Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Housing/Homelessness,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

5-4 Supreme Court decision that the 1968 Fair Housing Act provides broad protection against housing discrimination and segregation.  The decision allows for so-called “disparate impact” claims against lending practices and housing policy that may promote housing segregation without overt intent.  The case involved the distribution of tax credits for low-income housing.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School


King v. Burwell

Categories: Federal State Relations,Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

6-3 Supreme Court decision that upholds a key provision of the Affordable Care Act by agreeing that subsidies for health insurance policies purchased through the ACA–created exchanges should be available to all, whether the exchange is run by the state or the federal government.

From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School


Executive Order Number Forty Four (2015): Establishing the Commission on Parole Review

Categories: Crime/Justice,Headlines,Virginia Issues

Establishes a Parole Review Commission to examine the costs, benefits, and effectiveness of the law which abolished parole in the state, evaluate best practices in other states, and recommend other strategies for reducing crime and recidivism.  From the Office of the Governor.


Syria: International Energy Data and Analysis

Categories: Energy,Statistics,Syria

Describes the effect of the fighting in the country on the energy sector.  From the Energy Information Administration


3D Printing: Opportunities, Challenges, and Policy Implications of Additive Manufacturing

Categories: Manufacturing,Science/Technology

Results of an October 2014 forum on the topic of additive manufacturing or creating things by building up layers rather than cutting away materials.  The report summarizes the ideas and themes that emerged.  From the Government Accountability Office


Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing

Categories: Crime/Justice,Presidency,Science/Technology

The recommendations are organized around 6 topic areas: building trust, policy and oversight, technology and social media, community policing and crime reduction, officer training, and officer safety.  From the Community Oriented Policing Services of the Department of Justice