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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Overincome Families Residing in Public Housing Units

Categories: Housing/Homelessness,Laws/Regulations

A review of policies regarding income for public housing occupants determined that more than 25,000 families who received housing assistance had income which exceeded eligibility limits in 2014.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Housing and Urban Development


Federal Debt and the Statutory Limit, August 2015

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

Predicts the so-called debt ceiling will be reached between mid-November and early December and the federal government would not be able to fully pay its obligations.  Explains the background to the current situation, what makes up the debt subject to limit, what extraordinary measures can be taken, and what happens when they run out.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Legal Aspects of Unmanned Systems: Part 1: Civilian Uses

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Science/Technology,Transportation

Looks at the potential civilian uses for unmanned drone or robotic systems technologies such as package delivery, search and rescue operations, and wildlife conservation, and the legal aspects relating to privacy, security, and safety.  From the Law Library of the Library of Congress


Obergefell v. Hodges: Same-Sex Marriage Legalized

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Marriage/Family,Sex Issues,Supreme Court/courts

Analyzes the Supreme Court decision that requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and to recognize such marriages that were formed in other states.  Also explores related questions that were raised by the decision.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


SEC Adopts Rule for Pay Ratio Disclosure

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets,Headlines,Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Laws/Regulations

Press release about adoption of regulation that requires a public company to disclose the ratio of the compensation of its chief executive officer to the median compensation of its employees.  The disclosure, to be revealed in annual reports, proxy and registration statements, is mandated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  From the Securities and Exchange Commission


Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

Provides rule summary, history, the full text of the final rule, various fact sheets, and technical support documents for the regulation that requires states and utilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants 32% below 2005 levels by 2030 and rewards them for expanding the use of solar and wind power.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


The 2014 EAC Election Administration and Voting Survey Comprehensive Report

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Laws/Regulations,Statistics

Report to Congress on the ability of civilian, military, and overseas citizens to register to vote and successfully cast a ballot.  Claims to be the nation’s foremost data collection effort related to voter registration, election administration, and the ways in which Americans cast their ballots.  See also Election Administration and Voting Survey page for links to slides, datasets, and other materials.

From the U.S. Election Assistance Commission


Facial Recognition Technology: Commercial Uses, Privacy Issues, and Applicable Federal Law

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Science/Technology

Examines uses of facial recognition technology, privacy issues, proposed best practices and industry privacy policies, and applicable privacy protections under federal law.  From the Government Accountability Office


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