Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Annual Report of the CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Education-Higher,Financial Crisis/Markets

Analyzes complaints submitted by consumers with student loan complaints from October 2013 through September 2014.  Largest set of complaints relates to lack of repayment options and flexibility in times of distress.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


Ebola: Basics about the Disease

Categories: Africa,Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical

Discusses symptoms, modes of transmission, incubation period, treatments, and projections of the future course of the outbreak.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Human Papillomavirus Vaccination: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical,Statistics

Summarizes the epidemiology of human papillomavirus (HPV) and associated diseases, describes the licensed HPV vaccines, provides updated data from clinical trials and postlicensure safety studies, and compiles recommendations for use of HPV vaccines. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Ebola Outbreak 2014: Information Resources

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Headlines,Health/Medical

Lists and links to sources of information from the federal government, private and international organizations, other national government sites, and more.  From the National Library of Medicine


Considering a Reverse Mortgage

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets,Housing/Homelessness


Discusses what it is, how it works, why caution is needed, and what alternatives might be available.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


Consumer Expenditures 2013

Reports that average expenditures per consumer unit in 2013 were $51,100, little changed from 2012 levels.  Also offers details on the average consumer expenditures per category such as housing, food, transportation and so forth.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Google to Refund Consumers at Least $19 Million to Settle FTC Complaint…

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Telecommunications/Internet

Press release which explains the terms of the consent agreement between Google and the Federal Trade Commission for refunds to consumers who were billed for mobile apps downloaded from the Google Play store by children without authorization by the account holder.  Also contains link to text of consent agreement.  From the Federal Trade Commission


Ebola Virus Disease: Occupational Safety and Health

Categories: Africa,Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical,United Nations—ed_protect/—protrav/—safework/documents/briefingnote/wcms_302532.pdf

Describes the nature of the disease, the way it is transmitted, risks for health care workers, and resources for further information.  From the World Health Organization


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