Documents in the Spotlight (2009-present)
Senate Intelligence Committee Report on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program
This month, the Senate released the Report of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program, together with a forward by Chairman Feinstein and Additional and Minority Views (Senate Report 113-288). While the full classified report will be maintained by the Committee and shared with President Obama, a declassified version of the report contains a summary of the Committee’s findings. You may read the report here.
The Fed: What Is It, Anyway?
The Federal Reserve – often referred to as the Fed – is the central bank of the United States, so it provides financial services to the US government. Its other services, put very simply, are to oversee monetary and banking policies to protect consumers and stabilize prices of goods.
The Federal Reserve website has many useful resources for those researching finance and banking. It has a variety of economic publications, including working papers and the Beige Book, which is a noteworthy source for regional economic analyses.
The Federal Reserve website also has financial information for consumers on topics including credit reports, paying down credit cards, mortgage foreclosure, identity theft, and much, much more.
The U.S. Government Printing Office published a wide range of information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including facts about Ebola; various preparedness checklists for patients, hospitals, and healthcare coalitions; and a handout on “What you Need to Know About Ebola.” Check out the list here.
Center for Disease Control. (2014). Facts about Ebola in the U.S. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.
The U.S. Constitution
Two hundred and twenty-seven years ago this month, delegates to the Constitutional Convention created the United States government in writing and signing the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution established two houses of legislature, an executive power, a Supreme Court, and a process for ratification and amendment. Although it’s been amended several times, the basic outlines of the U.S. Constitution remain the same as it appeared in 1787. Find the full text of the U.S. Constitution here.
The Economic Census is taken every five years and is the US government’s official five-year measure of the American business and the economy. In the 2012 Census, four million businesses participated, including large, medium and small companies representing all US locations and industries. Respondents were asked to provide a range of operational and performance data for their companies.
If you need any assistance finding economic data by industry or topic, or you have questions about using data tools like Industry Statistics Portal, Data Ferrett, or Hot Reports, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 325-486-6527 or Sarah.Schmidt@angelo.edu.
Government Information on Bringing New Drugs to the Market
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) attempts to protect the health of humans and animals by regulating drugs and drug information. Its regulations can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21: Food and Drugs.
When a new drug is being developed, a pharmaceutical company files various applications with the FDA. At the earliest stage of development, companies file an Investigational New Drug (IND) Application with the FDA. Once that is approved, the drug will go through a series of clinical trials to prove the efficacy and safety of the drug.
There are four phases of clinical trials, each with an increasing number of human participants. Information on trials may be found in:
In phase 3, the pharmaceutical company will submit a New Drug Application (NDA) with the FDA, containing new information on the drugs’ effectiveness. Review of NDA content is available for most drugs at Drugs@FDA.
After the pharmaceutical company’s patent expires, other companies may want to make generic versions of the drug. Those companies submit an Abbreviated New Drug Application to the FDA to demonstrate how their generic version will have the same effects as the original drug. Information related to producing generic drugs is found in Orange Book: Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations.
Source:Huber, J. T., & Swogger, S. (Eds.). (2014). Introduction to reference sources in the health sciences. Chicago: Neal-Schuman.
Take a rare glimpse into scholarly conversations about research!
Have you ever wondered what’s behind the peer review process? How do scholars evaluate one another’s work to ensure their information is accurate, analysis is strong, and results are presented well? Traditionally, these discussions have always been behind closed doors…
Until now! As more publishing happens online, more venues are appearing to enable scientists to comment on one another’s work. One such venue is PubMed Commons, which is part of PubMed. (PubMed is a database from the National Institutions of Health and has millions of citations for biomedical literature, with some links to full-text content.) PubMed Commons is intended to be a forum for open constructive criticism and discussion of scientific issues. At this point, only authors who have had an article published in PubMed are eligible to participate. They can comment on any publication in PubMed, rate the helpfulness of comments, and invite other eligible authors to join.
PubMed Commons is an exciting opportunity for conversations about scientific research to be brought out into the public sphere. Go check it out and let me know if you have any questions or comments! You can contact me at sarah.schmidt [at] angelo.edu.
America’s Economy App
Now available: America’s Economy app! Receive the latest updates for 19 economic indicators released from government bureaus. The indicators provide important data in the areas of employment, manufacturing, international trade, retail sales, and residential construction. You may download it here. If you have any questions about the app, please don’t hesitate to contact me (sarah.schmidt [at] angelo.edu or 325-486-6527).
Where’s Your Refund? Find out on the IRS website!
For more information, Rachel from the IRS can break it down for you:
President Obama’s Budget for the U.S. Government, FY 2015: Available as an App!
President Obama’s FY 2015 Budget was released on March 4th and can be found here. On that same page, you’ll see that the Budget is available as a mobile app. It provides users with access to images and text of the Budget, including the Budget Message of the President and information on the President’s priorities. It also has links to other supplementary information, like Historical Tables. If you have any questions accessing the Budget online or with the app, don’t hesitate to contact me (email@example.com or 325-486-6527).
Exciting Improvements to ERIC
ERIC stands for Education Resource Information Center and it is considered to be the primary database for education literature. It is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences within the U.S. Department of Education and it includes journal articles, conference papers, technical and policy reports, publications of scholarly / professional associations, research / policy organizations, federal, state and local agencies, and more.
ERIC is undergoing some exciting changes. Its librarians are creating a new submission system for authors to submit their work, including conference papers, dissertations, and theses. The system is slated to be released in spring of this year. Librarians are also revising their selection policy to index more open access journals, so the size of ERIC’s holdings should greatly increase. Finally, librarians are creating a new section on the ERIC website that will highlight research in nearly a hundred topics in education.
THOMAS Fades Away; Welcome, Congress.gov!
