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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Drinking Water Contamination in Flint, Michigan, Demonstrates a Need to Clarify EPA Authority to Issue Emergency Orders to Protect the Public

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Environment,Headlines,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

Concludes that EPA had the authority and sufficient information to issue an emergency order to protect Flint residents from lead-contaminated water as early as June 2015.  The order was not issued until January 2016.  Directs EPA to clarify how its emergency  authority can and should be used to protect the public.  From the Office of the Inspector General for the Environmental Protection Agency


Enhanced Cyber Risk Management Standards

Categories: Business/Economics,Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

Proposed regulation on establishing minimum standards for large financial institutions to protect against and respond to hackers who try to penetrate customer financial accounts.  From the Federal Reserve, FDIC, and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency


OASDI and SSI Program Rates and Limits: 2017

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

Fact sheet which posts rates and limits for various government programs for 2017.  Notable for announcing inflation adjustment for social security benefits which is 0.3% for 2017.  From the Office of Retirement and Disability Policy of the Social Security Administration


Conflicts of Interest and the Presidency

Categories: Business/Economics,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Presidency

Brief study on whether there are legal requirements that a U.S. president relinquish his/her control of business interests while serving in the office.  Includes a history of presidential practices and a paragraph on issues in the 2016 election.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Presidential Policy Directive 43: United States-Cuba Normalization

Categories: Cuba,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,Homeland Security,Presidency

Describes the U.S. vision for normalization of relations with Cuba, how the policy aligns with U.S. national security interests, assesses progress toward normalization to date, describes priority objectives and more.  From the White House, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Public High School 4-year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate

Categories: Education,Headlines,Statistics

One table with coverage of public high school graduation rates by state for the period from 2010-11 to date.  Iowa had the highest graduation percentage and New Mexico the lowest among states for 2014-15.  From the White House


Fact Sheet: High School Graduation Rate Has Reached New High

Categories: Education,Headlines,Statistics

Announces that graduation rate from high school has reached 83.2%.  Includes table for trends since 2010-11 which covers subgroups of students.  From the White House


Collaborative Reform Initiative: An Assessment of the San Francisco Police Department

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Urban Issues

Negative review of the San Francisco PD following several controversial shootings.  Finds more than 90 operational deficiencies and offers 270 recommendations for improvement.  From the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services of the U.S. Department of Justice


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