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 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
The Federal Role in Technology Development

The Federal Role in Technology Development

Date: July 30, 2002
Creator: Schacht, Wendy H.
Description: The federal government has traditionally played a role in fostering technological progress. This has involved both direct federal research and development (R&D) funding and indirect measures that create incentives for increased private sector investments in innovation. However, this mix of initiatives was challenged since the 104th Congress. While support for all on-going efforts continues, some programs have been funded at reduced levels. However, since FY2001, appropriations appear to have reversed this trend.
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Executive Compensation in Bankruptcy: The Fairness and Accountability in Reorganizations Act

Executive Compensation in Bankruptcy: The Fairness and Accountability in Reorganizations Act

Date: April 20, 2006
Creator: Jeweler, Robin
Description: S. 2556 and its companion bill, H.R. 5113, 109th Congress, 2nd Sess. (2006), introduced by Senator Bayh and Representative Conyers, respectively, are entitled the Fairness and Accountability in Reorganizations Act of 2006. The legislation, according to its sponsors, is intended to “ensure that workers are treated more fairly during [bankruptcy] reorganizations by limiting executive compensation deals and requiring corporations to provide a more accurate picture of their holdings before attempting to modify collective bargaining agreements or promised health benefits.” This report surveys the bill’s provisions.
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Internet Commerce and State Sales and Use Taxes

Internet Commerce and State Sales and Use Taxes

Date: January 18, 2002
Creator: Maguire, Steven
Description: In theory, state sales and use taxes are based on the destination principle, which prescribes that taxes should be paid where the consumption takes place. States are concerned because they anticipate gradually losing more tax revenue as the growth of Internet commerce allows more residents to buy products from vendors located out-of-state and evade use taxes. The size of the revenue loss from Internet commerce and subsequent tax evasion is uncertain. Congress is involved in this issue because commerce conducted by parties in different states over the Internet falls under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. The degree of congressional involvement is an open question.
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Location-Based Preferences in Federal and Federally Funded Contracting: An Overview of the Law

Location-Based Preferences in Federal and Federally Funded Contracting: An Overview of the Law

Date: October 1, 2010
Creator: Luckey, John R. & Manuel, Kate M.
Description: This report discusses constitutional and other legal issues related to the creation and implementation of location-based preferences in federal contracting, as well as summarizes key authorities requiring or allowing federal agencies to "favor" contractors located in specific places. The report does not address federal preferences for domestic products or provisions of federal law that could, depending upon their implementation, effectively prefer local contractors, such as project labor agreements.
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Postal Reform Bills: A Side-by-Side Comparison of H.R. 22 and S. 662

Postal Reform Bills: A Side-by-Side Comparison of H.R. 22 and S. 662

Date: August 4, 2005
Creator: Kosar, Kevin R
Description: None
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Postal Reform Bills: A Side-by-Side Comparison of H.R. 22 and S. 662

Postal Reform Bills: A Side-by-Side Comparison of H.R. 22 and S. 662

Date: May 12, 2005
Creator: Kosar, Kevin R
Description: None
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Postal Reform Bills: A Side-by-Side Comparison of H.R. 22 and S. 662

Postal Reform Bills: A Side-by-Side Comparison of H.R. 22 and S. 662

Date: May 5, 2005
Creator: Kosar, Kevin R
Description: None
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International Tax Provisions of the American Competitiveness and Corporate Accountability Act (H.R. 5095)

International Tax Provisions of the American Competitiveness and Corporate Accountability Act (H.R. 5095)

Date: September 20, 2002
Creator: Brumbaugh, David L
Description: None
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Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator Budget Request and Plan, FY2005-FY2009

Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator Budget Request and Plan, FY2005-FY2009

Date: January 10, 2005
Creator: Medalia, Jonathan
Description: None
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The Postal Revenue Forgone Appropriation: Overview and Current Issues

The Postal Revenue Forgone Appropriation: Overview and Current Issues

Date: March 11, 2005
Creator: Stevens, Nye
Description: None
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