THOMAS was launched in 1995 by the Library of Congress to make federal legislative information freely available to the public. THOMAS enabled researchers to search for bills, resolutions, public laws, floor, calendars for the House and Senate, Committee Reports, Presidential Nominations, treaties, and more.
Links to THOMAS are now redirecting researchers to Congress.gov (although THOMAS will be available here until late 2014). Congress.gov incorporates all of the information available on THOMAS and adds several exciting enhancements in search capabilities. For a demonstration, please feel free to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org or 325-486-6527) or register for training here.
Given that it’s an election month, let’s take a look at some useful election resources:
Federal Election Commission
The F.E.C. provides information about legal and regulatory rules relating to federal campaign finance issues. The site also includes campaign finance data.
The Voting and Elections section has information on registering to vote, researching candidates, volunteering at the polls, donating to candidates, and the history of elections.
U.S. Census Bureau
The Voting and Registration section has registration statistics from population surveys and other reports.
Voting information that is specific to Texas, from the Secretary of State’s office.
Focus on: Fracking
Two very important reports on fracking were recently released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (which, in a nutshell, examines how public funds are being spent).
Oil and Gas: Information on Shale Resources, Development, and Environmental and Public Health Risks
Unconventional Oil and Gas Development: Key Environmental and Public Health Requirements
The Sea Unseen: A Photography Exhibit from NOAA
The Northwest Fisheries Science Center, which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, released a series of photographs taken from marine organisms from Puget Sound. Many of the images are strikingly beautiful; and since they were taken with a microscopic lens, you can see the complex structures in the organisms you wouldn’t otherwise be able to see. Here’s one image from the exhibit:
Big Week in Supreme Court News!
The US Supreme Court released several opinions this last week of June. Two of the most widely-reported decisions were:
- Regarding the Obama administration’s health-care law, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the mandate requiring Americans to carry health insurance or pay a penalty. To read the decision, click here.
- Regarding Arizona’s recent immigration law Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, the Supreme Court struck down many of its provisions — but it upheld the constitutionality of allowing police to check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws. To read the decision, click here.
New Graphic Novel, from the Center for Disease Control
Inspired by our pop cultural fascination with zombies, the CDC published “Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic” with the underlying purpose of demonstrating how to be prepared in an emergency. (After all, zombie destruction isn’t too different from the effects of tornadoes, earthquakes, and hurricanes, right?) The graphic novel illustrates various strategies for preparing and surviving disasters, and includes a handy preparation checklist for families, schools, and workplaces. Check it out online!
NASA Eclipse Web Site
Read all about the upcoming solar eclipse, happening on May 20!
Prevent Youth Fire-setting: Arson Awareness Week
Tips and facts on dealing with youth fire-setter behavior. From the US Fire Administration.
Al-Qaeda’s Letters, Analyzed
West Point Military Academy just released an analysis of letters written between 2006 and 2011 that were seized from the Bin Laden compound. They give an insider look at al-Qaeda’s complex relationship with Iran, as well as Bin Laden’s growing difficulties in controlling his organization.
Texas Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal (TxWRAP)
The Texas Forest Service and Texas A & M just published a series of applications to help Texans identify wildfire threats in areas according to landscape characteristics, historical fire occurrence, weather conditions, terrain and potential fire behavior. Learn more about the applications here and try them out here.
[Hat Tip: TEEX Tweet]
GAO Medicare Report
The Government Accountability Office just published a report that suggests the Obama administration shut down an experimental Medicare program that is wasting more than $8 billion. Read the report here.
Three years in the making… and it’s finally here! The National Archives has digitized the 1940 US Census, making rich demographic details freely accessible online. It contains now-standard US Census questions as well as unique questions related to the Great Depression, like whether one worked for New Deal public work relief programs. The Census’ reflection of the economic upheaval of the time will be a key research tool for sociologists, historians, political scientists, and genealogists researching the Depression era. Check out the video below!
Are you going to see the new movie, Red Tails? For more information see Tuskegee Airmen (a LibGuide created by Paula Webb, Reference & Electronic Resources Government Documents Librarian at the University Library, University of South Alabama)
Veterans Day 2011 (Dept. of Veterans Affairs)
Veterans History Project (Library of Congress, American Folklife Center)
The Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2011 to 2021 (CBO Summary) (Congressional Budget Office) — Statement of Douglas W. Elmendorf, Director, before the Committee on the Budget, U.S. Senate, January 27, 2011
Classic Thanksgiving Dinner Costing More in 2011 (The Voice of Agriculture, American Farm Bureau Federation)
The Vault (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
“The Vault is [the FBI’s] new electronic reading room, containing more than 3,000 documents that have been scanned from paper into digital copies so you can read them in the comfort of your home or office. Included here are more than 25 new files that have been released to the public but never added to this website; dozens of records previously posted on [the FBI] site but removed as requests diminished; and files from [the] previous electronic reading room. Since the launch of the Vault in April 2011, [the FBI has] also added more than 30 new, previously unreleased files.” Some examples from the 20 Categories and their subject contents include: Counterterrorism (Usama (Osama) Bin Laden, Black September), Organized Crime (WACO/Branch Davidian Compound), Popular Culture (Louie Louie (The Song), Steve McQueen, The Monkees, Elvis Presley, Tupac Shakur), and Unexplained Phenomena (Roswell UFO, Animal Mutilations)
Ethics Committee Documents (House Ethics Committee search tool)
A database of and search tool to the House Ethics Committee documents and statements published online between December 24, 1998, and July 24, 2011. The Committee publishes files in an impossible-to-search PDF format … The Sunlight Foundation downloaded all of the files, transformed the PDFs into text format, and made it so users can search the contents. [For more information, read Daniel Schuman, “New House Ethics Committee Report Search Tool” (Aug. 4, 2011).] “The Sunlight Foundation is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that uses the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency, and provides new tools and resources for media and citizens, alike.”
