Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Efficiency and Effectiveness of K-12 Spending: 2015

Categories: Education,Literacy/Reading,Mathematics,Statistics,Virginia Issues

Virginia relies more on localities to fund K-12 education than other states, while Virginia students score above national and Southeast region averages on reading and math tests. From the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission


The Economic Contribution of the Dairy Industry in Virginia

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Business/Economics,Virginia Issues

Examines the characteristics of Virginia’s dairy industry, including both production and processing sectors, and the methods and data used to measure the economic contribution of the industry. From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia


The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Categories: Business/Economics,European Union,Foreign Trade/Investment,Great Britain,Treaties

Information on the background, negotiation process, and controversial points of the proposed European Union-U.S. free trade agreement. House of Commons Briefing Paper 06688


Forensic Language Analysis

Categories: Crime/Justice,Immigration/Migration,Privacy,Science/Technology

Examines the scientific validity of using voice biometric systems in the public and private sectors for criminal investigations, verification of identity, and immigration matters. From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Effects of Hydrocarbon Extraction on Landscapes of the Appalachian Basin

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Energy,Environment,Geology/Mining,Natural Resources,Transportation

Argues that shale-gas and other hydrocarbon mining activities can result in substantial landscape disturbance including the creation of wells, roads, pipelines, and related infrastructure across the Appalachian area. Such changes affect ecosystem function, and the health and distribution of plant and animal species. From the U.S. Geological Survey


Preliminary Estimates of Annual Agricultural Pesticide Use for Counties of the Conterminous United States, 2013

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Environment,Statistics

Provides estimates of annual agricultural use of 387 pesticide compounds for U.S. counties in 2013. Updates are expected when the 2017 Agricultural Census is released. From the U.S. Geological Survey


Food Choices and Store Proximity

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Income/Poverty,Statistics

In 2010 nearly 10% of the U.S. population lived in low income areas more than one mile from the nearest supermarket. This report investigates the correlation between households that live in low-income areas and their purchases of 14 major food groups that vary in dietary quality. From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


Defense Spending by State: Fiscal Year 2014

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Govt Procurement,Headlines,Statistics,Virginia Issues

Provides figures for U.S. defense spending in FY 2014 at the state and local levels. The report covers spending on payroll and contracts. Virginia captured the top spot for both the total amount of DoD expenditures and for the highest percentage of state GDP attributed to DoD spending.   From the Office of Economic Adjustment of the Department of Defense