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GAO Reports – Defense Inventory, Littoral Combat Ship, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, DOD Small Business Contracting

Defense Inventory: Further Analysis and Enhanced Metrics Could Improve Service Supply and Depot Operations, GAO-16-450: Published: Jun 9, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 2016. Littoral Combat Ship: Need to Address Fundamental Weaknesses in LCS and Frigate Acquisition Strategies, GAO-16-356: Published: Jun 9, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 2016. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Enhanced Detection Tools… Continue Reading

Monthly Budget Review for May 2016

“The federal budget deficit was $408 billion for the first eight months of fiscal year 2016, the Congressional Budget Office estimates—$41 billion more than the shortfall recorded during the same period last year. Outlays were 3 percent higher than they were at this time last year, and receipts were 2 percent higher. Total Receipts: Up… Continue Reading

A Macroeconomic Analysis of the President’s 2017 Budget

“Each year, after the President releases the Administration’s budget request, the Congressional Budget Office analyzes the proposals in that request. Using its own economic projections and estimating procedures, CBO projects what the federal budget would look like over the next 10 years if the President’s proposals were adopted. CBO provides that information in two reports.… Continue Reading

Potential Increases in Hurricane Damage in the United States: Implications for the Federal Budget

“Damage from hurricanes is expected to increase significantly in the coming decades because of the effects of climate change and coastal development. In turn, potential requests for federal relief and recovery efforts will increase as well. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated the magnitude of the increases in hurricane damage and the associated amounts of… Continue Reading

CRS – Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress

Via FAS – Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress. Ronald O’Rourke, Coordinator, Specialist in Naval Affairs. May 31, 2016. “The diminishment of Arctic sea ice has led to increased human activities in the Arctic, and has heightened interest in, and concerns about, the region’s future. The United States, by virtue of Alaska,… Continue Reading

CRS Report – Intellectual Property Rights Violations

Via FAS – Intellectual Property Rights Violations: Federal Civil Remedies and Criminal Penalties Related to Copyrights, Trademarks, Patents, and Trade Secrets. Brian T. Yeh, Legislative Attorney. May 27, 2016. “This report provides information describing the federal civil remedies and criminal penalties that may be available as a consequence of violations of the federal intellectual property… Continue Reading

CRS – Who Is a “Veteran”? — Basic Eligibility for Veterans’ Benefits,

Via FAS – Who Is a “Veteran”? — Basic Eligibility for Veterans’ Benefits, Scott D. Szymendera, Analyst in Disability Policy. May 25, 2016. “The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a broad range of benefits to U.S. Armed Forces veterans and certain members of their families. Among these benefits are various types of financial… Continue Reading

OSHA Rule Makes Workplace Injury and Illness Data Publicly Available

Via FAS – CRS Reports & Analysis Legal Sidebar – OSHA Rule Makes Workplace Injury and Illness Data Publicly Available: “On May 11, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule that will make the data that certain employers collect on workplace injuries and illnesses publicly available. The rule does not… Continue Reading

Dodd-Frank Act Stress Test (DFAST)

Via FDIC Overview – “Section 165(i)(2) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”) requires state nonmember banks and state savings associations with total consolidated assets of more than $10 billion to conduct annual stress tests. On October 15, 2012, the FDIC published its final annual stress test rule (Part 325),… Continue Reading

Congress.gov adds RSS and email alerts for researchers

Via Emily Carr, LC – “…new email alerts and RSS feeds are now available from Congress.gov. For more details, see New Email Alerts and RSS Feeds on Congress.gov: “Building on those email alerts, there is now an additional set of email alerts and the first RSS feeds that you can subscribe to from Congress.gov Most-Viewed Bills (email |… Continue Reading

Facebook Response to Chairman John Thune’s letter on Trending Topics

Colin Stretch, Facebook General Counsel – News Release: “Last week we met with Chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee John Thune to describe our investigation in response to anonymous allegations of political bias in our Trending Topics feature and to discuss the preliminary results of our work. Today, we sent Chairman Thune a follow… Continue Reading

FY 2017 Financial Services and General Government Bill – Subcommittee Draft

House Committee on Appropriations, H. R. [Report No. 114–] Making appropriations for financial services and general government for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, and for other purposes: “Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums are appropriated, out… Continue Reading