Higher Education Budget Outcomes. 82nd Texas Legislature (Regular Session) (Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (June 21, 2011) — a summary of higher education budget outcomes for the 82nd Legislature.
“The Pentagon Papers, officially titled ‘Report of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Vietnam Task Force,’ was commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in 1967. In June of 1971, small portions of the report were leaked to the press and widely distributed. However, the publications of the report that resulted from these leaks were incomplete and suffered from many quality issues.
“On the 40th anniversary of the leak to the press, the National Archives, along with the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon Presidential Libraries, has released the complete report. The 48 boxes in this series contain a complete copy of the 7,000 page report along with numerous copies of different volumes of the report, all declassified. Approximately 34% of the report is available for the first time. …” (from the National Archives Pentagon Papers web site home page)
- Tracks bills and legislative actions from the current legislative session.
- Click here to find out how to track a bill with the Texas Legislature Online website.
Writing the State Budget: 82nd Legislature(House Research Organization) (February 2011) (12 pages)
Issues Facing the 82nd Legislature(Senate Research Center) (January 2011) (115 pages)
Domestic Wiretapping in the War on Terror: A Briefing Before the United States Commission on Civil Rights Held in Washington, D.C. (U.S. Commission on Civil Rights) (January 2010) (53 pages)
The Conflicts in Yemen and U.S. National Security (Security Studies Institute) (January 27, 2011) (120 pages)
Yemen: Background and U.S. Relations (Congressional Research Service) (February 3, 2011) (42 pages)
Egypt in Transition (Congressional Research Service) (September 21, 2011) (19 pages)
Economics and National Security: Issues and Implications for U.S. Policy (Congressional Research Service) (January 4, 2011) (78 pages)
Economy at a Glance: San Angelo, TX (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
USDA Agricultural Projections to 2020 (US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service) (February 2011) (100 pages)
Cow-Calf Beef Production in Mexico (US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service) (November 2011)
Statistics (National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health) — This resource represents an extensive collection of NIMH’s best statistics on the prevalence, treatment, and costs of mental disorders. Equally important are sections that have been included on mental health-related disability and on suicide. It is a continuing work in progress, and will be updated regularly as new statistics are released.
Voices from the Future lecture series (National Science Foundation)
- Videotaped lecture series of presentations by scientists given to the National Science Board.
National Endowment for the Arts podcasts (National Endowment for the Arts)
- Various influential artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, actors and theatre directors discuss their craft.
Senate version of 2012-2013 Texas Budget
Summary of Legislative Budget Estimates for the 2012-2013 Biennium (Senate version) (Legislative Budget Board) (January 2011) (253 pages)
Legislative Budget Estimates for the 2012-2013 Biennium (Senate version) (Legislative Budget Board) (813 pages) — Angelo State University appears on page III-156 to page III-160 of the full report.
2012-2013 General Appropriations Bill (Senate version) (SB 1) (Legislative Budget Board) (January 2011) (997 pages) — Angelo State University appears on page III-138 to page III-140.
House version of the 2012-2013 Texas Budget
Summary of Legislative Budget Estimates for the 2012-2013 Biennium (House version) (Legislative Budget Board) (January 2011) (250 pages)
Legislative Budget Estimates for the 2012-2013 Biennium (House version) (full report) (Legislative Budget Board) (January 2011) (811 pages) — Angelo State University appears on page III-156-page III-160 of the full report.
2012-2013 General Appropriations Bill (House version) (HB 1) (Legislative Budget Board) (January 2011) (944 pages) — Angelo State University appears on page III-137-page III-139 of the full report.
Updated American Fact Finder website (US Census Bureau) (January 2011)
- Track bills and legislative actions from the current legislative session.
- Contains biographical information about legislators, information about the committees on which they serve, and details the legislation considered during this session.
Biennial Revenue Estimate 2012-2013 (By Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts) (82nd Legislative Session) (January 2011)
Topics for the 82nd Legislature(House Research Organization) (November 23, 2010)
Poor State Finances Deepen Recessionary Hole (By Jason Saving) (Southwest Economy, 4th Quarter, 2010) (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas)
Lessons Learned from U.S. Government Law Enforcement in International Operations (By Dilshika Jayamaha, Scott Brady, Ben Fitzgerald, and Jason Fritz) (December 15, 2010)
What You Need to Know: New Rules About Credit Decisions and Notices (Federal Reserve Board of Governors) (January 2011)
- On January 1, 2011, new rules from the Federal Reserve and the Federal Trade Commission require lenders to provide some consumers with notices about information on their credit report or credit score when they apply for credit from certain lenders. This webpage discusses the impact of these rules on consumers.
Criminal Prohibitions on the Publication of Classified Defense Information (By Jennifer K. Elsea) (Congressional Research Service)(December 6, 2010) (21 pages)
Countries and Continents (United States Institute for Peace)
- This interactive map gives a quick overview of some of the world’s political hotspots where the US Institute for Peace (USIP) is working. You will find information about the current situation facing the country, a short bibliography of recent publications and multimedia, and information about USIP’s work in the country.
Report of the Comprehensive Review of the Issues Associated with a Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ (Department of Defense) (November 30, 2010) (266 pages)
La Familia Drug Cartel: Implications for U.S.-Mexican Security (By George W. Grayson) (Strategic Studies Institute) (December 2010) (112 pages)
In Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, U.S. Intelligence, and the Cold War (By Richard Breitman and Norman J.W. Goda) (National Archives & Records Administration) (102 pages)
- This report from the National Archives examines newly declassified documents that shed light on new information on major Nazi figures, Nazi aims in the Middle East, American Intelligence’s use of former Gestapo officers during the Cold War, information on Nazi collaborators in occupied Europe and other related subjects.
