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Cuba: U.S. Policy Changes Increased Engagement with Private Sector, but Agency Information Collection is Limited

Categories: Business/Economics,Cuba,Foreign Trade/Investment,Laws/Regulations

http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/681641.pdf

Examines what is known about the size and scope of the Cuban private sector, the effect of U.S. changes to legal and regulatory restrictions on Cuba’s private sector, and the extent to which these changes have expanded U.S. and Cuban economic opportunity.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

United States of America v. Police Department of Baltimore City et al

https://www.justice.gov/opa/file/925056/download

Text of the consent decree reached between the U.S. and Baltimore  relating to unconstitutional actions of the city police department.  Covers police/community interactions, use of force, transportation of persons in custody, handling of reports of sexual assault and more.  From the Justice Department

 

Justice Department Reaches Agreement with City of Baltimore to Reform Police Department’s Unconstitutional Practices

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-reaches-agreement-city-baltimore-reform-police-department-s

Press release summarizing key points to consent decree with Baltimore city officials to resolve findings of federal investigation that the city’s police department engaged in practices that violate the Constitution.  Includes links to text  and Consent Decree Fact Sheet.  From the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department

 

How Repealing Portions of the Affordable Care Act Would Affect Health Insurance Coverage and Premiums

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations

https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/52371-coverageandpremiums.pdf

Predicts that if the law’s mandate penalties and subsidies are eliminated but the insurance marketplace reforms are retained, the number of uninsured people would increase to 32 million and premiums would double by 2026.  Provides updated estimates from the repeal plan proposed by GOP legislators in 2015.  From the Congressional Budget Office

(headlines     health insurance     laws/regulations)

Investigation of the Chicago Police Department

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Federal State Relations,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

https://www.justice.gov/opa/file/925846/download

Full text of the 161 page document.  From the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Illinois

 

Justice Department Announces Findings of Investigation into Chicago Police Department

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Federal State Relations,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-announces-findings-investigation-chicago-police-department

Following a year-long investigation, the report accused the police department of engaging in a pattern of using excessive force, including deadly force, which it blames on deficiencies in training and accountability.  Includes a summary of the report with links to findings, a fact sheet, and the text of the agreement in principle between Chicago and the federal authorities.  From the Justice Department

 

Responding to Corruption and the Kabul Bank Collapse

Categories: Afghanistan,Crime/Justice,Financial Crisis/Markets,Laws/Regulations

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR398-Responding-to-Corruption-and-the-Kabul-Bank-Collapse.pdf

Efforts to resolve the 2010 bank collapse illustrate the problems in combatting corruption in Afghanistan.  This report updates the government’s efforts and provides recommendations for improving the regulatory and judicial climate.  From the United States Institute of Peace

 

2016 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment,Laws/Regulations,Property Rights

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/2016-Out-of-Cycle-Review-Notorious-Markets.pdf

Highlights specific markets engaging in substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

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