Compares the budgetary and fair value costs of the two major federal student loan programs, direct loans and guaranteed loans. Also looks at options for modifying these programs including eliminating the guaranteed loan program after July 2010. From the Congressional Budget Office.
Presents 11 questions that should shape the next decade of geographical sciences research. The questions aim to provide a more complete understanding of where and how landscapes are changing. From the National Research Council.
Describes the implications of different methods for selling emissions allowances, and the experiences of similar programs such as the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative involving 10 northeastern U.S. states. From the Government Accountability Office
Reports that total value of state and local public employee retirement systems was at $3.2 trillion at the end of 2008, a huge drop because of the decline of the stock market. Press release with links to detailed tables. From the Census Bureau.
Examines current spending by the federal government on studying climate change and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Also analyzes recent patterns and trends in spending, reviews rationales for funding climate change programs, and assesses outcomes of federal climate change programs. From the Congressional Budget Office.