Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

U.S. Export Policy for Military Unmanned Aerial Systems

Categories: Defense/Military,Foreign Trade/Investment,Headlines,Homeland Security,Science/Technology

Describes the new export policy involving sale, transfer, and subsequent use of military drones.  The full details of the policy are classified but this document summarizes the conditions which must be met for such sales to occur and the principles for proper use of U.S.-origin military UAS.   From the State Department


School Practices and Accountability for Students with Disabilities

Categories: Disability,Education,Tests/Assessments

Provides information about the education of students with disabilities by examining whether their performances are included in accountability and assessment instruments and the use of school practices that relate to their educational outcomes.  From the Institute of Education Sciences


Does Health-Care Reform Support Self-Employment?

Categories: Business/Economics,Health Insurance,Labor/Employment

Examines possible link between health insurance availability and the willingness to be self-employed.  Uses Massachusetts state experience to examine whether the Affordable Care Act has made self-employment more attractive.  From the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City



EU’s Opposition to the Death Penalty

Categories: Births/Deaths,Crime/Justice,European Union,Laws/Regulations

The death penalty is prohibited by law in all member states of the European Union.  This brief document traces the prohibition against capital punishment to various founding documents of the EU.  From the European Parliamentary Research Service


FDA Issues New Draft Documents Related to Compounding of Human Drugs

Categories: Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

Provides links to five draft guidance documents related to the regulating of drug compounding and repackaging.  The action comes after an outbreak of deadly fungal meningitis in 2013 that was linked to contaminated compounded drug products.  From the Food and Drug Administration


The Taxation of Social Security Benefits

Categories: Govt Finance,Retirement/Social Security,Taxes

Explains how taxes on social security benefits are determined, how those taxes have changed over time, and how the treatment of taxes on social security benefits compares with the treatment of taxes on other pension income.  From the Congressional Budget Office