The Moment of Truth: Report of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform) (December 2010) (65 pages)
Topics for the 82nd Legislature (Texas House Research Organization) (November 23, 2010) (16 pages)
Border Lives: Health Status in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region (United States-Mexico Border Health Commission) (2010) (362 pages)
Women and the Economy 2010: 25 Years of Progress, But Challenges Remain (U.S. Congress, Joint Economic Committee) (August 2010) (12 pages)
Encouraging Minority Students To Pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Careers (U.S. Commission on Civil Rights) (October 2010) (102 pages)
Audience 2.0: How Technology Influences Arts Participation (National Endowment for the Arts) (June 2010) (150 pages)
2010 Census Bureau Interactive Map (U.S. Census Bureau) (2010)
Financial Allocation Study for Texas: Part 4: Beyond K-12: Cost Efficiencies in Higher Education (Texas Comptroller of Public Acccounts) (December 2010) (16 pages)
“Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”: The Law and Military Policy on Same-Sex Behavior (By David F. Burrelli) (Congressional Research Service) (October 14, 2010) (22 pages)
The Helium-3 Shortage: Supply, Demand and Options for Congress (By Dana A. Shea and Daniel Morgan) (Congressional Research Service) (September 21, 2010) (27 pages)
Some of the Best Weapons for Counterinsurgents Do Not Shoot (By Eric T. Olson) (Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute) (2010) (140 pages)
Running Deficits: Positives and Pitfalls (By D. Andrew Austin) (Congressional Research Service) (September 14, 2010) (19 pages)
What Effects Would the Expiration of the 2001 and 2003 Tax Cuts Have on the Economy? (By Marc Labonte) (Congressional Research Service) (October 5, 2010) (10 pages)
Nonmetropolitan Outmigration Counties: Some are Poor, Many are Prosperous (By David McGranahan, John Cromartie and Timothy Wojan) (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service) (November 2010) (29 pages)
Food Safety on the Farm: Federal Programs and Legislative Action (By Renee Johnson) (Congressional Research Service) (October 5, 2010) (22 pages)
Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Characteristics and Performance (United States International Trade Commission) (November 2010) (228 pages)
Regulating Homeowners Insurance in Texas (Texas House Research Organization) (October 18, 2010) (12 pages)
2010 Colorado River Basin Highlights Report: Water Quality in the Colorado River (Upper Colorado River Authority, Lower Colorado River Authority, and Colorado River Municipal Water District) (2010) (11 pages)
- Discusses the quality of water in the Concho River
Consumer’s Guide: Credit Reports and Credit Scores (Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve) (November 10, 2010)
A Review of the FBI’s Investigations of Certain Domestic Advocacy Groups (U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General) (September 2010) (209 pages)
Security and the Rnvironment in Pakistan (By Bruce Vaughn, Nicole T. Carter, Pervase A. Shiekh, and Renee Johnson) (Congressional Research Service) (August 3, 2010) (18 pages)
The Iran Primer: Power, Politics, and U.S. Policy (By Robin Wright) (U.S. Institute for Peace) (October 18, 2010)
North Korea: Back on the Terrorism List (By Mark E. Manyin) (Congressional Research Service) (June 29, 2010) (33 pages)
Mexico’s Free Trade Agreements (By M. Angeles Villareal)(Congressional Research Service) (July 12, 2010) (19 pages)
Preparing for One War and Getting Another (By Antonio J. Echevarria II) (Strategic Studies Institute) (September 2010)(38 pages)
Southwest Border: More Timely Border Patrol Access and Training Could Improve Security Operations and Natural Resource Protection on Federal Lands (Government Accountability Office) (October 18, 2010) (63 pages)
Texas Twist: Why Did State’s Unemployment Fall Below Nation’s (By Anil Kumar) (Southwest Economy, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas)(Third Quarter, 2010)(5 pages)
One Recession, Two Americas: Those Who Lost Ground Slightly Outnumber Those Who Held Their Own (By Rich Morin) (Pew Research Center) (September 24, 2010) (15 pages)
Economic Recovery: Sustaining U.S. Economic Growth in a Post-Crisis Economy (By Craig K. Elwell) (Congressional Research Service) (July 22, 2010) (16 pages)
Small Farms in the United States: Persistence Under Pressure (By Robert A. Hoppe, James M. MacDonald, and Penni Korb) (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service) (February 2010)
Science and Engineering Indicators, 2010 (National Science Foundation) (January 15, 2010)
Video Calling and Video Chat (By Lee Rainie and Lee Zickuhr) (Pew Research Center, Internet and American Life Project) (October 13, 2010) (12 pages)
The Science of NFL Football (National Science Foundation, National Football League and NBCLearn) (October 19, 2010)
A Review of the FBI’s Investigation of Certain Domestic Advocacy Groups (U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General) (September 2010) (209 pages)
U.S. Military Forces and Police Assistance in Stability Operations: The Least-Worst Option to Fill U.S. Capacity Gap (by Dennis E. Keller) (U.S. Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute) (August 2010) (47 pages)
Southwest Border Violence: Issues in Identifying and Measuring Spillover Violence (By Kristen M. Finkley, et. al) (Congressional Research Service) (August 24, 2010) (42 pages)
Anti-terror Lessons of Muslim Americans (By David Schanzer, Charles Kurzman, and Ebrahim Moosa) (U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice) (January 6, 2010) (61 pages)
Afghanistan in 2009: A Survey of the Afghan People (By Ruthie Rennie, Sudhindra Sharma, and Pawan Sen) (Asia Foundation and United States Agency For International Development) (2009) (225 pages)
U.S.-Latin America Trade: Recent Trends and Policy Issues (By J.F. Hornbeck) (Congressional Research Service) (June 25, 2010 [most recent update]) (10 pages)
Baby Boom Migration and It’s Impact on Rural America (By John Cromartie and Peter Nelson) (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service) (August 2009) (30 pages)
Analysis of Alternative Work Schedules (Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts) (August 2010) (112 pages)
