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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Congress’s Contempt Power and the Enforcement of Congressional Subpoenas: Law, History, Practice, and Procedure

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

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL34097.pdf

 

Examines the source of the contempt power, reviews the historical development of the case law, and analyzes the procedures associated with inherent contempt, criminal contempt, and the civil enforcement of subpoenas.  Also discusses two recent information-access disputes and limitations on the contempt power. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

The Debate over Selected Presidential Assistants and Advisors: Appointment, Accountability, and Congressional Oversight

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

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R40856.pdf

Provides background information and selected views on the role of some of these appointees.  Also discusses constitutional concerns that have been raised about presidential advisors and reviews the Congressional oversight process.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Who’s Overseeing Whom? The CIA, SSCI, and the Speech or Debate Clause

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/intel/speech.html

Explores whether CIA searches of Congressional computers would amount to a violation of the Constitution by discussing limits the Constitution imposes on executive branch efforts to intrude upon legislative activities. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Women in National Parliaments: Situation as of 1st January 2014

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Statistics,Women

http://www.ipu.org/wmn-e/classif.htm

Chart which lists number of seats held by women in lower and upper chambers and percentage of total seats in rank order.  Rwanda has top spot with 63% of lower chamber seats and 38% of upper chamber seats held by women.  U.S. is in tie with San Marino for 83rd spot with 18% and 20%.  From the Inter-Parliamentary Union

 

Disclosure of FISA Opinions: Select Legal Issues

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Spying/Intelligence,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/secrecy/R43404.pdf

Considers the competing authorities of the federal and congressional branches of government and whether the congressional branch can compel disclosure of classified opinions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court or otherwise regulate control over national security information.

From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Independence of Federal Financial Regulators

Categories: Financial Crisis/Markets,Govt Finance,Govt Processes/Organization

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43391.pdf

Discusses the major structural characteristics of U.S. financial regulatory agencies, their relative independence from Congress and the President, and recent legislation that proposes changes.

From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Dubious Secrets of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Categories: Cuba,Defense/Military,Govt Processes/Organization,Govt Secrecy,History

http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/nukevault/ebb457/

A set of three recently declassified documents relating to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis which reveal contradictory practices about current declassification policies by the Defense Department.  From the National Security Archive

 

Slipping Through the Cracks: How the D.C. Navy Yard Shooting Exposes Flaws in the Federal Security Clearance Process

Categories: Crime/Justice,Govt Processes/Organization,Govt/Business Scandals,Guns,Homeland Security,Laws/Regulations

http://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Aaron-Alexis-Report-FINAL.pdf

Describes the current federal security process in the wake of the Navy Yard killings and proposes several legislative improvements.  From the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

 

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