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GAO Reports – HHS and Programs related to mental illness, Violation of Anti-Lobbying Provision and the Antideficiency Act

HHS Leadership Needed to Coordinate Federal Efforts Related to Serious Mental Illness, GAO-15-113, Published Dec 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 2015: ““Agencies identified 112 federal programs that generally supported individuals with serious mental illness in fiscal year 2013. The majority of these programs addressed broad issues, such as homelessness, that can include individuals withContinue Reading

Legislation Email Alerts on Congress.gov

News release via Andrew Weber – Moving from a 20-year-old system to our new, modern Congress.gov platform has many advantages. One of these is that, starting today, email alerts are available on Congress.gov.  There are three different types of alerts in this initial release: Member of Congress, legislation, and the Congressional Record.  Bill and memberContinue Reading

The Economic Value of Law Libraries

A Report of the American Association of Law Libraries Economic Value of Law Libraries Special Committee, January 2015 “This report is the result of the AALL Economic Value of Law Libraries Special Committee’s efforts to provide members with the best methods for reporting the law library’s value to its stakeholders. The Special Committee retained HBRContinue Reading

Privacy Board Renews Call for President Obama to End Bulk Collection

EPIC – “The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board released a report on prior recommendations regarding the NSA’s domestic and global surveillance programs. The Board stated that the Obama Administration has failed to end the domestic telephone collection program. The Board stated, “the Administration can end the bulk telephone records program at any time, withoutContinue Reading

Tax Havens: International Tax Avoidance and Evasion

CRS Report – Tax Havens: International Tax Avoidance and Evasion. Jane G. Gravelle, Senior Specialist in Economic Policy. January 15, 2015 “Addressing tax evasion and avoidance through use of tax havens has been the subject of a number of proposals in Congress and by the President. Actions by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and DevelopmentContinue Reading

70 Public Interest Groups and Companies Urge Congress to Update Email Privacy Law

“EFF, along with more than sixty civil liberties organizations, public interest groups, and companies sent two letters to the House and Senate leadership today. One supported the upcoming bipartisan Email Privacy Act by Reps. Kevin Yoder and Jared Polis, and the other supported the upcoming Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act by Sens. Mike LeeContinue Reading

FCC – Current Structure and Its Role in the Changing Telecommunications Landscape

The Federal Communications Commission: Current Structure and Its Role in the Changing Telecommunications Landscape. Patricia Moloney Figliola, Specialist in Internet and Telecommunications Policy. January 9, 2015. “The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent federal agency with its five members appointed by the President, subject to confirmation by the Senate. It was established by theContinue Reading

The Federal Minimum Wage: In Brief

The Federal Minimum Wage: In Brief. David H. Bradley, Specialist in Labor Economics. January 13, 2015. “The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), enacted in 1938, is the federal legislation that establishes the minimum hourly wage that must be paid to all covered workers. The minimum wage provisions of the FLSA have been amended numerous timesContinue Reading

Regulatory agencies release public sections of resolution plans

“The Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today made available the public portions of resolution plans for firms with generally less than $100 billion in qualifying nonbank assets, as required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act). The Dodd-Frank Act requires that certain banking organizations with totalContinue Reading

Review of the FBI’s Activities Under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008

A Review of the FBI’s Activities Under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, September 2012 (January 9, 2015 version) — Executive Summary | Full Report/Redacted

ABA – 100 Years of Law

“It goes without saying that the world was a vastly different place in 1915 than it is today. But while the events of that year now carry the echoes of history, they also predicted some of the upheaval of the coming century. A year earlier, the outbreak of war in Europe, which quickly spread to theContinue Reading

POGO – Foreign Influence Database

“POGO’s Foreign Influence Database is based on informational materials filed by lobbying and public relations firms working on behalf of foreign entities in the U.S. The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) requires advocates representing foreign interests to register with the Department of Justice and to file within 48 hours any informational materials disseminated to twoContinue Reading