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"The purpose of Data.gov is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government."
Data.gov came out of the Obama administration's "Open Government Initiative." Included are searchable catalogs of data, links to tools for mining data sets, a tutorial, and a form for suggesting additional data sets.
Try it out!! http://www.data.gov/
Also, check out the list of U.S. Government statistical resources from the library's Web site under "Find Government Information."