Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Federal Budget: Issues for FY2014 and Beyond

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt Processes/Organization,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43068.pdf

Discusses recent budget actions including the release of the adminstration’s FY2014 budget and the passage of budget resolutions by the House and Senate.  Also discusses spending and revenue trends and the unsustainability of those trends. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Proposals to Eliminate Public Financing of Presidential Campaigns

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Govt Finance

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41604.pdf

Discusses the reasons why some think the current public financing structure for presidential campaigns is antiquated and in need of reform or abolition.  Also provides a brief policy overview and raises potential issues for congressional consideration.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Haiti Under President Martelly: Current Conditions and Congressional Concerns

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Drug Trafficking,Haiti,Latin America,United Nations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R42559.pdf

Describes the current problems in Haiti, U.S. policy goals and concerns, the role of the UN stabilization mission, and Congressional concerns about human rights, elections, security and counter-narcotics efforts.

From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Regulation of Fertilizers: Ammonium Nitrate and Anhydrous Ammonia

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Consumer Info/Protection,Laws/Regulations,Manufacturing

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R43070.pdf

The April 2013 explosion at the West Fertilizer Company in Texas has led to questions about the regulation of agricultural fertilizer.  This report discusses policy issues relating to fertilizer regulation that Congress might deal with, including the inadequacies of industry self-reporting, long intervals between inspections, and public access to critical information.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

U.S.-Chinese Motor Vehicle Trade: Overview and Issues

Categories: Business/Economics,China,Foreign Trade/Investment,Manufacturing,Transportation,Treaties

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R43071.pdf

Describes the Chinese motor vehicle industry which, in 2009, became the larger producer of motor vehicles in the world.  Also describes the trade disputes between China and the U.S. relating to market access for vehicles and parts.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Interventions for the Prevention of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Adults After Exposure to Psychological Trauma

Categories: Health/Medical,Mental Health

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK133344/

Covers 19 trials to assess the comparative effectiveness and harms of psychological, pharmacological, and emerging interventions to prevent PTSD in adults.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

National Response Framework

Categories: Homeland Security,Weather/Disasters

http://www.fema.gov/library/file;jsessionid=2FDF638CC9A015707D3D3B22CBCB4606.WorkerPublic2?type=publishedFile&file=final_national_response_framework_20130501.pdf&fileid=caae7ee0-b35d-11e2-a3a3-001cc456982e

2nd edition of plan for responding to disasters, natural or manmade.  From the Department of Homeland Security

 

Six Year Transportation Improvement Program

Categories: Govt Finance,Transportation,Virginia Issues

http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/syp-default.asp

Working draft of the planned improvements to highways and transportation systems in Virginia for the period 2014-2019.   From the Virginia Department of Transportation