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Statute that created CFPB documents succession plan in absence of director

The Intercept – “As soon as Richard Cordray, the current director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, officially resigns — which could happen as soon as this week — we are told President Donald Trump will choose Mick Mulvaney, the current director of the Office of Management and Budget, to run the CFPB on a… Continue Reading

Analysis of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Tax Policy Center: “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is working its way through Congress. On November 9, the House Ways and Means Committee passed a version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (link is external) and the entire US House of Representatives passed its version of the bill (link is external)on November 16.… Continue Reading

Membership of the 115th Congress: A Profile

CRS report – Membership of the 115th Congress: A Profile, Jennifer E. Manning, Senior Research Librarian. November 13, 2017. “This report presents a profile of the membership of the 115th Congress (2017-2018) as of November 13, 2017. Statistical information is included on selected characteristics of Members, including data on party affiliation, average age, occupation,education, length… Continue Reading

OPEN Government Data Act Passes the House for the First Time

“Today, for the first time, the OPEN Government Data (OPEN) Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The House unanimously approved the bill under suspension of the rules. The OPEN Government Data Act is included as Title II in Speaker Ryan’s Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (FEBP) (HR 4174). The OPEN Government Data Act sets… Continue Reading

Dr. Carla D. Hayden, Librarian of Congress: Featured Keynote at OCLC ARC17

“Dr. Carla D. Hayden, the United States Librarian of Congress, was our first keynote speaker at the inaugural OCLC Americas Regional Council (ARC) meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, USA on 30 October 2017. Dr. Hayden discussed the history of library innovation and the role that libraries can play as trusted, smart sources in the information ecosystem.” Continue Reading

Common Abbreviations and Legal Citation Examples for Selected Federal Government Documents

Via LLSDC Common Abbreviations and Legal Citation Examples for Selected Federal Government Documents: Legislative, Regulatory and Statutory (2017, 6 p. – PDF) [h/t/ Rick McKinney] Continue Reading

Can Congress Limit the President’s Power to Launch Nuclear Weapons?

Do you ever think…I sure am grateful for the experts at CRS who are regularly providing top notch, comprehensive, accurate, timely subject matter specific research on demand to Congress (that is still not available directly to the public). Every week as we are reading (and/or listening to) news pertaining to critical issues that impact our… Continue Reading

The Secret Correspondence Between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks

The Atlantic- The transparency organization asked the president’s son for his cooperation—in sharing its work, in contesting the results of the election, and in arranging for Julian Assange to be Australia’s ambassador to the United States. “…The messages, obtained by The Atlantic, were also turned over by Trump Jr.’s lawyers to congressional investigators. They are… Continue Reading

Group Uses Little-Known Law to Force Trump Administration To Correct Misleading, Unreliable Statements on Tax Proposal

As Administration Uses Misleading Statistics on Impact of Tax Plan, DF Invokes the Information Quality Act to Ensure Public Has Facts: “Democracy Forward invoked the little-known Information Quality Act (“IQA”) to file a petition with the Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) demanding the agency correct, within 60 days, unreliable and misleading statements issued by Secretary… Continue Reading

NYT – She Warned of ‘Peer-To-Peer Misinformation.’ Congress Listened

Follow up to previous posting November 1, 2017 – Senate Intel Cmte Hearing – Social Media Influence in the 2016 U.S. Elections – see this article in the New York Times – “…For years, Ms. DiResta had battled disinformation campaigns, cataloging data on how malicious actors spread fake narratives online. That morning, wearing headphones so… Continue Reading

Government Printing, Publications, and Digital Information Management: Issues and Challenges

CRS Report – Government Printing, Publications, and Digital Information Management: Issues and Challenges, November 8, 2017. R45014 “In the past half-century, in government and beyond, information creation, distribution, retention, and preservation activities have transitioned from a tangible, paper-based process to digital processes managed through computerized information technologies. Information is created as a digital object which… Continue Reading

CRS – Speechwriting Resources: Fact Sheet

CRS Report – Speechwriting Resources: Fact Sheet November 4, 2015 “As elected officials and leaders, Senators and Representatives are frequently called upon to deliver speeches and other public remarks to a range of audiences. Congressional staff often prepare draft speeches for Members of Congress. Effective delivery can greatly improve the reception of a speech. In… Continue Reading