Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements

Categories: Headlines,Homeland Security,Immigration/Migration,Mexico,Presidency,Public Works

Among other things, this one declares the intention of the Executive Branch “to secure the southern border of the U.S. through the immediate construction of a physical wall” and to produce a comprehensive study of the security of the southern border to be completed within 180 days.  From the White House


Changes in America’s Public School Facilities: From School Year 1998-99 to School Year 2012-13

Categories: Education,Prices/Inflation,Public Works,Statistics

Summarizes changes in the average age of public schools, ratings of environmental quality of school facilities, repair and maintenance costs, and short-range plans for improving school facilities.  From the National Center for Education Statistics


Water Infrastructure: Information on Selected Midsize and Large Cities with Declining Populations

Categories: Federal State Relations,Govt Finance,Public Works

Examines the economic characteristics of such cities and their water/wastewater infrastructure needs, strategies used to respond to such needs, and what existing federal programs could assist these cities. From the Government Accountability Office


The Macroeconomic and Budgetary Effects of Federal Investment

Categories: Business/Economics,Education,Govt Finance,Public Works,Science/Technology,Transportation

This report explains how congressional financial scorekeepers, when analyzing proposals that would change the amount of federal investment in areas such as basic infrastructure or education or R&D, determine their effects on the economy and on the federal budget.  From the Congressional Budget Office


One-Stop Bridge Data

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Public Works,Transportation

Press release about Long-Term Bridge Performance Portal, which allows members of the public  to obtain information about the nation’s bridges, including age, daily average traffic volume, inspection history, and condition rating.  Press release includes links for portal which requires registration and the creation of a no-cost account.  From the Federal Highway Administration


Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) L’Enfant Plaza Station Electrical Arcing and Smoke Accident

Categories: Births/Deaths,Consumer Info/Protection,District of Columbia,Public Works,Transportation

Synopsis from the final report of a widely publicized DC subway incident which resulted in the death of one person and exposure of maintenance problems plaguing the transit system.  Includes findings, probable cause, and safety recommendations.  From the National Transportation Safety Board


Highway Bridge Conditions: Issues for Congress

Categories: Govt Finance,Public Works,Transportation

In 2015 10% of U.S. bridges were classified as structurally deficient and another 14% were functionally obsolete.  This report suggests that things aren’t as bad as they seem; most of the deficient bridges are in rural, lightly-traveled areas, and bridge conditions have improved in recent years.  Raises the issue of priority between bridge and roadway repairs. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Analyzing the Impact of Implementing New Tolls on Existing Roadway Facilities: The Hampton Roads Experience

Categories: Public Works,Transportation,Virginia Issues

Studies the impact of placing tolls on a regional transportation system by comparing the traffic and transit conditions before and after tolling. The tolls, designed to pay for additional tunnel lanes, resulted in a 32% decrease in peak period delays at four river corridors.  From the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization


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