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Implementation of Agreement between US and China on Science and Technology

U.S. Department of State Case No. F-2016-03522 Doc No. C06306089 Date: 05/11/2017 UNCLASSIFIED – Implementation of Agreement between the United States and China on Science and Technology Public Law 107-314. [via FAS]
“Federal agencies continued to advance a range of U.S. objectives during the reporting period between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2015. During this period, administering activities under the S&T Agreement cost each of eight federal agencies an average of 11 percent of 90 employees’ salaries (OS-12/13/14/15, military 0-4/5/6, and Senior Executive Service). Science and technology engagement with the United States continues to be highly valued by the Chinese government. This enables DOS and other federal agencies to use ongoing dialogues and cooperation to encourage the Chinese to support democratic and meritocratic principles and to adopt appropriate protection of intellectual property, scientific merit review processes, and transparent publishing of scientific data. Accordingly, engagement under the S&T Agreement likely has positively influenced the foreign and domestic policies of China. Cooperative activities also accelerated scientific progress in the United States and provided significant direct benefit to a range of U.S. technical agencies. DOS projects that activities undertaken during the next two years will likely be a continuation of current activities. Most activities are conducted under implementing agreements and arrangements, such as memoranda of understanding, which often are in effect for five or more years…”

GOP stalls vote on repeal and replace of Obama health care act

Follow up to previous postings cited in Senate version of House health care repeal and replace bill eliminates coverage for 22 million Americans – tonight via Dan Balz, the Washington Post – ‘Repeal and replace’ was once a unifier for the GOP. Now it’s an albatross. “After seven years, Republicans’ promise to overhaul the Affordable Care… Continue Reading

Senate version of House health care repeal and replace bill eliminates coverage for 22 million Americans

Follow up to previous posting – Senate Republicans release draft Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, today via the CBO – “The Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have completed an estimate of the direct spending and revenue effects of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, a… Continue Reading

Analysis – Emerging Senate Repeal Bill Eviscerates Protections for Millions in Employer Plans Nationwide

Center for American Progress – By Topher Spiro and Emily Gee: “This week Axios reported that the emerging Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will allow states to waive coverage of essential health benefits for small employer and individually purchased plans. In waiver states, this cut in benefits would be catastrophic for… Continue Reading

Questions increase over determining extent of Russia election hacking

NPR – If Voting Machines Were Hacked, Would Anyone Know? – “As new reports emerge about Russian-backed attempts to hack state and local election systems [Link], U.S. officials are increasingly worried about how vulnerable American elections really are. While the officials say they see no evidence that any votes were tampered with, no one knows… Continue Reading

Availability of Legislative Measures in House of Representatives (The “Three-Day Rule”)

CRS – Availability of Legislative Measures in the House of Representatives (The “Three-Day Rule”), Elizabeth Rybicki, Specialist on Congress and the Legislative Process. June 12, 2017 [via FAS] “House rules govern the length of time legislative measures must be available to Members before being considered on the floor. For measures reported from committee, the committee… Continue Reading

Agency scorecard on IT reform registers uniform decline

Nextgov: “For the first time since Congress began composing biannual scorecards ranking agency progress adhering to the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act in 2015, agency grades have dropped. Released prior to [the June 13, 2017] 2 p.m. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, 15 agencies held steady, four agencies improved and five fared… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Competitive Intelligence – A Selective Resource Guide – Updated June 2017

Via LLRX.com – Competitive Intelligence – A Selective Resource Guide – Updated June 2017 Sabrina I. Pacifici has completely revised and updated her guide, which she first published in 2005 and has updated yearly since that time. A wide range of free sites with expertly sourced content specific to researchers focused on business, finance, government… Continue Reading

CRS Annual Report 2016

The CRS Anual Report 2016 was issued in January 2017 and posted by FAS today: “Major legislative issues this fiscal year included comprehensive energy legislation, defense reform, federal health insurance programs, immigration, Middle East turmoil, privacy, the Zika outbreak, student financial aid, and water quality. Throughout these debates and more, Congress relied on CRS expertise,… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Competitive Intelligence – A Selective Resource Guide – Updated June 2017

Via LLRX – Sabrina I. Pacifici has completely revised and updated her guide, which she first published in 2005 and has updated yearly since that time. A wide range of free sites with expertly sourced content specific to researchers focused on business, finance, government data, analysis and news from the US and around the world,… Continue Reading

Paper – Presidents Lack the Authority to Abolish or Diminish National Monuments

Squillace, Mark Stephen and Biber, Eric and Bryner, Nicholas S. and Hecht, Sean B., Presidents Lack the Authority to Abolish or Diminish National Monuments (May 13, 2017). 103 Va. L. Rev. Online (2017); UCLA School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 17-16; UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2967807 “By any… Continue Reading

House Votes to Give Some Powers of Librarian of Congress to Donald Trump

BOOKRIOT: “Dr. Carla Hayden, the current and 14th Librarian of Congress, is many things: a brilliant scholar, a forty year veteran of libraries, a defender of equal access, a former president of the American Library Association (ALA), and a rescuer of baby ducks. She is also the first African American and the first woman to hold… Continue Reading