Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

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


How Do States Define Alternative Education?

Categories: Education,Laws/Regulations

Discusses the differences among states in the characteristics of their alternative education programs including target population, setting, services, and structure.  Includes definitions of alternative education by state.  From the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education


Health Insurance Exchanges: Coverage of Non-excepted Abortion Services by Qualified Health Plans

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

This report describes whether non-excepted abortion services are covered by qualified health plans under the Affordable Care Act within the 28 states with no laws restricting such coverage for the 2014 benefit year and provides additional information, such as the scope and cost of non-excepted abortion services coverage, for selected QHPs that cover such services.  From the Government Accountability Office


Reducing Gun Crime in Virginia: Trends and the Need for Clear Thinking in Public Policy

Categories: Crime/Justice,Guns,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues

Discusses Virginia’s much-criticized gun laws and then examines how Virginia firearm sales may be related to or affected by crime, high profile events of gun crime, the implementation of gun policies, and public perceptions.  Calls for background checks for anyone buying a gun from an unlicensed private seller.  From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia


Diplomatic and Embassy Security Funding Before and After the Benghazi Attacks

Categories: Foreign Affairs,Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations

Presents a history and analysis of the requested and actual funding for diplomatic and embassy security since FY2008.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


The Doctrine of Constitutional Avoidance: A Legal Overview

Categories: Congress,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

Explores the various rules that allow a court to avoid a ruling that invalidates a democratically-enacted law and the logic behind those rules.  Also examines how the doctrine of constitutional avoidance has influenced some recent rulings by the Roberts Court, criticisms of the doctrine, and the implications for Congress. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Protection of Trade Secrets: Overview of Current Law and Legislation

Categories: Business/Economics,Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations,Spying/Intelligence

Describes what trade secrets are, why they are valuable, how they differ from patents, trademarks, and copyrights, and why legislation has been introduced to strengthen the federal role in protecting trade secrets.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Asylum and Gang Violence

Categories: Children,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Immigration/Migration,Latin America,Laws/Regulations


Assesses the legal meaning of the term “refugee” as it applies to unaccompanied children arriving at the southwestern U.S. border who say they are fleeing persecution and gang violence in their home country.  Also considers how the plight of these children compares to the legal wording in the Immigration and Nationality Act.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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