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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Jail Inmates at Midyear 2011, Statistical Tables

Categories: Crime/Justice,Statistics

http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/jim11st.pdf

Reports on numbers of prisoners and the jail incarceration rate, the racial/ethnic characteristics of the jail population and more.  From the Bureau of Justice Statistics

 

Employment Characteristics of Families: 2011

Categories: Labor/Employment,Marriage/Family,Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/famee_04262012.pdf

In 2011 11.5% of families included an unemployed person, down from 12.4% in 2010.  Also offers statistics on employment characteristics of families by racial/ethnic characteristics of families and type of household.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

USA Counties

Categories: Business/Economics,Population/Census,Statistics

http://censtats.census.gov/usa/usa.shtml

Features newly updated demographic, economic, and governmental statistics for counties from the American Community Survey.  From the Census Bureau

 

Data Security Breach Notification Laws

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Science/Technology

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42475.pdf

This report provides an overview of state security breach notification laws that apply to entities that collect, maintain, or license personal information.  The report also describes other legal responsibilities relating to health and business information.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Requiring Individuals to Obtain Health Insurance: A Constitutional Analysis

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R40725.pdf

This report analyzes certain constitutional issues raised by requiring individuals to purchase health insurance under Congress’s taxing power or its power to regulate interstate commerce, whether exceptions  to the minimum coverage provisions satisfy First Amendment freedom of religion protections,  and some of the more publicized legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

The STOCK Act, Insider Trading, and Public Financial Reporting by Federal Officials

Categories: Congress,Financial Crisis/Markets,Income/Poverty

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42495.pdf

The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 clarifies that there is no exemption from insider trading laws for members of Congress.  This brief report also discusses how the legislation affects public financial disclosure reports, prompt reporting of financial transactions, and Congressional pensions.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Domestic Content Legislation: The Buy American Act and Complementary Little Buy American Provisions

Categories: Govt Procurement,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42501.pdf

This report summarizes the Buy American Act and what it does and does not cover; the Little Buy American Acts found in permanent law, what they cover, and why Congress felt it necessary to enact them; and the temporary Buy American provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Hydraulic Fracturing and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): Selected Issues

Categories: Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42502.pdf

This report provides an overview of two situations in which agencies are arguing that they do not need to conduct a comprehensive environmental review of hydraulic fracturing under NEPA.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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