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Moving Metro Forward: Report of the Joint WMATA Governance Review Task Force

Categories: Transportation,Urban Issues,Virginia Issues

http://www.mwcog.org/uploads/news-documents/BFla20101117090722.pdf

Report of the Task Force created by the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments on declining performance of METRO (Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority).  Calls for the creation of a METRO Governance Commission to oversee the operation and maintenance of the system.  The 7 member commission would include the governors of Maryland and Virginia and the DC Mayor.  From the Task Force

Social Security Reform: Raising the Retirement Ages Would Have Implications for Older Workers and SSA Disability Rolls

Categories: Elderly,Govt Finance,Retirement/Social Security

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d11125.pdf

Examines the potential effect of proposals to raise retirement ages on the level of disability claims as workers with physical limitations or health problems seek alternatives to traditional retirement age.  From the Government Accountability Office

Achieving Traffic Safety Goals in the United States: Lessons From Other Nations

Categories: Traffic Accidents,Transportation

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13046

Argues that the U.S. is missing opportunities to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries and that the U.S. should adopt safety practices that have been successful in other countries.   Examines traffic safety program management practices, risk reduction techniques, and the sources of public and political support for safety interventions.  From the Transportation Research Board

Interim Report on Causes of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Blowout and Ways to Prevent Such Events

Categories: Energy,Environment,Weather/Disasters

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13047

Numerous technical and operational breakdowns that contributed to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and spill in the Gulf of Mexico suggest the lack of a suitable approach for managing the risks, dangers, and uncertainties associated with deepwater drilling operations.  From the National Research Council

U.S.-South Korea Relations

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Korea

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R41481.pdf

Describes recent developments in U.S.-Korean relations, especially movement toward a trade agreement and strengthening of the security alliance.  Also discusses relations toward North Korea, and South Korean politics.  .  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

Latin America: Terrorism Issues

Categories: Cuba,Iran,Latin America,Terrorism,Venezuela

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/terror/RS21049.pdf

Describes the chief U.S. concerns about terrorism in Latin America, mainly from  groups operating in Columbia and the Andes, and from the relations of Cuba and Venezuela with terrorist groups and Iran.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

Countering Terrorism in East Africa: The U.S. Response

Categories: Africa,Spying/Intelligence,Terrorism

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/terror/R41473.pdf

This report provides an overview of current U.S. counterterrorism  assistance and intelligence programs aimed at countering the influence of groups like Al Qaeda and Al Shabaab.  It also describes the evolving terrorist threat in the region. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

Afghanistan: Rule of Law and Justice Sector Assistance

Categories: Afghanistan,Drug Trafficking,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R41484.pdf

Reports on the level of U.S. assistance to build institutions of law and justice in Afghanistan and the problems (instability, corruption, lack of educated officials, the existence of competing traditional systems of justice and the perception that well-connected Afghans are above the law) which prevent significant progress.  Also covers issues for the 112th Congress to consider.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

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