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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Funding Emergency Communications: Technology and Policy Considerations

Categories: Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet,Terrorism,Weather/Disasters

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R41842.pdf

Describes efforts of Congress to fund seamless emergency communications among first responders since 9/11.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Application of Religious Law in U.S. Courts: Selected Legal Issues

Categories: Crime/Justice,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41824.pdf

This report discusses proposals to limit the consideration by domestic courts of religious principles in general and Islamic Law in particular.  It explains the role that religious law and belief may play in U.S. courts and analyzes the constitutional protections for religion in the First Amendment.  Also considers potential unintended consequences of restrictions on the consideration of religious or foreign law.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Legislative History Research: A Basic Guide

Categories: Congress,Govt Processes/Organization,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41865.pdf

Provides an overview of federal legislative history research, the legislative process, and where to find congressional documents.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

The Global Climate Change Initiative (GCCI): Budget Authority and Request, FY 2008-FY 2012

Categories: Climate Change,Foreign Assistance,Govt Finance

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41845.pdf

Describes proposed funding for a program that attempts to integrate climate change considerations into foreign assistance through fostering low-carbon growth, promoting sustainable development, and reducing emissions from deforestation and land degradation.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

FBI Directorship: History and Congressional Action

Categories: Crime/Justice,Govt Personnel,Govt Processes/Organization

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41850.pdf

Provides legislative history relating to the appointment of the FBI Director,  information on the nominees for the position since 1972, and the precedent and constitutionality for lengthening the tenure of the office for the incumbent.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Severe Thunderstorms and Tornadoes in the United States

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Science/Technology,Weather/Disasters

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R40097.pdf

Describes increase in number of and damage from severe thunderstorms and tornadoes in recent years.  Presents issues for consideration by Congress including investment in hazard mitigation strategies and technologies and whether policies to mitigate long-term climate change will reduce future damages from storms.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Opportunity for all: How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at U.S. Libraries

Categories: Libraries/Museums,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.imls.gov/pdf/OpportunityForAll.pdf

Describes the characteristics of people who use public access computers and Internet connections, the types of use they engage in, and the impact that use has on their lives, their families and friends, and the communities they live in.  From the Institute of Museum and Library Services and private partners

 

Opportunity for All: How Library Policies and Practices Impact Public Internet Access

Categories: Libraries/Museums,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.imls.gov/pdf/OppForAll2.pdf

This report explores the factors involved in providing and supporting public access technology services through public libraries.  From the Institute of Museum and Library Services and private partners

 

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