Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

California Drought, Visualized With Open Data

Categories: Natural Resources,Weather/Disasters

Presents data on the effect of the California drought on water use and the water cycle through data visualization techniques.  From the U.S. Geological Survey


Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults, United States, 2005-2013

Categories: Births/Deaths,Health/Medical,Prices/Inflation,Smoking/Tobacco,Statistics

Examines the cost in deaths and health care expenditures from tobacco smoking and the progress made in convincing adults to stop smoking cigarettes, the most commonly used tobacco product in the U.S.  From the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Implementing a Body-Worn Camera Program: Recommendations and Lessons Learned

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Science/Technology

Describes challenges and precautions that should be considered in implementing a body-worn camera program for police departments.  Based on a July 2013 survey of police departments.  From the Community Oriented Policing Services of the U.S. Department of Justice


Health Plan Choice and Premiums in the 2015 Health Insurance Marketplace

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Argues that competition and added choices have made the Affordable Care plans more attractive for 2015.   More than 85% of those who applied for plans in 2014 received a federal subsidy.  From the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation of the Department of Health and Human Services


2013 FDIC National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets,Statistics

Reports that one in thirteen U.S. households did not have money in a bank in 2013 and one in five was “underbanked.”  Also reports on characteristics of those households that were unbanked or underbanked and the alternative financial methods they used.  From the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation


Committee Against Torture: Concluding Observations on the Third to Fifth Periodic Reports of United States of America

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Immigration/Migration,Terrorism,United Nations

United Nation’s response to U.S. report which finds 5 items to praise and 26 to criticize including use of tactics of extraordinary rendition, secret and indefinite detention, enhanced interrogation, and the treatment of immigrants.  From the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights