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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Biennial Budgeting: Issues, Options, and Congressional Actions

Categories: Congress,Govt Finance

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44732.pdf

Discusses proposals for changing the U.S. government to a two year budgeting cycle, the advantages from proponents, and the disadvantages from opponents.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

International Trade and Finance: Overview and Issues for the 115th Congress

Categories: Congress,Foreign Trade/Investment,Treaties

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44717.pdf

Reviews major actions on international trade by the 114th Congress and major issues to be considered by the 115th Congress including the effect of international trade agreements on U.S. jobs and the economy, the future of U.S. trade policy with Asia and Europe, and whether to renegotiate or withdraw from existing trade agreements such as NAFTA.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Review of the Unauthorized Disclosures of Former National Security Agency Contractor Edward Snowden

Categories: Congress,Govt Secrecy,Headlines,Spying/Intelligence,Telecommunications/Internet

http://intelligence.house.gov/UploadedFiles/HPSCI_Snowden_Review_Declassified.pdf

Completed in September 2016 but released to the public in unclassified form in December 2016.  Reviews how the Snowden disclosures occurred, what the U.S. government knows about the man who released the information, and whether the security shortfalls have been remedied.  From the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

 

Presidential Authority Over Trade: Imposing Tariffs and Duties

Categories: Congress,Foreign Trade/Investment,Presidency

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44707.pdf

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

 

Improper Payments Legislation: Key Provisions, Implementation, and Selected Proposals in the 114th Congress

Categories: Congress,Govt Finance,Govt/Business Scandals

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44702.pdf

Describes the continuing problem of federal government overpayments and improper payments and attempts to craft legislation to alleviate the problem.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Reform of the U.S. Copyright Office

Categories: Congress,Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations,Libraries/Museums

https://judiciary.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Copyright-Reform.pdf

Proposal for reform of the Copyright Office including changing it into an independent entity within the legislative branch, making the head subject to Congressional approval, providing it with standing advisory committees, and upgrading its technology infrastructure.  Policy proposal from the House Judiciary Committee

 

Refugee Admissions and Resettlement Policy

Categories: Congress,Immigration/Migration,Statistics

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL31269.pdf

Covers basics of U.S. refugee admission policies including refugee ceilings and allocations, processing priorities, resettlement assistance, and special refugee provisions. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Congressional Record Bound Edition

Categories: Congress,Govt Information

https://www.govinfo.gov/app/#browse/collection?collectionCode=CRECB_GPO&browsePath=_Congressional+Record+%28Bound+Edition%29

Announces that the Congressional Record Permanent Edition is now available for the years 1981-2001, Volumes 127 – 147, on the Government Publishing Office’s GovInfo site.  From the Library of Congress and GPO.

 

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