Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

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

Categories: Federal State Relations,Govt Finance,Public Works

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

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

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

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

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

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


State Voter Identification Requirements: Analysis, Legal Issues, and Policy Considerations

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Federal State Relations,Laws/Regulations

Examines differences in voter ID requirements among the states, legal and constitutional issues regarding voter photo ID laws, and implementation issues and policy considerations.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Laws that Contain Mandates

Categories: Federal State Relations,Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations

New tool which allows users to browse or search for intergovernmental or private sector mandates in laws passed by Congress.  From the Congressional Budget Office


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