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Issues in Homeland Security Policy for the 113th Congress

Issues in Homeland Security Policy for the 113th Congress

Date: February 27, 2013
Creator: Painter, William L.
Description: This report outlines an array of homeland security issues that may come before the 113th Congress. After a brief discussion of the overall homeland security budget, the report divides the specific issues into five broad categories: counterterrorism and security management, border security and trade, immigration, disaster preparedness, response, and recovery, and departmental management.
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European Union Enlargement: A Status Report on Turkey's Accession Negotiations

European Union Enlargement: A Status Report on Turkey's Accession Negotiations

Date: January 8, 2013
Creator: Morelli, Vincent L.
Description: This report provides a brief overview of the 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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Improving Health Care Access for Veterans: H.R. 3230

Improving Health Care Access for Veterans: H.R. 3230

Date: July 16, 2014
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: This report provides a brief comparison of the Senate ("Senate Bill") and House ("House Bill") provisions that would provide expanded authority to the VA to provide care to veterans through non-VA health care providers and facilities. This report compares only major provisions contained in Title III of the Senate version and Sections 2 and 3 of the House Version of H.R. 3230.
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"Black Boxes" in Passenger Vehicles: Policy Issues

"Black Boxes" in Passenger Vehicles: Policy Issues

Date: July 22, 2014
Creator: Canis, Bill & Peterman, David Randall
Description: This report provides an introduction to event data recorder (EDR) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulation of EDRs. The report discusses the EDR policy issues and privacy concerns.
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Hugo Chavez's Death: Implications for Venezuela and U.S. Relations

Hugo Chavez's Death: Implications for Venezuela and U.S. Relations

Date: April 9, 2013
Creator: Sullivan, Mark P.
Description: This report discusses the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, and the implications for U.S.-Venezuelan relations. The report also briefly covers Venezuela's constitutional provisions for presidential oath and absences.
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Compensated Work Sharing Arrangements (Short-Time Compensation) as an Alternative to Layoffs

Compensated Work Sharing Arrangements (Short-Time Compensation) as an Alternative to Layoffs

Date: August 8, 2014
Creator: Whittaker, Julie M.
Description: This report describes short-term compensation (STC) as a beneficial alternative to layoffs. It also describes the status of STC (or work sharing) in the U.S., particularly as it varies from state to state.
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Appropriations and Fund Transfers in the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Appropriations and Fund Transfers in the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Date: August 1, 2014
Creator: Redhead, C. S.
Description: This report summarizes all the mandatory appropriations and Medicare trust fund transfers in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and provides details on the status of obligation of these funds. The information is presented in two tables. The report also includes a brief discussion of the impact that sequestration is having on ACA mandatory spending.
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Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC): Transfer and Disposal of Military Property

Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC): Transfer and Disposal of Military Property

Date: February 28, 2013
Creator: Mason, R. Chuck
Description: This report provides an overview of the various authorities available under the current law and describes the planning process for the redevelopment of base realignment and closure (BRAC) properties.
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The U.S. Export Control System and the President's Reform Initiative

The U.S. Export Control System and the President's Reform Initiative

Date: January 11, 2013
Creator: Fergusson, Ian F. & Kerr, Paul K.
Description: The balance between national security and export competitiveness has made the subject of export controls controversial for decades. On August 13, 2009, President Obama announced the launch of a comprehensive review of the U.S. export control system. This report discusses this reform initiative, after discussing the existing system.
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Iran Sanctions

Iran Sanctions

Date: March 21, 2013
Creator: Katzman, Kenneth
Description: This report analyzes U.S. and international sanctions against Iran and, in so doing, provides examples, based on a wide range of open source reporting, of companies and countries that conduct business with Iran.
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Government Assistance for GMAC/Ally Financial: Unwinding the Government Stake

Government Assistance for GMAC/Ally Financial: Unwinding the Government Stake

Date: September 3, 2014
Creator: Webel, Baird & Canis, Bill
Description: This report explains the governments relationship with Ally Financial (formerly known as General Motors Acceptance Corporation, or GMAC). Under the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) the government purchased preferred shares in Ally Financial, acquiring a 73.8% ownership state. This report discusses the reasoning behind this assistance to Ally and the ultimate costs.
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Legislative Support Resources: Offices and Websites for Congressional Staff

Legislative Support Resources: Offices and Websites for Congressional Staff

Date: September 26, 2014
Creator: Manning, Jennifer E. & Greene, Michael
Description: This report provides a brief list of telephone numbers, room numbers, and Internet addresses of use to new congressional staffers who work with legislative procedures and conduct legislative research. Internet access restrictions are noted. Some of the websites listed are available only to congressional offices; other sites are restricted further and are only available to House or Senate offices.
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U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments, and Issues

