Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Earnings and Employment Data for Workers Covered under Social Security and Medicare, by State and County, 2013

Categories: Income/Poverty,Medicare/Medicaid,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics,Taxes

Shows by sex and age the number of employees and self-employed persons, the amount of their taxable earnings, and the amount they paid in Social Security and Medicare contributions.  From the Social Security Administration


U. S. Leadership and the Challenge of State Fragility

Categories: Conflict Resolution,Democracy/Peace,Foreign Affairs

Calls for four principles of engagement to guide U.S. responses to the challenge of fragile states and the regional problems they create.   From the United States Institute of Peace


Fact Sheet: Obama Administration Announces Release of New Scorecard Data

Categories: Education-Higher,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Press release on the status of the College Scorecard, first released last year to provide information about cost, debt, completion rates, and post-college earnings of graduates for each college and university.  Adds 1700 data points for 7,000 institutions, including 2014-15 graduation rates, and earnings information from the 2013 tax year.  From the Education Department


Presidential Determination: Major Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for Fiscal Year 2017

Categories: Crime/Justice,Drug Trafficking

Designates countries involved with drug trafficking or drug producing regardless of the efforts made by the government to curtail such activity.  Also covers challenges represented by heroin use, opium poppy cultivation, and cocaine/coca cultivation.  From the White House


Ad Data

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Elections/Campaigns

Contains filings on ad buys by political organizations submitted to the Federal Communications Commission by broadcasting organizations around the country. Allows the public to track each station’s contracts and filings as they pertain to candidates, super PACS, and related groups running political and issue ads.  From the FCC and


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


Bringing Calm to Chaos: A Critical Incident Review of the San Bernadino Public Safety Response to the December 2, 2015 Terrorist Shooting Incident at the Inland Regional Center

Categories: Crime/Justice,Headlines,Terrorism

Describes the police response to the terrorist shootings in San Bernadino which killed 14 people.  The report focuses on six themes including exercising a unified command approach and improving response time through training.  From the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services of the Department of Justice


The Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2015

Categories: Children,Elderly,Headlines,Income/Poverty,Population/Census,Statistics

The SPM extends the official poverty measure by measuring the effect of government assistance programs.  Reports that under the SPM measure 45.7 million individuals in the U.S. fell below the poverty line in 2015 including 11.9 million children and 6.5 million adults age 65+.  From the Census Bureau


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