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Links to Consumer-Related Sites

Refer to this list of other sites for helpful consumer-related information.

Better Business Bureau's Philanthropic Advisory Service provides consumers with an impartial source for information on charitable organizations soliciting nationwide and for advice on sound giving practices.

Consumer Action Handbook, published by the Federal Consumer Information Center, provides advice and consumer tips on: car repair, purchase, and leasing; shopping from home; avoiding consumer and investment fraud; home improvement and financing; choosing and using credit cards wisely; and much more.

Consumer Federation of America is a consumer advocacy and education organization.

Consumer Product Safety Commission is directed to protect the public against unreasonable risks of injuries and deaths associated with consumer products.

Consumers Union is the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine. This site provides informative and educational materials on a variety of consumer issues.

Federal Communications Commission is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC handles public inquiries and informal complaints about these issues.

Federal Trade Commission enforces a variety of federal antitrust and consumer protection laws. The FTC offers access to consumer information from the federal government.

Home, Inc. is a private, non-profit housing organization which helps low income families in Des Moines, Iowa. They help tenets, landlords, and homeowners to resolve their housing issues.

Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging is Iowa's unit of the largest national program designed exclusively to address the social service and nutritional needs of persons 60 years and older.

Iowa Department of Elder Affairs serves all Iowans aged 60 years and older regardless of income. The Department is responsible for administering a wide variety of programs and services.

Iowa General Assembly (Legislature) provides information about the legislative branch including the legislators, legislative bills and the Code of Iowa (Iowa laws).

Iowa Public Interest Research Group is a lobbying group which works on a variety of consumer and environmental protection issues.

Iowa Utilities Board is charged with regulating electricity, natural gas and local telephone services within Iowa. Also acts on behalf of the Federal Communications Commission to investigate telephone slamming and cramming complaints. The IUB handles public inquiries and informal complaints about these issues. .

National Association for Attorneys General provides a link to the chief legal officers of the 50 states and six jurisdictions.

National Consumer Law Center is an advocacy and research organization focusing on the needs of low-income consumers especially regarding credit issues.

National Fraud Information Center provides consumers with information to help them avoid becoming victims of fraud.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has information on safety recalls; crash test ratings; child safety seats; bicycles; air bags; and impaired driving prevention.

Telecommunications Research & Action Center researches issues and publishes "TeleTips Residential and Small Business Long Distance Charts" to help consumers make informed decisions regarding long distance options.