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Nonemployer Statistics: 2004

Categories: Business/Economics,Statistics

The U.S. added nearly a million business firms with no paid employees in 2004. Such small businesses grew by 4.7% to a total of 19.5 million, or more than 70% of the nation’s 27 million plus business firms. Among the fastest growing such firms are building finishing contractors, Internet services providers, and electronic shopping/mail-order houses. From the Census Bureau.

Natural Hazards Gateway

Categories: Weather/Disasters

Offers educational information to citizens, emergency managers, and lawmakers about seven natural hazards which could strike various parts of the nation: earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, volcanoes, and wildfires. Each section covers recent occurrences, news, and resources for coping. From the U.S. Geological Survey.

Nursing Home Complaint Investigations

Categories: Elderly,Health/Medical

Reports that state agencies did not investigate some of the most serious complaints about nursing homes within the time periods specified by federal standards and that oversight of state performance by regional federal offices is limited. The report covered 42 states. From the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services

Trade Remedies: A Primer

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment

With the breakdown of the Doha Round of talks, trade actions by individual countries may loom larger in the international trading arena. This report examines U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty laws and investigations, describes safeguard statutes and investigative procedures, and looks at trade remedy legislation in the 109th Congress. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the National Center for Agricultural Law Research and Information.

A Dynamic Analysis of Permanent Extension of the President’s Tax Relief

Categories: Govt Finance,Taxes

Uses dynamic analysis, a method of emphasizing the economic benefits and entrepreneurial incentives of reduced taxes, to argue the case for making recent federal tax cuts permanent. From the Treasury Department.

String of Pearls: Meeting the Challenge of China’s Rising Power Across the Asian Littoral

Categories: China,Defense/Military

Analyzes Chinese plans for naval strength in the Indian Ocean to the Arabian Gulf and the implications for U.S. global security strategy. From the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College

A Survey of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita Contracts and Grants

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Weather/Disasters

Final report on Department of Commerce grants and financial assistant awards made in the aftermath of the two 2005 hurricanes. The contracts were awarded to study the effects of hurricanes on selected structures in the region and to help Commerce installations and personnel recover from the storms. The grants were awarded to assist business recovery. From the Inspector General of the Department of Commerce

Intelligence Issues for Congress

Categories: Congress,Spying/Intelligence

Reports on the progress toward greater cooperation and effectiveness in the U.S. intelligence community since passage of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act in December 2004. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.

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