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Final Rule Extends New Religious Liberty Protections to Beneficiaries of Federally-funded Social Service Programs

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Welfare/Social Services

http://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/03/31/final-rule-extends-new-religious-liberty-protections-beneficiaries-federally-funded-social-service.html

Agency press release that summarizes and explains the final regulation that provides religious liberty protections for beneficiaries of federally-funded social service programs while also clarifying the ability of religious providers to compete for government funds for service programs.  From the Department of Health and Human Services

 

Federal Agency Final Regulations Implementing Executive Order 13559: Fundamental Principles and Policymaking Criteria for Partnerships with Faith-Based and Other Neighborhood Organizations

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Welfare/Social Services

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/04/04/2016-07339/fundamental-principles-and-policymaking-criteria-for-partnerships-with-faith-based-and-other

Text of final regulations from a series of federal agencies relating to religion and government programs.  The regulations provide religious liberty protections for beneficiaries of federal social service programs and clarify eligibility of faith-based organizations to participate in social service programs.  Also clarifies the types of activities that can and cannot be supported with direct federal financial assistance.  From the Department of Health and Human Services and other departments

 

Influx of Foreign Graduate Students and Inclusion of Newly Eligible Institutions Lead to a Significant Increase in U.S. Graduate Enrollment in Science and Engineering

Categories: Education-Higher,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2016/nsf16310/nsf16310.pdf

Agency press release which reports on a 5.5% increase in the number of graduate science and engineering students between 2013 and 2014, due primarily to large increases in the enrollment of foreign graduate students on temporary visas.  Tables provide recent historical trends by field, including psychology and social sciences.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering: Fall 2014

Categories: Education-Higher,Science/Technology,Statistics

https://ncsesdata.nsf.gov/gradpostdoc/2014/

Includes 55 data tables on graduate students in STEM fields by field and gender.  Also includes data tables on enrollment by state and institution, on citizenship, ethnicity, and race, and on institutional rankings. From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

More Than Half of Asians in U.S. Have a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Categories: Education,Education-Higher,Statistics

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2016/cb16-56.html

Press release about education attainment in the U.S.  Also reports that 88% of adults were high school graduates, and 59% had completed some college.  12% reported having an advanced degree.  From the Census Bureau

 

 

Educational Attainment in the United States: 2015

Categories: Education,Education-Higher,Statistics

http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2016/demo/p20-578.pdf

Examines educational attainment of the adult population by demographic and social characteristics as well as differences in attainment between the native and the foreign born.  From the Census Bureau

 

An Analysis of the President’s 2017 Budget

Categories: Business/Economics,Govt Finance,Presidency,Statistics,Taxes

https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/114th-congress-2015-2016/reports/51383-APB.pdf

Estimates that, under the president’s proposed budget, the deficit would decline in 2017 and 2018, but then outlays would rise more rapidly than revenues.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

VA 2014 Toxics Release Inventory Report with 2014 Appendices

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Environment,Headlines,Manufacturing,Statistics,Virginia Issues,Waste Management

http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Air/AirQualityPlanningEmissions/SARATitleIII/SARA313ToxicsReleaseInventory/VA2014ToxicsReleaseInventoryReport.aspx

Includes link to the summary report plus links for 13 detailed appendices covering historical trends, facility and jurisdiction rankings, and information on individual facilities by locality.  From the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

 

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