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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Global Positioning System

Categories: Science/Technology

Describes current problems in maintaining the global positioning system, assesses progress in acquiring GPS satellites and other related equipment, and evaluates the level of coordination among federal agencies with GPS missions. From the Government Accountability Office

The 2009 Influenza A (H1N1) Outbreak: Selected Legal Issues

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Health/Medical,Homeland Security,Labor/Employment

Provides a brief overview of selected legal issues including emergency measures, civil rights, liability issues, and employment issues. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.

Assessment in Elementary and Secondary Education: A Primer

Categories: Education,Statistics

Describes the various purposes of currently-used educational assessments, technical considerations in assessments, and innovations, including alternative assessments. Also analyzes the use of assessments in accountability systems. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

Foreign-Born Profiles Map Series

Categories: Immigration/Migration,Maps/Geography,Population/Census,Statistics

These state-level maps show per cent distributions and some detailed socio-economic characteristics of the foreign-born population for selected countries of birth. Not all states available upon first release. From the Census Bureau.

Army Directive 2009-02: The Army Casualty Program

Categories: Births/Deaths,Defense/Military,Privacy

Establishes the new federal policy for media access to transfers of remains from combat theaters to Dover Air Force Base. From the Department of the Army.

Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey July-Dec

Categories: Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

Reports that more than 20% of American homes had only wireless telephones during the second half of 2008, an increase of 2.7% since the first half of 2008. This was the largest 6 month increase since the National Health Interview Survey began collecting this data in 2003

Basic Reading Skills and the Literacy of America’s Least Literate Adults

Categories: Education,Statistics

Reports on the results of the first national assessment of adult literacy since 1992. Reports on the percentages of adults in each of four literacy levels: Below Basic, Basic, Intermediate and Proficient. From the National Center for Education Statistics.

Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: Changes to Renewable Fuel Standard Program

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations

The text of the proposed regulation for modifying fuel standards for four types of renewable biofuels. From the Environmental Protection Agency

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