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Earl Gregg Swem Library

FDA Takes Several Actions Involving Genetically Engineered Plants and Animals for Food

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

Agency press release on the approval of genetically modified salmon and other steps relating to food from genetically engineered plants and animals. Also provides links to guidance documents relating to voluntary labeling of GE products by food companies. From the Food and Drug Administration


FSMA Final Rule on Produce Safety

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Consumer Info/Protection,Food/Nutrition,Headlines,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

Provides wording and explanation of final regulations relating to safety standards for growing, harvesting, shipping and selling of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption. From the Food and Drug Administration


Researching Current Federal Legislation and Regulations: A Guide to Resources for Congressional Staff

Categories: Congress,Laws/Regulations

Introduces congressional staff (and anyone else) to basic resources, such as and GPO’s Federal Digital System, for tracking the development of federal laws and regulations. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Librarian of Congress Succession Modernization Act of 2015

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Includes text and all actions of Senate bill 2162 signed into law by President Obama on 11/5/15 (PL 114-86) which changes the Librarian of Congress position from a lifetime appointment to a 10 year term. Responds to complaints about management at LC during Billington’s long tenure as head. From


Social Security and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Provisions in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

Categories: Disability,Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations,Retirement/Social Security,Welfare/Social Services

Explains how the Disability Insurance Fund, on track to be exhausted by 2016, will gain a greater share of Social Security payroll tax money until at least 2018 under provisions of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.   Also increases the penalties for benefits fraud. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Doing Business 2016: Measuring Regulatory Quality and Efficiency

Categories: Business/Economics,Laws/Regulations

Annual report which measures the state of health of national economies on such indicators as the regulatory system, efficacy of the bureaucracy, and the nature of business governance. From the World Bank


Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

Information about the compromise legislation, brokered by outgoing House Speaker John Boehner and Senate leaders which provides for a two year budget and delays debt limit fights until FY2017. From


Birthright Citizenship and Children Born in the United States to Alien Parents: An Overview of the Legal Debate

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

Traces the historical development of the concept of citizenship by birth in the U.S., litigation involving the citizenship clause over the years, and the two modern competing interpretations of the Citizenship Clause. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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