Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Changing Demographic Profile of the United States

Categories: Elderly,Immigration/Migration,Population/Census,Retirement/Social Security

The U.S. is getting bigger, older, and more diverse. This report looks at the fertility and mortality rates, the aging of the population, and the effect of immigration, then on related policy considerations such as retirement and pensions, intergenerational equity issues, and the health of an aging population. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.

U.S. Disposal of Chemical Weapons in the Ocean: Background and Issues for Congress

Categories: Defense/Military,Environment

Describes past practice of U.S. defense forces of dumping chemical weapons in the ocean, degree of risk involved in the aftermath of such dumping, and costs/benefits of trying to locate and retrieve such contaminants. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.

U.S. Tsunami Preparedness

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Homeland Security,Weather/Disasters

The Pacific coast states as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are the U.S. areas which face the greatest threat from a tsunami. This report discusses the effectiveness of the existing federal warning system and offers recommendations for improved software and planning. From the Government Accountability Office.

Trafficking in Persons Report: 2006

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Immigration/Migration,Women

The sixth annual report on the modern day slave trade which ensnares 800,000 people. Arranges countries into three tiers depending on their degree of complicity in trafficking. Country reports describe what efforts have been made by each country to prosecute traffickers, protect victims, and prevent further occurrences. From the U.S. State Department.