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Overview of the FY2016 Continuing Resolution (H.R. 719)

Categories: Congress,Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations

Explains what a continuing resolution is and how it substitutes for the failure by Congress to pass regular appropriation bills. Also provides summaries of so-called “anomalies” which have the effect of creating new law or changing existing law. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


HR 719 – TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act of 2015

Categories: Congress,Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations

The legislation that staved off a government shutdown in October 2015 by providing for FY2016 Continuing Appropriations. From


Deep-Sea Mining

Categories: Environment,Geology/Mining,Great Britain,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology,Treaties

Describes the mineral deposit types being considered by British planners, proposed extraction methods, potential environmental effects, mitigation options, and the legal framework governing such activity in international waters. From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone: Final Rule

Categories: Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

Language of the final regulation to be published In the Federal Register dealing with standards for ozone. The revised standard sets the limit at 0.070 parts per million. The rule becomes effective 60 days after publication in the Register. From the Environmental Protection Agency



EPA Strengthens Ozone Standards to Protect Public Health ….

Categories: Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology!OpenDocument

Press release which describes the strengthening of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ground-level ozone to 70 parts per billion from 75 ppb to protect public health. From the Environmental Protection Agency


Congressional Redistricting: Legal and Constitutional Issues

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

Examines how redistricting disputes have become a matter for judicial interpretation since the landmark Baker v. Carr decision of 1962. Also considers six current legal issues relating to redistricting. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Selected Legal Mechanisms Whereby the Government Can Hold Contractors Accountable for Failure to Perform or Other Misconduct

Categories: Govt Procurement,Laws/Regulations

Provides an overview of measures that the federal government could use in penalizing contractors for failing to meet their contractual responsibilities. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Wrongful Classification of Information Regarding CIA Torture, in Violation of Executive Order 13526

Categories: Govt Secrecy,Iraq,Laws/Regulations,Spying/Intelligence

Complaint filed by a private organization with the Information Security Oversight Office of the federal government alleging that the Central Intelligence Agency is improperly classifying information related to mistreatment of prisoners during the Iraq War period. From


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