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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Department of Defense Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E): Appropriations Structure

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Science/Technology

Nearly half of all federal R&D dollars go to the Department of Defense.  This new report describes the structure of the DoD research budget, including how it differs from other federal agency R&D taxonomies, and several selected issues for Congress to consider.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists



Consumer Credit Trends: Explore Recent Developments in Consumer Credit Markets

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets,Statistics

Web-based tool to help members of the public monitor developments in consumer lending and identify future credit risks.  Beta version of the data tool covers mortgage, credit card, auto loan, and student loan markets.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


Librarian of Congress Seeks Input on Register of Copyrights

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Govt Personnel,Libraries/Museums

Survey form which offers members of public input on the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed by the person selected to be the next register of copyrights.  The survey will be available until 1/31/17.  From the Library of Congress


Software-Enabled Consumer Products

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations,Property Rights

Explains how copyright law applies to software-enabled consumer products such as refrigerators, cars, and wireless phones.  Recommends no change to current law at present to maintain strength and stability of copyright system while also permitting legitimate uses (repair, resale, and security research) of these new products.  From the Office of the Register of Copyrights


Top 15 Most Popular Last Names in the U.S. by Rank

Categories: Population/Census

Shows rankings for top 15 in 1990, 2000, and 2010.  Smith, Johnson, and Williams continue to be 1-2-3 in all three decades but 2010 includes 6 Hispanic surnames, compared to 4 in 2000 and none in 1990.  From the Census Bureau

(population/Census) An Experiment in Defense Open Data

Categories: Defense/Military,Statistics

Defense expenditures generate data on logistics, personnel, manufacturing, science and technology.  This site will experiment with sharing unclassified military data with the general public.  The initial offering is THOR: Theater History of Operations Data covering data about aerial bombings from World War I through Vietnam.  From the Defense Digital Service


Presidential Authority Over Trade: Imposing Tariffs and Duties

Categories: Congress,Foreign Trade/Investment,Presidency

The transition to a new presidential administration raises questions about the respective roles of Congress and the president over trade.  This report discusses the constitutional framework and especially the power to set tariff rates.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Commercial Space Industry Launches a New Phase

Categories: Business/Economics,Govt Finance,Science/Technology

The U.S. space industry is changing with a government shift toward the use of fixed price contracts for commercial services, new entrants with new launch products, and an increase in the use of smaller satellites.  Includes a section on policy issues for Congress in the wake of the changing space environment.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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