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Earl Gregg Swem Library

2010 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress

Categories: Housing/Homelessness,Statistics,Urban Issues

Provides national estimates of the extent and nature of homelessness in the U.S. and the use of homeless assistance  programs.  Appendix includes state and county homeless counts.  From the Department of Housing and Urban Development


Special Report: Education and Employment: Education Pays

Categories: Education,Education-Higher,Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Statistics,Virginia Issues

Traces the relationship between unemployment, earnings, and education attainment.  From the Hampton Roads Plan District Commission


Somalia: Recent Political, Security, and Humanitarian Developments

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Somalia,Terrorism

Covers recent military setbacks suffered by al-Shabaab at the hands of African Union and Kenyan forces, the suffering caused by the current famine, and recent efforts to promote a viable political process.  From the Library of the House of Commons


Piracy at Sea: Overview and Policy Responses

Categories: Crime/Justice,Great Britain,Nongovernmental organizations

Provides an overview of the problems facing the United Kingdom and world shipping from piracy and armed robbery at sea and summarizes the actions taken by the UK government and international organizations to respond to the problem.  From the Library of the House of Commons


Legal Issues in Mass Digitization: A Preliminary Analysis and Discussion Document

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Copyright/Patents,Libraries/Museums,Science/Technology

Discusses the issues raised by the intersection of copyright law with the mass digitization of books by Google and universities in the wake of a court refusal to accept the proposed settlement of the class action lawsuit brought by the Authors Guild against Google.  From the U.S. Copyright Office


Plan to Profitability: 5 Year Business Plan

Categories: Govt Finance,Postal Service

Presents the postal service plan for coping with what it calls electronic diversion, a weak economy, and increased funding obligations to reverse a path of unsustainable losses.  From the U.S. Postal Service


Quantifying the Role of Federal and State Taxes in Mitigating Wage Inequality

Categories: Federal State Relations,Income/Poverty,Statistics,Taxes

Wage inequality has risen dramatically in the U.S. since 1980.  This paper quantifies the role that tax policies of state and federal governments have played in reducing or failing to reduce wage inequality.  From the Federal Reserve


Pocket Guide to Transportation, 2012

Categories: Energy,Environment,Foreign Trade/Investment,Statistics,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

A compendium of statistics on U.S. transportation including safety, state of repair, economic competitiveness, and environmental sustainability.  From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics



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