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Daily Archives: December 7, 2013

Legislative Actions to Repeal, Defund, or Delay the Affordable Care Act

CRS – Legislative Actions to Repeal, Defund, or Delay the Affordable Care Act – C. Stephen Redhead, Specialist in Health Policy; Janet Kinzer, Information Research Specialist. November 22, 2013.

“Congress is deeply divided over implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the health reform law enacted in March 2010.Since the ACA’s enactment, lawmakers opposed to specific provisions in the ACA, or to the entire law, have debated implementation of the law on numerous occasions and considered multiple bills to repeal, defund, delay, or otherwise amend the law. Most of the legislative activity on these ACA-related bills has taken place in the House. The legislation has included stand-alone bills as well as provisions in broader, often unrelated measures that would (1) repeal the ACA in its entirety and, in some cases, replace it with new law; (2) repeal, or by amendment restrict or otherwise limit, specific provisions in the ACA; (3) eliminate appropriations provided by the ACA and rescind all unobligated funds; (4) replace the mandatory appropriations for one or more ACA programs with authorizations of (discretionary) appropriations, and rescind all unobligated funds; and (5) block or otherwise delay implementation of specific ACA provisions. A few bills containing provisions to amend the ACA that have attracted sufficiently broad and bipartisan support have been approved in both the House and the Senate and signed into law.”

CRS – Past Government Shutdowns: Key Resources

Past Government Shutdowns: Key Resources: Jared C. Nagel, Information Research Specialist; Justin Murray, Information Research Specialist. November 25, 2013 “This report provides historical documents and other resources related to past government shutdowns, along with brief annotations that describe the contents of the documents. The report includes links to full-text documents when available. There is limited information and guidance related toContinue Reading

OCLC – Metadata Management

Metadata Management – “How will we evolve our metadata structures to work effectively in a semantically richer Web or to connect to network hubs? How can we make our data work harder, to release greater value in systems and services? We’re working to make the future investment in descriptions of library materials less costly, moreContinue Reading

OCLC – Registering Researchers in Authority Files

“The Registering Researchers Task Group aims to create a concise report that summarizes the benefits and trade-offs of emerging approaches to the problem of incomplete national authority files. Background – National name authority files are incomplete. Many researchers—tenured and non-tenured faculty and graduate students—are only partially represented in national name authority files. National name authority filesContinue Reading

These 10 Corporations Control Almost Everything You Buy

Infographic – These 10 Corporations Control Almost Everything You Buy: “This chart shows that most products we buy are controlled by just a few companies. It’s called “The Illusion of Choice.”