Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight Annual Report to Congress 2008

Categories: Housing/Homelessness

Annual report of the agency which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Finds that both agencies, despite large losses in the second half of the year, did a good job of providing stability and liquidity to the conventional mortgage markets From the OFHEO.

Bankruptcy Filings Rebound in Calendar Year 2007

Categories: Business/Economics,Laws/Regulations

Reports that bankruptcy filings rose 38% in 2007 to 850, 912 compared to 617,000 in 2006. From the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts

Choosing War: The Decision to Invade Iraq and its Aftermath

Categories: Defense/Military,Headlines,Iraq

A highly visible case study of how the U.S. chose to go to war in Iraq, how its decision-making process functioned, and what can be done to improve that process. Finds that U.S. efforts in Iraq were crippled by a set of faulty assumptions, a flawed planning effort, and a continuing inability to create security conditions that could foster meaningful advances in reconstruction and governance From the Institute for National Strategic Studies of the National Defense University.

Report on the Cost, Oversight and Impact of Congressional Earmarks

Categories: Congress,Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Govt/Business Scandals

The first of two reports on congressional earmarks and defense procurement, this report discusses the results of an audit of earmarks exceeding $15 million dollars. From the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense

School Lunch and Breakfast Cost Study II

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Govt Finance,Welfare/Social Services

Provides a detailed examination of the cost of producing meals in the school lunch and breakfast programs during school year 2005-2006. In 78% of surveyed schools the cost of a reimbursable lunch was less than the federal subsidy. From the Food and Nutrition Service of the Agriculture Department

A Balanced Review of the Evidence Regarding Performance Enhancing Drugs in Baseball

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Athletics/Exercise

At head of title: Weighing the Committee Record. Summarizes the key findings from a high profile congressional hearing on the topic of steroids use by baseball players to document the reasons behind the committee request for a Justice Department perjury investigation From the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

2007 State Health Care Quality Snapshots

Categories: Health/Medical,Virginia Issues

Compares state performance on such criteria as types of health care, settings of care, and preventive services. Compare states against national averages or best performing states. From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Growing Disparities in Life Expectancy

Categories: Births/Deaths,Govt Finance,Medicare/Medicaid,Retirement/Social Security

Examines how life expectancy in America is becoming more unequal according to income and education factors, how this pattern of life expectancy compares to other countries, and the implications for social security and medicare. From the Congressional Budget Office