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Approaches for Managing the Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2017 to 2046

“To continue to field a nuclear force roughly the same size as it is today, the United States plans to modernize virtually every element of that force over the coming decades. CBO estimates that the most recent detailed plans for nuclear forces, which were incorporated in the Obama Administration’s 2017 budget request, would cost $1.2… Continue Reading

CRS Report – Tracking Federal Awards: USAspending.gov and Other Data Sources

Tracking Federal Awards: USAspending.gov and Other Data Sources, Jennifer Teefy, Senior Research Librarian. October 24, 2017. “USAspending.gov, available a http://www.USAspending.gov, is a government source for data on federal awards by state, congressional district (CD), county, and zip code. The awards data in USAspending.gov is provided by federal agencies and represent contracts, grants, loans, and other… Continue Reading

Senate Intel Cmte Hearing – Social Media Influence in the 2016 U.S. Elections

Axios – What Facebook, Google and Twitter told the Senate Intel committee Axios – “Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee released examples of Facebook ads paid for by Russian actors during this afternoon’s hearing with Facebook, Google and Twitter. Ads were displayed in the hearing room to drive home their concern about foreign governments “weaponizing”… Continue Reading

Wharton – How a Lower 401(k) Cap Could Cause More Harm Than Good

[email protected] – “The Republican tax overhaul is a plan in search of revenue – and one solution that appears to be under consideration for covering the proposed cuts is lowering the cap on pre-tax contributions to 401(k) retirement savings plans. More than 62 million Americans have put money into 401(k) retirement plans, according to The… Continue Reading

CRS – The Vacancies Act: A Legal Overview

CRS report via FAS – The Vacancies Act: A Legal Overview, October 30, 2017. “This report first describes how the Vacancies Act operates and outlines its scope, identifying when the Vacancies Act applies to a given office, how it is enforced, and which offices are exempt from its provisions. The report then explains who may… Continue Reading

The North Korean Nuclear Challenge: Military Options and Issues for Congress

CRS report via FAS – The North Korean Nuclear Challenge: Military Options and Issues for Congress, October 27, 2017. “North Korea’s apparently successful July 2017 tests of its intercontinental ballistic missile capabilities, along with the possibility that North Korea (DPRK) may have successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead, have led analysts and policymakers to conclude that… Continue Reading

Facebook, Google and Twitter Executives Testified on Russian Disinformation

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism hearing entitled: “Extremist Content and Russian Disinformation Online: Working with Tech to Find Solutions” October 31, 2017. This link includes video of the testimony as well as transcripts of prepared testimony by Facebook, Twitter, Google as well as two subject matter experts. View the… Continue Reading

Mueller Investigation Criminal Indictments Against Three Trump Campaign Officials

On May 17, 2017, Robert S. Mueller III was appointed by acting Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein to serve as Special Counsel by the order below. Order 3915-2017 Related Court Documents and a selected overview of articles pertaining to the indictments: U.S. v. Paul J. Manafort, Jr., and Richard W. Gates III (1:17-cr-201, District of… Continue Reading

Cost of War Update as of June 30, 2017

Steven Aftergood – Secrecy News: “The Department of Defense has spent more than $1.46 trillion for direct war-related costs since September 11, 2001, according to the latest Pentagon tabulation of war costs obtained by Secrecy News. The 74-page DoD report provides extensive and detailed reporting on war-related appropriations and expenditures. See Cost of War Update… Continue Reading

Study: GOP tax plan would cost $2.4 trillion

The Hill – GOP tax plan will explode deficit: “The Republican tax plan expected to be released this week will explode the deficit, according to a study from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School released Monday. The study, which relies on the Penn Wharton Budget Model (PWBM), found that the deficit would increase by $1 trillion… Continue Reading

Non partisan resources on tax code reform for researchers

Committee for a Responsible Budget: “Efforts to reform the tax code are underway, and they will pick up further this fall when the legislative process formally begins. CRFB has published several resources on recent tax reform plans, policies that may be included, gimmicks lawmakers may use, the status of the current tax code, and other… Continue Reading

Report Examining Sexual Misconduct in the Federal Workplace and Lax Federal Responses

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform U.S. House of Representatives 115th Congress – Tables of Penalties: Examining Sexual Misconduct in the Federal Workplace and Lax Federal Responses October 19, 2017 Staff Report – Draft. “Sexual misconduct is a challenge the federal government must aggressively and consistently address to ensure the well-being and safety of its… Continue Reading