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  • National Nuclear Security Administration: A Plan Incorporating Leading Practices Is Needed to Guide Cost Reporting Improvement Effort, Report to Congressional Committees
    "Effective management and oversight of contracts, projects, and programs are dependent upon the availability of reliable enterprise-wide financial management information. Such information is also needed by Congress to carry ou… more
  • Defense Authorization and Appropriations Bills: FY1970-FY2017 [January 18, 2017]
    "The passage of the Department of Defense (DOD) authorization and appropriations bills through Congress often does not follow the course laid out in textbooks on legislative procedure. Tracking DOD authorization or appropriati… more
    DeBruyne, Nese F.
  • What Can the New President Do About the Effective Dates of Pending Regulations? [January 17, 2018]
    "It has become common practice for a new President to impose an executive branch-wide freeze, or moratorium, on all regulations under development so that the previous administration's regulatory proposals may be reviewed for c… more
  • Unaccompanied Alien Children: An Overview [January 18, 2017]
    "In FY2014, the number of unaccompanied alien children (UAC, unaccompanied children) that were apprehended at the Southwest border while attempting to enter the United States without authorization reached a peak, straining the… more
    Kandel, William
  • Islamic State and U.S. Policy [January 18, 2017]
    "This report provides background on the Islamic State organization, discusses its goals, operations, and affiliates, reviews U.S. legislative and policy debates, and describes select FY2017 legislation from the 114th Congress (H.R. 5325, H.R. 2028, S. 2943, H.R. 5293, and S. 3000)."
    Blanchard, Christopher M.; Humud, Carla E.
  • U.S. Manufacturing in International Perspective [January 18, 2017]
    "The health of the U.S. manufacturing sector has long been of great concern to Congress. The decline in manufacturing employment since the start of the 21st century has stimulated particular congressional interest, leading Mem… more
    Levinson, Marc
  • Concurrent Receipt: Background and Issues for Congress [January 18, 2017]
    "'Concurrent receipt' refers to the simultaneous receipt of two types of monetary benefits: military retired pay and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation. Prior to 2004, existing laws and regulations dic… more
    Kamarck, Kristy N.
  • Nation's Fiscal Health: Action is Needed to Address the Federal Government's Fiscal Future, A Report to Congress
    "The Congress and incoming Administration face serious economic, security, and social challenges that will require difficult policy choices in the short term about the level of federal spending and investments as well as ways … more
  • Executive Order 13764: Amending the Civil Service Rules, Executive Order 13488, and Executive Order 13467 To Modernize the Executive Branch-Wide Governance Structure and Processes for Security Clearances, Suitability and Fitness for Employment, and Credentialing, and Related Matters
    "By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and as part of continuing efforts to modernize the overarching executive branch enterprise to ensure that all person… more
    Obama, Barack
  • EPA's Mid-Term Evaluation of Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards [January 17, 2017]
    "In 2009, the Obama Administration--through authorities provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)--developed joint standards for fuel economy and green… more
    Lattanzio, Richard K.
  • Climate Change Litigation Update: 'Children's Crusade' Case Against the United States Goes Forward [January 17, 2017]
    "Recently, an Oregon federal district court judge denied the U.S. government's motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a group of 21 individuals, all age 20 or younger, and other plaintiffs seeking to compel the federal governm… more
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): Resources for Frequently Asked Questions [January 17, 2017]
    "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA; P.L. 111-148, as amended) has numerous provisions affecting private health insurance and public health coverage programs. This report provides resources to help congression… more
    Napili, Angela
  • SORNA: A Legal Analysis of 18 U.S.C. §2250 (Failure to Register as a Sex Offender) [January 17, 2017]
    "Section 2250 of Title 18 of the United States Code outlaws an individual's failure to comply with federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) requirements. SORNA demands that an individual--previously convi… more
    Doyle, Charles
  • Russia and the U.S. Presidential Election [January 17, 2017]
    "On January 6, 2016, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released a declassified report on Russian activities and intentions related to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The report states that the Cen… more
    Welt, Cory; Theohary, Catherine A.
