Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Federal Debt and the Statutory Limit, March 2015

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt Processes/Organization

Describes the current federal debt situation, governed by a temporary suspension of the debt ceiling until March 15, 2015.  Also discusses the measures that will be available to the Treasury to keep the government operating and what would happen when extraordinary measures run out.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Innovation for Healthier Americans: Identifying Opportunities for Meaningful Reform to Our Nation’s Medical Product Discovery and Development

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Health/Medical,Science/Technology

Examines challenges that exist to getting safe treatments, improved medical devices, and cures to patients more quickly and effectively.  Assesses relevant policies and procedures at the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health.  From the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


Biennial Budgeting: Options, Issues, and Previous Congressional Action

Categories: Congress,Govt Finance,Govt Processes/Organization

Examines the history of moving to biennial budgeting as a solution for current problems, reviews the arguments for and against biennial budgeting, and looks at how two year budgeting has worked at the state level.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


U.S. Commission on Civil Rights: Management Improvements Are Needed to Better Achieve Its Mission

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Govt Personnel,Govt Processes/Organization

Examines the performance of the Civil Rights Commission and criticizes the organization for confusion in defining the roles of commissioners and the staff director.  From the Government Accountability Office


Scotland in the United Kingdom: An Enduring Settlement

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Great Britain,Laws/Regulations

Draft policy paper which describes additional powers to be devolved to Scotland by the British government following the September 2014 vote of the people of Scotland to remain within the United Kingdom.  House of Commons Command Paper Cm 8990


The Federal Communications Commission: Current Structure and Its Role in the Changing Telecommunications Landscape

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

Reviews the calls for reform of the FCC, either via procedural changes that would affect agency operations or substantive policy changes that would affect the regulation of different services and industry sectors. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Unauthorized Appropriations and Expiring Authorizations

Categories: Congress,Govt Finance,Govt Processes/Organization,Laws/Regulations

Identifies authorizations of appropriations that have already expired or will expire this year.  Includes the number and name of the public law containing the last authorization, the last year the authorization was in effect, and the amount authorized in that year.  From the Congressional Budget Office


How to Trace Federal Regulations: A Research Guide

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Laws/Regulations

Discusses how to trace the origins, development, and statutory authority behind federal regulations.  From the Law Library of the Library of Congress


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