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GAO Reports – Airport and Airway Trust Fund, K-12 Education, Patient Protection, Nuclear Waste

Airport and Airway Trust Fund: Less Than Half of Noncommercial Jet Fuel Tax Receipts Are Transferred, GAO-16-746R: Published: Aug 8, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 2016. K-12 Education: Education’s Experiences with Flexibility Waivers Could Inform Efforts to Assist States with New Requirements, GAO-16-650: Published: Jul 7, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 2016. Patient Protection and… Continue Reading

Federal Assistance for Victims of Terrorism or Mass Violence: In Brief

Via FAS – Federal Assistance for Victims of Terrorism or Mass Violence: In Brief. Lisa N. Sacco, Analyst in Illicit Drugs and Crime Policy. August 3, 2016. “Workers’ compensation provides cash and medical benefits to workers who are injured or become ill in the course of their employment and provides benefits to the survivors of… Continue Reading

Prosecution of Criminal Offenses against Congress

CRS Reports & Analysis Legal Sidebar via FAS – Prosecution of Criminal Offenses against Congress, July 26, 2016. “A House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearingregarding the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) inquiry of the potential mishandling of classified information has renewed questions about the process by which offenses against Congress are prosecuted. In the… Continue Reading

State Challenges to Federal Enforcement of Immigration Law: From the Mid-1990s to the Present

Via FAS – CRS report – State Challenges to Federal Enforcement of Immigration Law: From the Mid-1990s to the Present. Kate M. Manuel, Legislative Attorney. August 1, 2016: “States and localities can have significant interest in the manner and extent to which federal officials enforce provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) regarding the… Continue Reading

The 2016 Olympic Games: Health, Security, Environmental, and Doping Issues

CRS report via FAS – The 2016 Olympic Games: Health, Security, Environmental, and Doping Issues – L. Elaine Halchin, Coordinator, Specialist in American National Government; John W. Rollins, Coordinator, Specialist in Terrorism and National Security. July 28, 2016. “The 2016 Olympic Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 5-21, 2016, and will… Continue Reading

DATA Act: Initial Observations on Technical Implementation

DATA Act: Initial Observations on Technical Implementation, GAO-16-824R: Published: Aug 3, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 3, 2016. “This is the latest work in response to a mandate for GAO to assess DATA Act implementation efforts to improve the transparency and accuracy of data on the approximately $3.7 trillion spent annually by the federal government. A… Continue Reading

Regulated Institutions to Submit Self-Assessments of Diversity Policies and Practices

“The federal banking agencies today provided information on how the financial institutions they regulate may begin to submit self-assessments of their diversity policies and practices as of year-end 2015, and issued Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the process. Financial institutions are strongly encouraged to disclose on their websites their diversity policies and practices, as well… Continue Reading

The U.S. Military’s Force Structure: A Primer

The U.S. Military’s Force Structure: A Primer, July 2016: “The U.S. military’s capabilities and budget are determined primarily by the number and type of combat units, as well as the personnel and equipment they contain. This report describes each type of major combat unit’s structure, function, strengths and limitations, past usage, size, and cost, accounting… Continue Reading

Pay Equity: Legislative and Legal Developments

Via FAS, CRS Report – Pay Equity: Legislative and Legal Developments, Jody Feder, Legislative Attorney; Benjamin Collins, Analyst in Labor Policy. May 20, 2016. “According to some federal data, on average, full-time female workers earn approximately 20% less than full-time male workers. At least a portion of this gap is due to observable factors such… Continue Reading

HHS issues funding opportunities for Info Sharing and Analysis Organization for health and public health sector

“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) today announced two cooperative agreement funding opportunities for an Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) for the Healthcare and Public Health sector.  “Establishing robust threat information sharing infrastructure… Continue Reading

McCaul – Warner Commission on Digital Security

“Chairman Michael McCaul and Senator Mark Warner introduced the Digital Security Commission Act on February, 29, 2016. The purpose of this Commission is to collectively address the larger issue of protecting national security and digital security, without letting encrypted communications become a safe haven for terrorists. This Commission brings together the most capable experts and stakeholders from… Continue Reading