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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Initial Report to the Congess on the Troubled Assets Relief Program

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets,Govt Finance,Statistics

http://www.sigtarp.gov/reports/congress/2009/SIGTARP_Initial_Report_to_the_Congress.pdf

Explains how the Treasury Department has spent funds made available for the financial industry by the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, the results of audits and investigations to date, and recommendations for improvement. Covers the first $350 billion spent. From the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Assets Relief Program.

Climate Change and Water Resources Management: A Federal Perspective

Categories: Climate Change,Natural Resources

http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/1331/Circ1331.pdf

Explores strategies to improve water resources management by tracking, anticipating, and responding to climate change. From the U.S. Geological Survey and other federal agencies.

Economic Factors Slow State Population Growth Rate

Categories: Population/Census,Virginia Issues

http://www.virginia.edu/uvatoday/newsRelease.php?id=7585

Press release with link to detailed data. Announces latest officials estimates of population and population change. Reports that Virginia’s population grew by 1.2% between 2000 and 2005 but for the past 2 years the growth rate has been less than 1%. Growth rates in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads are greater than the state average. Provides estimates for cities and counties by age, sex, and race From the Cooper Center at the University of Virginia.

New Monthly Data Series on the Employment Status of People with a Disability

Categories: Disability,Labor/Employment,Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsdisability.htm

Introduces the beginning of a new data series on the employment status of people with a disability. Reports that the unemployment rate for people with a disability was 13.2% in January 2009, compared to 8.3% for people without disabilities. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Alternative Fuels and Advanced Technology Vehicles: Issues in Congress

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Science/Technology

http://assets.opencrs.com/rpts/R40168_20090127.pdf

Reviews the potential benefits and the major obstacles to implementation of alternative fuel vehicles. Also covers the most recent congressional policy developments. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by OpenCRS.org.

Causes of the Financial Crisis

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets,Headlines

http://assets.opencrs.com/rpts/R40173_20090129.pdf

Blames the relaxation of credit standards in the early 2000s and subsequent rise in rates of delinquency and foreclosures as the primary factor behind the financial crisis. Summarizes the arguments for particular causes, presents brief rejoinders, and offers references for further reading. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by OpenCRS.org.

Retirement Plan Participation and Contributions: Trends from 1998 to 2006

Categories: Retirement/Social Security,Statistics

http://assets.opencrs.com/rpts/RL33116_20090130.pdf

Compares and analyzes the results of three surveys by the Census Bureau of participation in employer-sponsored defined contribution retirement plans. Compares trends in participation, sums invested, and account balances. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by OpenCRS.org.

Medicaid: The Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP)

Categories: Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

http://assets.opencrs.com/rpts/RL32950_20090202.pdf

Explains how the federal medical assistance percentage has been calculated per state in the past and explores current proposals for change in the various economic stimulus proposals. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by OpenCRS.org.