Texas Legislators, Past and Present database (Legislative Reference Library of Texas)
- This searchable database gives legislative and biographical information on Texas state senators and representatives who served from 1876 to the present
Report to the President: Prepare and Inspire: K-12 Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for America’s Future (President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) (September 2010, prepublication version)(108 pages)
National Evaluation of Student Support Services: Examination of Student Outcomes After Six Years (By Bradford W. Chaney) (U.S. Department of Education; Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development; Policy and Program Studies Service) (2010)
U.S. Provides Disaster Relief During Pakistan Flooding (U.S. Department of Defense) (August 2010)
Pakistan: Key Current Issues and Developments (by K. Alan Kronstad) (Congressional Research Service) (June 1, 2010) (75 pags)
The Department of Defense’s Use of Private Security Contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan: Background, Analysis, and Options for Congress (by Moshe Schwartz) (Congressional Research Service) (June 22, 2010) (24 pages)
Intelligence Reform After Five Years: The Role of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) (by Richard A Best) (Congressional Research Service) (June 22, 2010) (11 pages)
NAFTA and the Mexican Economy (by M. Angeles Villareal)(Congressional Research Service) (June 3, 2010) (20 pages)
Federal Debt and the Risk of a Fiscal Crisis (Economic and Issue Brief, Congressional Budget Office) (July 27, 2010) (8 pages)
Can The Nation Stimulate Itself To Prosperity (by Jason Saving) (Economic Letter, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas) (August 2010) (4 pages)
An Analysis of Samll Business and Jobs (by Brian Headd) (Office of Advocacy, Small Business Administration) (March 2010) (21 pages)
Public Remains Conflicted over Islam (Pew Center for People & the Press and the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life) (August 24, 2010) (10 pages)
Reputation Management and Social Media (by Mary Madden & Aaron Smith) (Pew Internet & American Life Project) (May 26, 2010) (29 pages)
Electronic Waste: Considerations for Environmentally Sound Reuse and Recycling (Government Accountability Office) (July 2010) (65 pages)
Solar Energy in Texas (House Research Organization, Texas House of Representatives) (July 20, 2010) (12 pages)
Texas Renewable Energy Industry Report (Office of the Governor of Texas) (August 2010) (26 pages)
Advancing Freedom and Democracy Reports. (U.S. Department of State) (May 2010) — This State Department site gives updates on the status of various programs by US to support democracy and promote human rights in countries with nondemocratic regimes or countries currently transitioning to democracy.
Securing America’s Borders: The Role of the Military (Congressional Research Service) (June 16, 2010) (7 pages)
Latin America and the Caribbean: Illicit Drug Trafficking and the U.S. Counterdrug Programs (Congressional Research Service) (April 2010) (38 pages)
Endgame for the West in Afghanistan? Explaining the Decline in Support for the War in Afghanistan in the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, France, and Germany. (Strategic Studies Institute) (June 2010) (167 pages)
Biosurveillance: Efforts to Develop a National Biosurveillance Capability Need a National Strategy and a Designated Leader. (Government Accountability Office) (June 2010) (140 pages)
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”: A Legal Analysis (Congressional Research Service)(June 3, 2010) (12 pages)
Congressional Budget Office, Cost Estimate - H.R. 4173, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. (Congressional Budget Office) (June 28, 2010) (10 pages) — This is the CBO’s estimate of the costs involved in the version of the Financial Services reform bill agreed to by the Conference Committee.
Long-Term Budget Outlook (Congressional Budget Office) (June 2010) (89 pages)
Texas’ Latino Pay Gaps: Taking a Closer Look (By Emily Kerr, Pia Orrenius, Madeline Zavodny) (Southwest Economy, First Quarter, 2010, pg 10-14) (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas)
What You Need to Know: New Overdraft Rules for Debit and ATM Cards (Federal Reserve Board of Governors) (July 2010) — This webpage describes new rules from the Fed that will allow consumers to have some choice over the ways that they are charged for overdrafts by banks, credit unions and other institutions.
Minorities and the Recession-Era College Enrollment Boom (By Paul Taylor, Richard Fry, Gabriel Velasco, and Daniel Dockterman) (Pew Research Center) (June 16, 2010) (18 pages) — This Pew Research Center report notes that students from minority groups are one of the main drivers of the current boom in freshman enrollment at universities, colleges and community colleges. This research report examines why this has occurred.
EPA Response to BP Spill in the Gulf. (US Environmental Protection Agency) (June 2010) — This website has an informative ‘question and answer’ section that discusses several related topics, including the impact of dispersants, as well as the impact of the spill on seafood and drinking water.
Deepwater Horizon/BP Oil Spill Response (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Response and Restoration) (June 2010, revised October 28, 2010) — NOAA’s daily updates discuss the spill’s effect on coastal and marine life, and updated maps of the spill’s extent in the Gulf.
Oil Spills in U.S. Coastal Waters: Background, Governance, and Issues for Congress. (Congressional Research Service) (April 30, 2010) (34 pages)
Diagnosis: Cost - An Initial Look at the Federal Health Care Legislation’s Impact on Texas. (Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts) (June 2010) (35 pages)
Political Status for Puerto Rico (Congressional Research Service) (April 23, 2010) (50 pages) — In March, the US House of Representatives passed H.R. 2499, a nonbinding resolution that will give Puerto Ricans the chance to decide whether they would like to remain a US territory with commonwealth status or change Puerto Rico’s political status. This CRS report discusses the background of its relations to the US and whether or not change is likely.
