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Pew Survey – Americans believe GMOs unsafe

“The debate over the safety of genetically modified foods has put state lawmakers who favor requiring labeling of these products at odds with counterparts in Congress who oppose it. Americans’ concerns about GM foods are providing the backdrop: A majority of them believe such foods are generally unsafe to eat.The House last month passed aContinue Reading

Former CBO Director on Dynamic Scoring and Budget Estimates

“Dynamic scoring”: Why and how to include macroeconomic effects in budget estimates for legislative proposals by: Douglas W. Elmendorf “Including macroeconomic effects in budget estimates for certain legislative proposals would improve the accuracy of those estimates and would provide important information about the economic effects of those proposals. Moreover, if certain key conditions were satisfied,Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Defense Infrastructure, General Aviation, Ground System Development Problems

Defense Infrastructure: In-Kind Construction and Renovation Projects Initiated by DOD during Fiscal Year 2013, GAO-15-649: Published: Sep 9, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2015. General Aviation: Observations Related to Liability Insurance Requirements and Coverage for Aircraft Owners, GAO-15-740: Published: Sep 9, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2015. GPS: Actions Needed to Address Ground System DevelopmentContinue Reading

CBO Monthly Budget Review for August 2015

“The federal government’s budget deficit amounted to $528 billion for the first 11 months of fiscal year 2015, CBO estimates. That deficit was $61 billion smaller than the one recorded during the same period last year. Revenues and outlays were both higher than last year’s amounts, by 8 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Adjusted forContinue Reading

CBO’s Economic Projections

Presentation by Wendy Edelberg, CBO’s Assistant Director for Macroeconomic Analysis, at the Economic Outlook Forum hosted by the NYU Stern Center for Global Economy and Business. September 8, 2015.

What Does the Latest Court Ruling on NSA Telephone Metadata Program Mean?

CRS Legal Sidebar – Legal Sidebar What Does the Latest Court Ruling on NSA Telephone Metadata Program Mean? 09/03/2015 “On August 28, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in Obama v. Klayman, ruled for the government in the ongoing litigation over the National Security Agency’s (NSA’s) telephone metadata program. TheContinue Reading

ADA Coverage Data Repository: Risks With Systems Development and Deployment

Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration – Affordable Care Act Coverage Data Repository: Risks With Systems Development and Deployment. June 2, 2015. Reference Number: 2015-23-041 “In March 2010, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act were enacted. These laws are collectively referred to as theContinue Reading

Strategic Five-Year Technology Investment Plan for Aviation Security 2015 Report to Congress

Via FedBizOpps: “The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Office of Security Capabilities is presenting the Strategic Five-Year Technology Investment Plan. The Plan was prepared pursuant to a requirement in Section 1611 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-296), as amended by Section 3 of the Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act (P.L. 113-245). It presentsContinue Reading

Continued Bipartisan Support for Expanded Background Checks on Gun Sales

“Two years after the failure of Senate legislation to expand background checks on gun purchases, the public continues to overwhelmingly support making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks. Currently, 85% of Americans – including large majorities of Democrats (88%) and Republicans (79%) – favor expanded background checks, little changedContinue Reading

How Many Employers Could be Affected by the Cadillac Plan Tax?

Kaiser Family Foundation Issue Brief, August 2015: “As fall approaches, we can expect to hear more about how employers are adapting their health plans for 2016 open enrollments. One topic likely to garner a good deal of attention is how the Affordable Care Act’s high-cost plan tax (HCPT), sometimes called the “Cadillac plan” tax, isContinue Reading

Federal Debt and the Statutory Limit, August 2015

“The debt limit—commonly referred to as the debt ceiling—is the maximum amount of debt that the Department of the Treasury can issue to the public and to other federal agencies. That amount is set by law and has been increased over the years in order to finance the government’s operations. In March, the debt ceilingContinue Reading

An Update to the Budget and Economic Outlook: 2015 to 2025

“According to the Congressional Budget Office’s estimates, this year’s deficit will be noticeably smaller than what the agency projected in March, and fiscal year 2015 will mark the sixth consecutive year in which the deficit has declined as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) since it peaked in 2009. Over the next 10 years,Continue Reading