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Annual Threat Assessment of the Director of National Intelligence

Testimony of Director John Negroponte before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about the current threat level including terrorism, Iraq and Afghanistan, proliferation, the Middle East, and instability in Africa and Latin America. From the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Avian Influenza in Poultry and Wild Birds

Categories: Health/Medical,Homeland Security

Describes measures being taken to control the spread of the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of avian influenza via poultry distribution and wild bird migration. . From the Congressional Research Service, posted by

Clean Air Act Issues in the 110th Congress: Implementation and Oversight

Categories: Environment,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

Reviews major clean air issues before the new Congress including the science underlying new ambient air quality standards, the role of federal versus state governments in controlling air pollution, and the appropriateness of economic versus regulatory approaches to controlling emissions. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by

Major Tax Issues in the 110th Congress

Categories: Taxes

Reviews major issues before the new Congress relating to federal taxes including reform of the alternative minimum tax, whether to extend a variety of tax cuts such as the expanded child credit, reduced individual tax rates, tax cuts for married couples, and the estate tax which are scheduled to end in 2010, and revenue raising measures that might offset the loss of revenue through cuts. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by

Possible Indexation of the Federal Minimum Wage: Evolution of Legislative Activity

Categories: Income/Poverty

Reviews the early experiments with indexation–linking the minimum wage to some outside economic variable–from the 1940s to the 1970s, and proposals before Congress since the 1980s. Also covers related issues that have emerged from prior debates. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by

Stafford Loan Interest Rate Reduction: Background and Issues

Categories: Education-Higher,Govt Finance,Govt Processes/Organization

Provides a brief overview of selected terms and conditions of Stafford Loans, the primary source of federal loan aid available to help students finance the cost of a postsecondary education. Also covers characteristics of borrowers, and a description of how current legislative proposals to reduce rates would compare with current terms and conditions. . From the Congressional Research Service, posted by

Trafficking in Persons Interim Assessment

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

Assesses the progress made over the past six months in combating trafficking in persons by those countries placed on the Special Watch List in the September 2006 annual report. From the State Department.

Federal Human Capital Survey 2006

Categories: Govt Personnel

Reports the results of the latest biennial survey of more than 220,000 federal government employees’ perceptions of whether, and to what extent, conditions characterizing successful organizations are present in their agencies. From the Office of Personnel Management.

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