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Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina

Description: On September 15, 2005, the House of Representatives approved H. Res. 437, which created the Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina. According to the legislation creating it, the Select Committee was charged with conducting "a full and complete investigation and study and to report its findings to the House". Accordingly, the Select Committee presented its final Report on February 15, 2006, regarding-- (1) the development, coordination, and execution by local, State, and Federal authorities of emergency response plans and other activities in preparation for Hurricane Katrina; and (2) the local, State, and Federal government response to Hurricane Katrina.
Date: 2006
Creator: Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The White House Symposium on Advancing Global Literacy

Description: This Website documented the White House Symposium on Advancing Global Literacy that held in New York City, New York, on September 22, 2008. The site also included the contents of the six UNESCO Regional Conferences in Support of Global Literacy: -Literacy Challenges in the Arab Region (Doha, Qatar – March 12 – 14, 2007) -Literacy Challenges in East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific (Beijing, China – July 31 - August 1, 2007) -Renewing Literacy to Face African and International Challenges (Bamako, Mali – September 10 - 12, 2007) -Literacy Challenges in the South, Southwest and Central Asia (New Delhi, India – November 29 – 30, 2007) -Addressing Literacy Challenges in Europe with a Sub-Regional Focus (Baku, Azerbaijan – May 14 – 16, 2008) -Regional Literacy Conference in Latin America and the Caribbean (Mexico City, Mexico – September 10 – 13, 2008)
Date: 2008
Creator: United States. White House Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Commission on the National Guard and Reserves

Description: The independent Commission on the National Guard and Reserves was charged by Congress to recommend any needed changes in law and policy to ensure that the Guard and Reserves are organized, trained, equipped, compensated, and supported to best meet the national security requirements of the United States. The Commission was established by the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. On January 31, 2008, the Commission delivered its final report to Congress and the Secretary of Defense. That report contains six major conclusions and 95 recommendations, supported by 163 findings. It was informed by 17 days of public hearings, involving 115 witnesses; 52 Commission meetings; more than 850 interviews; and the detailed analysis of thousands of documents.
Date: 2008
Creator: Commission on the National Guard and Reserves (CNGR)
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

National Assessment of Vocational Education

Description: The National Assessment of Vocational Education (NAVE) is a congressionally-mandated evaluation of the 1998 Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act and of the implementation and outcomes of vocational education in the United States. This page provides access to various NAVE reports and related resources.
Date: 2005
Creator: National Assessment of Vocational Education
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans

Description: President George W. Bush signed Executive Order 13230 on October 12, 2001 establishing the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. The purpose of the seventeen member Commission is to work collectively to address the educational issues facing children of Hispanic ancestry living in this country, so that all children have the opportunity to learn, to realize the American dream and to succeed.
Date: 2003
Creator: White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States

Description: The bipartisan commission was tasked by Congress to "examine and make recommendations with respect to the long-term strategic posture of the United States." Chaired by former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry, Congress created the Commission as part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008. The final report, consisting of over one hundred findings and recommendations, was delivered to Congress and the White House on May 6, 2009.
Date: 2008
Creator: National Assessment of Vocational Education
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Return to Flight Task Group

Description: On June 13, 2003 the NASA Administrator appointed two vetereran astronauts to lead an external task group in an independent assessment of the agency's "Return to Flight" efforts and to help the nation return the Space Shuttle safely to flight. On August 17th, 2005, the task group completed its work with the delivery of a final report to the NASA Administrator.
Date: 2003
Creator: Return to Flight Task Group
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Texas Tax Reform Commission

Description: The Texas Tax Reform Commission (TTRC) was a bipartisan group of 24 Texans who developed proposals to modernize the state tax system and provide long-term property tax relief as well as sound financing for public schools. Governor Rick Perry directed the Commission to make recommendations on how to reform the state's business tax structure and provide significant property tax relief. Both goals are essential to promoting long-term economic growth and ensuring a stable, long-term source of revenue for public education. Accordingly. the Commission presented its final Report in March, 2006 and the recommendations not only address the Governor's directive, but also meet later court-mandated improvements in how Texas funds its schools.
Date: 2006
Creator: Texas Tax Reform Commission
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

President's Commission on the United States Postal Service

Description: The Commission's objective was to advise the President on the state of the United States Postal Service, prepare a report articulating a vision for the future of the United States Postal Service, and recommend the legislative and administrative steps necessary to enact reform needed to ensure the viability of postal services. Much has changed since the nation last revisited its mail system in 1970, most notably the rise of the Internet as a faster and more affordable communications alternative. Accordingly, the Commission final recommendations aim to tailor the Postal Service to the modern mail needs of the country and focus the institution on "best execution" in all aspects of its operations. The report concluded that a revitalized 21st century Postal Service-one that makes best use of every resource it has and takes full advantage of private-sector partnerships and new technologies-can serve as a prime example of how to enhance the quality and cost effectiveness of operations throughout the Federal government.
Date: 2003
Creator: Commission on the United States Postal Service
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation

Description: In August 2004 President George W. Bush signed the Executive Order titled "Facilitation of Cooperative Conservation" which directs Federal agencies that oversee environmental and natural resource policies and programs to promote cooperative conservation in full partnership with states, local governments, tribes and individuals. The executive order directed the Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality to convene a White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation. The Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency co-hosted the event. Some of the Key Conference Outcomes includes: -Expand state, tribal, and local communities' role in cooperative conservation -Ensure cooperative approach to use of public lands -Measure and monitor results of cooperative conservation -Encourage and reward leadership, innovation and technology -Improve certainty and incentives for stakeholders -Accelerate cooperative conservation as a way of doing business
Date: 2005
Creator: Council on Environmental Quality (U.S.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

