Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Effects of Increasing Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s Capital

Categories: Financial Crisis/Markets,Govt Finance,Housing/Homelessness

Examines a scenario where the two government-sponsored enterprises would be allowed to retain an average of $5 billion of their profits annually to invest in Treasury securities and expand the amount available for mortgage underwriting.  From the Congressional Budget Office


One Hundred Years of Current Employment Statistics: Busting CES Myths

Categories: History,Labor/Employment,Statistics

Discusses some of the most common misunderstandings about the Current Employment Statistics survey.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Injury Mortality: United States, 1999-2014

Categories: Health/Medical,Statistics

A visualization of injury mortality in the U.S. over time.   Features six dashboards which combine a statistical table with fixed and dynamic scale color graphs to depict injury characteristics.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


School Enrollment in the United States: 2015

Categories: Education,Education-Higher,Population/Census,Statistics

Tables which provide information on students by age, sex,  race, Hispanic origin, family income, and more.  Covers enrollment from kindergarten to graduate school.  Press release with links to statistical tables.  From the Census Bureau



Drinking Water Contamination in Flint, Michigan, Demonstrates a Need to Clarify EPA Authority to Issue Emergency Orders to Protect the Public

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Environment,Headlines,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

Concludes that EPA had the authority and sufficient information to issue an emergency order to protect Flint residents from lead-contaminated water as early as June 2015.  The order was not issued until January 2016.  Directs EPA to clarify how its emergency  authority can and should be used to protect the public.  From the Office of the Inspector General for the Environmental Protection Agency


Criminal Victimization 2015

Categories: Crime/Justice,Guns,Statistics

Presents national rates and levels of criminal victimization in 2015 and change from 2014.  Includes characteristics of crimes and victims and consequences of the crime.  Also covers domestic violence and use of weapons.  From  the Bureau of Justice Statistics


Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America

Categories: African Americans,History,Housing/Homelessness,Urban Issues,Virginia Issues

Interactive mapping scene which allows user to select an American city and view maps deriving from the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation, a Depression era federal government program which provided information to financial institutions about investment risks and served to ghettoize African Americans and other minorities.  A joint project of librarians at the University of Maryland, University of Richmond, and Virginia Tech.


U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Enhanced Protections for Air Travelers, Actions to Promote Airline Competition

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

Announces executive actions to provide refunds for baggage delays, more accurate on-time performance information, and more transparency in booking flights with online travel services.  From the U.S. Department of Transportation


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