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Earl Gregg Swem Library

How Preferential Trade Agreements Affect the U. S. Economy

Categories: Business/Economics,Foreign Trade/Investment,Treaties

This report examines the economic literature on trade and trade agreements and summarizes its findings  on how trade and preferential agreements have affected the U.S. economy.  Includes a brief history of trade agreements.  From the Congressional Budget Office


The Open Government Partnership: Announcing New Open Government Initiatives

Categories: Foreign Assistance,Govt Processes/Organization,Govt Procurement,Telecommunications/Internet

Announces several new initiatives to those already introduced with the Third Open Government National Action Plan in October 2015.  Among the new initiatives: supporting global Internet connectivity, open contracting, harnessing the data revolution for sustainable development, and promoting greater transparency in delivery of foreign assistance.  From the White House, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.


Midterm Self-Assessment Report for the Open Government Partnership: Third Open Government National Action Plan, 2015-2017

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Presidency

This self-assessment report describes the development process for the third NAP and the progress made implementing the 45 initiatives halfway through the two-year implementation period.  The Third Open Government National Action Plan was introduced in October 2015.  From the White House, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.


National Port Strategy Assessment: Reducing Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases at U.S. Ports

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Transportation,Virginia Issues

Examines current and future emissions from various diesel sources operating in port areas and explores the potential of a range of available strategies to reduce emissions from ships, trucks, locomotives, and cargo-handling equipment.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


Creativity Connects: Trends and Conditions Affecting U.S. Artists

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Science/Technology

Presents the results of a national study on current conditions for artists and the trends affecting their ability to create work and contribute to their communities.  Major factors include the increasing importance of technology, income inequities and the “gig” economy, and the tendency of the arts ecosystem to privilege a narrow band of aesthetic approaches.  From the National Endowment for the Arts


Copyright Office Special 1201 Study: Request for Additional Comments

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations,Libraries/Museums,Property Rights

Requests additional comments from the public in connection with its ongoing study of the operation of laws regarding the circumvention of copyright protection systems.  From the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress, posted on the Federal Register.


Human Rights in Russia: No Light at the End of the Tunnel

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,European Union,Russia

Describes the human rights situation in Russia as “increasingly difficult” with repressive legislation curtailing freedom of expression and human rights activism.  From the European Parliamentary Research Service


Freight Facts and Figures 2015

Categories: Business/Economics,Environment,Statistics,Transportation

Covers the volume and value of freight flows in the U.S., the condition and performance of the freight network, and the safety, energy, and environmental implications of freight transportation. From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.


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