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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Conflict of Interest and “Ethics” Provisions That May Apply to the President

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Presidency,Religion/Ethics

Briefly identifies those provisions of public law or regulation relating to conflicts of interest that may potentially apply to a president and those that do not apply to the president.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


EPA Names First Chemicals for Review Under New TSCA Legislation

Categories: Environment,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

Identifies the first 10 chemicals to be evaluated for potential risks to human health and the environment under the authority of the revised Toxic Substances Control Act.  Risk evaluations for these chemicals will need to be completed within three years of the date of their publication in the Federal Register.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


Seat Belt Use in 2016: Overall Results

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Statistics,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

Seat belt use reached 90.1% in 2016, up from 88.5% in 2015.  Also provides data on seat belt use by major characteristics such as types of vehicles, regions of country, urban/rural areas, time of travel, strength of enforcement laws, and more.  From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


The Sharing Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators: An FTC Staff Report

Categories: Business/Economics,Consumer Info/Protection,Laws/Regulations,Transportation

Describes how disruptive innovation has been transforming the for-hire transportation and short-term lodging industries and the benefits/problems caused by such disruption. This document reports on the ideas and issues covered at a June 2015 workshop.  From the Federal Trade Commission


Asylum: Variation Exists in Outcomes of Applications Across Immigration Courts and Judges

Categories: Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations

Tens of thousands of foreign nationals in the U.S. apply annually for asylum.  Their appeals are heard by judges in the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review.  This report examines variations in application outcomes across courts and judges, factors associated with such variability, and EOIR’s efforts to provide access to legal resources.  From the Government Accountability Office


Campus Crime Final Program Review Determination [Penn State University]

Categories: Crime/Justice,Education-Higher,Laws/Regulations,Sex Issues

Presents final conclusions of the federal investigation into Penn State’s compliance with the Jeanne Cleary Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.  The investigation relates to the child sexual abuse committed by a former assistant football coach at the university. A $2.3 million fine was levied against the university.  From the U.S. Department of Education


Section 512 Study: Request for Additional Comments

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations

Notice that federal regulators are seeking additional public comments on the impact and effectiveness of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act safe harbor provisions.  From the Copyright Office and the Government Publishing Office’s Federal Digital System


Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, January-June 2016

Categories: Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

Provides estimates of those covered by health insurance for selected states.  In the first 6 months of 2016, 28 million persons of all ages were uninsured or 8.9% of the population.  This was 20 million fewer than in 2010, prior to the Affordable Care Act, but only 0.2 million fewer persons than in 2015.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


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