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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Brexit: Trade Aspects

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

Considers three possible trade options for Great Britain in the non-EU future: membership in the European Economic Area, a free trade agreement with European countries, or trading under World Trade Organization rules.  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper Number 7694


Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, Volume XVI, Southern Africa

Categories: Africa,Congress,Cuba,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,History

Documents the efforts of the Carter Administration to counter Cuban influence in southern Africa, especially Angola, while dealing with Congressional prohibitions against U.S. covert actions in the region.  Also focuses on the challenge of the apartheid regime in South Africa.  From the State Department

COPD-related Mortality by Sex and Race Among Adults Aged 25 and Over: United States, 2000-2014

Categories: Health/Medical,Statistics

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease has been the third leading cause of death in the U.S. since 2008.  This report describes COPD-related mortality by selected age and race groups for men and women aged 25+.  Men experienced a more rapid decline in the death rate than did women.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


Projecting Hospitals’ Profit Margins Under Several Illustrative Scenarios

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

Examines the effects of changes to hospital finances by the Affordable Care Act, which reduced Medicare payments but also expanded insurance coverage to reduce the cost of uncompensated care.  This paper calculates the profit margins of hospitals and the share of hospitals that might lose money by 2025 under several scenarios.  From the Congressional Budget Office


401(K) Plans: DOL Could Take Steps to Improve Retirement Income Options for Plan Participants

Categories: Elderly,Income/Poverty,Retirement/Social Security

Finds that many 401(k) plan sponsors do not offer annuities or other plans for helping participants make their savings last for a long retirement.  This report examines what is known about lifetime income options in 401(k) plans, barriers to their inclusion in plans, and alternatives for participants who don’t choose a lifetime income option.  From the Government Accountability Office


Foreign Assistance: Actions Needed to Improve Transparency and Quality of Data on

Categories: Foreign Assistance,Statistics

Investigates the quality and comprehensiveness of foreign assistance data gathered by 22 federal agencies and contributed to the website.  From the Government Accountability Office


The OPM Data Breach: How the Government Jeopardized Our National Security for More Than a Generation

Categories: Govt Personnel,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Homeland Security,Privacy,Telecommunications/Internet

Committee staff report on the hacking of Office of Personnel Management data bases by foreign sources in 2015.  The report blames the agency for failing to heed repeated warnings about inadequate security and for misleading the public on the extent of the damage.  From the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform