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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt Processes/Organization

Offers the latest publicly issued reports from federal inspectors general, who serve as watchdogs over their agencies activities. Contains over 6,000 reports at launch.  From the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency.


Presidential Memorandum on the White House Office of American Innovation

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Presidency

Text of order which creates a new entity within the White House, led by the president’s son-in-law to reform the federal government using private-sector practices.  From the White House


The Scalia Vacancy in Historical Context: Frequently Asked Questions

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,History,Supreme Court/courts

Discusses the issues around the vacancy on the Supreme Court, the longest since 1861, caused by the death of Justice Scalia in February 2016.  From


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.


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