & Additional Minority Views

The CIA’s response is currently available on the Reports page of its Library.

New report: Promoting Excellence for All

In his September 25, 2014 State of Education address, State Superintendent Tony Evers unveiled the “Promoting Excellence for All” report. Compiled by a task force of Wisconsin educators, Promoting Excellence for All highlights strategies to address the disparity of academic performance between minority students and their white peers.

Thank you to Abby Swanton at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for calling our attention to this great example of a government document helping us learn more about a current news story.