Friday, January 31, 2014

CBO’s Analysis of Health Care Policy

Presentation of Douglas W. Emendorf, Director of the Congressional Budget Office, to the Healthcare Leadership Council, January 29, 2014.
Health care policy

Overview of the Federal tax Sysem

"The major sources of federal tax revenue are individual income taxes, Social Security and other
payroll taxes, corporate income taxes, excise taxes, and estate and gift taxes. This report describes
the federal tax structure, provides some statistics on the tax system as a whole, and presents
analysis of selected tax concepts..."
Federal Tax System

Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone XL Project

Find the U.S. Department of State's final environmental impact statement of the proposed Keystone XL Project. Jan. 2014.
Keystone pipeline

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Statement by Attorney General Eric Holder Regarding the Case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

"Attorney General Eric Holder today released the following statement regarding the case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev:

“After consideration of the relevant facts, the applicable regulations and the submissions made by the defendant’s counsel, I have determined that the United States will seek the death penalty in this matter. The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision.”.."
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Servicemembers, you have new mortgage protections in 2014

"It’s no secret that the housing crisis in recent years was particularly hard on military families. Servicemembers and their spouses at installations around the country, and even abroad, cited problems with mortgages as some of their most serious financial challenges. But now, the CFPB has written new mortgage rules that can help..."
Servicemember and Mortgages

Identity Theft: Trends and Issues

"In the current fiscal environment, policymakers are increasingly concerned with securing the
economic health of the United States—including combating those crimes that threaten to undermine the nation’s financial stability. Identity theft is one such crime. In 2012, about 12.6 million Americans were reportedly victims of identity fraud, and the average identity fraud victim
incurred a mean of $365 in costs as a result of the fraud.."Identity theft

Afghanistan: Post-Taliban Governance, Security, and U.S. Policy

"The United States and its partner countries are reducing military involvement in Afghanistan as
Afghan security forces assume lead security responsibility throughout the country and the Afghan
government prepares for presidential and provincial elections on April 5, 2014. The current
international security mission terminates at the end of 2014 and will likely transition to a smaller
mission consisting mostly of training the Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF)..."
Afghanistan: post -Taliban

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Propane help for Wisconsin resident

"After meeting today[1/27/14] with representatives from the propane industry and state government officials, Governor Scott Walker instructed the Department of Administration’s Division of Energy Services to release an additional $7 million in energy assistance benefits, for a total of $8.5 million in additional funds, to help support low-income Wisconsin residents who use propane to heat their homes.   The Governor also directed the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority to move forward with a combined $8 million in loan guarantee programs to help ensure propane dealers are able to obtain propane on the wholesale market and deliver it to consumers..."
Propane shortage

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work

"Antibiotics cure bacterial infections, not viral infections such as:
  • Colds or flu;
  • Most coughs and bronchitis;
  • Sore throats not caused by strep; or
  • Runny noses..."

A Citizen's Guide to Radon

"Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas.
You can't see radon. And you can't smell it or taste it. But it may be a problem in your home.
Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. That's because when you breathe air containing radon, you can get lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high..."


National Drug Facts Week, January 27- February 2, 2014

"National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) is a health observance week for teens that aims to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse. Through community-based events and activities on the Web, on TV, and through contests, NIDA is working to encourage teens to get factual answers from scientific experts about drugs and drug abuse.."
Drug facts week

AskEnergySaver: Home Energy Audits

"To help you save money by saving energy, we launched #AskEnergy -- a new series that gives you access to some of the Energy Department’s home energy efficiency experts. Over the next year, experts from the Department and our National Labs will be answering your energy-saving questions and sharing their advice on ways to improve your home’s comfort..."
Home energy audits

You Asked, We’re Answering Your Fuel Cell Questions

find answers to your questions about clean energy technology.

Fuel cells

Thursday, January 23, 2014

American Adults are Choosing Healthier Foods, Consuming Healthier Diets

"American adults are eating better, making better use of available nutrition information, and consuming fewer calories coming from fat and saturated fat, consuming less cholesterol and eating more fiber, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service; Changes in Eating Patterns and Diet Quality Among Working-Age Adults, 2005-2010..."
Healthy Foods

Plutonium From Nuclear Tests Lingers in the Atmosphere

"Particles of radioactive plutonium from nuclear testing have remained high in the stratosphere for more than 50 years, and volcanic eruptions such as Iceland’s Eyjafjallaj√∂kull in 2010 can bring those particles into the lower atmosphere, researchers report January 7 in Nature Communications. They caution, however, that the concentrations of particles in the lower atmosphere are small and do not threaten human health..."
Plutonium from nuclear tests

What Happens to All the Salt We Dump On the Roads?

