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Draft Guidance to Food Industry for Voluntarily Reducing Sodium in Processed and Commercially Prepared Food

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Food/Nutrition,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/114th-congress-2015-2016/reports/51478-Shipping-Containers.pdf

Press release about request for public comments on proposed agency guidance that would create voluntary sodium reduction targets for the food industry.  Describes current average sodium intake of Americans, the proposed target amounts, and the science behind sodium reduction and health improvement.  From the Food and Drug Administration

 

Scanning and Imaging Shipping Containers Overseas: Costs and Alternatives

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Homeland Security,Terrorism,WMD

https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/114th-congress-2015-2016/reports/51478-Shipping-Containers.pdf

In 2007 Congress mandated that all seaborne containers loaded onto U.S. bound ships be checked with radiation detectors and imaging systems to prevent smuggling of weapons of mass destruction.  The deadline for implementation has been often delayed.  This report examines 5 options that cover the costs and implications of implementation plus alternative approaches.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Privacy Act of 1974 : Implementation [and The Next Generation Identification System]

Categories: Crime/Justice,Headlines,Homeland Security,Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Science/Technology

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2016-05-05/pdf/2016-10119.pdf

Notice of proposed rulemaking that seeks to exempt the FBI’s Next Generation Identification System from provisions of the Privacy Act.  The action would screen a national database of fingerprints and biometric identifiers from lawsuits based on Privacy Act violations.  From the Federal Register and the Government Publishing Office’s GovInfo system.

 

CBO’s Approach to Estimating Expected Hurricane Damage

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Govt Finance,Weather/Disasters

https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/114th-congress-2015-2016/workingpaper/51610-Hurricanes_WP.pdf

Describes how the Congressional Budget Office estimates the effects of climate change and coastal development–including frequency of storms, sea levels, population, and per capita income–in trying to calculate the costs of future hurricane damage.  A working paper of the Congressional Budget Office

 

Potential Increases in Hurricane Damage in the United States: Implications for the Federal Budget

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Federal State Relations,Govt Finance,Weather/Disasters

https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/114th-congress-2015-2016/reports/51518-Hurricane-Damage.pdf

Damage from hurricanes is expected to increase significantly in the coming decades because of climate change and coastal development.  This report provides estimates of the increased damage and federal aid needed.  It also examines 3 approaches to reducing the damage: limiting greenhouse gas emissions, shifting costs to state/local governments to reduce coastal development, and investing in structural changes to reduce vulnerability.  From the Congressional Budget Office.

 

Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co.

Categories: Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources,Property Rights,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/15-290

Unanimous Supreme Court decision that limits the ability of federal regulators to determine what land is protected by the Clean Water Act.  At issue in the case was whether companies could take the regulators to court without having to first seek expensive permits.  From the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University

 

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