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Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty: Background and Current Developments

CRS report via FAS – Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty: Background and Current Developments, Mary Beth D. Nikitin, Specialist in Nonproliferation. September 1, 2016. “Nuclear testing has a long history, beginning in 1945. The Natural Resources Defense Council states that the United States conducted 1,030 nuclear tests, the Soviet Union 715, the United Kingdom 45, France 210,… Continue Reading

Climate Change: Frequently Asked Questions about the 2015 Paris Agreement

CRS report via FAS  – Climate Change: Frequently Asked Questions about the 2015 Paris Agreement, Jane A. Leggett, Specialist in Energy and Environmental Policy; Richard K. Lattanzio, Specialist in Environmental Policy. September 1, 2016. “Experts broadly agree that stabilizing greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere to avoid dangerous GHG-induced climate change could be accomplished… Continue Reading

CRS – How Can the Results of a Presidential Election Be Contested?

CRS Reports & Analysis Legal Sidebar – How Can the Results of a Presidential Election Be Contested?, August 26, 2016. “In the midst of the presidential campaign season, the possibility of election fraud has been raised. This discussion briefly examines how the results of a presidential election may be contested. Although it has national impact,… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Patriot Modernization, SEC Conflict Minerals Rule

Patriot Modernization: Oversight Mechanism Needed to Track Progress and Provide Accountability, GAO-16-488: Published: Aug 25, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 25, 2016. SEC Conflict Minerals Rule: Companies Face Continuing Challenges in Determining Whether Their Conflict Minerals Benefit Armed Groups, GAO-16-805: Published: Aug 25, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 25, 2016. Continue Reading

CRS – Reforming the U.S. Postal Service

Via FAS – Reforming the U.S. Postal Service: Background and Issues for Congress. Michelle D. Christensen, Coordinator, Analyst in Government Organization and Management; Kathryn A. Francis, Analyst in Government Organization and Management; Garrett Hatch, Specialist in American National Government. August 25, 2016. “This report provides background information on the responsibilities, financial challenges and workforce issues… Continue Reading

Largest protected federal land area designated in Hawaii

Washington Post, Juliet Eilperin: “President Obama will create the largest protected area on the planet by expanding a national marine monument off the coast of his native Hawaii to encompass 582,578 square miles of land and sea. Obama has now used his executive authority under the 1906 Antiquities Act to protect more than 548 million acres… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Army Patriot Modernization, SEC Conflict Minerals Rule

Patriot Modernization: Oversight Mechanism Needed to Track Progress and Provide Accountability, GAO-16-488: Published: Aug 25, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 25, 2016: “While the currently fielded version of the Army’s Patriot surface-to-air missile system is an improvement over prior versions, the Army currently plans to spend about $2.9 billion between fiscal years 2013 and 2021 on… Continue Reading

Iran: Politics, Gulf Security, and U.S. Policy

CRS report via FAS – Iran: Politics, Gulf Security, and U.S. Policy. Kenneth Katzman, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs. August 19, 2016. “Since the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979, a priority of U.S. policy has been primarily to reduce the perceived threat posed by Iran to a broad range of U.S. interests, including the… Continue Reading

CRS – How Treasury Issues Debt

How Treasury Issues Debt, Grant A. Driessen, Analyst in Public Finance. August 18, 2016. “The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury), among other roles, manages the country’s debt. The primary objective of Treasury’s debt management strategy is to finance the government’s borrowing needs at the lowest cost over time. To accomplish this Treasury adheres to… Continue Reading

CRS – Stealing Trade Secrets and Economic Espionage

Stealing Trade Secrets and Economic Espionage: An Overview of the Economic Espionage Act, Charles Doyle, Senior Specialist in American Public Law. August 19, 2016. “Stealing a trade secret is a federal crime when the information relates to a product in interstate or foreign commerce, 18 U.S.C. 1832 (theft of trade secrets), or when the intended… Continue Reading

OIG – Army General Fund Adjustments Not Adequately Documented or Supported

07-26-2016, Financial Management, Army General Fund Adjustments Not Adequately Documented or Supported (Project No. D2015-D000FL-0243.000), DODIG-2016-113. “We determined whether adjustments made to Army General Fund (AGF) data during the FY 2015 financial statement compilation process were adequately documented and supported. In addition, we assessed the internal controls over the compilation process. The Office of the… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Deans of Virginia University Libraries to Chairman Goodlatte: First Do No Harm in Copyright Revision

Via LLRX.com – Deans of Virginia University Libraries to Chairman Goodlatte: First Do No Harm in Copyright Revision UVA Director of Information Policy Brandon Butler explains the implications of the Copyright Office plan to to issue a total rewrite of Section 108 of the Copyright Act and provides context on such a decision, which protects… Continue Reading