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Earl Gregg Swem Library

FEMA’s Disaster Declaration Policy: A Primer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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