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Federal Reserve: Oversight and Disclosure Issues

Federal Reserve: Oversight and Disclosure Issues

Date: December 1, 2015
Creator: Labonte, Marc
Description: This report provides an overview of existing Fed oversight and disclosure practices. It also considers the potential impact of greater oversight and disclosure on the Fed's independence and its ability to achieve its macroeconomic and financial stability goals.
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Sequestration as a Budget Enforcement Process: Frequently Asked Questions

Sequestration as a Budget Enforcement Process: Frequently Asked Questions

Date: December 1, 2015
Creator: Lynch, Megan S.
Description: This report provides basic information on sequesters generally, particularly those sequesters associated with the Budget Control Act of 2011. This report focuses on general processes associated with sequesters.
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Still Fair Use for Google Books: Second Circuit Ruling in Authors Guild v. Google

Still Fair Use for Google Books: Second Circuit Ruling in Authors Guild v. Google

Date: November 30, 2015
Creator: unknown
Description: This legal sidebar discusses the decision in Authors Guild v. Google case, in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the lower court's ruling and held that Google's copying and distribution of books as part of its Google Books Project qualifies as fair use under the Copyright Act, and thus Google is not liable for infringement of the authors' copyright in these books.
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The EMV Chip Card Transition: Background, Status, and Issues for Congress

The EMV Chip Card Transition: Background, Status, and Issues for Congress

Date: November 27, 2015
Creator: Moloney Figliola, Patricia
Description: This report describes the financial harm caused by data breaches and explains how those breaches are carried out, and discusses resolved and remaining impediments to completing the EMV transition in the United States and identifies areas of potential congressional interest.
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International Climate Change Negotiations: What to Expect in Paris, December 2015

International Climate Change Negotiations: What to Expect in Paris, December 2015

Date: November 27, 2015
Creator: Leggett, Jane A.
Description: This report identifies critical issues regarding the expected Paris Agreement and a Decision that would give effect to the Agreement. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) draws on the draft negotiating texts, publicly available reports, and commentaries to suggest likely outcomes.
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Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress

Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: November 25, 2015
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Description: This report provides an overview of Arctic-related issues for Congress, and refers readers to more in-depth CRS reports on specific Arctic-related issues.
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Cleanup at Inactive and Abandoned Mines: Issues in "Good Samaritan" Legislation in the 114th Congress

Cleanup at Inactive and Abandoned Mines: Issues in "Good Samaritan" Legislation in the 114th Congress

Date: November 25, 2015
Creator: Copeland, Claudia
Description: This report discusses several issues that have drawn attention: eligibility for a Good Samaritan permit, minerals covered by a permit, standards applicable to a Good Samaritan cleanup, scope of liability protection, funding, treatment of revenues from cleanup, enforcement, the appropriate implementation role for states and Indian tribes, terminating a permit, and sunsetting the permit program.
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Cuba: Issues for the 114th Congress

Cuba: Issues for the 114th Congress

Date: November 25, 2015
Creator: Sullivan, Mark P.
Description: This report is divided into three major sections analyzing Cuba's political and economic environment, U.S. policy, and selected issues in U.S.-Cuban relations. A final section of the report provides a listing of bills and resolutions introduced in the 114th Congress.
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Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE): Authorizations of Appropriations Proposed by the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 (S. 2012)

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE): Authorizations of Appropriations Proposed by the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 (S. 2012)

Date: November 25, 2015
Creator: Bracmort, Kelsi
Description: This report describes provisions in S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, and analyzes the authorizations of appropriations for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and activities in S. 2012, which was reported from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on September 9, 2015.
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Federal Real Property Data: Limitations and Implications for Oversight

Federal Real Property Data: Limitations and Implications for Oversight

Date: November 25, 2015
Creator: Hatch, Garrett
Description: This report focuses on the challenges to effective oversight posed by the lack of accurate and reliable real property data. This report consists of three sections: potential weaknesses in the data available to Congress on unutilized and underutilized buildings, the nature of the government's reliance on costly leases, and options for policymakers to consider should they seek to address these data issues.
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