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 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
U.S. Manufacturing in International Perspective

U.S. Manufacturing in International Perspective

Date: February 20, 2014
Creator: Levinson, Marc
Description: This report contains a series of charts and tables that depict the position of manufacturing in the United States relative to other countries according to various metrics.
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Countering Violent Extremism in the United States

Countering Violent Extremism in the United States

Date: February 19, 2014
Creator: Bjelopera, Jerome P.
Description: This report provides examples of Administration "combating violent extremism" (CVE) activity and examines some of the risks and challenges evident in the "Strategic Implementation Plan for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States" (SIP's) three objectives. The report also diagrams and briefly discusses the "future activities and efforts" outlined in the SIP for each of these three objectives.
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European Union Enlargement

European Union Enlargement

Date: February 19, 2014
Creator: Archick, Kristin & Morelli, Vincent L.
Description: This report provides a brief overview of the European Union's (EU's) accession process and Turkey's path to EU membership. The U.S. Congress has had a long-standing interest in Turkey as a NATO ally and partner in regional foreign policy and energy security issues.
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FBI Director: Appointment and Tenure

FBI Director: Appointment and Tenure

Date: February 19, 2014
Creator: Chu, Vivian S. & Hogue, Henry B.
Description: This report reviews the legislative history surrounding the enactment of the 1968 and 1976 amendments to the appointment of the FBI Director, as well as information on the nominees to the FBI Directorship since 1972. It also provides a legal overview of the extension of a Director's tenure.
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A Guide to U.S. Military Casualty Statistics: Operation New Dawn, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom

A Guide to U.S. Military Casualty Statistics: Operation New Dawn, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom

Date: February 19, 2014
Creator: Fischer, Hannah
Description: This report presents statistics regarding U.S. military casualties in the active Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF, Afghanistan), as well as operations that have ended: Operation New Dawn (OND, Iraq) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF, Iraq). It includes statistics on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), amputations, evacuations, and the demographics of casualties. Some of these statistics are publicly available at the Department of Defense's (DOD's) website; others have been obtained through contact with experts at the DOD.
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Reducing Cost-of-Living Adjustments for Military Retirees and the Bipartisan Budget Act: In Brief

Reducing Cost-of-Living Adjustments for Military Retirees and the Bipartisan Budget Act: In Brief

Date: February 19, 2014
Creator: Belasco, Amy & Kapp, Lawrence
Description: This report discusses the reduction of cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for military retirees through the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA). It includes an overview of the changes, demographics of military retirees, and potential effects of the changes.
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The Debt Limit Since 2011

The Debt Limit Since 2011

Date: February 18, 2014
Creator: Austin, D. Andrew
Description: This report discusses the federal debt increase. The accumulation of federal debt accelerated in the wake of the 2007-2008 financial crisis and subsequent recession. Rising debt levels, along with continued differences in views of fiscal policy, led to a series of contentious debt limit episodes in recent years.
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Health Benefits for Members of Congress and Certain Congressional Staff

Health Benefits for Members of Congress and Certain Congressional Staff

Date: February 18, 2014
Creator: Mach, Annie L. & Cornell, Ada S.
Description: This report summarizes the provisions of the final rule and describes how it affects current and retired Members and congressional staff. OPM has indicated that Members and congressional staff are still eligible for other health benefits related to federal employment, and these additional health benefits are outlined in this report. This report also discusses Members' and staff's eligibility for Medicare, which does not appear to be affected by the final rule.
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Laws Affecting the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP)

Laws Affecting the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP)

Date: February 18, 2014
Creator: Mach, Annie L. & Cornell, Ada S.
Description: This report provides historical and background information that helps explain how Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) has evolved. It focuses solely on changes made to FEHBP through legislative action.
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U.S.-Japan Economic Relations: Significance, Prospects, and Policy Options

U.S.-Japan Economic Relations: Significance, Prospects, and Policy Options

Date: February 18, 2014
Creator: Cooper, William H.
Description: This report discusses issues regarding U.S.-Japan economic relations, since the economic condition of each nation can affect the world economy and a U.S.-Japan bilateral economic relationship could influence economic conditions in other countries. U.S. and Japanese leaders have several options on how to manage their relationship, including stronger reliance on the World Trade Organization; special bilateral negotiating frameworks and agreements; or a free trade agreement.
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