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Executive Power – A guide to researching executive and presidential power in the U.S.

Meg Kribble – Harvard Law School – “This guide provides recommended resources and tips on strategy for researching executive and presidential power in the United States. Some best bets for getting started are listed below on this page. The guide contains links to resources that may be limited to the Harvard Law School and/or University… Continue Reading

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) Transitional Reinsurance Program

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) Transitional Reinsurance Program. Namrata K. Uberoi, Analyst in Health Care Financing; Edward C. Liu, Legislative Attorney. November 16, 2016. “Section 1341 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA; P.L. 111-148, as amended) establishes a transitional reinsurance program that is designed to provide payment to non-grandfathered,… Continue Reading

CRS – Iran Sanctions

Iran Sanctions, Kenneth Katzman, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs. November 16, 2016. “The comprehensive nuclear accord (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA), finalized on July 14, 2015, provides Iran broad relief from U.S., U.N., and multilateral sanctions on Iran’s energy, financial, shipping, automotive, and other sectors. Sancti ons were suspended or lifted upon the… Continue Reading

CRS – Presidential Transitions: Issues Involving Outgoing and Incoming Administrations

Presidential Transitions: Issues Involving Outgoing and Incoming Administrations – L. Elaine Halchin, Coordinator, Specialist in American National Government, November 16, 2016. “The crux of a presidential transition is the transfer of executive power from the incumbent to the President-elect. Yet the transition process encompasses a host of activities, beginning with pre-election planning and continuing through… Continue Reading

Agency Final Rules Submitted After May 30, 2016, May Be Subject to Disapproval in 2017 Under Congressional Review Act

CRS INSIGHT Agency Final Rules Submitted After May 30, 2016, May Be Subject to Disapproval in 2017 Under the Congressional Review Act, November 9, 2016 (IN10437). Christopher M. Davis, Richard S. Beth. “With a change of presidential administrations taking place in January, some in Congress are paying renewed attention to a parliamentary mechanism that might… Continue Reading

FTC Enforcement Policy Statement – Marketing Claims for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Drugs

“The Federal Trade Commission today announced a new “Enforcement Policy Statement on Marketing Claims for Over-the-Counter (OTC) Homeopathic Drugs.”  The policy statement was informed by an FTC workshop held last year to examine how such drugs are marketed to consumers. The FTC also released its staff report on the workshop, which summarizes the panel presentations… Continue Reading

Strategy and Additional Actions Needed to Help Ensure Agencies Use the Do Not Pay Working System as Intended

Improper Payments: Strategy and Additional Actions Needed to Help Ensure Agencies Use the Do Not Pay Working System as Intended, GAO-17-15: Published: Oct 14, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2016. “The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), in coordination with the Department of the Treasury (Treasury), developed the Do Not Pay (DNP) working system as… Continue Reading

Economic Effects of Canceling Scheduled Changes to Overtime Regulations

“The federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) requires employers to provide certain workers with overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours in a week. That overtime pay must be at least 150 percent of the worker’s usual hourly wage. The Department of Labor has issued a rule—set to take effect on… Continue Reading

Additional Historical Statutes at Large Added to Law.gov

Library of Congress Blog – in Custodia Legis. November 8, 2016.Jennifer González – “Two years ago we added historical Statutes at Large to our Digitized Material page. Years 1789-1950 have been available there in a large PDF download, but we have been working steadily to add more functionality to the website. We continue to add details… Continue Reading

Politico 45 – A Daily Diary of the Presidential Transition

Politico’s new blog provides daily updates on the web and via email alerts. The focus is on daily meetings that include Pres-Elect Trump and or members of his team, transition plans, personnel under consideration for cabinet and administration positions, and plans for legislative initiatives. Continue Reading

CRS – Women in Congress, 1917-2016

Women in Congress, 1917-2016: Biographical and Committee Assignment Information, and Listings by State and Congress, Jennifer E. Manning, Information Research Specialist; Ida A. Brudnick, Specialist on the Congress. November 7, 2016. “One hundred eight women currently serve in the 114th Congress: 88 in the House, including four Delegates (65 Democrats and 23 Republicans), and 20 in the Senate (14 Democrats and 6… Continue Reading

CRS – Intelligence Community Spending: Trends and Issues

Intelligence Community Spending: Trends and Issues, Anne Daugherty Miles, Analyst in Intelligence and National Security Policy. November 8, 2016. “This report examines Intelligence Community (IC) funding over the past several decades, with an emphasis on the period from 2007-2017—the period in which total national and military intelligence program (NIP and MIP) spending dollars have been publicly disclosed on an… Continue Reading