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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Trade Promotion Authority (TPA): Frequently Asked Questions

Categories: Congress,Foreign Trade/Investment,Govt Processes/Organization,Laws/Regulations,Presidency,Treaties

Explains the basics of trade promotion authority, formerly called fast track, that lays out U.S. trade negotiating objectives, procedures for congressional-executive notification, and expedited legislative procedures under which such bills are considered.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication: An Evaluation and Management Guide

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt Processes/Organization

A guide for analysts to identify and evaluate instances of overlapping government functions or duplication among programs.  From the Government Accountability Office


2015 Annual Report: Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt Processes/Organization

The fifth report in a series that proposes ways the government can achieve greater efficiencies and tracks progress made on previous recommendations.  From the Government Accountability Office


White Paper on the Capstone Approach and Capstone GRS

Categories: Govt Information,Govt Processes/Organization,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

Presents a plan for federal government management and retention of emails of permanent value and disposition of those lacking such value.  From the National Archives and Records Administration


POM Releases Recruitment, Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) Roadmap

Categories: Govt Personnel,Govt Processes/Organization,Labor/Employment

Agency press release about plans for improving the federal hiring process with links to the REDI website  From the Office of Personnel Management


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


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