Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

World Report on Disability

Categories: Disability,United Nations

http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2011/9789240685215_eng.pdf

Calls itself the first ever world report on disability.  Estimates that more than a billion people in the world are living with a disability and suffering  from poorer health, lower economic opportunities, and higher rates of poverty.  Offers recommendations to governments for improving the situation.  From the World Health Organization and the World Bank

 

Policy Options for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Govt Procurement

http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/121xx/doc12163/06-08-UAS.pdf

Compares the costs and capabilities of the Defense Department’s plans to purchase more Predator unmanned aircraft with those of alternative options for reconnaissance and light attack missions.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Persons Obtaining Legal Permanent Resident Status: Fiscal Years 1820 to 2010

Categories: Homeland Security,Immigration/Migration,Statistics

http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/statistics/yearbook/2010/table01.xls

Spreadsheet  which shows years and numbers of persons obtaining legal status.  From the Department of Homeland Security

 

Sykes v United States

Categories: Crime/Justice,Supreme Court/courts

http://laws.findlaw.com/us/000/9-11311

6-3 Supreme Court decision that fleeing police officers in a vehicle is a violent felony.  The decision continues the court’s struggle to determine the constitutionality of legislation that stipulates minimum 15 year terms for defendants convicted of prior violent felonies.  From Findlaw.com

 

Promoting Global Internet Freedom: Policy and Technology

Categories: Democracy/Peace,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R41837.pdf

This report provides information about federal and private sector efforts to promote and support global Internet freedom, a description of Internet freedom legislation from the 112th Congress, and suggestions for further reading on this topic.  Also provides information on censorship and circumvention technologies.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Executive Branch Reorganization Initiatives During the 112th Congress: A Brief Overview

Categories: Congress,Govt Processes/Organization,Presidency

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41841.pdf

This report describes the ways that executive branch reorganization can occur as a result of administration and congressional actions and describes recent initiatives for such reorganization.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Text and Multimedia Messaging: Emerging Issues for Congress

Categories: Children,Crime/Justice,Privacy,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL34632.pdf

Discusses the history and development of text messaging and the numerous issues for possible legislative consideration including distracted driving, spam, price fixing, protecting children from inappropriate content, sexting, cyberbullying, privacy and law enforcement use.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists