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Earl Gregg Swem Library

FAA Approves First Commercial UAS Flights Over Land

Categories: Energy,Science/Technology,Transportation

http://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=16354

Press release on federal approval for unmanned aircraft systems flights for aerial surveys in Alaska by energy corporation BP and unmanned aircraft systems manufacturer AeroVironment.  From the Federal Aviation Administration

 

Immigration: Visa Security Policies

Categories: Homeland Security,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R43589.pdf

Reviews the process by which visas are issued and the importance of the process to the overall program of immigration control and border security.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Year-Round Schools: In Brief

Categories: Education

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43588.pdf

Reviews the pros and cons relating to the issue of moving to year-round schools and notes trends in such educational patterns since the 1980s.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Federal Workforce Statistics Sources

Categories: Govt Personnel,Statistics

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43590.pdf

Describes online tools, reports, and data compilations of the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management that contain statistics about federal employees and the federal workforce.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

EPA’s Proposed Greenhouse Gas Regulations for Existing Power Plants: Frequently Asked Questions

Categories: Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43572.pdf

Summarizes the June 2014 proposed regulations issued by EPA and addresses many of the questions that have arisen about them.  Covers reasons for the rule, EPA authority to issue the rule, and steps the agency must take to finalize the rule.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Internet Domain Names: Background and Policy Issues

Categories: Telecommunications/Internet

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/97-868.pdf

Describes the planned transition from U.S. government control of the Internet via the stewardship role of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to a private sector not-for-profit entity by September 30, 2015. Also reviews the role of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

The Fourth Amendment Third-Party Doctrine

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Privacy

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43586.pdf

Explores the third-party doctrine—which states that people are not entitled to an expectation of privacy in information they voluntarily provide to third parties–including its historical background, its legal and practical underpinnings, and its present and potential future applications.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

European Parliament Elections 2014

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,European Union

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/rp14-32.pdf

Reports on the outcome of elections for the European Parliament, held in 28 countries of the European Union between 22 and 25 May 2014 and also on trends that emerged from the elections.  House of Commons Library Research Paper 14/32

 

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