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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Elder Justice Act: Background and Issues for Congress

Categories: Elderly,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43707.pdf

Provides a legislative history of the Elder Justice Act and summarizes elder justice provisions of the Affordable Care Act.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Social Security: What Would Happen if the Trust Funds Ran Out?

Categories: Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations,Retirement/Social Security

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL33514.pdf

Discusses the financial problems with the Social Security Trust Funds, offers legal background on Trust Fund insolvency, and details measures that could be used to continue payments.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Common Core State Standards and Assessments: Background and Issues

Categories: Education,Laws/Regulations

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43711.pdf

Describes the evolution of federal efforts to affect student outcomes in elementary and secondary education, the development of the Common Core State Standards, state adoption of the standards, the Race to the Top State Grant competition, and the ESEA Flexibility Package.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Unaccompanied Children from Central America: Foreign Policy Considerations

Categories: Children,Foreign Assistance,Foreign Trade/Investment,Latin America,Treaties

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R43702.pdf

Discusses the U.S. response to the surge of unaccompanied alien children from Central America in 2014 and this might affect free trade agreements and foreign assistance arrangements with countries such as Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Special Immigrant Juveniles: In Brief

Categories: Children,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations,Statistics

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R43703.pdf

Explains the statutory basis of SIJ status and how it has evolved from 1990 legislation, provides statistics on the number of children who have applied for and received SIJ status since 2005, and concludes with a discussion of the eligibility of unaccompanied alien children for SIJ status.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

The “1033 Program,” Department of Defense Support to Law Enforcement

Categories: Congress,Crime/Justice,Defense/Military,Drug Trafficking,Homeland Security,Terrorism

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R43701.pdf

Describes the background of the 1033 Program, by which the Department of Defense transferred surplus equipment to local law enforcement agencies for counter-drug and counter-terrorism activities, and congressional reporting requirements. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Pakistan Political Unrest: In Brief

Categories: Afghanistan,India,Pakistan

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R43717.pdf

Describes the street demonstrations and the degree to which they pose a threat to democracy in Pakistan.  Also analyzes the implications of the unrest for American economic and security interests.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Military Personnel: DOD Needs to Take Further Actions to Prevent Sexual Assault During Initial Military Training

Categories: Crime/Justice,Defense/Military,Sex Issues

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/665632.pdf

Reports on efforts by the Air Force to implement 46 recommendations intended to prevent sexual assaults during basic training. From the Government Accountability Office

 

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