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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Annual Report for the Virginia Plan for Higher Education, January 2017

Categories: Education-Higher,Virginia Issues

http://leg2.state.va.us/dls/h&sdocs.nsf/By+Year/HD72017/$file/HD7.pdf

Establishes a goal that 70% of Virginia’s population would hold some postsecondary credential by 2030 which would make Virginia one of the top states for educational attainment.   From the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

 

Populism and Nationalism: Implications for the International Order

Categories: Foreign Affairs,Great Britain

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/LLN-2017-0002/LLN-2017-0002.pdf

Parliamentary briefing paper on the challenges to the liberal international order posed by the development of populism and nationalism around the world.  Outlines the British government’s support for the current rules-based international order, reviews contrary events over the past year, and surveys the recent work of scholars and commentators on the phenomena.  From the House of Lords Library

 

2016 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment,Laws/Regulations,Property Rights

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/2016-Out-of-Cycle-Review-Notorious-Markets.pdf

Highlights specific markets engaging in substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

2016 Report to Congress on China’s WTO Compliance

Categories: China,Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment,Laws/Regulations,Property Rights,Treaties

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/2016-China-Report-to-Congress.pdf

Describes the various ways the U.S. is working to hold China to its World Trade Organization commitments, especially in such areas as intellectual property rights enforcement,  the protection of trade secrets, and industrial policies.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

Federal Coal Program: Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement-Scoping Report Appendices Vol. 2

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/projects/nepa/65353/95108/115024/Coal_PEIS_Vol_II_508.pdf

Contains the list of commenters, the comments by issue category, and an annotated bibliography.  Volume 2 of 2 volumes.  From the Interior Department

 

Federal Coal Program: Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement- Scoping Report. Vol. 1

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/projects/nepa/65353/95106/115023/CoalPEIS_RptsScoping_Vol1_508.pdf

Argues the need for modernization of the federal coal program to ensure a fair return on the sale of public coal resources, assess the structure and efficiency of the coal program in light of current market conditions, and consider the impacts on communities and the environment including climate change.  Volume 1 of 2 volumes.  From the Interior Department

 

Best Practices for Determining Subgroup Size in Accountability Systems While Protecting Personally Identifiable Student Information

Categories: Disability,Education,Income/Poverty,Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Statistics

https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2017/2017147.pdf

The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 requires that states create plans with strategies for reporting education outcomes by grade for all students and particular categories of students.  This report helps states determine the sample size needed for significant results while protecting individual privacy.  From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

Apology for Past Discrimination Toward Employees and Applicants Based on Sexual Orientation

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Govt Personnel,Sex Issues

https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2017/01/266711.htm

Brief statement from the Secretary of State apologizing for past discrimination against LGBTI employees and applicants.  From the State Department

 

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