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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Report to Congress: Implementation Plan for Modernizing the Military Retirement System

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Retirement/Social Security

Provides a short background on the current military retirement system and highlights of the new modernized system to be known as the Blended Retirement System, along with a legislative proposal to amend certain aspects of the new system.  Covers major changes including vesting eligibility and pay benefits.  From the Defense Department


Consumer Expenditures Midyear Update, July 2014 Through June 2015 Average

Reports that average consumer expenditures were up 5.9% compared with the 2013-2014 midyear average.  Average incomes also increased by 6.6%.  Covers average household expenditures by specific categories.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

(education     energy     food/nutrition     health/medical     housing/homelessness     prices/inflation     statistics     transportation)

Gross Domestic Product by Industry: Fourth Quarter and Annual 2015

Categories: Business/Economics,Manufacturing,Statistics

Finds that information, construction, and professional-scientific-technical services were the leading contributors to the increase in U.S. economic growth in the fourth quarter of 2015.  For the year 2015, real GDP increased 2.4% with 17 of 22 industry groups contributing to the increase.  From the Bureau of Economic Analysis



Contested Presidential Nominating Conventions: Brief Background and Questions

Categories: Presidency

Covers selected questions about possible contested political party conventions including how might convention rules affect a contest.  Neither party has required multiple ballots since the 1952 Democratic and the 1948 Republican Conventions.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


The U.S. Intelligence Community: Selected Cross-Cutting Issues

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt Secrecy,Privacy,Spying/Intelligence

Focuses on management issues that affect the Intelligence Community’s ability to counter pervasive and emerging threats.  Describes 8 issues of importance including a policy of continuous evaluation as a substitute for polygraph tests to monitor employee behavior and reliability.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Short Interpregnancy Intervals 2014: Differences by Maternal Demographic Characteristics

Categories: Births/Deaths,Education,Health/Medical,Statistics

Examines categories of short interpregnancy intervals by maternal demographic characteristics (including education level) among second and higher-order singleton births in 2014.  Short interpregnancy intervals are associated with adverse birth outcomes such as preterm birth.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

(births/deaths     education     health/medical     statistics)


Options for Increasing Federal Income From Crude Oil and Natural Gas on Federal Lands

Categories: Energy,Federal State Relations,Govt Finance,Taxes

Analyzes how the federal government manages access to oil and natural gas on federal lands and presents eight policy options designed to increase federal income from oil and gas leasing without significantly reducing production.  From the Congressional Budget Office

(energy     federal/state relations     govt finance     taxes)

Data Sharing Requirements by Federal Agency

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

Provides a detailed analysis of 16 federal agency plans for data sharing as required by a mandate from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.  Describes how each agency plans to make digital data associated with projects they fund available for public access.  From the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)

(laws/regulations     science/technology)

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