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New GAO Reports – DHS, Fair Labor Standards Act, FEMA. State and Local Govt’s, Tax Exempt Organizations

  • Department of Homeland Security: Continued Action Needed to Strengthen Management of Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime, GAO-15-95: Published: Dec 17, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2014.
  • Fair Labor Standards Act: Extending Protections to Home Care Workers, GAO-15-12: Published: Dec 17, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2014.
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Oversight of Administrative Costs for Major Disasters, GAO-15-65: Published: Dec 17, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2014.
  • State and Local Governments’ Fiscal Outlook: 2014 Update, GAO-15-224SP: Published: Dec 17, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2014.
  • Tax-Exempt Organizations: Better Compliance Indicators and Data, and More Collaboration with State Regulators Would Strengthen Oversight of Charitable Organizations, GAO-15-164: Published: Dec 17, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2014.

Legislation to Facilitate Cybersecurity Information Sharing: Economic Analysis

CRS – Legislation to Facilitate Cybersecurity Information Sharing: Economic Analysis. N. Eric Weiss, Specialist in Financial Economics. December 11, 2014. “Data breaches, such as those at Target, Home Depot, Neiman Marcus, and JPMorgan Chase, affecting financial records of tens of millions of households seem to occur regularly. Companies typically respond by trying to increase their cybersecurity by hiring consultants and purchasing newContinue Reading

114th Congress New Member Pictorial Directory

Via GPO – New Member Pictorial Directory Prepared by the Committee on House Administration. Candice S. Miller, Chairman | Robert A. Brady, Ranking Minority Member.

Fiscal 2015: All Things ‘Cromnibus’

Via CQ Roll Call: ” Lawmakers have released the so-called cromnibus, which would to fund the entire government, except the Department of Homeland Security, through the end of fiscal 2015. DHS would be funded with a shorter-term continuing resolution (putting the “cr” in cromnibus). Congress will likely vote by the end of the week of theContinue Reading

Why Critics of Transparency Are Wrong – Paper

Brookings – Why Critics of Transparency Are Wrong, By Gary D. Bass, Danielle Brian and Norman Eisen. “A number of commentators and academics have recently made the attention-grabbing assertion that excessive openness and transparency are one of the causes of our country’s governance woes. For example, The Atlantic’s David Frum claims that transparency and accountability reforms in government “have weakenedContinue Reading

Intelligence Authorization Legislation for FY2014 and FY2015

CRS – Intelligence Authorization Legislation for FY2014 and FY2015: Provisions, Status, Intelligence Community Framework, Anne Daugherty Miles, Analyst in Intelligence and National Security Policy. November 20, 2014 November 20, 2014. “An Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Years (FY) 2014 and 2015 (H.R. 4681) was considered in May 2014 and passed by the House but not by the Senate.Continue Reading

Sexual Violence at Institutions of Higher Education

CRS – Sexual Violence at Institutions of Higher Education, Gail McCallion, Specialist in Social Policy; Jody Feder, Legislative Attorney. October 23, 2014. “In recent years, a number of high-profile incidents of sexual violence at institutions of higher education (IHEs) have heightened congressional and administration scrutiny of the policies and procedures that IHEs currently have in place to address campus sexualContinue Reading

Investigative Report – Why Mass Shootings Keep Happening

Are we helpless to stop mass shootings? Is anyone even trying to stop them? The good news is that the answers are No and Yes. The bad news: The person loading up hasn’t gotten the news. Tom Junod, Esquire, october 24, 2014. “SINCE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, according to the START terrorism database, there have been twentyContinue Reading

How Many Americans Could Lose Subsidies If the Supreme Court Rules for the Plaintiffs in King vs. Burwell?

Kaiser Family Foundation: “This map based on Foundation analysis of Congressional Budget Office estimates of Marketplace enrollment provides a state-level breakdown of the number of Americans who in 2016 could be denied financial assistance to help pay insurance premiums for plans purchased in the Affordable Care Act’s federally operated insurance exchanges. In a related column in The WallContinue Reading

Demystifying Dodd-Frank: 12 Ways it Reforms the Financial System

Lauren Oppenheimer and Jim Kessler – Third Way: “Four years after its passage, Dodd-Frank remains one of the most important yet least understood laws passed in recent decades. It was designed to reduce the frequency and severity of future financial crises. It sought to overhaul the regulatory structure of Wall Street and the banking industry—from the issuingContinue Reading

The Big Bank Theory: Breaking Down the Breakup Arguments

“The 2008 financial crisis threw into sharp relief the issue of “too-big-to-fail” (TBTF)—the challenge posed by financial institutions that were bailed out on concerns that their failure would cause damage to the rest of the financial system and the overall economy. Since then, policymakers and regulators have wrestled with how to address this problem. TheContinue Reading

Engel, Smith Offer Bill to Improve Culture Preservation, Curb ISIL Funding

“Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), the leading Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ), chair of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations today announced that they have introduced legislation to improve American efforts to preserve cultural property around the world and cut offContinue Reading