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Senate Sends Legislation Protecting Consumer Reviews to President

News release: “The U.S. Senate [November 28, 2016], by unanimous consent, sent bicameral legislation to the White House for the President’s signature that will outlaw the use of “gag clauses” in non-negotiable form contracts. Some businesses have attracted national scrutiny for using gag clauses to punish or silence honest criticism of products and services. The… Continue Reading

Sunlight Foundation tracking Trump conflicts of interest

“Sunlight and the public are still waiting for answers on what open government will look like in the White House of President-Elect Donald J. Trump. What we do know is that the president-elect has not only failed to set up a true blind trust for his assets, but in the weeks since Election Day has… Continue Reading

Factors Affecting Revenue Estimates of Tax Compliance Proposals

Janet Holtzblatt (CBO) and Jamie McGuire (JCT) “This paper examines various factors that affect estimates made by the Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation of the budgetary savings from tax compliance proposals. Affecting the current law baseline, against which proposed changes are measured, are the size of the tax gap… Continue Reading

Charities Aid Foundation World Giving Index 2016

“The CAF World Giving Index is a leading study on global generosity. Now in its seventh year, it provides a picture of charitable behaviour around the world. The CAF World Giving Index measures the average percentage of people in each country who donate money, volunteer or help a stranger. This year, 140 countries were surveyed, representing around 96% of the world’s… Continue Reading

Senators Warren and Cummings Ask GAO to Review Trump Transition

News release: “United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, today sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting a review of President-elect Donald Trump’s “chaotic” transition. The lawmakers asked GAO to examine conflicts of interest related to… Continue Reading

BLS – Highlights of women’s earnings in 2015

BLS Reports November 2016: “In 2015, women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly earnings that were 81 percent of those of male full-time wage and salary workers. In 1979, the first year for which comparable earnings data are available, women’s earnings were 62 percent of men’s. Since 2004, the women’s-to-men’s… Continue Reading

Search platform allows investors to identify investments in deforestation funds

“Deforestation Free Funds is a search platform that enables people to find out if their money, in the form of individual investments or an employer-provided 401(k), may be causing tropical deforestation through investment in companies that produce, consume, or finance palm oil – the fastest growing cause of rainforest destruction today. Palm oil is not… Continue Reading

Implementation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in the EU institutional framework

This research paper was requested by the European Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Affairs and commissioned, overseen and published by the Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs, 2016. “The EU institutions are required take into account the Charter of Fundamental Rights in the design and implementation of legislation or of policies, both within law… Continue Reading

Unique Identification Codes for Federal Contractors : DUNS Numbers and CAGE Codes

Unique Identification Codes for Federal Contractors: DUNS Numbers and CAGE Codes, L. Elaine Halchin, Specialist in American National Government. November 21, 2016.” An essential element of the federal government’s acquisition system is the capability to identify the businesses, and other types of entities, that do work for the government. Accurate identification of potential contractors and… Continue Reading

CRS – Can a New Administration Undo a Previous Administration’s Regulations?

With the Stroke of a Pen: What Executive Branch Actions Can President-elect Trump “Undo” on Day One?, CRS Legal Sidebar, November 22, 2016. Can a New Administration Undo a Previous Administration’s Regulations? November 21, 2016 (IN10), Maeve P. Carey “Following the election of Donald J. Trump on November 8, 2016, questions have been raised as… Continue Reading

The Man Who Knew wins 2016 Business Book of the Year

“November 23, 2016 – Eight years on, the legacy of the financial crisis continues to reverberate, in economics and politics. How did it happen? What lessons can we learn? The winner of this year’s Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year award, Sebastian Mallaby‘s The Man Who Knew, adds to the debate by… Continue Reading

Kasier – Key Medicaid Questions Post-Election

“Medicaid covers about 73 million people nationwide.  Jointly financed by the federal and state governments, states have substantial flexibility to administer the program under existing law.  Medicaid provides health insurance for low-income children and adults, financing for the safety net, and is the largest payer for long-term care services in the community and nursing homes… Continue Reading