Patricia A. O'Malley

Social Policy & Programs Consulting

Training and Services for agencies working toward social and economic justice

Patricia A. O'Malley
Social Policy & Programs Consulting    ~    Community Matters
P.O. Box 97803    ~    Pittsburgh, PA  15227   ~    412-310-4886    ~
Copyright Patricia A. O'Malley    ~    All rights reserved
Established 1993

It's Easy to Find Government Information
All Public Info is Available Online.

Meet Your Federal Bureaucracy
Your Tax Dollars At Work

Navigating the Bureaucracy 

You Can Influence Government Regulations
The Republicans are governing by fantasy.

Understanding Your Income Tax Return
Our Schools Need to Teach This Stuff.

The Federal Budget Process Never Ends
The Constitution Does Not Require Congress to Adopt a Budget.

How a Federal Government Shutdown Affects You
Here We Go Again.

Public Demonstrations Do Bring Change 
History is made by those who show up.

Petitions Don't Guarantee Success
What makes a proper petition? And are they useful?

Stuff That Isn't True
Forty Myths About American Government

The Postal Service Is Not a GOP Target
Congressional Republicans Just Want You to Think It Is.

How Much Do You Know About Your Government?
Take the Community Matters Civics Quiz

Political Party Conventions Have Several Purposes
Since our schools don't teach this stuff, this is what the conventions are all about.

Defining Standard Economic and Political Terms

Glossary of Political Terms

General Government

There are three levels of governmebnt:

Federal, state, and local.

These essays discuss assorted topics relating to your government.


Democracy won't work

without  an

intelligent, informed ,

engaged  public.

How a Federal Government Shutdown Affects You
Here we go again.

Donald Trump Threatens to Shutdown the Government
What happens when he tries to take his toys and go home

Government 101: Take the Plunge
Learn How Your Government Works

Read the Declaration of Independence
An Act of Treason; Not a Law

What is the Constitution Anyway?
And Why Don't Our Schools Teach it Properly?

Of the People, By the People, For the People 

What Does the President Do?
Our Schools are Supposed to Teach This, But They Don't Want You to Know It.

Defective Teaching Methods Produce American Political Ignorance
What’s wrong with our civics education and how to fix it.