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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

 

 

Executive Discretion as to Immigration: Legal Overview

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

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R43782.pdf

Discusses how presidential authority over immigration matters is provided and circumscribed by certain statutory delegations of authority and constitutional considerations.  Also discusses the relationship of these powers to the 2012 presidential initiative known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Performance and Accountability Report: Fiscal Year 2014

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt Processes/Organization

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666926.pdf

The annual performance and accountability report from the agency that analyzes the performance of  other federal agencies.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Federal Policies and Innovation

Categories: Business/Economics,Govt Finance,Govt Processes/Organization,Science/Technology

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/49487-Innovation.pdf

Examines the effects on technological innovation of existing federal government policies and systems and the possible effects of a variety of current proposals for changing those policies and systems.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

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

 

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