  • Restoring American Power: Recommendations for the FY 2018-FY 2022 Defense Budget
    From the Executive Summary: "This paper offers a general blueprint to begin rebuilding and reshaping our military. It is not cheap-roughly $430 billion of new money above the Obama administration's defense budget for the next … more
    McCain, John, 1936-
  • Investigation of the Chicago Police Department
    From the Executive Summary: "On December 7, 2015, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section, and the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois,… more
  • Privacy Impact Statement for the Automated Targeting System [January 13, 2017]
    From the Abstract: "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operates the Automated Targeting System (ATS). ATS is a decision support tool that compares traveler, cargo, and conveyance… more
  • Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate: H.R. 393: A Bill to Provide for an Exception to a Limitation Against Appointment of Persons As Secretary of Defense Within Seven Years of Relief From Active Duty As a Regular Commissioned Officer of the Armed Forces
    "Current law bars the appointment to the position of Secretary of Defense of any person who has served on active duty as a commissioned officer of the Armed Forces during the previous seven years. H.R. 393 would waive that pro… more
  • DoD Instruction 5132.14: Assessment, Monitoring, and Evaluation Policy for the Security Cooperation Enterprise, January 13, 2017
    "Purpose: In accordance with the authority in DoD Directive 5111.1 and the November 30, 2006, Deputy Secretary of Defense memorandum, this issuance establishes policy and assigns responsibilities for conducting assessment, mon… more
  • Executive Order 13763: Providing an Order of Succession Within the Environmental Protection Agency
    "By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, as amended, 5 U.S.C. [United States Code] 3345 et seq. (the ''Ac… more
    Obama, Barack
  • Executive Order 13762: Providing an Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice
    "By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, 5 U.S.C. [United States Code] 3345 et seq., it is hereby ordered… more
    Obama, Barack
  • Executive Order 13761: Recognizing Positive Actions by the Government of Sudan and Providing for the Revocation of Certain Sudan-Related Sanctions
    "By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. [United States Code]1701 et seq.), the National… more
    Obama, Barack
  • Health Benefits for Members of Congress and Designated Congressional Staff: In Brief [January 13, 2017]
    "Many private-and public-sector firms offer employer-sponsored health insurance to their employees and contribute toward the cost of that insurance as part of the employee's compensation package. The federal government, as an … more
    Cornell, Ada S.
  • Use of the Annual Appropriations Process to Block Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (FY2011-FY2017) [January 13, 2017]
    "Congress remains deeply divided over implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the health reform law enacted in March 2010. Since the ACA's enactment, lawmakers opposed to specific provisions in … more
    Redhead, C. Stephen; Cornell, Ada S.
  • Border Patrol: Actions Needed to Improve Oversight of Post-Apprehension Consequences, Report to the Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives
    "To address smuggling along the U.S. southwest border, the U.S. Border Patrol developed CDS [Consequence Delivery System]--a process to classify each apprehended alien into criminal or noncriminal categories and apply conseque… more
  • School Bus Safety: Crash Data Trends and Federal and State Requirements, Report to Congressional Addressees
    "School buses transport over 26 million students to school and other activities every day. While school buses have a strong safety record, crashes with fatalities and injuries do occur. Since school buses transport precious ca… more
  • Terrorism Risk Insurance: Market Challenges May Exist for Current Structure and Alternative Approaches, Report to Congressional Committees
    "After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, insurers generally stopped covering terrorism risk because losses could be too high relative to the premiums they could charge. Congress enacted TRIA [Terrorism Risk Insuranc… more
  • Inauguration Security: Operations, Appropriations, and Issues for Congress [January 11, 2017]
    "Every four years, on January 20, the President-elect is sworn in as President of the United States. [...] The inauguration ceremonies are public and, like the President's State of the Union address, they are events in which a… more
    Reese, Shawn; Straus, Jacob R.; Bailey, Christina M.
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation [January 11, 2017]
    "The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) provides economic assistance through a competitive selection process to developing nations that demonstrate positive performance in three areas: ruling justly, investing in people, a… more
    Tarnoff, Curt
  • Directive-Type Memorandum (DTM) 17-001: Cybersecurity in the Defense Acquisition System, January 11, 2017
    "Cybersecurity is a requirement for all DoD programs. DoD program offices, systems, and networks, and supporting contractor facilities and activities, are at risk of cyber-attacks by state and non-state threat actors. [...] Re… more
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