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Legislative Research for Congressional Staff: How to Find Documents and Other Resources

CRS - Legislative Research for Congressional Staff: How to Find Documents and Other Resources. Ada S. Cornell, Information Research Specialist. Michael Greene, Information Research Specialist; Laura A. Hanson, Information Research Specialist. September 25, 2014.

“During the legislative process, many documents are prepared by Congress and its committees. Governmental and non-governmental entities track and record congressional activities, and many more entities chronicle and analyze the development of public policy. The wide availability of such information can be overwhelming to those involved in legislative research. The purpose of this report is to assist Members and congressional staff in identifying and accessing key resources
used during legislative research. The report does not define or describe the purpose of the various information resources and documents; that information can be found in companion CRS Report R41865, Legislative History Research: A Guide to Resources for Congressional Staff, and CRS Report RL33895, Researching Current Federal Legislation and Regulations: A Guide to Resources for Congressional Staff. This report is not a comprehensive catalog of resources for conducting legislative research;
instead it provides a selection of widely used resources. Some of the resources mentioned are only available with a paid subscription while others are free: this availability is noted in the report along with the access points for Members and congressional staff. The inclusion of resources in this report does not imply endorsement by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the content or the products listed. In addition, CRS does not acquire or manage congressional offices’ access to subscription resources.”

Food Price Crisis Observatory

World Bank: “How do we know if and when a food price spike will become a full-fledged crisis? How do we prepare for such situations? The Food Price Crisis Observatory is an interactive information platform for policymakers, civil society and global organizations, the private sector and anyone else interested in identifying multi-country food crises asContinue Reading

Statistics on payment, clearing and settlement systems in the CPMI countries – Figures for 2013 – preliminary release

“This is an annual publication that provides data on payments and payment, clearing and settlement systems in the CPMI countries. This version of the statistical update contains data for 2013 and earlier years. There are detailed tables for each individual country as well as a number of comparative tables. Please note that this publication contains some provisionalContinue Reading

Federal Reserve Board announces it will begin a quantitative impact study to evaluate potential effects of its revised regulatory capital framework on insurance holding companies

“The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday announced that it will begin a quantitative impact study (QIS) to evaluate the potential effects of its revised regulatory capital framework on savings and loan holding companies and nonbank financial companies supervised by the Board that are substantially engaged in insurance underwriting activity (insurance holding companies). In July 2013, theContinue Reading

A Review of Security Requirements for Local Number Portability Administration

A Review of Security Requirements for Local Number Portability Administration, The Chertoff Group, September 29, 2014: “For years, Americans have had the legal right to keep their wireless and wireline telephone numbers when switching carriers, and they frequently exercise this right. Carriers must constantly keep track of this switching of carriers in order to route telephone callsContinue Reading

2012 Economic Census Industry Series Reports – Nondepository Credit Intermediation

“Today the U.S. Census Bureau released additional data from the 2012 Economic Census Industry Series reports, including new data for the finance sector on nondepository credit intermediation. These new data showed that: Total nondepository credit intermediation (NAICS code 5222) revenue was $564.5 billion in 2012, an increase of 10.0 percent from the $513.3 billion in revenue generatedContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Afghanistan Equipment Drawdown, Bureau of Prisons, Elections, Unmanned Aerial Systems

AFGHANISTAN EQUIPMENT DRAWDOWN: Progress Made, but Improved Controls in Decision Making Could Reduce Risk of Unnecessary Expenditures, GAO-14-768: Published: Sep 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2014. BUREAU OF PRISONS: Information on Efforts and Potential Options to Save Costs, GAO-14-821: Published: Sep 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2014. ELECTIONS: Observations on Wait Times for Voters on Election Day 2012, GAO-14-850: Published: SepContinue Reading

Measuring the Impact of Ebola: Will it Reach 1.4 Million?

Josh Michaud and Jennifer Kates, Kaiser Family Foundation, September 29, 2014. “More than six months have passed since Ebola was first identified in West Africa, and the scale of the crisis continues to grow. Over the last few weeks cases and deaths have increased significantly in the two most affected countries – Liberia and SierraContinue Reading

Labor Force Participation Elasticities of Women and Secondary Earners within Married Couples

Labor Force Participation Elasticities of Women and Secondary Earners within Married Couples: Working Paper 2014-06, By Robert McClelland and Shannon Mok, both of CBO, and Kevin Pierce, of the Internal Revenue Service. “Labor supply elasticities are often used to evaluate the effect of changes in tax rates on the total hours worked in the economy. Historically,Continue Reading

New GAO Reports – Disabled Dual Eligible Beneficiaries, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

DISABLED DUAL-ELIGIBLE BENEFICIARIES: Integration of Medicare and Medicaid Benefits May Not Lead to Expected Medicare Savings, GAO-14-523: Published: Aug 29, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 2014. PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: Largest Issuers of Health Coverage Participated in Most Exchanges, and Number of Plans Available Varied, GAO-14-657: Published: Aug 29, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 2014.

Dark Pools in Equity Trading: Policy Concerns and Recent Developments

CRS - Dark Pools in Equity Trading: Policy Concerns and Recent Developments. Gary Shorter, Specialist in Financial Economics. Rena S. Miller, Specialist in Financial Economics. September 26, 2014. “The term “dark pools” generally refers to electronic stock trading platforms in which pre-trade bids and offers are not published and price information about the trade is only made public after the tradeContinue Reading

British Columbia Big Tree Registry

“The BC BigTree Field Package contains printable information on nominating and measuring trees and also includes a field nomination form that you can take into the field. Download the BC BigTree Field Package before you embark on your tree finding adventures!” “The University of British Columbia - Mandate: To identify, describe, monitor, and conserve the largest trees of eachContinue Reading