Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Taxes

http://irs.treasury.gov/rpo/rpo.jsf

A directory of preparers with professional credentials by geographic area.  Also includes advice on choosing a tax professional.  From the Internal Revenue Service

 

Tracking and Hacking: Security and Privacy Gaps Put American Drivers at Risk

Categories: Privacy,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet,Transportation

http://www.markey.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/2015-02-06_MarkeyReport-Tracking_Hacking_CarSecurity%202.pdf

New computerized technologies that have the potential to improve driver safety and vehicle performance can also allow hackers to gain control over essential functions and cause proliferation of information about drivers’ habits for commercial purposes.  This report features answers from auto makers about the current status of the technology.  From the office of Senator Edward Markey.

 

Transitioning to Alternative Structures for Housing Finance

Categories: Financial Crisis/Markets,Govt Finance,Housing/Homelessness

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/49765-Housing_Finance_0.pdf

The federal government through government sponsored enterprises like Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae directly or indirectly insures over 70% of all new residential mortgages.  This report examines various proposals to attract more private capital to the secondary mortgage market and how the market could transition to a new structure during the coming decade.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Drug and Alcohol Crash Risk

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Headlines,Statistics,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

http://www.nhtsa.gov/staticfiles/nti/pdf/812117-Drug_and_Alcohol_Crash_Risk.pdf

Tries to measure the severity of drug-impaired driving problems.  Finds  that marijuana users are more likely to be involved in traffic crashes but such users are more likely to be young men, a group already at high risk for accidents.  From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

 

Results of the 2013-2014 National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Headlines,Statistics,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

http://www.nhtsa.gov/staticfiles/nti/pdf/812118-Roadside_Survey_2014.pdf

Reveals a decreasing trend in alcohol-impaired driving from the first survey in 1973 to the most recent in 2013-14.  Also discusses trends in the use of over-the-counter, prescription, and illegal drugs by drivers.  Expresses concern about the number of drivers affected by marijuana use.  From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

 

National Security Strategy

Categories: Arms Control,Climate Change,Headlines,Health/Medical,Homeland Security,Terrorism,WMD

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2015_national_security_strategy_2.pdf

Updates the strategy document released five years ago.  Cites the leading threats as attacks on the homeland or on American citizens abroad, global economic crisis, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, infectious disease outbreaks, and climate change.  From the White House