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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Impact of Regulations on Virginia’s Manufacturing Sector: 2016

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Manufacturing,Statistics,Taxes,Virginia Issues

Updates a 2006 report on the same topic.  Finds that most regulations affecting Virginia’s manufacturers are federal in origin and most have not changed since 2005.  Includes several appendices which cover financial impact of regulations, manufacturing employment and output by sector, and a list of Virginia stand-alone regulations.  From the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission


The Financial CHOICE Act: Policy Issues

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

Highlights major proposals included in a bill designed to modify or repeal changes to financial policies and regulatory structure brought about by the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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

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

27.3 million persons were uninsured in the U.S. during the first three months of 2016, 1.3 million fewer than in 2015, and 21.3 million fewer than in 2010.  Includes short-term trends by race and ethnicity, private exchange coverage, and health insurance coverage by state Health Insurance Marketplace type.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


Private Health Insurance: In Most States and New Exchanges, Enrollees Continued to be Concentrated Among Few Issuers in 2014

Categories: Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Concerns have been raised about the degree of concentration in the health insurance marketplace leading to fewer choices and higher premiums.  The Affordable Care Act was intended to provide more choices.  This study looks at concentration in the health insurance exchanges from 2011 through 2014 and changes in issuer participation in each state from 2013 to 2014.  From the Government Accountability Office


Constitution of the United States

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,History,Laws/Regulations

In anticipation of Constitution Day, September 17th, this site offers downloads of high resolution images of the Constitution.  Also offers a readable transcript, a look at the Constitutional Convention and ratification process, and more.  From the National Archives and Records Administration


Head Start Performance Standards

Categories: Children,Education-Higher,Headlines,Income/Poverty,Laws/Regulations

Text of the final rule which revised the Head Start Standards.  From the Office of the Federal Register and the Children and Families Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services


HHS Announces New Standards to Further Strengthen the Quality of Head Start Programs

Categories: Children,Education,Headlines,Income/Poverty,Laws/Regulations

Press release about the major changes included in the new regulations for the Head Start Program.  Highlights of the new standards include raising teacher requirements, increasing the amount of time children spend in classes, affirming the role of parents as leaders, and strengthening comprehensive services.  From the Children and Families Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services

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Audit of the National Security Division’s Enforcement and Administration of the Foreign Agents Registration Act

Categories: Crime/Justice,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues

Reviews and evaluates the enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Passed to compel disclosure when U.S. citizens serve as agents of a foreign government, the review found a declining trend in registrations and prosecutions beginning in the 1990s and confusion as to the purpose of the act.  Makes 14 recommendations for improved enforcement.  Current investigations are said by the press to be aimed at foreign sources of income for Virginia Governor McAuliffe and former Trump advisor Paul Manafort.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Justice Department



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