Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Convergence in Global Food Demand and Delivery

Categories: China,Food/Nutrition,Health/Medical,Mexico

http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/ERR56/ERR56.pdf

Uses food expenditure and sales data for 1990-2004 to examine whether food consumption trends in middle-income countries such as China and Mexico are following trends in high-income countries. Finds that benefits of increased choices of foods in middle-income countries are leading to problems of high-calorie foods and increasing obesity. From the Economic Research Service.

A Review of the FBI’s Use of National Security Letters

Categories: Govt Secrecy,Spying/Intelligence

http://www.usdoj.gov/oig/special/s0803b/final.pdf

Subtitled: Assessment of Corrective Actions and Examination of NSL Usage in 2006. A follow-up report which describes and assesses the response by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department to the misuse of National Security Letters described in the first report. Also describes the FBI’s use of NSLs in calendar year 2006. Concludes the FBI has made significant progress in adopting corrective actions, but that significant intelligence violations in the use of NSLs continued to occur during 2006 prior to the appearance of the first report. From the Office of the Inspector General of the Justice Department.

Defense Acquisitions: Progress Made in Fielding Missile Defense but Program is Short of Meeting Goal

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Nuclear Arms

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d08448.pdf

Latest assessment of the costliest acquisition program in the Defense Department, the Ballistic Missile Defense System. Finds progress in developing some component parts but also finds the program is behind schedule, over cost, and the performance of the system remains unverified. From the Government Accountability Office.

Pensions Bill: Committee Stage Report

Categories: Great Britain,Labor/Employment,Retirement/Social Security

http://www.parliament.uk/commons/lib/research/rp2008/rp08-027.pdf

Discusses legislation before the British Parliament that would require employers to enroll employees in and contribute to a qualifying workplace pension scheme and a system of personal accounts. House of Commons Library Research Paper 08/27.