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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Groundbreaking Land Cover Data to Support Chesapeake Bay Restoration Efforts

Categories: Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Federal State Relations,Maps/Geography,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

http://www.chesapeakebay.net/blog/post/groundbreaking_land_cover_data_to_support_chesapeake_bay_restoration_effort

Announces the completion of the Chesapeake Bay High Resolution Land Cover Project to improve information about the features of the Bay watershed landscape.  Enhances evaluation efforts on progress toward reducing the amount of pollution flowing into the Bay.  From the Chesapeake Bay Program

 

Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism

Categories: Crime/Justice,Federal State Relations,Homeland Security,Privacy,Terrorism

https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/16_1028_S1_CVE_strategy.pdf

Calls for linking federal and local efforts in opposing violent extremism around four major goals.  From the Department of Homeland Security

 

Water Infrastructure: Information on Selected Midsize and Large Cities with Declining Populations

Categories: Federal State Relations,Govt Finance,Public Works

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/679783.pdf

Examines the economic characteristics of such cities and their water/wastewater infrastructure needs, strategies used to respond to such needs, and what existing federal programs could assist these cities. From the Government Accountability Office

 

Teacher Preparation Issues

Categories: Careers,Education,Education-Higher,Federal State Relations,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

http://www2.ed.gov/documents/teaching/teacher-prep-final-regs.pdf

Final regulations for a new program of evaluating teacher preparation programs by states.  Includes placement and retention rates of graduates in first three years of teaching, feedback from graduates and their employers on effectiveness of program preparation, teacher evaluation results and more.  From the U.S. Department of Education

 

Climate Change Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X)

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Federal State Relations,Weather/Disasters

https://www.epa.gov/arc-x

An interactive resource to help local governments respond to pressures of climate change.  Includes information about the risks posed by climate change, relevant adaptation strategies, case studies showing how other communities adapted, and EPA funding opportunities.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

How Can the Results of a Presidential Election be Contested?

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Federal State Relations,Latin America,Presidency

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/contest.pdf

Brief discussion of the authority of states and the U.S. Constitution in matters of contested outcomes of a presidential election.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

 

Savings Arrangements Established by States for Non-Governmental Employees

Categories: Federal State Relations,Headlines,Labor/Employment,Laws/Regulations,Retirement/Social Security

https://www.dol.gov/sites/default/files/ebsa/temporary-postings/savings-arrangements-final-rule.pdf

Text of final rule that assists states in creating payroll-deduction IRA plans for workers in the private sector who don’t have access to an employer-provided savings arrangement. The rule provides guidance by providing a safe harbor from preemption of state laws by ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act).  The rule becomes effective in 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.  From the Employee Benefits Security Administration of the Department of Labor

 

State Challenges to Federal Enforcement of Immigration Law: From the Mid-1990s to the Present

Categories: Federal State Relations,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R43839.pdf

Reviews the history of litigation between various states and the federal government over immigration and the exclusion or removal of unauthorized aliens.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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