The U.S. Government
Frequently Asked Questions
  1. Can I apply to become an FBI agent?
  2. What is the salary of the members of Congress and other federal officials?
  3. I am making a model of the White House. Do you have pictures and plans?
  4. I'd like to know the name of the governor and all the mayors in the state of Georgia.
  5. What are the frequencies of VOA?
  6. What qualifications are required to become a presidential candidate?
  7. What are the U.S. federal government holidays?
  8. What is the proper way of addressing Ambassador, President, and Governors, Congressman in a letter?
  9. What was the U.S. defense budget for 2006?
  10. Where can I find photos of the President, the First Lady, Secretary of Defense?
  11. What is the salary of the President of the U.S.?
  12. How can I send a question to the National Archives? (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration)
  13. How can I become an American citizen?

Elections and Voting

  1. What percentage of the U.S. population voted in the last presidential election?
  2. What is the legal age for voting in the U.S.?

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo

  1. What is the name of the U.S. Ambassador in Japan?
  2. Do you have a list of all the U.S. Ambassadors to Japan?
  3. Why isn't a "green card" green?


Answers
  1. Can I apply to become an FBI agent?
    All FBI employees must be United States citizens. If you are a U.S. citizen and hold dual citizenship with another country, the FBI Security Division will have to review your file to make a determination if you are eligible for employment with the FBI.

  2. What is the salary of the members of Congress and other federal officials?
    It depends on the position. For example, Senators and Representatives receive $165,200, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives receives $212,100 annually (as of 2006). See "Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Officials: Process for Adjusting Pay and Current Salaries" for the complete list.

  3. I am making a model of the White House. Do you have pictures and plans?
    For photos, see the following sites: White House (front); White House (Back)

  4. I'd like to know the name of the governor and all the mayors in the state of Georgia.
    For a list of State Governors, see Current Governors, and the National Governors Association. For mayors' names, see: Mayors at a Glance, U.S. Conference of Mayors.

  5. What are the frequencies of VOA?
    You can find frequencies at VOA.

    English to Far East Asia, South Asia, and Oceania
    0100-0200 UTC 7200 11705 12005
    1100-1130 UTC 1575
    1130-1200 UTC 1575
    1200-1300 UTC 1170 9645 9760 11705 11730 15190
    1300-1400 UTC 9645 9760 11705
    1400-1500 UTC 7125 9695 9760 11885 12150
    1500-1600 UTC 7125 9645 12150 13735
    2200-2400 UTC 7120 11725 15185 15290
    2230-2400 UTC 1575

  6. What qualifications are required to become a presidential candidate?
    The U.S. Constitution states: "No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of president; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of 35 years, and been 14 years a resident within the United States." See the Constitution of the United States. Article. II. Section 1.

  7. What are the U.S. federal government holidays?
    The federal holidays are:

    New Year's Day (Jan. 1)
    Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday (third Monday in January)
    George Washington's Birthday (third Monday in February)
    Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
    Independence Day (July 4)
    Labor Day (first Monday in September)
    Columbus Day (second Monday in October)
    Veterans Day (Nov. 11)
    Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November)
    Christmas Day (Dec. 25).

    See Embassy holidays here.

  8. What is the proper way of addressing Ambassador, President, and Governors, Congressman in a letter?
    For Ambassador, "His/Her Excellency Full name, The Ambassador of Place name"; for President, "The President"; for Governors, "The Honorable Full name, Governor of State name"; and for Congressman, "The Honorable Full name, title". See this Forms of Address page.

  9. What was the U.S. defense budget for 2006?
    U.S. defense budget for 2006 was $419.3 billion.
    Source: OMB Budget Totals.

  10. Where can I find photos of the President, the First Lady, Secretary of Defense?
    For President Bush see this page. For the First Lady see this page. For President Bush's Cabinet members click here.

  11. What is the salary of the President of the U.S.?
    The annual salary is $400,000 from 2001. Click here for the salaries of the past Presidents.

  12. How can I send a question to the National Archives? (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration)
    Go to NARA records at NARA, and enter a question.

  13. How can I become an American citizen?
    Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is conferred upon a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). For a list of the general requirements for administrative naturalization see the USCIS website.

Elections and Voting

  1. What percentage of the U.S. population voted in the last presidential election?
    According to this press release from the U.S. Census Bureau, 64 percent of U.S. citizens voted in the 2004 presidential election.

  2. What is the legal age for voting in the U.S.?
    Eighteen. See U.S. Constitution, Section 1, Amendment XXVI

    AMENDMENT XXVI

    Passed by Congress March 23, 1971. Ratified July 1, 1971. Note: Amendment 14, section 2, of the Constitution was modified by section 1 of the 26th amendment. Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age. Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo

  1. What is the name of the U.S. Ambassador in Japan?
    The name and the bio are available here.
    Source: U.S. Embassy Tokyo

  2. Do you have a list of all the U.S. Ambassadors to Japan?
    Yes. See U.S. Ambassadors to Japan.

  3. Why isn't a "green card" green?
    What we know as a green card" came in a variety of different colors at different times in its history. The green card is formally known as the Alien Registration Receipt Card, Form I-151 or I-551. A Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) alien living in the United States may carry a card that is not green, but refers to it as a "green card." The alien does so because the card bestows benefits, and those benefits came into being at a time when the card was actually green

    In use today, the I-551 green card has been issued in various colors as well, including pink ("rose") and pink-and-blue. Despite these changes in form number, design, and color, the INS document which represents an alien's right to live and work in the United States will probably always be known as a "Green Card." Source: Why Isn't the Green Card Green?."



































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