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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Postal Service Announces New Delivery Schedule

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Postal Service

http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2013/pr13_019.htm

Announces plans to switch to a 5 day mail delivery service in August 2013, though package delivery will continue on weekends.  From the Postal Service

 

European Union Enlargement

Categories: European Union,Turkey

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RS21344.pdf

Describes the evolution of the European Union, its growth from 15 to 27 countries in the last decade, how the process works, and the prospects for further enlargement.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

U.S. Foreign Aid to the Palestinians

Categories: Arab,Foreign Assistance,Israel,Middle East Conflict

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/RS22967.pdf

Describes past U.S. foreign aid for the Palestinians, the objectives for such aid, reasons behind opposition, and issues for Congress in determining future aid.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

United Nations System Funding: Congressional Issues

Categories: Congress,Govt Finance,United Nations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL33611.pdf

Describes the process by which Congress provides funding for U.S. assessed contributions to the United Nations, its agencies, and its peacekeeping operations.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Increasing the Social Security Payroll Tax Base: Options and Effects on Tax Burdens

Categories: Retirement/Social Security,Taxes

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL33943.pdf

Examines policy options for raising Social Security revenue and reducing the regressivity of the tax at higher income levels.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Evaluating the “Past Performance” of Federal Contractors: Legal Requirements and Issues

Categories: Govt Procurement,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41562.pdf

 

Describes the evaluation process, how past performance factors into the process, and recent efforts to strengthen requirements.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Mental Disorders Among OEF/OIF Veterans Using VA Health Care: Facts and Figures

Categories: Defense/Military,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Veterans

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41921.pdf

This brief report discusses the number of veterans of Iraq Wars with depression or bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and substance use disorders.  The report also describes what the Veterans Department is doing in screening and treatment for each.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

United States of America, Plaintiff, v. McGraw-Hill Companies and Standard & Poor’s Financial Services

Categories: Crime/Justice,Financial Crisis/Markets,Headlines,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/02/05/poors.pdf

Text of Justice Department lawsuit against Standard & Poor’s for actions that contributed to the near collapse of the financial markets.    From Courthousenew.com

 

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