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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Federal Anti-Nepotism Statute: Limits on Appointing, Hiring, and Promoting Relatives

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

Explains what the statute says and to whom it applies, the history behind efforts to restrict nepotism, and limitations on enforcement.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Transition Guide

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Presidency,Religion/Ethics$FILE/Transition%20Guide%20Print%20Version.pdf

Offers guidance in the process of setting up the new presidential administration.  Sections on presidential nominees, establishing procedures, ethics in the new administration, and a list of resources.  From the Office of Government Ethics


Management and Accountability of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Categories: Business/Economics,Govt Finance,Govt Processes/Organization,Virginia Issues

Criticizes the partnership for a lack of effective strategy, operational guidance, accountability and performance measures and more.  From the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission


Presidential Transition Guide

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Presidency

Provides an overview of the presidential transition process including components of the transition team, interviews with past participants, archives materials from past transitions, and scholarly studies on the process.  From a private source.  From the Partnership for Public Service.


PHH Corporation v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Categories: Financial Crisis/Markets,Govt Processes/Organization,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts$file/15-1177-1640101.pdf

Circuit court decision by a divided three judge panel that calls into question the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.   At issue is whether the CFPB, as an independent federal agency, can be constitutional if headed by a single person rather than a multi-member commission.  PHH, a mortgage lender, had objected to enforcement actions of the CFPB.  From the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.


The Open Government Partnership: Announcing New Open Government Initiatives

Categories: Foreign Assistance,Govt Processes/Organization,Govt Procurement,Telecommunications/Internet

Announces several new initiatives to those already introduced with the Third Open Government National Action Plan in October 2015.  Among the new initiatives: supporting global Internet connectivity, open contracting, harnessing the data revolution for sustainable development, and promoting greater transparency in delivery of foreign assistance.  From the White House, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.


Midterm Self-Assessment Report for the Open Government Partnership: Third Open Government National Action Plan, 2015-2017

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Presidency

This self-assessment report describes the development process for the third NAP and the progress made implementing the 45 initiatives halfway through the two-year implementation period.  The Third Open Government National Action Plan was introduced in October 2015.  From the White House, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.


Constitution of the United States

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,History,Laws/Regulations

In anticipation of Constitution Day, September 17th, this site offers downloads of high resolution images of the Constitution.  Also offers a readable transcript, a look at the Constitutional Convention and ratification process, and more.  From the National Archives and Records Administration


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