Merida Initiative for Mexico and Central America: Funding and Policy Issues (Congressional Research Service) (April 19, 2010) (30 pages) — The Merida Initiative is a package of anticrime and counterdrug assistance that the US gave to Mexico and Central American countries beginning in 2007. This report analyzes the status of implementing the Merida Initiative and discusses how Congress is overseeing this and other programs.
Human Intelligence: All Humans, All Minds, All the Time (Strategic Studies Institute) (May 2010) (96 pages)
Newly re-designed State of Texas Website. (State of Texas and Texas NICUSA, LLC)
The 2010 Census: How People are Counted. (2009) (U.S. Census Bureau) (2 pages)
Financial Regulatory Reform and the 111th Congress. (March 31, 2010) (CRS Report for Congress) (Congressional Research Service) (21 pages) — Outlines several potential reforms of the financial services industry by the 111th Congress.
Running Deficits: Positives and Pitfalls. (March 10, 2010) (CRS Report for Congress) (Congressional Research Service) (21 pages)
Minority-Serving Institutions of Higher Education: Serving Communities, Revitalizing the Nation. (March 2009) (U.S. Dept. of Housing and Development, Office of Policy Development and Research, Office of University Partnerships) (126 pages)
Open Government: A Progress Report to the American People. (December 2009) (U.S. Office of the President) (28 pages)
Criminal Sovereignty: Understanding North Korea’s Illicit International Activities. (March 2010) (Security Studies Institute) (36 pages)
Short of General War: Perspectives on the Use of Military Power in the 21st Century. (April 2010) (Security Studies Institute) (290 pages)
Central Asia’s Security: Issues and Implications for U.S. Interests. (March 11, 2010) (CRS Report for Congress) (Congressional Research Service) (71 pages) (Note: Older versions of this document are also available)
Report on Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan … and United States Plan for Sustaining the Afghanistan National Security Forces. (April 2010) (Dept. of Defense) (152 pages)
Pre-Kindergarten: Should State Support be Expanded? (April 6, 2010) (Focus Report) (Texas House Research Organization) (10 pages)
Advanced Spotters’ Field Guide. (2009) (U.S. Dept. of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service) (30 pages) — NOAA has produced this handbook for storm spotters to identify storms and other weather events.
Food Environment Atlas. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Economic Research Service) — This interactive atlas displays data about food consumption and health for various US counties.
Health Care Reform Bill and Debate Available on GPO’s Federal Digital System (U.S. Government Printing Office News Release no. 10-12, March 23, 2010) — This release includes links to H.R. 3590, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; H.R. 4872, Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010; and the Congressional Record containing the debate and vote.
Census 2010: Implications for Texas (Focus Report) (House Research Organization) (January 21, 2010) (12 pages)
Current and Future Worldwide Threats to the National Security of the United States : Hearing before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, first session, March 10, 2008
Al Qaeda and Affiliates: Historical Perspective, Global Presence, and Implications for U.S. Policy. (Congressional Research Service) (February 2010) (32 pages)
War in Afghanistan: Strategy, Military Operations and Issues for Congress (Congressional Research Service) (March 2010) (75 pages)
Annual Report of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class (Middle Class Task Force, Office of the Vice President of the United States) (February 2010) (56 pages)
Green Jobs: A Pathway to a Strong Middle Class (Middle Class Task Force, Office of the Vice President of the United States) (34 pages)
Campaign Finance Policy After Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission: Issues and Options for Congress (Congressional Research Service) (February 1, 2010) (11 pages)
Future of the Internet: Part IV (Janna Quitney Anderson, Elon University & Lee Rainey, Pew Internet and American Life Project ) (49 pages) (Feb. 19, 2010) — This report is based on a web-based survey given to prominent scientists, businessmen, consultants, writers and technologists. It is the 4th installment of Pew’s Future of the Internet survey.
State of the Union Address (President Barak Obama) (Delivered 1/28/09)
Haiti Earthquake: Crisis and Response (CRS Report for Congress) (Congressional Research Service) (January 15, 2010) (30 pages)
Educational Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Executive Office of the President, Domestic Policy Council and the Dept. of Education) (October 2009) (20 pages)
Amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Set to Expire February 28, 2010 (CRS Report for Congress) (Congressional Research Service) (December 23, 2009) (18 pages)
The Effects of Multiple Deployments on Army Adolescents (Strategic Studies Institute) (January 28, 2010) (44 pages)
Private Health Insurance: Research on Competition in the Insurance Industry (U.S. Govt. Accountability Office) (2009) (13 pages)
Texas in Focus: A Statewide View of Opportunities (Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts) (2009) — This series provides unique data and analysis of the state and seven of the state’s economic regions. For regional reports, see the Texas in Focus website. Tom Green County and the Concho Valley are not included in any of the regional reports.
Census 2010: Implications for Texas (Focus Report) (House Research Organization) (January 21, 2010) (12 pages)
Memorandum: Attempted Terrorist Attack on December 25, 2009: Intelligence, Screening, and Watchlisting System Corrective Actions (January 7, 2010) (White House Summary of the Review) (3 pages)
Tora Bora Revisited: How We Failed to Get Bin Laden and Why it Matters Today (Nov. 30, 2009) (Committee print) (Committee on Foreign Relations, US Senate) (49 pages)
YouTube War: Fighting in a World of Cameras in Every Cell Phone and Photoshop on Every Computer (Nov. 2009) (Strategic Studies Institute) (135 pages)
Toward Effective Education of Innovative Entrepreneurs in Small Business: Initial Results from a Survey of College Students and Graduates (Sept. 2009) (Small Business Administration) (42 pages) — This study examines the training of entrepreneurs by examining the courses and the teaching methods that business graduates and MBAs at five universities found to be “most useful” when they became entrepreneurs or worked in entrepreneurial firms.
