Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Competition Among U.S. Broadband Service Providers

Categories: Antitrust/Monopoly,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.esa.doc.gov/sites/default/files/reports/documents/competitionamongusbroadbandserviceproviders.pdf

Examines the array of choices for home Internet service, their varying speeds, and the minimal speed needed for various applications.  From the Economics and Statistics Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce

 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Unmanned Aircraft System Program Does Not Achieve Intended Results or Recognize All Costs of Operations

Categories: Govt Finance,Homeland Security,Immigration/Migration

http://www.oig.dhs.gov/assets/Mgmt/2015/OIG_15-17_Dec14.pdf

Critical report on the use of drones to guard the country’s borders.  Recommends funds slated for further drone tests be invested in alternative approaches.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security

 

Stress and Relaxation Techniques

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical

http://nccam.nih.gov/health/providers/digest/relaxation

Describes health conditions for which relaxation techniques may be useful.  From the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

 

Federal Reinsurance for Terrorism Risk: An Update

Categories: Govt Finance,Terrorism

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/49866-TRIA.pdf

Examines the options available for extending federal insurance against the risk of terrorism.  Such federal insurance coverage expired at the end of 2014.  Also describes how the federal insurance plan worked and its effects.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

New Standard Mileage Rates for 2015

Categories: Statistics,Taxes,Transportation

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/New-Standard-Mileage-Rates-Now-Available;-Business-Rate-to-Rise-in-2015

Agency press release with standard mileage rates in effect for 2015. Rate  for business miles driven goes from 56 cents in 2014 to 57.5 cents for 2015.  Also covers rates for medical/moving purposes and miles driven for charitable organizations.  From the Internal Revenue Service