Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Results from the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: National Findings

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Smoking/Tobacco,Statistics

Presents national estimates of rates of use, numbers of users, and other measures related to illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco products. Also presents information related to mental health problems. Focuses on trends between 2002 and 2008. From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Summary Report of the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee

Categories: Science/Technology

Concludes that the U.S. human spaceflight program appears to be on an unsustainable trajectory with goals that outreach its resources. Proposes five alternatives for the U.S. human spaceflight program. Released in advance of the full report. From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The Use of TARP Funds in the Suppport and Reorganization of the Domestic Automotive Industry

Categories: Antitrust/Monopoly,Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets,Govt Finance,Manufacturing

Examines the financial crisis confronting the automobile manufacturers, the government decision to provide financing assistance, the tougher terms imposed on the auto companies compared to the financial companies receiving federal help, the conflicts of interest when the government becomes a primary shareholder in a private company, and the exit strategy. Concludes that the government is unlikely to recover the full portion of its investment in Chrysler and General Motors. From the Congressional Oversight Panel.


Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical,Mental Health

Brochure with general information about what schizophrenia is, its symptoms, what causes it, and how it is treated. From the National Institute of Mental Health

The Department of Justice’s Efforts to Prevent Staff Sexual Abuse of Federal Inmates

Categories: Crime/Justice,Sex Issues

Investigates trends in allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse of prisoners by federal prison employees from 2001 to 2008 and the effectiveness of effots to deter such abuse. Reports some progress but continuing abuses by various occupational categories of prison employees; offers 21 recommendations for preventing sexual abuse of prisoners. From the Office of the Inspector General of the Justice Department.

Chesapeake Bay Draft Reports

Categories: Chesapeake Bay,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Virginia Issues

Summarizes and offers links to the seven draft reports on strengthening federal efforts to improve the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay. The draft reports deal with water quality, targeting resources for better protection, stormwater management, climate change, conservation of and access to Bay landscapes and ecosystems, habitat and living resources, and scientific support. The draft reports were mandated by a May 2009 presidential executive order on the condition of the Chesapeake Bay. From the Environmental Protection Agency.