"As much of the country endures from the heavy snowfall and bitter cold that has marked the start of 2014, municipalities in 26 states will rely on a crucial tool in clearing their roads: salt.

Because the freezing point of salty water is a lower temperature than pure water, scattering some salt atop ice or snow can help accelerate the melting process, opening up the roads to traffic that much sooner. It's estimated that more than 22 million tons of salt are scattered on the roads of the U.S. annually—about 137 pounds of salt for every American.."

Winter Weather Alert: Generators

"Winter weather and extreme cold have been crossing the U.S. If you lose power, keep portable generators outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors. See below for more safety information. If you use a space heater to stay warm, follow these tips..."

The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2014

Find the latest Surgeon General's  Report on the Health Consequences of Smoking. 
Surgeon General's Report on Smoking

Your New Year Quit Smoking Plan

"If your New Year's resolution is to quit smoking, you're in good company. It's a popular goal and many, many people succeed. There are more former smokers in the United States—nearly 50 million—than current smokers. Planning ahead can help make your healthy resolution a reality. Two good resources to help you quit are www.smokefree.govExternal Web Site Icon and 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), where you can get free advice and support..."
Smoking Cessation

Lost or Stolen Credit, ATM, and Debit Cards

"If  your credit, ATM, or debit card is lost or stolen, federal law limits your liability for unauthorized charges. Your protection against unauthorized charges depends on the type of card — and when you report the loss..."
Lost/stolen credit cards

U.S. Climate Extremes Index (CEI)

"How has the climate changed over the past 50 or more years? In what ways and by how much? Many people, including climatologists, have been struggling with these questions for some time now, not only for scientific interest, but also to aid in policy decisions (IPCC 2001) and to inform the general public. In order to answer these questions, it is important to obtain comprehensive and intuitive information which allows interested parties to understand the scientific basis for confidence, or lack thereof, in the present understanding of the climate system. One tool, first developed as a framework for quantifying observed changes in climate within the contiguous Unites States, is the U.S. Climate Extremes Index (CEI)..".
Extreme Climate Index

Population and Housing Unit Estimates:2013

Find 2013 population and housing estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Population and Housing Estimates

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Get Transcript (IRS)

"Get a record of your past tax returns, also referred to as transcripts. IRS transcripts are often used to validate income and tax filing status for mortgage applications, student and small business loan applications, and during tax preparation.
You can download and print your transcript immediately, or request the transcript be mailed to your address on record..."

Friday, January 17, 2014

Measuring Alternative Educational Credentials: 2012

"The strong relationship between education and personal achievement is a basic tenet of our society, as well as an often-examined topic of social science research.  Much of this research relies on traditional measures of educational attainment based on academic degrees, including high school diplomas, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and advanced degrees. However, in recent years, attention has been called to the variety of educational credentials other than academic degrees that have labor market value. Policy makers and researchers have begun to consider the role of these “alternative educational credentials” in job placement, earnings, and career advancement..."
Educational credentials

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 financial 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
Privacy protection & financial information

Oil and Chemical Spills: Federal Emergency Response Framework

"Thousands of oil and chemical spills of varying size and magnitude occur in the United States
each year. A recent spill of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol into the Elk River in early January
2014 in and near Charleston, WV, illustrates the potential magnitude of such incidents that can
have broad impacts on local populations. When a spill occurs, state and local officials located in
proximity to the incident generally are the first responders and may elevate an incident for federal
attention if greater resources are desired. In the case of the 4-methylcyclohexane methanol spill in
West Virginia, President Obama issued a federal emergency declaration on January 10, 2014, to
provide alternative water supplies to affected individuals. The Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) also is supporting state efforts to respond to the spill..."
Oil and Chemicla spills

Egypt: Background and U.S. Relations

"This report provides an overview of the key issues for Congress related to Egypt and information
on U.S. foreign aid to Egypt. 
The United States has provided significant military and economic assistance to Egypt since the
late 1970s. U.S. policy makers have routinely justified aid to Egypt as an investment in regional
stability, built primarily on long-running cooperation with the Egyptian military and on sustaining
the March 1979 Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. Successive U.S. Administrations have publicly
characterized Egypt’s government as generally influencing developments in the Middle East in
line with U.S. interests..."

