Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Authors Guild v. Google

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Libraries/Museums,Supreme Court/courts

Vacates the decision of the lower court which certified the class of authors opposed to Google and returns the case to the district court for consideration of the fair use issues.  From Scribd


Latest College Cost Data to Help Families Make Informed Decisions

Categories: Education-Higher,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Agency press release with information about newly added college cost data at the College Affordability and Transparency site.  Covers changes in tuition and required fees, and average net price of attendance (price paid after scholarships and grants are deducted).  Features links to site.  From the Education Department


Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Headlines,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Women

Final regulations issued by the Obama Administration to try to balance coverage of health care services including women’s preventive health and contraceptive services with accommodations for religious employers who are opposed to offering contraceptive coverage.  From the Department of Health and Human Services


Medicare Inappropriately Paid for Drugs Ordered by Individuals Without Prescribing Authority

Categories: Govt/Business Scandals,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid

Uncovers evidence of prescriptions paid for by Medicare which were prescribed by unqualified people such as athletic trainers, massage therapists, interpreters and others.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services


Questionable Acquisitions: Problematic IT Contracting at the IRS

Categories: Govt Procurement,Taxes

Charges that contracting weaknesses at the Internal Revenue Service expose large sums to fraud and abuse and makes recommendations for improving the process.  From the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.


Wiretap Report 2012

Categories: Crime/Justice,Govt Secrecy,Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

Reports that the number of wiretaps approved by federal judges increased by 71% in 2012 over the previous year, while the number approved by state judges rose by 5%.  Presents date on types of offenses under investigation, costs and duration of intercepts, but does not include interceptions regulated by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.  From the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts


Leaving the EU [European Union]

Categories: European Union,Great Britain

Discusses Britain’s current relationship with the EU, how the withdrawal process would work, what impact it might have on various segments of British society and policy, and alternatives to EU membership,   House of Commons Library Research Paper 13/42