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Scotland in the United Kingdom: An Enduring Settlement

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

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/397560/Scotland_Settlement_print_ready.pdf

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

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL32589.pdf

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

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/49871-UAEA_House.pdf

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

http://blogs.loc.gov/law/2014/11/how-to-trace-federal-regulations-a-research-guide/

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

 

The Implications of Devolution for England

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

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/387598/implications_of_devolution_for_england_accessible.pdf

Covers what powers have been devolved to date, options for further devolution and decentralization , and the impact of devolution on Parliament.  House of Commons Command Paper Cm 8969

 

Federal Inspectors General: History, Characteristics, and Recent Congressional Actions

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt Personnel,Govt Processes/Organization

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43814.pdf

Discusses the role, authorities, and activities of inspectors general and recent complaints of uncooperative agencies that have hampered inspections and audits.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

The Obama Adminstration’s November 2014 Immigration Initiatives: Questions and Answers

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations,Presidency

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R43798.pdf

Provides discussions for nine frequently-asked questions relating to such topics as the legal authority for the president’s actions, constraints upon executive discretionary authority, and who has “standing” to challenge the initiative.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

FEMA’s Disaster Declaration Policy: A Primer

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt Processes/Organization,Weather/Disasters

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R43784.pdf

Over the last quarter century, federal assistance provided via disaster declarations has exceeded $150 billion, yet the process by which such declarations come into being is not well understood.  This report discusses the evolution of the process, how it is administered, and recent changes to the process. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

 

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