Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Remarks by the President in State of the Union Address, January 2015

Categories: Headlines,Presidency

Text of the annual speech delivered by President Obama before the joint session of Congress. From the White House


Felons and the Right to Vote in Virginia: A Historical Overview

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Elections/Campaigns,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues

Traces the historical origins of voting rights restoration for felons and examines how denial of voting rights for people with felony convictions still disproportionately affects African Americans in Virginia and other states.  From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia


Holt v. Hobbs

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Religion/Ethics,Supreme Court/courts

Supreme Court decision that U.S. law permits a prisoner to grow a beard if it is in accord with his religious beliefs.   Arkansas permitted beards only for prisoners with diagnosed skin conditions.  From the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University


Campus Law Enforcement, 2011-12

Categories: Crime/Justice,Education-Higher,Statistics

Describes the number and types of law enforcement personnel on college campuses, their training, equipment, and jurisdiction.  Reports that 75% of campuses use armed officers compared to 68% in 2004-05.  From the Bureau of Justice Statistics


Educational Attainment in the United States: 2014: Detailed Tables

Categories: Education,Education-Higher,Population/Census,Statistics

Three tables covering educational achievement by demographic characteristics.  Also includes information on years of school completed.  From the Census Bureau


National and State Healthcare Associated Infections Progress Report

Categories: Health/Medical

Describes progress toward the goal of eliminating healthcare-associated infections.  Includes national and state-by-state summaries of six types of healthcare associated infections.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Final Report: Social and Economic Impacts of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program

Categories: Business/Economics,Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

Independent evaluation of a federal program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that provided for broadband adoption and availability to achieve social and economic benefits in targeted communities.  Covers 42 case study reports.  Funded by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration