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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Growth in DoD’s Budget From 2000 to 2014

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/49764-MilitarySpending.pdf

Reports that the Defense Department’s budget grew from $384 billion in 2000 to $502 billion in 2014 in inflation-adjusted real terms, an overall increase of 31%.  Also breaks down the increases by component parts of the defense budget.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Options for Reducing the Deficit: 2015 to 2024

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Statistics,Taxes

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/49638-BudgetOptions.pdf

Provides estimates of the potential budgetary savings from 79 options that would decrease federal spending or increase federal revenues over the next decade.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Federal Proposals to Tax Marijuana: An Economic Analysis

Categories: Drug Trafficking,Govt Finance,Taxes

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43785.pdf

Provides an overview of marijuana production, possible justifications for imposing federal taxes, estimates the level of taxes that might be raised, and analyzes possible marijuana tax designs.  Also discusses potential administration and enforcement problems. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

International Climate Change Financing: The Green Climate Fund (GCF)

Categories: Climate Change,Congress,Environment,Govt Finance,United Nations

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41889.pdf

Discusses mechanisms for aiding developing countries in their climate change activities and focuses on the proposed United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Green Climate Fund.  Reviews operational details that would need to be clarified and the role a skeptical Congress might have to play.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Annual Report Fiscal Year 2014

Categories: Govt Finance,Labor/Employment,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics

http://www.pbgc.gov/documents/2014-annual-report.pdf

Reports that the multiemployer program, which guarantees the pensions of ten million workers and retirees is running a $42 billion deficit, up from $8.3 billion in the previous year, due to the weaknesses in a minority of company plans which are expected to become insolvent.  From the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

 

Medicare’s Payment to Physicians: The Budgetary Effects of Alternative Policies …

Categories: Govt Finance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/49770-SGR-Menu.pdf

Chart which shows the cost in billions of  dollars over the period 2015 to 2024 of different policy implementations for Medicare payments to physicians.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

FEMA’s Disaster Declaration Policy: A Primer

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt Processes/Organization,Weather/Disasters

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R43784.pdf

Over the last quarter century, federal assistance provided via disaster declarations has exceeded $150 billion, yet the process by which such declarations come into being is not well understood.  This report discusses the evolution of the process, how it is administered, and recent changes to the process. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

 

Landsat: Overview and Issues for Congress

Categories: Govt Finance,Maps/Geography,Science/Technology

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R40594.pdf

Landsat 8, launched in 2013 by NASA, is the latest in a string of earth-observing satellites going back to 1972.  This report focuses on whether there should be a Landsat 9, whether the effort should be privatized, the value of continuous earth monitoring, and the cost of such a project.

From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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