Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Troubled Asset Relief Program: Two Year Retrospective

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

http://www.financialstability.gov/docs/TARP%20Two%20Year%20Retrospective_10%2005%2010_transmittal%20letter.pdf

Reflects on the accomplishments and unpopularity of  TARP which was designed to stabilize the financial system and reactivate the credit markets.  Also reports on the current financial status and the amount repaid to date by recipients of TARP funds.  From the Treasury Department.

Communications Requirements of Smart Grid Technologies

Categories: Energy,Science/Technology

http://www.gc.energy.gov/documents/Smart_Grid_Communications_Requirements_Report_10-05-2010.pdf

This report covers federal findings on the communications requirements of electric utilities and proposes specific recommendations for next steps to support these requirements for the development of a Smart Grid system.  From the Department of Energy

A Vision for High-Speed Rail in the Northeast Corridor

Categories: Public Works,Recreation/Travel,Transportation

http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/BlobServer?blobcol=urldata&blobtable=MungoBlobs&blobkey=id&blobwhere=1249215312103&blobheader=application%2Fpdf&blobheadername1=Content-disposition&blobheadervalue1=attachment;filename=Amtrak_NECHSRReport92810LR.pdf

Lays out a vision of high-speed trains, moving at speeds of 220 MPH, between Boston and Washington to revolutionize transportation, travel patterns, and economic development in the Northeast.  From Amtrak

State and Federal Minimum Wage Rates as of July 1, 2010

Categories: Income/Poverty,Laws/Regulations,Statistics

http://www.ceridian.com/www/content/3/10022/15985/minimum_wage_010110.pdf

Chart which shows current state and federal minimum wage rates, and, if applicable, an already mandated future wage rate with the effective date.  From Ceridian, a private business services company.

Public Perceptions of Energy Consumption and Savings

Categories: Energy,Environment

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2010/08/06/1001509107.full.pdf+html

Reports on results of a national survey of consumers on what measures they thought would be most beneficial to promote energy savings.  From the National Academy of Sciences