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Legislative Research for Congressional Staff: How to Find Documents and Other Resources

CRS - Legislative Research for Congressional Staff: How to Find Documents and Other Resources. Ada S. Cornell, Information Research Specialist. Michael Greene, Information Research Specialist; Laura A. Hanson, Information Research Specialist. September 25, 2014.

“During the legislative process, many documents are prepared by Congress and its committees. Governmental and non-governmental entities track and record congressional activities, and many more entities chronicle and analyze the development of public policy. The wide availability of such information can be overwhelming to those involved in legislative research. The purpose of this report is to assist Members and congressional staff in identifying and accessing key resources
used during legislative research. The report does not define or describe the purpose of the various information resources and documents; that information can be found in companion CRS Report R41865, Legislative History Research: A Guide to Resources for Congressional Staff, and CRS Report RL33895, Researching Current Federal Legislation and Regulations: A Guide to Resources for Congressional Staff. This report is not a comprehensive catalog of resources for conducting legislative research;
instead it provides a selection of widely used resources. Some of the resources mentioned are only available with a paid subscription while others are free: this availability is noted in the report along with the access points for Members and congressional staff. The inclusion of resources in this report does not imply endorsement by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the content or the products listed. In addition, CRS does not acquire or manage congressional offices’ access to subscription resources.”

Food Price Crisis Observatory

World Bank: “How do we know if and when a food price spike will become a full-fledged crisis? How do we prepare for such situations? The Food Price Crisis Observatory is an interactive information platform for policymakers, civil society and global organizations, the private sector and anyone else interested in identifying multi-country food crises asContinue Reading

Statistics on payment, clearing and settlement systems in the CPMI countries – Figures for 2013 – preliminary release

“This is an annual publication that provides data on payments and payment, clearing and settlement systems in the CPMI countries. This version of the statistical update contains data for 2013 and earlier years. There are detailed tables for each individual country as well as a number of comparative tables. Please note that this publication contains some provisionalContinue Reading

Federal Reserve Board announces it will begin a quantitative impact study to evaluate potential effects of its revised regulatory capital framework on insurance holding companies

“The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday announced that it will begin a quantitative impact study (QIS) to evaluate the potential effects of its revised regulatory capital framework on savings and loan holding companies and nonbank financial companies supervised by the Board that are substantially engaged in insurance underwriting activity (insurance holding companies). In July 2013, theContinue Reading

A Review of Security Requirements for Local Number Portability Administration

A Review of Security Requirements for Local Number Portability Administration, The Chertoff Group, September 29, 2014: “For years, Americans have had the legal right to keep their wireless and wireline telephone numbers when switching carriers, and they frequently exercise this right. Carriers must constantly keep track of this switching of carriers in order to route telephone callsContinue Reading

2012 Economic Census Industry Series Reports – Nondepository Credit Intermediation

“Today the U.S. Census Bureau released additional data from the 2012 Economic Census Industry Series reports, including new data for the finance sector on nondepository credit intermediation. These new data showed that: Total nondepository credit intermediation (NAICS code 5222) revenue was $564.5 billion in 2012, an increase of 10.0 percent from the $513.3 billion in revenue generatedContinue Reading

Commentary – Should the Private Sector Drive PACER?

David Perla, Law Technology News - “An uproar recently erupted in the legal community that raises the question of where the market should expect to rely on the government—and where it should look to private industry. The catalyst for the recent debate was when decades’ worth of public records from five federal courts—the U.S. Court of AppealsContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Afghanistan Equipment Drawdown, Bureau of Prisons, Elections, Unmanned Aerial Systems

AFGHANISTAN EQUIPMENT DRAWDOWN: Progress Made, but Improved Controls in Decision Making Could Reduce Risk of Unnecessary Expenditures, GAO-14-768: Published: Sep 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2014. BUREAU OF PRISONS: Information on Efforts and Potential Options to Save Costs, GAO-14-821: Published: Sep 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2014. ELECTIONS: Observations on Wait Times for Voters on Election Day 2012, GAO-14-850: Published: SepContinue Reading

Why Employee Satisfaction Matters to Shareholders – Wharton

Knowledge@Wharton: “Happy workers make good workers, all to the benefit of the firm and its shareholders. That, at least, is the view on the progressive side of the management-theory spectrum. Others, of course, believe that employees work hardest under the crack of the whip and fear of unemployment. In the early 20th Century, some economists argued thatContinue Reading

The Politicization of International Economic Institutions in US Public Debates

“Rixen, Thomas and Zangl, Bernhard, The Politicization of International Economic Institutions in US Public Debates (September 28, 2014). The Review of International Organizations: Volume 8, Issue 3, 2013, pp. 363-387. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2502520 “Recent research has noted a trend of increased “politicization” of international politics, i.e., decisions of international institutions are increasingly debatedContinue Reading

Measuring the Impact of Ebola: Will it Reach 1.4 Million?

Josh Michaud and Jennifer Kates, Kaiser Family Foundation, September 29, 2014. “More than six months have passed since Ebola was first identified in West Africa, and the scale of the crisis continues to grow. Over the last few weeks cases and deaths have increased significantly in the two most affected countries – Liberia and SierraContinue Reading

Law Firm Copying and Fair Use: An Examination of Different Purpose and Fair Use Markets

Jones, D. R., Law Firm Copying and Fair Use: An Examination of Different Purpose and Fair Use Markets (September 29, 2014). South Texas Law Review, Vol. 56, No. 2, 2014 – Forthcoming; University of Memphis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 144. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2503089 “In several recent lawsuits, publishers sued law firms forContinue Reading