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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Family Educational Rights and Privacy: Proposed Rule

Categories: Education-Higher,Headlines,Homeland Security,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues

Provides the text of proposed revisions to regulations relating to the privacy of educational records. Designed to clarify when colleges can release confidential information to parents or law enforcement authorities about students who might be a danger to themselves or others to prevent tragic incidents like the shootings at Virginia Tech in April 2007. From the U.S. Department of Education.

Satellite Surveillance: Domestic Issues

Categories: Homeland Security,Privacy,Spying/Intelligence,Telecommunications/Internet

Reconnaissance satellites, first deployed in the 1960s for spying on potential adversary countries, were later used by civilian agencies to assist with mapping, disaster relief, and environmental tasks. Transfer of civilian use of satellites to the Department of Homeland Security raises issues of privacy and civil liberties. This report discusses legal issues surrounding the use of reconnaissance satellites for homeland security functions. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.

The Next Generation Bomber: Background, Oversight Issues, and Options for Congress

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance

Describes Air Force plans for developing a new long-range bomber by 2018, the current bomber fleet, and policy issues relating to capability and affordability that Congress must consider. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.

2008 Annual Report of the Boards of Trustees of the Medicare Program

Categories: Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid

Full title is 2008 Annual Report of the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds. Reports that the hospital insurance portion of Medicare is not adequately financed and that assets are expected to decline to $96 billion by 2017. Warns that federal general revenues are becoming a substantial share of total financing for Medicare. From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The 2008 Annual Report of the OASDI Trustees

Categories: Headlines,Retirement/Social Security

Full title is the 2008 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Federal Disability Insurance Trust Funds, popularly known as the annual report on the status of social security. Shows slight improvement for projected long-term financial status of the social security program, primarily due to methodological changes in projecting certain aspects of immigration. As in the previous report, tax revenues will fall below program costs in 2017 and trust funds will be exhausted in 2041. From the Social Security Administration.

Projecting Pyongyang: The Future of North Korea’s Kim Jong Il Regime

Categories: Korea

Explores the possible future of the current North Korean regime, constructs a number of scenarios, and identifies the most plausible one. From the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College.

Federal Guidance to Assist States in Improving State-Level Pandemic Influenza Operating Plans

Categories: Health/Medical,Homeland Security

Provides a framework to help the states, the District of Columbia, and the territories to improve their operating plans for responding to and sustaining functionality during an influenza pandemic. From the Department of Health and Human Services and 13 other agencies.

Foreign Relations of the U.S. 1969-1976, China, 1973-1976

Categories: China,Foreign Affairs

The official documentary historical record of U.S. foreign policy. The focus of this volume is on attempts to strengthen and formalize the relations of the U.S. with China during a period of political turmoil when policy direction shifted from the White House to the State Department following the resignation of Nixon as president. From the State Department.

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