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Welfare, Work, and Poverty Status of Female-Headed Families with Children: 1987-2013

CRS – Welfare, Work, and Poverty Status of Female-Headed Families with Children: 1987-2013,Thomas Gabe, Specialist in Social Policy, November 21, 2014. “Eighteen years have passed since repeal of what was the nation’s major cash welfare program assisting low-income families with children, the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program, and its replacement with a block grant ofContinue Reading

Taxation of Internet Sales and Access: Legal Issues

CRS – Taxation of Internet Sales and Access: Legal Issues. Erika K. Lunder, Legislative Attorney. December 1, 2014. “In recent years, there has been significant congressional interest in the states’ ability to impose sales and use taxes on sales made over the Internet. While these taxes are imposed on the consumer, states generally prefer that retailers collect and remit them, ratherContinue Reading

Text of the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014

NARA – “On November 26, 2014, President Barack Obama signed into law H.R. 1233, the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014. This new law modernizes records management by focusing more directly on electronic records, and complements efforts by the National Archives and the Office of Management and Budget to implement the President’s 2011Continue Reading

Growth in DoD’s Budget From 2000 to 2014

“The Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) base budget grew from $384 billion to $502 billion between fiscal years 2000 and 2014 in inflation-adjusted (real) terms—an increase of 31 percent and an annual average growth rate of 1.9 percent (see figure below). Several factors contributed to that growth. The largest rate of growth was in the costs for militaryContinue Reading

Collection of CRS reports released to the public

Congressional Data Coalition, Kevin Kosar – “Something rare has occurred—a collection of reports authored by the Congressional Research Service has been published and made freely available to the public. The 400-page volume, titled, “The Evolving Congress,” and was produced in conjunction with CRS’s celebration of its 100th anniversary this year. Congress, not CRS, published it. (Disclaimer:Continue Reading

Why Critics of Transparency Are Wrong – Paper

Brookings – Why Critics of Transparency Are Wrong, By Gary D. Bass, Danielle Brian and Norman Eisen. “A number of commentators and academics have recently made the attention-grabbing assertion that excessive openness and transparency are one of the causes of our country’s governance woes. For example, The Atlantic’s David Frum claims that transparency and accountability reforms in government “have weakenedContinue Reading

Welfare, Work, and Poverty Status of Female-Headed Families with Children: 1987-2013

CRS – Welfare, Work, and Poverty Status of Female-Headed Families with Children: 1987-2013. Thomas Gabe, Specialist in Social Policy, November 21, 2014 “Eighteen years have passed since repeal of what was the nation’s major cash welfare program assisting low-income families with children, the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program, and its replacement with a block grant ofContinue Reading

Committee on Ways and Means Green Book

“Since 1981, the Committee on Ways and Means has published the Green Book, which presents background material and statistical data on the major entitlement programs and other activities within the Committee’s jurisdiction. Over the decades, the Green Book has become a valuable resource and standard reference on American social policy. It is widely used byContinue Reading

Intelligence Authorization Legislation for FY2014 and FY2015

CRS – Intelligence Authorization Legislation for FY2014 and FY2015: Provisions, Status, Intelligence Community Framework, Anne Daugherty Miles, Analyst in Intelligence and National Security Policy. November 20, 2014 November 20, 2014. “An Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Years (FY) 2014 and 2015 (H.R. 4681) was considered in May 2014 and passed by the House but not by the Senate.Continue Reading

Sexual Violence at Institutions of Higher Education

CRS – Sexual Violence at Institutions of Higher Education, Gail McCallion, Specialist in Social Policy; Jody Feder, Legislative Attorney. October 23, 2014. “In recent years, a number of high-profile incidents of sexual violence at institutions of higher education (IHEs) have heightened congressional and administration scrutiny of the policies and procedures that IHEs currently have in place to address campus sexualContinue Reading

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Issues for Congress

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Negotiations and Issues for Congress. Ian F. Fergusson, Coordinator, Specialist in International Trade and Finance; Mark A. McMinimy , Analyst in Agricultural Policy; Brock R. Williams, Analyst in International Trade and Finance. November 7, 2014. “The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a proposed regional free trade agreement (FTA) being negotiated among the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada,Continue Reading

Investigative Report on the Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Facilities in Benghazi, Libya, September 11-12, 2012

Via the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  The Committee is the House’s primary panel responsible for authorizing the funding for and overseeing the execution of the intelligence activities of the United States government. [No evidence of bad faith acts – released on Friday evening.] “For over two years, the House Permanent Select Committee onContinue Reading