The original version of the holiday was in commemoration of George Washington's birthday in 1796 (the last full year of his presidency). Washington, according to the calendar that has been used since at least the mid-18th century, was born on February 22, 1732. According to the old style calendar in use back then, however, he was born on February 11. At least in 1796, many Americans celebrated his birthday on the 22nd while others marked the occasion on the 11th instead.

Beginning early next year, the Postal Service will introduce a First-Class Mail Global Forever Stamp.

The important role Latino peoples have played in the history and development of the United States is highlighted in the National Park Service’s newest online travel itinerary, American Latino Heritage.  From Christopher Columbus’ expeditions to the New World, to the struggle for civil rights spea

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) announced it will award NPR a $1.5 million grant to launch a major journalism initiative to deepen coverage of race, ethnicity and culture, and to capture the issues that define an increasingly diverse America.

The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and a coalition of other marketing and media groups have urged the United States Senate to oppose a provision that would prohibit colleges and universities which receive federal education funding from spending those federal dollars on any marketing or

The Federal Trade Commission, the nation's chief privacy policy and enforcement agency, issued a final report setting forth best practices for businesses to protect the privacy of American consumers and give them greater control over the collection and use of their personal data.

The AFL-CIO is launching a new, redesigned “En Español” website> as part of a continuous effort to engage with bilingual Latinos and provide useful information about workplace rights and ways to improve their stan

Pew Internet Director Lee Rainie was honored to give the Joe Pagano Memorial Web Analytics Lecture for the federal government’s Web Manager University. He discussed the latest Pew Internet data about the triple revolution in technology – in broadband, in mobile, and in social networking – and how these changes affect e-government and e-health activities by citizens. VIRE Presentation Here.

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) announced that President and CEO, Javier Palomarez, will join the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new Advisory Committee on Diversity Communications in the Digital Age.

President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Freddy Balsera - CEO of Miami based Balsera Communications to the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.

The White House and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the launch of “Digital Promise,”> a new national center created by Congress with bipartisan support to advance technologies to transform teaching and lear

The U.S. General Services Administration launched a mobile version of, the official portal of the U.S. government in Spanish with access to a bounty of government websites, programs and services.

From a former U.S. president to legends of Latin music to the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500-mile auto race to the garden of love, the 2011 commemorative stamp program has something for everyone.

Government agencies have begun to open up their data to the public, and a surprisingly large number of citizens are showing interest. Some 40% of adult internet users have gone online for raw data about government spending and activities.

More than 50 percent of the nation’s households have returned their 2010 Census forms, just weeks after about 134 million questionnaires were mailed or hand-delivered to homes across the country, according to mail participation rates recorded Tuesday.