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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Defense Spending and the Budget Control Act Limits

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations

Discusses the effects on defense spending of the Budget Control Act limits for the years FY 2012 until FY2021 and the rising average troop cost figures.  If Congressional spending for defense exceeds the BCA caps, the President is required to levy across-the-board cuts to each type of defense spending.  Also discusses different options for savings. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Annual Statistical Supplement to the Social Security Bulletin, 2014

The major source of data for U.S. social insurance and welfare programs.  Published annually since 1940.  Covers both programs administered by the Social Security Administration and other major health care and social insurance programs of the federal government.  From the Social Security Administration


Tax Expenditures: Overview and Analysis

Categories: Govt Finance,Taxes

Tax expenditures, like direct spending, are a way that the federal government shapes the economy, but they receive less scrutiny than direct spending.  This report covers the largest federal tax expenditures, who benefits from them, long-term trends in such expenditures, and the challenge of introducing reforms.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Defense Acquisitions: How and Where DoD Spends its Contracting Dollars

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Govt Procurement

The Defense Department spends more money on contractors than all other federal agencies combined.  This report examines how much money the Defense Department spends, what it is buying, and where the money is being spent. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


The Value of the American Community Survey: Smart Government, Competitive Businesses, and Informed Citizens

Categories: Business/Economics,Govt Finance,Housing/Homelessness,Population/Census

Explains the purpose and value of the ACS in collecting economic, social, demographic, and housing information at a time when Congress is threatening to curtail the program in the name of cost-cutting.  From the Economic and Statistics Administration of the Department of Commerce


Making the U.S. Federal Budget: Process and Hazards

Categories: European Union,Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations

A European view of how the U.S. budgeting process works. From the European Parliament Think Tank


Financial Accounting for Local and State School Systems: 2014 Edition

Categories: Education,Govt Finance,Statistics

The national standard for state and local education agencies to use in tracking and reporting financial data.  From the National Center for Education Statistics


Majority of Federally Funded R&D Centers Report Declines in R&D Spending in FY2013

Categories: Govt Finance,Science/Technology,Statistics

Reports on spending levels by the 40 federally funded research and development centers sponsored by the federal government.  Shows 5 year spending trends.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation


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