Russian Political, Economic, and Security Issues and U.S. Interests

A review of recent U.S.-Russian relations by the Congressional Research Service.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Mental Health Findings

"In 2012, an estimated 43.7 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States had any mental illness (AMI) in the past year. This represents 18.6 percent of all adults in this country. The percentage of adults with AMI in 2012 was similar to the estimate in 2011, but it was higher than the 2008 estimate (17.7 percent)..."
Survey on Drug Use: mental health findings

Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2012

Here find the latest statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on sexually transmitted diseases. 
Sexually Transmitted Diseases


Find the the U.S. Senate. Intelligence Committee. Review of the Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Facilities  in Benghazi, Libya, SEPTEMBER 11-12,2012 together with Additional views. issued January 15, 2014.

Benghazi Report -2014

Monday, January 13, 2014

Friday, January 10, 2014

5 Steps to Making Your Windows More Energy Efficient

"This time of year, you might think that replacing old, drafty windows is the only way to keep your home warm in the winter. Think again!

Switching to new energy-efficient windows can be expensive -- ranging from $8,000-$15,000 or more for a typical home. Despite windows accounting for more than 30 percent of a typical home’s heating losses regardless of their age, you can improve your home’s comfort and lower your energy bills by sealing air leaks, repairing windows and investing in better insulation..."
Energy efficient windows

The Clean Energy Economy in Three Charts

"Over the last five years, American inventors and investors have delivered significant progress in developing and deploying key clean energy technologies, supported by Administration policies.  Electricity production from solar and wind has doubled.  Our cars and trucks go further on a gallon of gasoline, saving families money at the pump.  And in 2012, U.S. carbon pollution fell to its lowest level in nearly 20 years. The simple fact is that key clean energy technology costs are continuing to come down, and these technologies are producing more American energy than ever before..." 
Clean energy economy

Resolve to Prevent or Delay Type 2 Diabetes

"Prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by learning your risk factors, eating right, becoming more physically active, losing a modest amount of weight, and managing stress. You can make a healthy change today..."
Prevent diabetes

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics

 "Traveling to the 2014 Winter Olympic or Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia? Plan ahead for safe and healthy travel..."
 Sochi Winter Olympics

CDC Health Disparities & Inequalities Report

"The CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report - United States, 2013, published in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), is the second consolidated assessment that highlights health disparities and inequalities across a wide range of diseases, behavioral risk factors, environmental exposures, social determinants, and health-care access by sex, race and ethnicity, income, education, disability status and other social characteristics..."
health disparities report

Monetary Policy and the Federal Reserve: Current Policy and Conditions

"The Federal Reserve (the Fed) defines monetary policy as its actions to influence the availability and cost of money and credit. Because the expectations of market participants play an important role in determining prices and economic growth, monetary policy can also be defined to include the directives, policies, statements, and actions of the Fed that influence future perceptions..."
monetary policy and Federal Reserve

China and Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Missiles: Policy Issues

"Congress has long been concerned about whether U.S. policy advances the national interest in reducing the role of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and missiles that could deliver them. Recipients of China’s technology reportedly included Pakistan, North Korea, a nd Iran. This CRS Report, updated as warranted, discusses the security problem of China’s role in weapons proliferation and issues related to the
U.S. policy response since the mid-1990s.."
China and Profileration

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Women in the United States Congress: Historical Overview, Tables, and Discussion

"A record 102 women currently serve in the 113th Congress: 82 in the House (63 Democrats and 19 Republicans) and 20 in the Senate (16 Democrats and 4 Republicans). One hundred one women were initially sworn in to the 113thCongress—1 female Republican House Member has since resigned, and 2 Democratic House Members have been elected. This is higher than the previousrecord number of 95 women who were initially elected to the 111th
Women in the U.S. Congress

Nanotechnology: A Policy Primer

"Nanoscale science, engineering, and technology—commonly referred to collectively as nanotechnology—is believed by many to offer extraordinary economic and societal benefits. Congress has demonstrated continuing support for nanotechnology and has directed its attention primarily to three topics that may affect the realization of this hoped for potential: federal research and development (R&D) in nanotechnology; U.S. competitiveness; and environmental,
health, and safety (EHS) concerns.."Nanotechnology

Deaths: Leading Causes for 2010

Find the most recent data on the 10 leading causes of death in the united states.
Death- leading causes

Iraq: Politics, Governance, and Human Rights

"Two years after the 2011 U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, sectarian divisions and the Sunni-led
uprising in neighboring Syria have fueled a revival of radical Islamist Sunni Muslim insurgent
groups that are attempting to undermine Iraq’s stability..."Iraq:politics, governance and human rights

