Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

National Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment Services: Highlights 2006

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Statistics

Provides information on the demographic and substance abuse characteristics of the 1.8 million annual admissions to treatment at state facilities for abuse of alcohol and drugs. From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Earmarks Executive Order: Legal Issues

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt Processes/Organization,Presidency

Presidential Executive Order 13457, issued in January 2008, attempts to curtail the legislative practice of spending via earmarked projects added to committee reports or other congressional documents. This report provides an overview of the provisions of the executive order, considers the degree to which presidential authority can control congressional spending directives, and evaluates potential congressional responses to the executive order. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by

Islamic Religious Schools, Madrasas: Background

Categories: Education,Religion/Ethics,Terrorism

Provides an overview of madrasas schools, their role in the Muslim world, and issues related to their alleged links to terrorism. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

Passports: Current Regulations

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Recreation/Travel

Describes how the passage of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative legislation in 2004 has affected travel to the U.S., including documentation needed for entry by air, sea, or land. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.

Direct Assaults Against Presidents, Presidents-Elect, and Candidates

Categories: Crime/Justice,Presidency

Identifies 15 different incidents and provides information about what happened, when, where, and, if known, why. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

Formaldehyde Levels in FEMA-Supplied Trailers

Categories: Health/Medical,Weather/Disasters

Presents preliminary key findings in detail about elevated formaldehyde levels, averaging 77 parts per billion, in trailers provided to refugees of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Also includes recommendations for residents and for public health officials. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Geographic Variation in Health Care Spending

Categories: Canada,Govt Finance,Great Britain,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid

Examines differences in health care spending by region, the reasons for those differences, and the implications for evaluating the efficiency of the health care system. Also compares geographic variation in health care spending in Canada and the United Kingdom. From the Congressional Budget Office.