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2011 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey Results Announced

Categories: Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

Reports that the Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab population is at its second highest level since 1997 and well above the target for the third consecutive year. Also reports that crab abundance declined in recent months due to this past winter’s deep freeze.   From the Virginia Marine Resources Commission

OMB Sustainability and Energy Scorecards

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment

Features scorecards released on April 19, 2011 showing how federal agencies are scaling back their use of electricity, water, and fuel and reducing the government’s greenhouse gas emissions. First returns showed EPA, GSA, and the Treasury Department getting high marks, and Transportation, Defense, and Labor Departments getting low marks.  From the Council on Environmental Quality

Iran Sanctions

Categories: Arms Control,Foreign Trade/Investment,Iran,Nuclear Arms

Updated report which describes recent developments in efforts to develop strict economic sanctions against Iran unless it agrees to confine its nuclear program to peaceful uses that can be verified internationally.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

Asylum and “Credible Fear” Issues in U.S. Immigration Policy

Categories: China,Colombia,Crime/Justice,Haiti,Immigration/Migration,Mexico,Terrorism

Provides an overview of current U.S. asylum policy including standards for asylum, information on source countries for asylum seekers, the unevenness of decisions in asylum cases, and selected issues relating to asylum including terrorist infiltration.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

Privacy Protections for Personal Information Online

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Privacy

This report provides a brief overview of selected recent developments in the area of federal privacy law and especially efforts made to strengthen personal privacy protection.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

On the Intelligence System Necessary in Case U.S. troops are Ordered to the Continent

Categories: Defense/Military,History,Spying/Intelligence

Fascinating document first declassified in 1992 which explains U.S. thinking on setting up an intelligence operation during World War I to aid U.S. troops.  From the War Department.  Posted by the Federation of American Scientists.

Virginia Department of Transportation Six-Year Improvement Program

Categories: Govt Finance,Public Works,Statistics,Transportation,Virginia Issues

Latest version of the 6 year plan for Fiscal Year 2012 is now available.  Search for road projects by district, jurisdiction or road system.  From the Virginia Department of Transportation

Numbers and Types of Public Elementary and Secondary Schools From the Common Core of Data: School Year 2009-10

Categories: Education,Statistics

Presents findings on the numbers and types of public elementary and secondary schools in the U.S.  Reports that there were 98,817 operating public schools in the 2009-10 school year.  Also provides information on school size, teacher/pupil ratios, and eligibility for free or reduced-price school lunch.    From the National Center for Education Statistics

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