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Earl Gregg Swem Library

U.S. Net International Investment Position: End of the Fourth Quarter and Year 2012

Categories: Business/Economics,Foreign Trade/Investment,Statistics

Introduces new U.S. international investment position statistics on a quarterly basis.  The U.S. position at the end of 2012 was minus $4.4 trillion.  There was a $372 billion decrease in the value of U.S.-owned  assets abroad and a $13 billion increase in the value of foreign-owned assets in the U.S.  From the Bureau of Economic Analysis



Categories: Health/Medical,Statistics,Tests/Assessments

Read federal reports on hospital inspections formerly available only via filing of freedom of information act requests.  From Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, posted by the Association of Health Care Journalists


The Small Business Economy 2012

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

Discusses the environment for small business in the U.S. and offers data on trends in small business ownership, employment, characteristics, and financing.  From the Small Business Administration




Optics and Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation

Categories: Business/Economics,Energy,Science/Technology

Describes the impact of optical technologies on the future U.S. economy and why it is essential for the U.S. to take advantage of their potential for creating new industries and job growth in such areas as solar power generation and new efficient lighting.  From the National Research Council


USAID Forward Progress Report 2013

Categories: Foreign Affairs,Foreign Assistance

Describes the progress made over two years in the Forward reform agenda for development programs as a component of U.S.  national security and foreign policy.  From the Agency for International Development


FAA Makes Tower Closing Decision

Categories: Govt Finance,Recreation/Travel,Transportation

Press release with information about Federal Aviation Administration decision to close down 149 federal contract control towers at small regional airports due to the budget sequester.  Includes links to lists of contracted towers to be closed  and those to remain open.  From the Federal Aviation Administration


Former Presidents: Pensions, Office Allowances, and Other Federal Benefits

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Presidency

Provides a legislative and cultural history of the law that provides benefits to ex-presidents, describes the benefits provided, and considers the potential effects of maintaining the Former Presidents Act or amending it to reduce benefits.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Itemized Tax Deductions for Individuals: Data Analysis

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Taxes

This report is intended to identify who claims itemized deductions, for how much, and for which provisions.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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