Wednesday, July 23, 2014

U.S. Foreign Aid to the Palestinians

"Since the establishment of limited Palestinian self-rule in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the mid-1990s, the U.S. government has committed approximately $5 billion in bilateral assistance to the Palestinians, who are among the world’s largest per capita recipients of international foreign aid. Successive Administrations have requested aid for the Palestinians in apparent support of at
least three major U.S. policy priorities of interest to Congress:
•Preventing terrorism against Israel from Hamas and other militant organizations.
•Fostering stability, prosperity, and self-governance in the West Bank that inclines
Palestinians toward peaceful coexistence with Israel and a “two-state solution.”
•Meeting humanitarian needs..."

Palestinians and foreign aid

U.S. Sanctions on Russia in Response to Events in Ukraine

"Many view Russia's annexation of the Crimean region of Ukraine on March 18, 2014, and efforts to
destabilize eastern and southern Ukraine as the culmination of long-standing Russian resentment of the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union. Russian leaders have claimed they have the right to protect Russian citizens and "compatriots" (those linked by language, culture, or ethnicity) in neighboring countries. In this context, Ukraine may have a particularly important place in Russian history. Ethnic Russians make
up over 17% of Ukraine's population, concentrated in the east and south of the country, and Russian officials have warned that they are willing to intervene militarily to protect them (see CRS reports on Russia and

Russian Sanctions

The Kurds and Possible Iraqi Kurdish Independence

"Approximately 30 million ethnic Kurds inhabit a largely mountainous region at the
intersection of Turkey, Iraq, Syria, and Iran . In recent years, Kurdish populations have increasingly influenced regional developments, particularly given ongoing conflict and change in Iraq and Syria
and long-standing efforts by Turkey's Kurds to obtain greater political rights (see CRS Report R43612, Iraq Crisis and U.S. Policy ). These developments are of interest to Congress and the Obama Administration, in light of recent indications that the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq may seek outright independence..."

Kurds, Iraqi

“Black Boxes” in Passenger Vehicles: Policy Issues

"An event data recorder (EDR) is an electronic sensor installed in a motor vehicle that records
certain technical information about a vehicle’s operational performance for a few seconds immediately prior to and during a crash. Although over 90% of all new cars and light trucks sold in the United States are equipped with them, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proposing that all new light vehicles have EDRs installed in the future. Under previously adopted NHTSA rules, these devices have to capture at least 15 types of information
related to the vehicle’s performance in the few seconds just before and immediately after a crash serious enough to result in deployment of airbags..."

Black boxes

Monday, July 21, 2014

HIV/AIDS Surveillance Data Base

"Access data resources from various sources on HIV/AIDS prevalence and incidence for countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Oceania..."
AIDS/HIV Database

Friday, July 18, 2014

FAA Statement–Expanded Notice to Airmen Released

"On the evening of July 17, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a Notice to Airman (NOTAM) prohibiting U.S. flight operations until further notice, in the airspace over eastern Ukraine, due to recent events and the potential for continued hazardous activities. The restricted area includes the entire Simferopol and Dnepropetrovsk flight information regions (FIRs).  This action expands a prohibition of U.S. flight operations issued by the FAA in April, over the Crimean region of Ukraine and adjacent areas of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.  No scheduled U.S. airlines are currently flying routes through this airspace.."
FAA- flight over Ukraine

2014 Financial Literacy Annual Report

Find the 2014 Financial Literacy Annual  from the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Financial literacy

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Heatstroke: Kids in Hot Cars

"Leaving Kids Alone in Hot Cars —
Know the Risks and Consequences

Even great parents can forget a child in the back seat, but caregivers who are unaccustomed to transporting children are especially prone to forgetting.
Think about the last time your routine was interrupted. Maybe you forgot something, or were afraid you might forget something. Or maybe you decided to leave your child alone in the car, thinking “I’ll just run into the store for a minute.” In either case, it’s important to know the risks and consequences associated with leaving kids in cars — especially hot cars..."

Heatstroke and Cars

New Graphic to Help Consumers Make Informed Choices about Insect Repellents

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today unveiled a new graphic that will be available to appear on insect repellent product labels. The graphic will show consumers how many hours a product will repel mosquitoes and/or ticks when used as directed..
View the graphic and additional information: ..."

Insect repellent graphic

FTC Sends Refund Checks Totaling $9.3 Million to Nearly 200,000 Consumers Who Bought ‘Ab Circle Pro’ Device

"An administrator working for the Federal Trade Commission is mailing 196,969 checks averaging $47.51 each to consumers who purchased an abdominal exercise device known as the Ab Circle Pro.

In August 2012, the FTC settled with Ab Circle Pro marketers Fitness Brands, four individuals, and seven other companies, after alleging that the defendants had deceptively advertised that exercising on the device for just three minutes a day would cause consumers to lose 10 pounds in two weeks..."

Ab Circle Pro

Gas Swimming Pool Heaters

Find consumer information on what to look for when shopping for a gas swimming pool heater.
Swimming pool heaters

A Polio-Free U.S. Thanks to Vaccine Efforts

"Thanks to effective vaccine, the United States has been polio-free since 1979. But poliovirus is still a threat in some countries. Be part of the success story and get your child vaccinated on schedule..."
Polio Vaccine

2014 National Drug Control Strategy

"I am pleased to transmit the 2014 National Drug Control Strategy , a 21st century approach to drug policy that is built on decades of research demonstrating that addiction is a disease of the brain—one that can be prevented, treated, and from which people can recover. The pages that follow lay out an evidence-based plan
for real drug policy reform, spanning the spectrum of effective prevention, early intervention, treatment, recovery support, criminal justice, law enforcement, and international cooperation.."
National Drug Policy

2014 Long Term Budget Outlook

"CBO’s long-term projections extend beyond the usual 10-year budget window to focus on the
25-year period ending in 2039. They generally reflect current law, following the agency’s April 2014 baseline budget projections through 2024 and then extending the baseline concept into later years; hence, they constitute the agency’s extended baseline..."

Federal Budget

Privacy Protection for Customer Financial Information

"One of the functions transferred to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) under P.L.
111-203, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), is authority to issue regulations and take enforcement actions under the two major federal statutes that specify conditions under which customer financial information may be shared by financial institutions: Title V of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999 (GLBA, P.L. 106-102) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Possible topics for congressional oversight in the 113
th Congress include (1) the transition of power from the fina ncial institution prudential regulators and the Federal Trade Commission to the CFPB; (2) CFPB’s interaction with other federal regulators and coordination with state enforcement efforts; and (3) the CFPB’s success at issuing rules that adequately protect consumers without unreasonably increasing the regulatory burden on financial institutions.."
Privacy and Financial Information