U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments, and Issues

Date: September 5, 2014
Creator: Woolf, Amy F.
Description: This report reviews the ongoing programs and issues that will affect the expected size and shape of the U.S. strategic nuclear force structure. It includes an overview of this force structure during the Cold War summarizes the reductions and changes that have occurred since 1991, and offers details about each category of delivery vehicle--land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarine launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) and heavy bombers--focusing on their current deployments and ongoing and planned modernization programs.
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Navy Ship Names: Background for Congress

Navy Ship Names: Background for Congress

Date: December 23, 2010
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Description: This report discusses the process of naming Navy ships, which have traditionally been chosen and announced by the Secretary of the Navy. Congress in recent years has proposed, and sometimes passed, legislation regarding the naming of specific ships.
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U.S. Policy Towards Burma: Issues for the 113th Congress

U.S. Policy Towards Burma: Issues for the 113th Congress

Date: March 12, 2013
Creator: Martin, Michael F.
Description: This report provides an overview of United States policy towards Burma. The report discusses the evolution of Obama's Burma policy, and issues for U.S. policy.
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The Army's Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) Program: Background and Issues for Congress

The Army's Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) Program: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: April 17, 2013
Creator: Feickert, Andrew
Description: This report looks at the history and current need for a Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) program, potential issues for Congress that include the role and need for the GCV in a downsized Army that will likely have fewer heavy brigade combat teams (HBCTs).
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Foreign Aid: International Donor Coordination of Development Assistance

Foreign Aid: International Donor Coordination of Development Assistance

Date: February 5, 2013
Creator: Lawson, Marian L.
Description: This report provides a summary of official development assistance (ODA), discusses coordination goals established by donors at international development policy forums, and provides an overview of U.S. policy and efforts to meet these goals. The report concludes by identifying key issues in donor coordination, including the growing role of non-traditional donors, such as China, in development cooperation.
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Customer Choice and the Power Industry of the Future

Customer Choice and the Power Industry of the Future

Date: September 22, 2014
Creator: Campbell, Richard J.
Description: This report will begin to explore the issues, discussing what forms a transition from today's electric power grid to a grid of the future could take, and suggest questions that Congress may want to address. The United States seems to be at a turning point in the history of the electric power sector, some have advocated for the electric utility industry model to be reinvented under a "Utility 2.0" paradigm, wherein the modern needs of society for electric power and services become the driving force behind utility investments.
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Marine Corps Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) and Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC): Background and Issues for Congress

Marine Corps Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) and Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC): Background and Issues for Congress

Date: July 30, 2014
Creator: Feickert, Andrew
Description: This report discusses issues surrounding the funding for development of Marine Corps Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) and Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC).
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Federal Agency Actions Following the Supreme Court's Climate Change Decision in Massachusetts v. EPA: A Chronology

Federal Agency Actions Following the Supreme Court's Climate Change Decision in Massachusetts v. EPA: A Chronology

Date: August 29, 2013
Creator: Meltz, Robert
Description: This report presents a chronology of major federal agency actions related to environmental concerns following the decision of Massachusetts v. EPA; it particularly looks at actions of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In Massachusetts v. EPA, the Supreme Court held that greenhouse gases (GHGs), widely viewed as contributing to climate change, constitute "air pollutants" as that phrase is used in the Clean Air Act (CAA).
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Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs: Status of the Integrated Electronic Health Record (iEHR)

Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs: Status of the Integrated Electronic Health Record (iEHR)

Date: February 26, 2013
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga & Jansen, Don J.
Description: The purpose of this report is to provide a background on the long-standing efforts in sharing health information between Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
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Rwanda: Background and Current Developments

Rwanda: Background and Current Developments

Date: August 3, 2010
Creator: Dagne, Ted
Description: This report discusses the current political conditions of Rwanda, including a brief historical overview. The report also includes information about the poor human rights conditions in Rwanda and U.S. Rwanda relations.
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Political Transition in Tunisia

Political Transition in Tunisia

Date: January 29, 2014
Creator: Arieff, Alexis & Humud, Carla E.
Description: This report discusses Tunisia's pro-democracy movement; concerns over potential instability in a previously secure, pro-Western area; and U.S.-Tunisian relations.
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Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia: Political Developments and Implications for U.S. Interests

Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia: Political Developments and Implications for U.S. Interests

Date: January 24, 2013
Creator: Nichol, Jim
Description: This report discusses the history and political background of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia since their breakaway from the former Soviet Union at the end of 1991. It looks at key issues for the 112th Congress including economies, energy, regional politics, local crime, and terrorism.
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