Government Resources · Consumer Information

Federal

Bid4Assets – Government Property Auctions
Online marketplace for buying and selling assets that have been forfeited or ordered sold by federal court order.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Current and historical information on labor issues, including the consumer price index.
Bureau of Public Debt: Frauds, Phonies and Scams
Scam alerts on falsely labeled treasury securities, bond frauds, and other investment rip-offs.
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Federal agency which regulates safety of consumer products.
Federal Consumer Information Center
Publications and links covering all subjects of interest to consumers, with online catalog for ordering.
Federal Reserve Board - Consumer Information
Find valuable guides on this site concerning credit reports, identity theft, mortgages and other consumer financial issues.
Federal Trade Commission
Primary federal government agency associated with consumer complaints and issues.
Food Safety
Information on food safety issues, including news and alerts, consumer advice, and report form for illnesses and product complaints.
GovBenefits.gov
Connects citizens to government benefit program eligibility. Includes information about programs for the elderly, veterans, and low-income citizens.
Household Products Database
Search this website from the National Library of Medicine for potential hazards in over 4,000 everyday products found at home.
National Do Not Call List
Register to stop annoying telemarketer telephone calls at this Federal Trade Commission website.
Postal Explorer
Gateway to essential US Postal Service resources such as the Domestic Mail Manual (DMM), Postal Rate Calculators and Rate Charts, ZIP Code Lookups, Business Forms, etc.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Southern District of Ohio
Bankruptcy forms, publications, court contacts, case information, codes, rules, etc.
USA.gov - Consumer Guides and Protection
Compilation of consumer information with links to product recalls and automobile crash tests.
USA.gov - Government Sales and Auctions
Buy new, seized, and surplus merchandise from the federal government.

State

Home Energy Assistance Program – Ohio Department of Development
Use the Combined Energy Assistance Programs application to apply for several federally or state-funded energy assistance programs.
Ohio Attorney General - Consumer Protection
Useful links and advice for consumers on scams, laws protecting consumers, and resources available to consumers.
Ohio Consumers’ Counsel - Residential Utility Advocate
Site of the agency established to represent the interests of Ohio’s residential utility customers in proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), other regulatory agencies and in the courts.
Ohio Department of Insurance
Useful consumer advice and an online complaint filing system from the department that regulates insurance companies and practices in Ohio.
Ohio Unemployment Insurance
Basic information on unemployment insurance benefits for Ohio workers.
OhioHeretoHelp.com
Information and resources from public and private entities to help Ohioans search for a job, find education and training opportunities, and learn about other services that might be available to them.
Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
Information from PUCO, the agency charged with regulating Ohio utilities such as electricity, natural gas, telephone, water and waste disposal, as well as rail, trucking, and freight movers; includes an outline of complaint procedure.

Local

Hamilton County Helping Working Families
Find out how to reduce medical, child care, food, energy, and prescription drug costs. Also includes jobs/hiring info and tips for avoiding foreclosure.