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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Elections: Issues Related to State Voter Identification Laws

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Govt Processes/Organization,Laws/Regulations

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/665966.pdf

Examines a variety of issues related to controversies surrounding voter ID laws including voter possession of IDs, cost of obtaining such IDs, how voter ID laws have affected voter turnout in select states, and what challenges loom over the effort to estimate the incidence of voter fraud.

From the Government Accountability Office

 

Lame Duck Sessions of Congress, 1935-2012

Categories: Congress,Govt Processes/Organization,History

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL33677.pdf

Covers 19 lame duck sessions from 1940 through 2012, including what they are, why they occur, characteristics of such sessions, and a session-by-session review of the major business conducted.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Virginia’s Information Technology Governance Structure

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet,Virginia Issues

http://jlarc.virginia.gov/reports/Rpt459.pdf

Criticizes muddled authority lines, especially between the Secretary of Technology and the Chief Information Officer, lack of clear responsibility for who secures the state’s data, lack of enforcement in procurement requirements and more.  Offers recommendations for legislative and executive action.  From the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission

 

Guidance on Managing Email

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

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/memoranda/2014/m-14-16.pdf

Lays out official policies and procedures for how federal agencies are to properly manage email records.  From the Office of Management and Budget

 

Gulet Mohamed v Eric Holder

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Govt Processes/Organization,Supreme Court/courts,Terrorism,Transportation

http://fas.org/sgp/jud/statesec/gulet-091514.pdf

Decision of a federal district court judge that the judiciary can compel in camera review of material that the federal government claims is protected by the state secrets privilege.  The case, deriving from an individual’s listing on the government’s No Fly list, involves individual liberties and the respective powers of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches in matters related to the War on Terrorism.  From the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Local Government and School Division Consolidation

Categories: Education,Govt Processes/Organization,Virginia Issues

http://jlarc.virginia.gov/reports/Rpt458.pdf

Discusses the benefits and obstacles to local school consolidation in Virginia using recent consolidations as evidence.  From the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission

 

Block Grants: Perspectives and Controversies

Categories: Federal State Relations,Food/Nutrition,Govt Processes/Organization,Medicare/Medicaid

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R40486.pdf

Provides an overview of the six block grant types, the arguments for and against the use of block grants to achieve national goals, the historical role of block grants in American federalism, recent changes to existing grants, and proposals to create new ones. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

U.S. Circuit and District Court Nominations During the Obama Presidency: Midyear Analysis and Comparison with Recent Presidents

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Presidency,Statistics,Supreme Court/courts

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43624.pdf

Provides a statistical analysis of nominations to U.S. circuit and district court judgeships, comparing the pace during the Obama administration with comparable periods of time for the Bush and Clinton presidencies.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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