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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Interim Report on the Department of Justice’s Use and Support of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Categories: Crime/Justice,Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Spying/Intelligence

http://www.justice.gov/oig/reports/2013/a1337.pdf

Reports on the domestic use of unmanned drone aircraft to carry out law enforcement functions of four agencies within the Department of Justice.  Calls for more coordination in the use of drones between agencies and the drafting of policies that protect privacy.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Justice

 

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation: Background and Legislative Issues

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/98-567.pdf

OPIC is an independent government agency  that promotes U.S. investment in developing countries through financing and political risk insurance.  This report discusses the agency’s activities, budget, and issues relating to whether to renew its authority.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Health Insurance Exchanges: Health Insurance “Navigators” and In-Person Assistance

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43243.pdf

This report describes the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchange outreach programs, the role of brokers, agents and insurers, and emerging issues regarding consumer outreach assistance.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Current Debates over Exchange Rates: Overview and Issues for Congress

Categories: China,Foreign Trade/Investment,Govt Finance,Japan,Treaties

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43242.pdf

Discusses general and specific debates relating to alleged currency wars between countries who use currency manipulation to make their products more attractive in foreign trade.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Federal Funding Gaps: A Brief Overview

Categories: Govt Finance,History

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RS20348.pdf

Provides an analysis and listing of the 17 federal funding gaps that have occurred since 1977.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes, Processes, and Effects

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt Personnel,Govt Processes/Organization

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL34680.pdf

Covers the causes of federal shutdowns, agency shutdown processes, and the effects on government workers and agency operations.  Also covers potential issues that Congress should consider.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Government Shutdown: Operations of the Department of Defense During a Lapse in Appropriations

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R41745.pdf

Covers what operations would continue at the Defense Department if the federal government were forced to shut down temporarily during a debate over the debt ceiling.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Counts of Postdoctoral Appointees in Science, Engineering, and Health Rise with Reporting Improvements

Categories: Careers,Education-Higher,Labor/Employment,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf13334/nsf13334.pdf

Reports a 10% increase in the number of postdoctoral appointees in science and engineering fields in 2010 compared with 2009 totals.  Assesses key trends in postdoc employment by discipline areas.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

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