Presents estimates of participation rates for all eligible people and for the working poor by state in the program which replaced the Food Stamp program. Reports that 67% of eligible people received SNAP benefits in 2008. From the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Annual report about how enforcement of tax laws affects citizens. Calls for reform of the tax code and examines challenges for IRS in implementing the new health care law. From the Internal Revenue Service
Provides background on drug trafficking in Mexico, identifies the major organizations, and analyzes the context, scope and scale of the violence. Examines current trends in violence, prospects for curbing violence, and compares situation with that in Colombia. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by OpenCRS.org
Describes major policy issues connected to defined contribution retirement plans including effect of stock market volatility on family retirement savings, access to and participation in employer sponsored plans, contribution rates, investment choices, fee disclosures, and conversion of retirement savings into income. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by OpenCRS.org
Describes the threat posed by tropical diseases, efforts to combat the diseases, and the challenges facing those efforts. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists
Assesses the current state of collecting microbe samples used in law enforcement and terrorism investigations and calls for the creation of a secure “Library of Congress” of microbial pathogens. A 2009 JASON defense advisory panel document declassified via a Freedom of Information Act request. Posted by the Federation of American Scientists.
Provides background on the main provisions of a wide-ranging education bill which seeks to implement the legislative proposals in the coalition administration’s white paper The Importance of Teaching. House of Commons Library Research Paper 11/14
Reviews major clean air issues before the new congress including greenhouse gas regulations, emissions from power plants, and air quality standards. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by OpenCRS.org