Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Regulation of Campaign Finance and Free Advertising

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Canada,Elections/Campaigns,Great Britain,Israel,Japan,Laws/Regulations

http://www.loc.gov/law/help/campaign-finance-regulation/index.php/campaign-finance-regulations.pdf

Discusses the regulation of spending on election campaigns and the availability of free air time in seven countries: Austria, Canada, Finland, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.  From the Law Library of Congress

 

Brexit: What Happens Next?

Categories: European Union,Great Britain,Headlines

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-7632/CBP-7632.pdf

Answers a series of questions following the British vote to exit the European Union such as what will happen in the coming months, will immigration be affected, what are the options for Scotland, and will EU law still have effect in the UK?  Also provides links to many related reports.  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper Number 07632

 

Report on Human Rights Abuses and Censorship in North Korea

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Korea

http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/259366.htm

Condemns North Korea for human rights abuses including extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests and detention, forced labor, and torture.  This report details aspects of the human rights situation in North Korea and the conduct of relevant persons.  From the State Department

 

Status of the Social Security and Medicare Programs: A Summary of the 2016 Annual Reports

https://www.ssa.gov/OACT/TRSUM/tr16summary.pdf

A summary of the two reports on the current and projected financial status of the Medicare and Social Security Trust Funds.  From the Social Security Administration

 

Volkswagen to Spend up to $14.7 Billion to Settle Allegations of Cheating Emissions Tests and Deceiving Customers on 2.0 Liter Diesel Vehicles

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Transportation

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/volkswagen-spend-147-billion-settle-allegations-cheating-emissions-tests-and-deceiving

Press release on settlement between Volkswagen and U.S. authorities relating to the cheating on emissions tests for 2009-2015 model year diesel vehicles sold in the U.S.  See also text of Consent Decree with Justice Department.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

The Freedom of Information Act Turns Fifty and is Revised

Categories: Govt Information,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/secrecy/foia-fifty.pdf

Briefly reviews the history and purpose of FOIA and its impact on federal agency practices and court decisions.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

State Voter Identification Requirements: Analysis, Legal Issues, and Policy Considerations

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Federal State Relations,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42806.pdf

Examines differences in voter ID requirements among the states, legal and constitutional issues regarding voter photo ID laws, and implementation issues and policy considerations.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity in the Armed Services: Background and Issues for Congress

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Defense/Military,Sex Issues,Women

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R44321.pdf

Discusses the differences in how these terms are used in civilian and military contexts.  Also examines how the inclusion of racial and ethnic groups, women, and LGBT individuals has evolved in the Armed Forces. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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