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Border Security: Analysis of Vulnerabilities Identified by Frontline Agents

Categories: Congress,Govt Personnel,Homeland Security,Science/Technology

https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/download/border-security_-analysis-of-vulnerabilities-identified-by-frontline-agents

Committee staff report analyzing information collected from frontline Customs and Border Protection agents on southwest border vulnerabilities and how to correct them.  Calls for better technology, more personnel, and improved equipment as highest priorities rather than a border wall.  From the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee minority staff.

 

Reinstatement of a Citizenship Question on the 2020 Decennial Census Questionnaire

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Population/Census

https://www.commerce.gov/sites/commerce.gov/files/2018-03-26_2.pdf

Lays out the reasons why the Secretary of Commerce has decided to add a controversial question about citizenship to the 2020 Census.  Cites need to prevent voting fraud as justification for risking reduced Census response rate.  From the U.S. Department of Commerce.

 

Military Service by Transgender Individuals

Categories: Defense/Military,Headlines,Sex Issues

https://media.defense.gov/2018/Mar/23/2001894037/-1/-1/0/MILITARY-SERVICE-BY-TRANSGENDER-INDIVIDUALS.PDF

Report from a panel of experts which partially reinstates the ban on transgendered individuals serving in the U.S. military. Finds “substantial risk” associated with military service by individuals suffering from gender dysphoria and also bans military service for those “who require or have undergone gender transition.”  From the Defense Department

 

The Distribution of Household Income, 2014

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/53597-distribution-household-income-2014.pdf

Provides a stark picture of income inequality in the U.S. where, in 2014, the lowest fifth had average annual income of about $19,000 and the highest fifth had $281,000.  Also discusses trends in income inequality and how federal programs, especially the Affordable Care Act, and taxes affected the distribution of income in 2014.  From the Congressional Budget Office