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Budget Issues Shaping a Farm Bill in 2013

Budget Issues Shaping a Farm Bill in 2013

Date: October 21, 2013
Creator: Monke, Jim
Description: This report provides background information regarding the budget situation for the farm bill and budget issues. The report discusses the budget, which is one of the main issues affecting the development of a new farm bill, particularly in a Congress that is focused on deficit reduction.
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Tax Provisions Expiring in 2013 ("Tax Extenders")

Tax Provisions Expiring in 2013 ("Tax Extenders")

Date: November 5, 2013
Creator: Sherlock, Molly F.
Description: This report discusses dozens of temporary tax provisions that are scheduled to expire at the end of 2013 under current law. Most of the provisions set to expire in 2013 have been part of past temporary tax extension legislation.
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FY2014 Appropriations Lapse and the Department of Homeland Security: Impact and Legislation

FY2014 Appropriations Lapse and the Department of Homeland Security: Impact and Legislation

Date: October 11, 2013
Creator: Painter, William L.
Description: This report examines the DHS contingency plan and the potential impacts of a lapse in annual appropriations on DHS operations, focusing primarily on the emergency furlough of personnel, and then discusses seven legislative vehicles that have mitigated or have the potential to mitigate those same impacts.
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Federal Funding Gaps: A Brief Overview

Federal Funding Gaps: A Brief Overview

Date: September 23, 2013
Creator: Tollestrup, Jessica
Description: This report provides background information regarding the Antideficiency Act (31 U.S.C. 1341 1342, 1511-1519) that generally bars the obligation of funds in the absence of appropriations. The report discusses the interval during the fiscal year when appropriations for a particular project or activity are not enacted into law, either in the form of a regular appropriations act or a continuing resolution (CR), which are referred to as a funding gap.
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Improper Payments and Recovery Audits: Legislation, Implementation, and Analysis

Improper Payments and Recovery Audits: Legislation, Implementation, and Analysis

Date: October 18, 2013
Creator: Hatch, Garrett
Description: This report discusses the reports on improper payments and recovery audits that were first issued for FY2004 and the efforts to reduce and ultimately eliminate billions of dollars in improper payments made by federal agencies each fiscal year, Congress passed the Improper Payments Information Act (IPIA; P.L. 107-300; 116 Stat. 2350) in 2002.
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An Examination of Federal Disaster Relief Under the Budget Control Act

An Examination of Federal Disaster Relief Under the Budget Control Act

Date: November 8, 2013
Creator: Lindsay, Bruce R.; Painter, William L. & McCarthy, Francis X.
Description: This report addresses traditional funding for major disaster declarations, workings of the President's Disaster Relief Fund, a basic overview of how disaster assistance is appropriated, what factors affect how much the federal government spends on disasters, how disaster relief is impacted by the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011, and what the policy implications are for disaster assistance under the constraints of the BCA, and the increasing number of disaster declarations and both the possible causes and likely cost implications of a greater number of declarations.
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Navy Nuclear Aircraft Carrier (CVN) Homeporting at Mayport: Background and Issues for Congress

Navy Nuclear Aircraft Carrier (CVN) Homeporting at Mayport: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: August 8, 2013
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Description: This report provides background information and issues for Congress on the Navy's proposal to homeport a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier (CVN) at Mayport, FL. Transferring a CVN from Norfolk, VA, to Mayport would shift from Norfolk to Mayport the local economic activity associated with homeporting a CVN, which some sources estimate as being worth hundreds of millions of dollars per year.
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Federal-Aid Highway Program (FAHP): In Brief

Federal-Aid Highway Program (FAHP): In Brief

Date: December 16, 2013
Creator: Kirk, Robert S.
Description: This report discusses the major characteristics of the federal highway program that have been constant since the early 1920s. Generally, federal money can be spent only on designated federal-aid highways, which make up roughly a quarter of U.S. public roads.
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Intelligence Spending and Appropriations: Issues for Congress

Intelligence Spending and Appropriations: Issues for Congress

Date: September 5, 2013
Creator: Erwin, Marshall C. & Belasco, Amy
Description: This report discusses the historic trend in intelligence spending, as well as broader issues concerning the intelligence budgeting process, and may help Members of Congress contextualize information concerning the FY2013 budget.
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Congressional Action on FY2014 Appropriations Measures

Congressional Action on FY2014 Appropriations Measures

Date: December 18, 2013
Creator: Tollestrup, Jessica
Description: This report provides background and analysis with regard to the FY2014 appropriations process. The first section discusses the status of discretionary budget enforcement for FY2014, including the statutory spending limits and allocations under the congressional budget resolution. The second section provides information on the consideration of regular appropriations measures and an overview of their funding levels.
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