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Trans-Pacific Partnership: Strategic Implications, and More from CRS

A new report from the Congressional Research Service examines claims that the 12-nation free trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will (or will not) advance the strategic interests of the United States by enabling it to exert influence in economic as well as security domains. Show More Summary

Drones in Domestic Airspace, and More from CRS

A survey of policy issues raised by the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in domestic U.S. airspace was presented in a new report yesterday from the Congressional Research Service. The report described the current and projected market...Show More Summary

CRS Report: 'EPA and the Army Corps’ “Waters of the United States” Rule: Congressional Response and Options'

Just released on 20 June 2016 by the Congressional Research Service: EPA and the Army Corps' Proposed "Waters of the United States" Rule: Congressional Response and Options by Claudia Copeland. Download CRS_EPA_USACE_WOTUS_Congress_Response Summary On May 27, 2015, the Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...

Federal Conspiracy Law, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that were issued last week include the following. Federal Conspiracy Law: A Brief Overview, updated January 20, 2016 Methods of Estimating the Total Cost of Federal Regulations,...Show More Summary

CRS Report: 'EPA’s Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants: Frequently Asked Questions'

2 weeks agoUtilities / Water : WaterWired

Just posted earlier this week by the Congressional Research Service: EPA's Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants: Frequently Asked Questions, by James E. McCarthy, Jonathan L. Rammer, Jane A. Leggett, Alexandra M. Wyatt, and Alissa M. Dolan. Say what? Where's the water stuff, man? Aha - recall the water-energy...

Intelligence-Related Legislation, and More from CRS

Recent legislative provisions on intelligence policy are surveyed and cataloged in a newly updated Congressional Research Service report. In the past two annual intelligence authorization bills, Congress enacted various directions and...Show More Summary

The Federal Cybersecurity Workforce, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. The Federal Cybersecurity Workforce: Background and Congressional Oversight Issues forShow More Summary

Separation of Powers, and More from CRS

The Congressional Research Service departed from its usual focus on current policy and legislative issues to produce a new disquisition on the separation of powers in the U.S. government. The separation of powers doctrine “is rootedShow More Summary

CRS Report: 'Water Quality Issues in the 114th Congress - An Overview'

4 weeks agoUtilities / Water : WaterWired

Anther relevant report from the Congressional Research Service. This one is dated 5 January 2016 and is titled, Water Quality Issues in the 114th Congress: An Overview, by Claudia Copeland. Clean Water Act, anyone? Download CRS_WQ_Issues_114th_Congress Summary Much progress has been made in achieving the ambitious goals that Congress established...

Independent Bids for President, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that have been withheld from online public distribution include the following. Independent Bids for President, CRS Legal Sidebar, January 6, 2016 The Presidential Nominating Process and the National Party Conventions, 2016: Frequently Asked Questions, updated December 30, 2015 H.R. Show More Summary

CRS Insight Two-Pager: 'Congress and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2016'

4 weeks agoUtilities / Water : WaterWired

This two-pager dated 5 January 2016 is from the 'Insight' series (short reports - just a few pages) of the Congressional Research Service. This one is titled, Congress and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2016 by Nicole T. Carter. This brief assumes new importance, given the current 'winter...

The Presidential Nominating Process, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that have been withheld from online public distribution include the following. The Presidential Nominating Process and the National Party Conventions, 2016: Frequently Asked...Show More Summary

Data Breach Notification Laws, and More from CRS

New and updated reports that were issued by the Congressional Research Service last week include the following. Data Security and Breach Notification Legislation: Selected Legal Issues, December 28, 2015 Sex Discrimination and the United...Show More Summary

CRS Report: 'Western Water and Drought: Legislative Analysis of H.R. 2898 and S. 1894'

last monthUtilities / Water : WaterWired

For your New Year's reading pleasure - another timely report from the Congressional Research Service: Western Water and Drought: Legislative Analysis of H.R. 2898 and S. 1894, by Pervaze A. Sheikh, Betsy A. Cody, Charles V. Stern, Nicole T. Carter, Linda Luther, and Claudia Copeland. This is an impressive report;...

SO THIS STORY SOUNDS LIKE THE CONGRESSIONAL BAN ON CDC GUN CONTROL RESEARCH LED TO SOME MODERATELY I…

SO THIS STORY SOUNDS LIKE THE CONGRESSIONAL BAN ON CDC GUN CONTROL RESEARCH LED TO SOME MODERATELY INTERESTING FINDINGS IN WILMINGTON: The final report, which has been submitted to the state, reached a conclusion that many here said they already knew: that there are certain patterns in the lives of many who commit gun violence. […]

When Gun Violence Felt Like a Disease, a City in Delaware Turned to the C.D.C.

A report on shootings in Wilmington notes patterns in the lives of those involved, a fairly rare study by an agency limited from such research by congressional appropriation.

CRS Report: 'California Agricultural Production and Irrigated Water Use'

last monthUtilities / Water : WaterWired

I missed this Congressional Research Service (CRS) report, California Agricultural Production and Irrigated Water Use, by Renée A. Johnson and Betsy A. Cody. It was published on 30 June 2015. Click on the graphics to enlarge them. Summary California ranks as the leading agricultural state in the United States in...

U.S. Navy Ship and Sub Programs: CRS Updates

The Congressional Research Service has updated several of its reports on Navy ship and submarine programs: Navy DDG-51 and DDG-1000 Destroyer Programs: Background and Issues for Congress, December 17, 2015 Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)/Frigate...Show More Summary

CRS Report: 'Genetically Engineered Salmon'

2 months agoUtilities / Water : WaterWired

Yet another timely Congressional Research Service (CRS) report, Genetically Engineered Salmon, by Harold F. Upton and Tadlock Cowan. Just in time for the holiday eating season, too! Click on the graphics to enlarge them. Download CRS_Genetically_Engineered_Salmon Summary On November 19, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved AquaBounty Technologies’...

Some Good Funding News About Drug-Resistant Bacteria

If the proposed Congressional deal goes through, funding to study antimicrobial resistance will increase from $471 million to $774 million. Unfortunately, AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality), which studies hospital and medical interventions, will be cut from $364 million … Continue reading ?

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