U.S.-Mexico Water Sharing: Background and Recent Developments

"This report is a primer on U.S. and Mexican water-sharing topics. It focuses on surface water
quantity sharing and recent developments, including drought conditions. Due to Mexico’s recent
below-target deliveries of Rio Grande water to the United States, particular attention is given to
the status, underlying causes, and responses to the Rio Grande water debt.."U.S. -Mexico Water Sharing

Occupational Outlook Handbook: 2014-2015

Published every 2 years by the U.S. Department of Labor,  this is the standard guide to occupations and career information.
Occupational Outlook Handbook

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Projected Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2014 to 2023

"As directed by the Congress in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (Public
Law 112-239), the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated the costs over the next 10 years of the
Administration’s plans for operating, maintaining, and modernizing nuclear weapons and the military systems
capable of delivering those weapons..." Cost of nuclear forces

China’s Economic Rise: History, Trends, Challenges, and Implications for the United States

 "China’s economic rise has significant implications for the United States and hence is of major
interest to Congress. On the one hand, China is a large (and potentially huge) export market for
the United States. Many U.S. firms use China as the final point of assembly in their global supply
chain networks. China’s large holdings of U.S. Treasury securities help the federal government
finance its budget deficits..." Chinc's economic rise

National Incident -Base Reporting System:2012

"Created to improve the quantity and quality of crime data collected by law enforcement, the FBI UCR Program’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) captures more detailed information for each single crime occurrence than the traditional Summary Reporting System (SRS).  When used to its full potential at the agency level, the NIBRS identifies with precision when and where crime takes place, what form it takes, and the characteristics of its victims and perpetrators. .."
National Incident-Base Reporting

Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer

"The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, covering the period 1975–2010, showed death rates for lung cancer, which accounts for more than one in four cancer deaths, dropping at a faster pace than in previous years. The recent larger drop in lung cancer deaths is likely the result of decreased cigarette smoking prevalence over many years, and is now being reflected in mortality trends.."
 State of Cancer

Digest of Education Statistics: 2012

Find the most recent education statistics in the Digest of Education Statistics:2012, published December 2013. 
Digest of Education Statistics

U.S. Direct Investment Abroad: Trends and Current Issues

"The United States is the largest investor abroad and the largest recipient of direct investment in
the world. For some Americans, the national gains attributed to investing overseas are offset by
such perceived losses as displaced U.S. workers and lower wages. Some observers believe U.S.
firms invest abroad to avoid U.S. labor unions or high U.S. wages, however, 74% of the
accumulated U.S. foreign direct investment is concentrated in high income developed countries,
who are members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)..."
Direct investment abroad

Rare Earth Elements: The Global Supply Chain

"The concentration of production of rare earth elements (REEs) outside the United States raises the
important issue of supply vulnerability. REEs are used for new energy technologies and national
security applications. Two key questions of interest to Congress are: (1) Is the United States
vulnerable to supply disruptions of REEs? (2) Are these elements essential to U.S. national
security and economic well-being?.."
Rare Earth elements

Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001 : Claims Against Saudi Defendants Under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA)

"This report summarizes the FSIA and jurisdiction in cases against foreign defendants and
analyzes the court of appeals decision. It also discusses legislative efforts to address these issues
(S. 1535 and H.R. 3143)..."
September 11, 2001

Books that Shaped Work in America

Find a list of significant books that influence the history of labor in America.
Books shaped work

Poverty: the History of a Measure

Trace the history of poverty from President Johnson's War of Poverty message in 1964 to the present.
Poverty - historical measure

National Health Expenditure Accounts

"The National Health Expenditure Accounts (NHEA) are the official estimates of total health care spending in the United States. Dating back to 1960, the NHEA measures annual U.S. expenditures for health care goods and services, public health activities, government administration, the net cost of health insurance, and investment related to health care. The data are presented by type of service, by source of funding, and by type of sponsor..."
National Health Expenditures

Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Poverty, 2009–2011

"This report presents data on poverty based on information collected in the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). The report describes patterns of poverty using measures with different time horizons and provides a dynamic view of the duration of poverty spells and the frequency of transitions into and out of poverty. It further examines how poverty dynamics vary across demographic groups..."
Poverty, 2009-2011

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Population and Housing Estimates:2013

Find the latest 2013 estimates of population and housing units from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Population and Housing: 2013