Simplifying Student Aid: The Case for an Easier, Faster and More Accurate FAFSA (Sept. 2009) (Executive Office of the President, Council of Economic Advisers) (28 pages)
Mental Health Research Findings (Program Brief) (Sept. 2009) (Administration of Health Care Quality and Research) (24 pages) — A quarter of adults in the US in a given year are confronting a mental disorder. This Administration of Healthcare Research and Quality Research brief gives findings of new mental health research it conducted or sponsored from 2007 through 2009.
Women and Health: Today’s Evidence, Tomorrow’s Agenda (c2009) (World Health Organization) (108 pages)
Recovery Act Recipient Reports Database (via FedSpending.org) — “On July 22, 2011, a new database of Recovery Act data was released on Fedspending.org. Available under the ‘Recovery’ tab, this database allows searching of over 101,000 reports from prime recipients of more than $263 billion in contracts, grants, and loans awarded under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (Recovery Act) between Feb. 17, 2009 and Mar. 31, 2011, as well as additional information on sub-recipients and vendors.” (Revised 11/14/2011)
Private Health Insurance Provisions of H.R. 3962 (CRS report for Congress) (October 30, 2009) (Congressional Research Service) (33 pages)
H.R. 3962, Affordable Health Care for America Act (November 6, 2009) (Douglas W. Elmendorf, Director. Congressional Budget Office) (24 pages) — This is a Congressional Budget Office analysis of the health care bill that passed in the House of Representatives on November 7, 2009.
Iran: Regional Perspectives and U.S. Policy (CRS report for Congress) (October 7, 2009) (Congressional Research Service) (49 pages)
Ten Stories the World Should Hear More About, 2008 (United Nations) — Each year, the UN lists ten significant international stories that have a global importance, but have not resonated among the media. Stories from 2004-2007 also included.
Economic Development Impacts of Community Wind Projects: A Review and Empirical Evaluation (April 2009) (National Renewable Energy Research Laboratory) (23 pages) — This report provides a review of previous economic development analyses of community wind projects and compares these projected results with empirical impacts from projects currently in operation.
Household Food Security in the United States, 2008 (Measuring food security in the United States) (November 2009) (US Dept. of Agriculture) (66 pages)
Preliminary Analysis of the [Senate Finance Committee] Chairman’s mark for the America’s Healthy Future Act As Amended (Congressional Budget Office) (October 7, 2009) (27 pages) — This is the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the Senate Finance Committee’s version of a health care reform bill. Several other versions of health care reform bills are being worked on by congressional committees.
Key Issues in Analyzing Major Health Insurance Proposals (December 2008) (Congressional Budget Office. A CBO Study) (196 pages)
Criminals, Militias, and Insurgents: Organized Crime in Iraq (August 2009) (Security Studies Institute) (293 pages)
Choosing a Postsecondary Institution: Considerations Reported by Students (July 2009) (Issue Tables) (National Center for Educational Statistics) (15 pages)
The Fall and Rise of Household Savings (September 2009) (Congressional Research Service. CRS Report for Congress) (14 pages)
Art-Goers in Their Communities: Patterns of Civic and Social Engagement (October 2009) (National Endowment of the Arts. NEA Research Note #98) (17 pages)
Legal Standing Under the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause (September 15, 2009) (Congressional Research Service. CRS Report for Congress) (14 pages)
Constitutional Amendments Proposed for the November 2009 Ballot (Focus report, August 20, 2009) (Texas House of Representatives. House Research Organization) (28 pages)
A Profile of Successful Pell Grant Recipients: Time to Bachelor’s Degree and Early Graduate School Enrollment (Statistical Analysis Report, July 2009) (National Center for Education Statistics) (69 pages) — This study examines the characteristics, academic progress and academic achievement of a sample of recent graduates who were Pell Grant recipients and then compares their success with that of non-Pell Grant recipients.
The U.S. Science & Technology Workforce (CRS Report for Congress, February 3, 2009) (Congressional Research Report) (15 pages) — This report examines the current trends in employment in the science and technology sector as well as some forecasts for the future. Some policy options to boost the labor pool in the science and technology sectors and improve American competitiveness are discussed.
Private Health Insurance: Research on Competition in the Insurance Industry (July 31, 2009) (Government Accountability Office) (13 pages)
Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States, 2008 (Current Population Reports. Consumer Income) (September 2009) (Census Bureau) (74 pages)
Health Map. Global Disease Alert Map — This map was developed by a team of health professionals, medical school professors and computer scientists using international public health data to track disease outbreaks from around the word.
U.S. Drought Portal (www.drought.gov) (National Integrated Drought Information System) — Federal portal for national drought information.
Taking Up the Security Challenge of Climate Change (August 2009) (Strategic Studies Institute) (26 pages)
Gun Trafficking and the Southwest Border (CRS Report for Congress, July 29, 2009) (Congressional Research Report) (30 pages)
Students Who Study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Postsecondary Education. (National Center for Educational Statistics) (25 pages) — This report analyzes today’s college students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics disciplines. It discusses why students sought to study these fields, how they performed academically, and which students completed their degree programs.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Driven to Distraction Study. [Status Summary: Using Wireless Communication Devices While Driving [Original Date: May 1, 2002; Last Updated: July 2003]] (via New York Times website). (266 pages) — The New York Times recently uncovered research done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which highlights the dangers of using both handheld and hands-free cell phones while driving, partially, according to its article, because administrators feared the impact that this could have on legislators. The link to the NYT story (Matt Witchell, U.S. Withheld Data on the Risks of Distracted Driving. New York Times, July 20, 2009) is available here.
