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Iran's Foreign and Defense Policies

Description: This report discusses Iran's foreign and defense policy and various factors influencing its development and goals.
Date: March 20, 2018
Creator: Katzman, Kenneth
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Update of "All Eyes on Allergan: Drug Company's Unprecedented Move Raises Questions for Patent and Drug Law (Part 1)"

Description: This report is an update of a previous report discussing the case of "Allergan Inc. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc." which deals with patent law and the rights of brand-name pharmaceutical companies and generic pharmaceutical companies as well as Native American tribes sovereign rights because the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is a co-plaintiff in the case. The case is currently in the appeals process.
Date: March 16, 2018
Creator: Lewis, Caitlin Devereaux
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

How Hard Should it Be to Bring a Class Action?

Description: This report discusses the process of bringing a class action suit and the requirements plaintiffs are required to prove before one may be brought.
Date: March 7, 2018
Creator: Lewis, Kevin M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Oman: Reform, Security, and U.S. Policy

Description: This report discusses Oman's political and governmental structure, economy, foreign policy, and human rights concerns as well as U.S. security assistance and cooperation.
Date: March 8, 2018
Creator: Katzman, Kenneth
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Small Business Mentor-Protégé Programs

Description: This report provides an overview of the various small business mentor-protégé programs of the federal government. As is discussed below, while all these programs are intended to assist small businesses in performing as contractors, subcontractors, or suppliers on federal or federally funded contracts, the programs differ significantly in their scope and operations. Table A-1 in the Appendix provides an overview of key differences among the programs.
Date: March 6, 2018
Creator: Dilger, Robert Jay
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Health Insurance Premium Tax Credits and Cost-Sharing Subsidies

Description: This report discusses health insurance premium tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies which assist low-income individuals and families in buying health insurance.
Date: March 29, 2018
Creator: Fernandez, Bernadette
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Women in Congress, 1917-2018: Service Dates and Committee Assignments by Member, and Lists by State and Congress

Description: This report provides an overview of all women who have served in Congress and includes committee assignments, dates of service, district information, and listings by Congress and state, and (for Representatives) congressional districts of the 327 women who have been elected or appointed to Congress.
Date: March 19, 2018
Creator: Manning, Jennifer E. & Brudnick, Ida A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Child Tax Credit: Legislative History

Description: This report discusses the legislative history of the child tax credit and the most recent changes to it.
Date: March 1, 2018
Creator: Crandall-Hollick, Margot L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Northern Ireland: Current Issues and Ongoing Challenges in the Peace Process

Description: This report discusses the history of the implementation of the 1998 "Good Friday" Peace Agreement in Northern Ireland, ongoing challenges in the peace process, initiatives to further peace, and current issues surrounding the collapse of the devolved government and the refusal to form a coalition by either major party and the Brexit negotiations.
Date: March 12, 2018
Creator: Archick, Kristin
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Iraq: In Brief

Description: This report discusses Iraq's political and governmental structure, economy, humanitarian issues, military operations, and relations with the U.S.
Date: March 5, 2018
Creator: Blanchard, Christopher M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Election in Italy

Description: This report discusses the results of the Italian Parliamentary election on March 4, 2018 which ended with no party gaining a majority making a coalition necessary. Populist parties gained a significant number of seats and implications of their rise to power for Italy, the EU, NATO, and the U.S. are discussed.
Date: March 8, 2018
Creator: Belkin, Paul
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Fiscal Year 2018 Appropriations Overview: Census Bureau and Bureau of Economic Analysis

Description: This report discusses FY2018 appropriations (discretionary budget authority) for the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau), historic components of the Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) in the U.S. Department of Commerce. This report will be updated as legislative developments warran
Date: March 23, 2018
Creator: Williams, Jennifer D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Unemployment Insurance: Consequences of Changes in State Unemployment Compensation Laws

Description: This report analyzes recent changes to state Unemployment Compensation (UC) programs. Two categories of UC state law issues are considered: changes in the duration of state UC unemployment benefits and (changes in the UC weekly benefit amount. Overall, the two types of changes to state UC laws and programs have consequences for the duration and amount of unemployment benefits. This report describes these changes and analyzes their consequences for UC, EUC08 (when it was authorized), and EB benefits. It will be updated, as needed, to reflect additional state UC changes.
Date: March 7, 2018
Creator: Isaacs, Katelin P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Federal Requirements on Private Health Insurance Plans

Description: This report provides background information about health plans sold in the private health insurance (PHI) market and briefly describes state and federal regulation of private plans. The second part summarizes selected federal requirements and indicates each requirement's applicability to one or more of the following types of private health plans: individual, small group, large group, and self-insured. Many of the federal requirements described in this report were established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA; P.L. 111-148, as amended); however, some were established under federal laws enacted prior to the ACA.
Date: March 29, 2018
Creator: Mach, Annie L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Error and Fraud in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Description: This report seeks to define terms related to errors and fraud; identify problems and describe what is known of their extent; summarize current policy and practice; and share recommendations, proposals, and pilots that have come up in recent years. The report answers several questions around four main types of inaccuracy and misconduct: trafficking SNAP benefits (by retailers and by recipients); retailer application fraud; errors and fraud in SNAP household applications; and errors and fraud committed by state agencies (including a discussion of states' recent Quality Control (QC) misconduct). The report then discusses challenges to combating errors and fraud--across the four areas--and potential strategies for addressing those challenges.
Date: March 30, 2018
Creator: Cline, Daniel R. & Aussenberg, Randy Alison
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Eight Mechanisms to Enact Procedural Change in the U.S. Senate

Description: This report highlights eight parliamentary mechanisms that might be used to implement procedural change in the Senate and links to additional reading material on the subject.
Date: March 20, 2018
Creator: Davis, Christopher M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Organization of American States: Background and Issues for Congress

Description: This report discusses the Organization of American States (OAS) which is a regional multilateral organization of all the independent countries in the western hemisphere (except Cuba) that was founded in 1948. Background on the organization, its structure, and current issues in Congress related to it are discussed.
Date: March 14, 2018
Creator: Meyer, Peter J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Bankruptcy Basics: A Primer

Description: This report serves as a primer for Members and their staffs on the basics of U.S. bankruptcy law. The report provides a brief overview of the most essential concepts necessary for an informed understanding of the U.S. bankruptcy system
Date: March 22, 2018
Creator: Lewis, Kevin M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

NERC Standards for Bulk Power Physical Security: Is the Grid More Secure?

Description: This report discusses security measures for electric power plants and grids and the progress made since the implementation of the mandatory Physical Security Reliability Standard (CIP-014) for bulk power asset owners promulgated by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) in 2015.
Date: March 19, 2018
Creator: Parfomak, Paul W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

EPA's Wood Stove/Wood Heater Regulations: Frequently Asked Questions

Description: This report presents some of the most frequent questions raised concerning the EPA's new wood heater emissions rule, so as to provide basic background information about the final wood heater rule, its potential impacts, and stakeholder reactions to it.
Date: March 12, 2018
Creator: McCarthy, James E. & Shouse, Kate C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The TRIO Programs: A Primer

Description: This report provides an overview of the TRIO programs which provide support services to disadvantaged student to promote achievement in post-secondary education.
Date: March 16, 2018
Creator: Dortch, Cassandria
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department