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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Medicaid: Key Issues Facing the Program

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

The Medicaid program is undergoing major changes, in part due to the Affordable Care Act.  This report describes key issues that face the program, and how possible changes might affect federal oversight.  Highlights 24 key recommendations made in the past but not yet implemented.  From the Government Accountability Office


Annual Survey of Public Pensions: State- and Locally-Administered Defined Benefit Data Summary Report: 2014

Categories: Govt Finance,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics

Summary information on the status of the pension funds of nearly 90,000 state and local governments.  Includes average annual benefit payments by state and average active members per beneficiaries by state.  From the Census Bureau


Joint Staff Report: The U.S. Treasury Market on October 15, 2014

Categories: Financial Crisis/Markets,Govt Finance,Headlines

Provides detailed analysis of the market conditions and record trading volumes that day.  Attempts to explain the causes of the so-called flash crash in the securities markets and offers next steps to enhance public and private understanding of changes in the structure of the U.S. Treasury market.  From the Treasury Department and other agencies.


Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit Institutions: FY2013: Detailed Statistical Tables

Categories: Education-Higher,Govt Finance,Govt Procurement,Science/Technology,Statistics

37 statistical tables on federal government support to colleges and universities for science and engineering.  Some tables cover trends back to the 1960s.  Data presented by type of activity supported, federal agency, and university recipients.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation


Risk and Needs Assessment in the Criminal Justice System

Categories: Crime/Justice,Govt Finance

Documents the alarming rise in the number of people incarcerated in the U.S. from 1983 to 2013, the concern about social and economic consequences of this high rate, and then discusses the introduction of a system for reducing incarceration levels through use of risk and needs assessment methods.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Budgetary and Economic Effects of Repealing the Affordable Care Act

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations

First considers the effect of ACA repeal on health insurance coverage and on the federal budget over the next 10 years and then the macroeconomic effects of repeal.  Finds that ACA repeal would increase the federal deficit by $137 billion over the 2016-2025 period.   From the Congressional Budget Office


Reduced Budgets and Collection Resources Have Resulted in Declines in Taxpayer Service, Case Closures, and Dollars Collected

Categories: Govt Finance,Statistics,Taxes

Describes the declines in service and tax amounts collected as a result of $1.2 billion in cuts to the IRS budget since 2010.  From the Internal Revenue Service


Train and Equip Program for Syria: Authorities, Funding, and Issues for Congress

Categories: Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations,Syria,Terrorism

Reviews the purpose of 2014 legislation which authorizes the president to train and equip members of the Syrian opposition for specific purposes, such as combating the Islamic State and other terrorist organizations, and recent legislative developments in funding such operations.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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