Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Bin Laden’s Bookshelf

Categories: Headlines,Spying/Intelligence,Terrorism

A collection of documents recovered during the raid on the compound used as a hideout by Osama Bin Laden.  The material includes declassified documents made available for public release along with non-classified English language items found in and around the hideout.  From the Office of the Director of National Intelligence


Current Unmanned Aircraft State Law Landscape

Categories: Federal State Relations,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

Surveys the states, including Virginia, which have passed legislation regulating in some manner the use of drones.  Also covers proposed rules at the federal level.  From the National Conference of State Legislatures


City and Town Totals: Vintage 2014

Categories: Population/Census,Statistics

Detailed tables showing annual estimates of population totals for U.S. cities and towns of 50,000 + as of July 1, 2014 ranked by growth of population since the last census, by percentage of growth since the last census, and by percentage of growth in the past year.  Also contains annual population estimates for all incorporated places and minor civil divisions by state.  From the Census Bureau


Ten U.S. Cities Now Have 1 Million People or More

Categories: Population/Census,Statistics

Press release on the most populous U.S. cities and on latest data on the 2014 population estimates for U.S. cities.  Also includes a link to the detailed tables.  From the Census Bureau


Older Adults: Federal Strategy Needed to Help Ensure … Delivery of Home and Community-Based Services and Supports

Categories: Elderly,Food/Nutrition,Medicare/Medicaid,Transportation,Welfare/Social Services

Reviews federal programs that allow older adults to age in their homes, how these services and supports are provided,  and agency efforts to coordinate such services. From the Government Accountability Office


Contingent Workforce: Size, Characteristics, Earnings, and Benefits

Categories: Education,Hispanics,Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment

Examines what is known about the size of the nonstandard or contingent workforce, characteristics and employment experiences of contingent versus standard workers, and differences in earnings, benefits, and measures of poverty.  From the Government Accountability Office


Strengthening Communities by Welcoming All Residents: A Federal Strategic Action Plan on Immigrant and Refugee Integration

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Immigration/Migration,Labor/Employment,Language,Presidency

Report of a presidential task force on a federal plan to improve existing pathways to naturalization, protect new American workers, expand opportunities for linguistic education, and generally strengthen federal immigrant and refugee integration infrastructure.  From the White House Task Force on New Americans


Defense Spending and the Budget Control Act Limits

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations

Discusses the effects on defense spending of the Budget Control Act limits for the years FY 2012 until FY2021 and the rising average troop cost figures.  If Congressional spending for defense exceeds the BCA caps, the President is required to levy across-the-board cuts to each type of defense spending.  Also discusses different options for savings. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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