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Earl Gregg Swem Library

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


The 2015 Long-Term Budget Outlook

Describes in detail the worsening federal budget outlook.  Covers the near and long-term outlook for the budget, for major health care programs, for Social Security, for other federal spending, and for federal revenues.  Also covers economic and budget effects of various policy initiatives.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Federal Reinsurance for Terrorism Risk in 2015 and Beyond

Categories: Govt Finance,Terrorism

Examines options for federal government support of terrorism risk insurance in the future  following reauthorization of the program in January 2015.  From the Congressional Budget Office



Overpayments in the Social Security Administration’s Disability Programs: A 10-Year Study

Categories: Govt Finance,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

Studies 1,500 beneficiaries who began receiving disability benefits in October 2003 to determine the extent of overpayments in the program.  From the Social Security Administration


Public Education Finances: 2013

Categories: Education,Govt Finance,Statistics

Information on revenues and expenditures of public elementary and secondary schools by national and state level with additional details about the 100 largest U.S. school systems by enrollment.  From the Census Bureau


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