Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Governor’s Taskforce on School and Campus Safety

Categories: Crime/Justice,Education,Education-Higher,Headlines,Virginia Issues

Establishes a taskforce in the wake of the Newtown school shootings to review information, discuss best practices, and identify vulnerabilities to ensure that Virginia is providing the safest possible learning environment for students.     From the Office of the Governor


North Dakota is Nation’s Fastest-Growing State Since 2011

Categories: Headlines,Population/Census,Statistics,Virginia Issues

Press release which describes highlights of latest state population estimates.  The North Dakota population climbed 2.17 percent in the past year.  Virginia was not in the top ten of the fastest growing states but was #7 in top ten states with largest population increase from July 2011 to July 2012.  From the Census Bureau


Hunting, Fishing, and Watching Wildlife Up 3 Percent from 2006 to 2011

Categories: Recreation/Travel,Statistics

Press release on wildlife-related recreation with links to detailed survey results.  From the Census Bureau


Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule

Categories: Children,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Marriage/Family,Privacy,Telecommunications/Internet

Final regulation that strengthens children’s privacy protections online and gives parents greater control over the personal information that websites and online services may collect from children under 13.  From the Federal Trade Commission


Defending Childhood: Protect, Heal, Thrive

Categories: Children,Crime/Justice,Marriage/Family,Mental Health

Recommendations for how the U.S. can reduce, prevent, and treat children’s exposure to violence.  From the Justice Department.


The Federal Communications Commission: Current Structure and Its Role in the Changing Telecommunications Landscape

Categories: Telecommunications/Internet

Explores what the FCC is, what it does, and the controversies related to its oversight or regulation of the telecommunications industry.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


U.S. Wind Turbine Manufacturing: Federal Support for an Emerging Industry

Categories: Energy,Manufacturing,Science/Technology

Examines the complexity of wind turbine manufacturing, the waning government support for such manufacturing in Europe, and forms which federal government support for the wind turbine industry could take in the U.S.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Chemical Weapons: A Summary Report of Characteristics and Effects

Categories: Homeland Security,Terrorism,WMD

Discusses types of chemical agents, protection against chemical agents, how to detect their presence, and chemical agents as weapons of terror rather than weapons of mass destruction.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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