Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Prototype Estimates of Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2001-2005

Categories: Business/Economics,Manufacturing

Announces the initial release of statistics on economic output by metropolitan area in the U.S. Finds that real GDP grew in 327 of 363 U.S. metro areas in 2005. Current dollar GDP for the New York metro area was $1.1 trillion which would rank New York metro area higher than all states except California and 10th among all countries. From the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Social Security Reform: The Nature of the Problem

Categories: Govt Finance,Retirement/Social Security

The first in a series of issue briefs presenting the views of the Treasury Department on the financial challenges related to the social security program.

Who Could Afford to Buy a Home in 2002?

Categories: Housing/Homelessness,Prices/Inflation

Reports that 56% of American families could afford to buy a modestly priced home or condominium in 2002. Modestly priced homes were defined as those less expensive than 75% of the homes in the area of residence. In 1984 and 1988, 60% of American families were able to buy modestly priced homes. From the Census Bureau.

Occupational Pay Comparisons Among Metropolitan Areas, 2006

Categories: Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Virginia Issues

San Francisco (119) had the highest average metro area pay and Brownsville, Texas (78) the lowest during 2006. Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News scored a 91 on the relative pay scale.. Covers 78 metro areas and 9 major occupational groups for each area. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Greenland Snow Melting Hit Record High in High Places

Categories: Climate Change,Environment

Reports that 2007 marked an overall rise in the melting trend over the entire Greenland ice sheet and was greater than ever at high-altitude areas From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Presidential Claims of Executive Privilege: History, Law, Practice and Recent Developments

Categories: Congress,Presidency

Reviews past incidents where presidential claims of a right to preserve confidentiality of information have collided with legislative demands for access to such information. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.