The Congressional Research Service has produced a bibliography on domestic surveillance to support this year’s national high school debate program which is devoted to that subject. “Resolved: The United States Federal Government Should...Show More Summary
When government contractors fail to fulfill a contract or engage in some form of misconduct, there are various ways to hold them legally accountable, a new reportfrom the Congressional Research Service explains. “This report provides...Show More Summary
New and updated publications from the Congressional Research Service obtained by Secrecy News include the following. The Chinese Military: Overview and Issues for Congress, September 18, 2015 Maritime Territorial and Exclusive Economic...Show More Summary
Something a little different from the good people at the Congressional Research Service: Pope Francis and Selected Global Issues: Background for Papal Address to Congress by Clare Ribando Seelke, Shawn Reese, Jacob R. Straus, James D. Werner, Derek E. Mix, and Liana W. Rosen Download CRS_Pope_Francis Summary Pope Francis (born...
Here is another timely Congressional Research Service (CRS) report, Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress, by Ronald O'Rourke. Download CRS_Arctic_Changes Summary The diminishment of Arctic sea ice has led to increased human activities in the Arctic, and has heightened interest in, and concerns about, the region’s future....
Two conflicting reports seem to paint different pictures regarding the state of U.S. manufacturing in 2015. A Congressional Research Service report from March 2015 received three major criticisms from an analysis conducted by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Show More Summary
A new report from the Congressional Research Service looks at the commercial prospects for the emerging drone industry. “It has been estimated that, over the next 10 years, worldwide production of UAS for all types of applications could rise from $4 billion annually to $14 billion. Show More Summary
Although it is theoretically possible to do so, the Senate has never imposed changes to an arms control treaty as a condition of ratification, according to a new Congressional Research Service report. “The Senate has never conditioned consent to an arms control treaty’s ratification on changes in the terms of the agreement,” CRS said. Show More Summary
Here is another timely Congressional Research Service (CRS) report, Hydraulic Fracturing and Safe Drinking Water Act Regulatory Issues, by Mary Tiemann and Adam Vann. Download Hyd_Fracturing_CRS Summary Hydraulic fracturing is a technique developed initially to stimulate oil production from wells in declining oil reservoirs. Show More Summary
Great way to begin September with another timely Congressional Research Service (CRS) report, California Drought: Hydrological and Regulatory Water Supply Issues by Betsy A. Cody, Peter Folger, and Cynthia Brown. I was hoping to see Betsy on her trip west but we missed connections. Good news: she'll be ascending to...
Several new reports from the Congressional Research Service examine the implications of the 40% excise tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health care coverage, known as the “Cadillac tax,” that will take effect in 2018. Excise Tax on...Show More Summary
A recent report by the Congressional Research Service found that the strategy was haphazard at best.
(John Hinderaker) About two weeks ago, the Congressional Research Service published a paper titled “Mass Murder with Firearms: Incidents and Victims, 1999-2013.” The primary author is William Krouse, a specialist in domestic security and crime policy. Show More Summary
Some 60 nations and partner organizations have made commitments to help counter the Islamic State with military forces or resources, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service. But coalition efforts suffer from a lack of coherence, CRS said. Show More Summary
You know how much I love Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports, especially those related to water, the environment, and related issues. Some of the smartest kids on the block write them: Betsy A. Cody (Oregon's own 'Gresham Girl' whom I hope to see in a week or so), Nicole T....
Congressional Research Service, The Federal Tax Treatment of Married Same-Sex Couples (R43157) (July 30, 2015): This report provides an overview of the federal tax treatment of same-sex married couples, with a focus on the federal income tax. Estate tax issues are also discussed. The administration of federal tax laws for...
Mass murder involving firearms has become more prevalent in the United States over recent decades, according to data presented in a new report from the Congressional Research Service. In the 1970s, there was an average of 1.1 such mass homicide incidents per year, with 5.5 victims murdered and 2.0 wounded per incident. Show More Summary
Noteworthy new and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. China’s Recent Stock Market Volatility: What Are the Implications?, CRS Insights,...Show More Summary
Congressional Research Service Nuclear Weapons Policy Specialist Amy Woolf claims that the United States and Russia should have diplomatic discussions to solve their concerns regarding alleged violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces INF Treaty.