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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Assessment of the United States Park Police

Categories: Homeland Security

Charges that the U.S. Park Police have failed to provide adequate security for such national landmarks as the Lincoln Memorial, the Statue of Library, and the Washington Monument. Also charges that USPP suffers from bad management, poor training, inadequate resources, and low morale. Offers 20 recommendations for improvement. From the Office of the Inspector General, Department of the Interior.

Value of Nation’s Mineral Production Rose Again in 2007

Categories: Natural Resources,Statistics

News release which announces that the estimated value of U.S. nonfuel mine production totaled $68 billion, a 2.9% increase from 2006. Also offers links to Mineral Commodities Summaries for 2008 with detailed reports by mineral. From the U.S. Geological Survey.

Budget of the U.S. Government, Fiscal Year 2009

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Statistics

Access to all major budget documents including the Historical Tables, the detailed Appendix, and the Analytical Perspectives. From GPO Access

Networked Nation: Broadband in America 2007

Categories: Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

Offers discussion and data about the spread of broadband Internet connections to American homes. From the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

Farms, Land in Farms, and Livestock Operations: 2007 Summary

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Statistics

There were slightly more than 2 million farms in operation in 2007, 0.6% fewer than in 2006. Total farmland also decreased by about 1.5 million acres. From the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Science and the Storms: The USGS Response to the Hurricanes of 2005

Categories: Homeland Security,Science/Technology,Weather/Disasters

Describes the response of the U.S. Geological Survey to four major hurricanes of 2005: Katrina, Rita, Dennis, and Wilma. Designed to inform the American people of federal government science that has been developed relating to hurricanes. U.S.G.S. Circular 1306

What is a Recession, Who Decides When It Starts, and When Do They Decide?

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets

Defines the term “recession,” identifies the organization that is generally responsible for identifying start and end dates, and discusses other problems in trying to identify business cycles. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by

Fact Check: The President, the State of the Union, and Appropriations

Categories: Govt Finance,Presidency

Partisan posting on alleged contradictions between the president’s State of the Union statements and his record of activities related to the budget last year. From the House Committee on Appropriations.

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