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Category Archives: Congress

Internet Archive – Help Us Defend Net Neutrality

Help Us Defend Net Neutrality  – Chris Butler, June 6, 2017. “Please stand with the Internet Archive and over 50 allies in the effort to protect free speech by adding your name in support of net neutrality and writing to your Congressperson today. We have only 40 days left to stop a current FCC proposal that could upend… Continue Reading

FY2018 Budget Documents: Internet and GPO Availability

CRS Report via FAS – FY2018 Budget Documents: Internet and GPO Availability, Jared C. Nagel, Senior Research Librarian. June 1, 2017. “Every year the President submits a series of volumes to Congress containing the President’s proposed budget for the coming fiscal year. The President’s submission is required on or after the first Monday in January,but… 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

James Comey’s testimony to Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and Follow Up

Opening Statement – Former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation James Comey – Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, June 8, 2017. [Bloomberg Will Livestream James Comey’s Testimony on Twitter] From Comey’s testimony this morning: “There should be no fuzz on this whatsoever. The Russians interfered in our election during the 2016 cycle. They did… 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

Gov’t replacing Social Security numbers on Medicare cards to protect against identity theft

“What’s the Social Security Number Removal Initiative (SSNRI)? The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, requires us to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019. A new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on the new Medicare cards for Medicare transactions… Continue Reading

CRS – The Fifth Amendment in Congressional Investigations

The Fifth Amendment in Congressional Investigations, CRS Legal Sidebar, May 26, 2017. [FAS] “Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn recently invoked his Fifth Amendment privilege against self- incrimination in response to a subpoena issued by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for documents related tothe Committee’s ongoing investigation into possible Russian involvement in the 2016… Continue Reading

WaPo – How Trump and the GOP-led Congress swiftly dismantled Internet privacy rules

The Washington Post: “The rules were adopted in October during the last weeks of the Obama administration after an intense battle that pitted large Internet service providers, the advertising industry and tech giants against consumer advocates and civil rights groups. The campaign to kill the FCC rules began just a few weeks after Trump’s November… Continue Reading

Report – The Condition of Education 2017

McFarland, J., Hussar, B., de Brey, C., Snyder, T., Wang, X., Wilkinson-Flicker, S., Gebrekristos, S., Zhang, J., Rathbun, A., Barmer, A., Bullock Mann, F., and Hinz, S. (2017). The Condition of Education 2017 (NCES 2017- 144). U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved [May 29, 2017] from https://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2017144 “The Condition… Continue Reading

Politoco – Inside Trump’s war on regulations

“The chaos of Donald Trump’s first four months as president has overshadowed a series of actions that could reshape American life for decades — efforts to rewrite or wipe out regulations affecting everything from student loans and restaurant menus to internet privacy, workplace injuries and climate change. Trump and his agencies have already wielded executive… Continue Reading

CBO Analysis of American Health Care Act of 2017

H.R. 1628, American Health Care Act of 2017 – May 24, 2017 – Cost Estimate “CBO and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have completed an estimate of the direct spending and revenue effects of H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017, as passed by the House of Representatives. CBO and… Continue Reading

CRS – Graduation: Fact Sheet

Graduation: Fact Sheet May 7, 2015 – May 10, 2017 R44021 “Graduation and commencement ceremonies at U.S. academic institutions are often held in the months of May and June. This guide is designed to assist congressional offices with work related to graduation celebrations. It contains a brief history of the ceremonial tradition and the attire worn,… Continue Reading