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Navy Ohio Replacement (SSBN[X]) Ballistic Missile Submarine Program: Background and Issues for Congress

Navy Ohio Replacement (SSBN[X]) Ballistic Missile Submarine Program: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: June 18, 2014
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Description: This report focuses on the Ohio replacement program as a Navy shipbuilding program. This report provides background information and potential oversight issues for Congress on the Ohio replacement program (ORP), a program to design and build a new class of 12 ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) to replace the Navy's current force of 14 Ohio-class SSBNs.
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The National Science Foundation: Background and Selected Policy Issues

The National Science Foundation: Background and Selected Policy Issues

Date: June 5, 2014
Creator: Gonzalez, Heather B.
Description: This report includes background information about the National Science Foundation (NSF), providing an introduction to the foundation and its work as institutional context for ongoing congressional consideration of NSF policy and fiscal issues.
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Immigration: Visa Security Policies

Immigration: Visa Security Policies

Date: June 9, 2014
Creator: Wasem, Ruth Ellen
Description: The report includes an overview of visa issuance policy and explains the key provisions that guide the documentary requirements and approval/disapproval process.
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EPA Regulations: Too Much, Too Little, or On Track?

EPA Regulations: Too Much, Too Little, or On Track?

Date: July 8, 2014
Creator: McCarthy, James E. & Copeland, Claudia
Description: This report provides background information on EPA regulatory activity during the Obama Administration to help address these issues. It examines major or controversial regulatory actions taken by or under development at the Environmental Protection Agency since January 2009. The report includes tables that show which rules remain under development, and an appendix that describes major or controversial rules that are now final.
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Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): Resources for Frequently Asked Questions

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): Resources for Frequently Asked Questions

Date: April 3, 2014
Creator: Napili, Angela
Description: The report provides basic consumer sources, including broad overviews of the Affordable Care Act. The next sections focus on health coverage, as well as public health care programs. The report then lists sources on employer-sponsored coverage. Sources on ACA's provisions on mental health, public health, workforce, quality, and taxes are also provided. Finally, the report lists sources on ACA costs and appropriations, and sources for obtaining the law's full-text.
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The Peace Corps: Current Issues

The Peace Corps: Current Issues

Date: July 2, 2014
Creator: Tarnoff, Curt
Description: The report discusses the President's annual funding request for the Peace Corps, efforts to reauthorize the Peace Corps, and related issues. Current issues include the extent to which there is available funding for Peace Corps expansion, whether the Peace Corps has the institutional capacity to expand, and whether volunteers are able to function in a safe and secure environment.
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Navy DDG-51 and DDG-1000 Destroyer Programs: Background and Issues for Congress

Navy DDG-51 and DDG-1000 Destroyer Programs: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: June 25, 2014
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Description: This report presents background information and potential oversight issues for Congress on the Navy's Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) and Zumwalt (DDG-1000) class destroyer programs. Congressional decisions concerning these programs could substantially affect Navy capabilities, and funding requirements, and the U.S. shipbuilding industrial base.
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United States Fire Administration: An Overview

United States Fire Administration: An Overview

Date: May 29, 2014
Creator: Kruger, Lennard G.
Description: This report describes and analyzes the United States Fire Administration's (USFA's) FY2013 budget proposal, as well as related information and legislation.
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Membership in the United Nations and Its Specialized Agencies

Membership in the United Nations and Its Specialized Agencies

Date: June 19, 2014
Creator: Blanchfield, Luisa & Browne, Marjorie Ann
Description: This report highlights key steps in the process for attaining membership in the United Nations and its specialized agencies. It discusses the capacities associated with U.N. membership and observer status, as well as criteria for and implications of membership. It also examines related U.S. legislation and recent congressional and Obama Administration actions
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Block Grants: Perspectives and Controversies

Block Grants: Perspectives and Controversies

Date: July 5, 2014
Creator: Dilger, Robert Jay & Boyd, Eugene
Description: This report provides an overview of the six grant types with criteria for defining a block grant and a list of current block grants. It also examines competing perspectives concerning the use of block grants versus other grant mechanisms to achieve national goals, provides an historical overview of the role of block grants in American federalism, and discusses recent changes to existing block grants and proposals to create new ones.
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