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Earl Gregg Swem Library

2014 Trade Policy Agenda and 2013 Annual Report

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Headlines,Statistics,Treaties

http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/reports-and-publications/2014-0

Describes how the administration plans to use policy tools to expand trade and support economic growth.  Also covers the World Trade Organization initiatives, bilateral and regional negotiations/agreements, and trade enforcement activities.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

Warnings of Catastrophe: French, US, UN, and Belgian Documents Foreshadow the Genocide in Rwanda 1994

Categories: Africa,Civil/Human Rights,History,United Nations

http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB458/

A collection of ten Belgian foreign ministry documents, mostly from February-March 1994 and newly translated into English, which warn of catastrophic consequences in Rwanda if the UN force was not strengthened. From the National Security Archive

 

2008-2012 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample Files Now Available

Categories: Population/Census,Statistics

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/american_community_survey_acs/cb14-tps22.html

Announces availability of Public Use Microdata Sample files for a 5% sample of the population for Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) with a population of at least 100,000.  From the Census Bureau

 

2012 Census of Governments: Employment Summary Report

Categories: Govt Personnel,Labor/Employment,Population/Census,Statistics

http://www2.census.gov/govs/apes/2012_summary_report.pdf

Reports that federal, state, and local governments employed a total of 22 million people as of March 2012, a decrease of nearly 76,000 from the previous census in 2007.Also provides information on payroll and distribution of employees by function.  From the Census Bureau

 

The Rising Cost of College: Tuition, Financial Aid, and Price Discrimination

Categories: Education-Higher,Prices/Inflation

http://research.stlouisfed.org/pageone-economics/uploads/newsletter/2014/PageOne0114_Rising_Cost_of_College.pdf

Examines how the concept of price discrimination, or the practice of selling goods or services at different prices to different customers, results in no net change in tuition prices over the past ten years due to the effects of financial aid.   From the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

 

U.S. Nuclear Weapon “Pit” Production: Options for Congress

Categories: Defense/Military,Energy,Nuclear Arms

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/R43406.pdf

The report deals with the need for production of plutonium pits which serve as triggers for thermonuclear weapons.  Since the closing of the Rocky Flats plant in Colorado, the U.S. has made about 11 pits per year, but the Defense Department says 80 are needed.  This report ignores the controversy over whether increased production is needed and focuses on methods for increasing production.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

2013 Sequestration: Agencies Reduced Some Services and Investments, While Taking Certain Actions to Mitigate Effects

Categories: Govt Finance

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661444.pdf

In the wake of the president’s order to cut $85 billion from federal spending, this lengthy report examines the effects of FY2013 budget cuts on agency operations and services, how agencies prepared for sequestration, and how agencies implemented the cuts.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

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