Unclassified Report on the President’s Surveillance Program. (July 10, 2009) (Offices of the Inspector Generals of the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, and Office of the Director of National Intelligence) (43 pages)
The Labor Market During the Great Depression and the Current Recession. (CRS Report for Congress) (June 19, 2009) (Congressional Research Service) (29 pages)
Challenges and Opportunities for the Obama Administration in Central Asia (Stephen J. Blank, Strategic Studies Institute) (June 2009) (65 pages)
North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Development and Diplomacy (May 27, 2009) (CRS Report for Congress) (Congressional Research Service) (26 pages) — Earlier editions also available from OpenCRS
The 2009 Influenza A (H1N1) “Swine Flu” Outbreak: an Overview (May 20, 2009) (CRS Report for Congress) (Congressional Research Service) (15 pages) — Earlier editions also available from OpenCRS
Identity Theft: Trends and Issues (May 27, 2009) (CRS Report for Congress) (Congressional Research Service) (31 pages)
National Intelligence: A Consumer’s Guide (2009) (Office of the Director of National Intelligence) (114 pages)
Cyberspace Policy Review: Assuring a Trusted and Resilient Information and Communications Infrastructure (President’s Office) (2009) (76 pages) — Fact Sheet (May 29, 2009) — List of all the documents consulted for the review
H1N1 Flu & International Education : Information & Resources (Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC)) — The information in this site is intended to support internationally oriented higher education administrators, study abroad representatives, faculty and students by helping inform their decisions and actions affecting international academic activities stemming from concerns over the H1N1 strain of influenza. The site includes flu-related statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from the Mexican government, as well as the responses of universities throughout the region to the health crisis.
Budget 101: A Guide to the Budget Process in Texas (Senate Research Center) (January 2009) (81 pages)
Fiscal 2010-11: State Budget: Background on the Issues (House Research Organization. State Finance Report, no. 81-2) (March 11, 2009) (48 pages)
Health Care Reform: An Introduction (Congressional Research Service) (April 14, 2009) (20 pages)
Higher Education: Approaches to Attract and Fund International Students in the United States and Abroad (Government Accountability Office) (April 2009) (40 pages)
U.S.-Mexico Economic Relations: Trends, Issues and Implications (Congressional Research Service) (April 3, 2009) (27 pages)
Afghanistan: Key issues for Congressional Oversight (Government Accountability Office) (April 2009) (37 pages)
Mexico’s Narcoinsurgency and US Counter-drug policy (Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College) (May 2009) (67 pages)
Auto Industry: Summary of Government Efforts and Automakers’ Restructuring to Date (Government Accountability Office) (April 2009) (48 pages)
Inquiry Into the Treatment of Detainees in U.S. Custody : Report of the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate. (November 20, 2008) (263 pages) — Interactive version on the New York Times web site
Ongoing Government Assistance for the American International Group (AIG) (Congressional Research Service) (March 16, 2009) (11pages)
Options for Expanding Health Coverage and Controlling Costs: Statement of Douglas W. Elmendorf, Director, before the Committee on Finance, United States Senate. (Congressional Budget Office) (Februrary 25th, 2009) (31 pages)
Afghanistan: Government Formation and Performance (Congressional Research Service) (February 5, 2009) (10 pages)
The Economic Effects of Capital Gains Taxation (Congressional Research Service) (March 4, 2009) (14 pages)
Agriculture, Nutrition and Rural Provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Congressional Research Service) (February 23, 2009) (24 pages)
Liquid Assets: The State of Texas’ Water Resources (Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts) (February 4, 2009) (73 pages)
A New Era of Responsibility: Renewing America’s Promise (FY10 Budget Overview Document)
Troubled Asset Relief Program: Status of Efforts to Address Transparency and Accountability Issues (Government Accountability Office) (February 24, 2009)
Funding for Education in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-5) (February 20, 2009) (CRS Report for Congress) (Congressional Research Service) (35 pages)
Securing, Stabilizing, and Developing Pakistan’s Border Area with Afghanistan: Key Issues for Congressional Oversight (Government Accountability Office) (February 23, 2009)
Texas in Focus: A Statewide View of Opportunities (Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts) (95 pages) (January 17, 2009)
Issues Facing the 81st Legislature (Senate Research Center) (94 pages)
Economic Stimulus: Issues and Policies (January 23, 2009) (CRS Report for Congress) (Congressional Research Service) (20 pages)
Causes of the Financial Crisis (January 29, 2009) (CRS Report for Congress) (Congressional Research Service) (10 pages)
Cost of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Other Military Operations Through 2008 and Beyond (Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA)) (108 pages)
From Sputnik to Minerva: Education and American National Security (Defense Horizons, January 2009) (Center for Technology and National Security Policy) (8 pages)
State of the State of Texas (Gov. Rick Perry) (January 27, 2009)
President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address (January 20, 2009)
Topics for the 81st Legislature (House Research Organization, Texas House of Representatives) (November 26, 2008) — Summarizes the issues that the state legislature is expected to tackle during the upcoming legislative session.
Job Loss and Infrastructure Job Creation During the Recession (Congressional Research Service) (December 23, 2008)
Securing Cyberspace for the 44th Presidency (CSIS Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency) (December 2008)
The Current and Potential Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Texas’ Moving Media Industry (Comptroller of Public Accounts) (December 2008) — This report outlines the economic impact of several entertainment-related industries on Texas, specifically, the motion picture and television production industries, the video game industry, and the advertising and animation industry. It suggests how incentive programs and academic programs can help these industries grow in Texas.
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