Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Who’s Overseeing Whom? The CIA, SSCI, and the Speech or Debate Clause

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Laws/Regulations

Explores whether CIA searches of Congressional computers would amount to a violation of the Constitution by discussing limits the Constitution imposes on executive branch efforts to intrude upon legislative activities. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Suitability and Security Processes Review: Report to the President

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Personnel,Govt Secrecy,Homeland Security,Spying/Intelligence

Finds that 5.1 million individuals now have security clearances.  Reviews process by which the clearances are acquired and recommends that the number of clearances be reduced to reduce costs and avoid risks to sensitive information. From the Government Accountability Office


Report of the Investigation into the Fatal Shooting Incident at the Washington Navy Yard on September 16, 2013 and Associated Security, Personnel, and Contracting Policies and Practices

Categories: Crime/Justice,Defense/Military,Homeland Security

The Navy Department’s investigation into the Washington Navy Yard shootings, completed in 2013 and released to the public in 2014.  Covers findings about contractor and military force compliance with personnel security policies.   From the Navy Department


Security from Within: Independent Review of the Washington Navy Yard Shooting

Categories: Crime/Justice,Defense/Military,Homeland Security

Offers recommendations and supporting analysis of the outside or independent review group appointed by the Secretary of Defense to identify security shortcomings that resulted in the fatl shootings at the Washington Navy Yard in September 2013.  Completed in 2013 but released to the public in 2014.  From the Defense Department


Expansive Survey of America’s Public Schools Reveals Troubling Racial Disparities

Categories: African Americans,Children,Civil/Human Rights,Education,Headlines

Press release on outcome of first collection of data from all public schools and school districts since 2000.  Reveals racial disparities in access to pre-school and to advanced courses, and in school disciplinary actions.  From the U.S. Department of Education


Civil Rights Data Collection: Data Snapshot: School Discipline

Categories: African Americans,Children,Civil/Human Rights,Disability,Education,Headlines,Statistics

Reports on disparities in school suspensions by race/ethnicity and gender for students as young as preschool age.  Black students are suspended at a rate three times greater than white students and black students in preschool programs, though representing only 18% of enrollment, received 48% of multiple out-of-school suspensions.  From the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education