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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Bankruptcy Filings Slide in Calendar Year 2011

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets,Income/Poverty,Statistics

Reports that bankruptcy filings fell 11% in the past year with 1.4 million bankruptcies recorded compared to nearly 1.6 million in 2010.  From the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts


FBI Records: The Vault: Steven Paul Jobs

Categories: Crime/Justice,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

Redacted text of the FBI file on Steve Jobs.  The file was compiled as a background check on Jobs when President George H.W. Bush nominated him for a federal government position in 1991.  From the Federal Bureau of Investigation


Federal Government and State Attorneys General Reach $25 Billion Agreement with Five Largest Mortgage Servicers to Address Mortgage Loan Servicing and Foreclosure Abuses

Provides details of the agreement between the federal government, 49 state attorneys general, and five major U.S. banks to reduce mortgage amounts and interest rates for qualifying homeowners, and to make restitution to those who suffered from mortgage foreclosure abuses.  Further information available at the mortgage servicing settlement site.  From the Justice Department


Hampton Roads Population in 2011

Categories: Headlines,Population/Census,Virginia Issues

Hampton Roads population grew by an estimated 13,400 people in 2011 with all areas experiencing growth except Surry County and the City of Hampton.  James City County experienced the largest growth at 2.78%.  From the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission


USAF Force Structure Changes: Sustaining Readiness and Modernizing the Total Force

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance

Lays out plans for the Air Force to maintain mission strength while living through a period of defense budget cuts.  This paper focuses on achieving nearly $9 billion in savings by retiring nearly 300 aircraft in the next few years.  From the Air Force


NASA Space Technology Roadmaps and Priorities: Restoring NASA’s Technological Edge and Paving the Way for a New Era in Space

Categories: Science/Technology

Argues that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration should concentrate on the development of 16 high-priority technologies over the next five years that assist efforts to extend human activities beyond low Earth orbit, explore the evolution of the solar system and the potential for life elsewhere, and expand our understanding of Earth and the universe.  From the National Research Council


National Insurance Contributions: An Introduction

Categories: Great Britain,Health Insurance,Taxes

This note provides an introduction to the national health insurance system in the United Kingdom including the rates of contributions by employees and employers, the “pay as you go” basis under which the system operates, and the contributory principle or the connection between contributions and entitlements. The last section examines the issue of whether to integrate contributions into the income tax system.  From the Library of the House of Commons


Energy-Water Nexus: Information on the Quantity, Quality, and Management of Water Produced During Oil and Gas Production

Categories: Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations

Describes what is known about the water produced during oil and gas production, what practices are generally used to manage and treat produced water, how produced water management is regulated at the federal and state level, and recent federal research and development efforts related to such water.  From the Government Accountability Office