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New Accountability Framework Raises the Bar for State Special Education Programs

Categories: Disability,Education,Federal State Relations,Laws/Regulations

http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/new-accountability-framework-raises-bar-state-special-education-programs

Describes shift of emphasis from procedural to educational results and outcomes to determine effectiveness of state special education programs by federal government.  Includes links to 2014 IDEA State Determinations.  From the U.S. Department of Education

 

UNHCR Global Trends 2013

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Immigration/Migration,United Nations

http://www.unhcr.org/5399a14f9.html

More than 51 million individuals were displaced by conflicts from their homes at the end of 2013.  Also reports on refugees around the world and trends related to refugees.  From the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

 

Death, Delay, and Dismay at the VA: Friendly Fire

Categories: Govt/Business Scandals,Health/Medical,Veterans

http://www.coburn.senate.gov/public//index.cfm?a=Files.Serve&File_id=dfb0d9c8-d3ee-4d0d-ab56-e842186574fe

Republican view of the mismanagement problems at the Veterans Administration.  From the Senate Office of Tom Coburn

 

Tobacco Product Regulation: Most FDA Spending Funded Public Education, Regulatory Science, and Compliance and Enforcement Activities

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Smoking/Tobacco

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/664279.pdf

Reports on how the Food and Drug Administration spent tobacco user fees granted to the agency by the 2009 Tobacco Control Act and any challenges the agency encountered in using its authorities.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Medicaid: Financial Characteristics of Approved Applicants and Methods Used to Reduce Assets to Qualify for Nursing Home Coverage

Categories: Elderly,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/663417.pdf

Medicaid paid for nearly one-third of the nation’s $158 billion in nursing home expenditures in 2012.  This report examines financial characteristics of applicants approved for Medicaid nursing home coverage in selected states, methods used to reduce countable assets to qualify for Medicaid, and information considered the most useful in assessing applicants’ financial eligibility.  From the Government Accountability Office