National Mathematics Advisory Panel

Description: The U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the Conference Board of Mathematical Sciences, hosted the first National Math Panel Forum on October 6-7, 2008. This page documents the Forum activities, which brought together various organizations and other interested parties.
Date: 2008
Creator: National Mathematics Advisory Panel
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

National Prison Rape Elimination Commission

Description: The National Prison Rape Elimination Commission was a bipartisan commission created by Congress as part of the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA), 42 U.S.C. § 15601, et seq. The Commission was charged with studying federal, state and local government policies and practices related to the prevention, detection, response and monitoring of sexual abuse in correction and detention facilities in the United States. Upon its creation, the Commission undertook a comprehensive legal and factual study of the impact of prison sexual assaults on federal, state and local government functions and on the communities and social institutions in which they operate. The Commission presented its final Report and proposed Standards on June 23, 2009. The information and resources on this Web site were compiled between 6/04 and 6/09.
Date: 2009
Creator: National Prison Rape Elimination Commission
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism

Description: The creation of the Commission, which was established by House Resolution 1, implements a key recommendation of the independent, bipartisan 9/11 Commission to address the grave threat that the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction poses to our country. The Commission assessed the nation's current activities, initiatives, and programs aimed at preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and terrorism and provided key recommendations.
Date: 2008
Creator: Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism (U.S.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Antitrust Modernization Commission

Description: Website for the Antitrust Modernization Commission, a 12-member committee charged to review antitrust laws and provide recommendations regarding issues and possible changes or modernizations. The site includes information about the commission documents collected during their research including meeting notes and hearing transcripts, and a collection of public comments.
Date: May 31, 2007
Creator: United States. Antitrust Modernization Commission.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Commission on Systemic Interoperability

Description: The Commission on Systemic Interoperability was authorized by the Medicare Modernization Act and established by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Its members were appointed by the President of the United States of America and the leaders of the 108th United States Congress, and it held its first meeting on January 10, 2005.
Date: 2005
Creator: Commission on Systemic Interoperability
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy

Description: A growing number of Americans are using alternative approaches to health promotion and medical treatment. People are looking to health care providers to treat the whole person, not only illness. Because of public interest in and use of unconventional health care, the President established the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. Executive Order 13147 authorizing the Commission was issued on March 7, 2000.
Date: March 1, 2002
Creator: White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

United States Information Agency (USIA)

Description: An independent foreign affairs agency supporting U.S. foreign policy and national interests abroad, USIA conducts international educational and cultural exchanges, broadcasting, and information programs.
Date: August 4, 1999
Creator: United States Information Agency
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

United States Commission on Ocean Policy

Description: On September 20, 2004, the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy fulfilled its mandate to submit recommendations for a coordinated and comprehensive national ocean policy to the President and Congress. The Commission's final report, "An Ocean Blueprint for the 21st Century," contains 212 recommendations addressing all aspects of ocean and coastal policy. The 16 members of the Commission call on the President and Congress to take decisive, immediate action to carry out these recommendations, which will halt the steady decline of our nation's oceans and coasts.
Date: February 18, 2005
Creator: United States Commission on Ocean Policy
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Special Oversight Board for Department of Defense Investigations of Gulf War Chemical and Biological Incidents

Description: The Special Oversight Board shall provide advice and recommendations based on its review of Department of Defense investigations into possible detections of, and exposures to, chemical or biological weapons agents and environmental and other factors that may have contributed to Gulf War illnesses.
Date: December 20, 2000
Creator: Special Oversight Board for Department of Defense Investigations of Gulf War Chemical and Biological Incidents
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Creation of the Science Commission

Description: For 155 years, the Smithsonian Institution has had as its mission "the increase and diffusion of knowledge." Given the important questions facing the scientific world today, the existing level of institutional financial and physical resources, the strengths of the Institution's people and its collections, how should the Smithsonian set priorities for scientific research in the years ahead and, in general, carry out its historic mission more effectively? 1) How should scientific research be organized to optimize the use of the Institution's human, physical and financial resources? 2) How should the performance of scientific research by individuals and research departments be evaluated? 3) How can the relationship between research and public programming be enhanced? 4) What suggestions, of any type might the Science Commission have to strengthen research at the Smithsonian? 5) What should be the qualifications of those chosen to lead key scientific research units of the Smithsonian? 6) What should be done to enhance public recognition of Smithsonian science?
Date: January 7, 2003
Creator: Smithsonian Institution Science Commission
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health

Description: President George W. Bush established the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health in April 2002 as part of his commitment to eliminate inequality for Americans with disabilities. The President directed the Commission to identify policies that could be implemented by Federal, State and local governments to maximize the utility of existing resources, improve coordination of treatments and services, and promote successful community integration for adults with a serious mental illness and children with a serious emotional disturbance.
Date: July 22, 2003
Creator: President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform

Description: On January 7, 2005, President Bush announced the establishment of a bipartisan panel to advise on options to reform the tax code to make it simpler, fairer, and more pro-growth to benefit all Americans. The Advisory Panel will submit to the Secretary of the Treasury a report containing revenue neutral policy options for reforming the Federal Internal Revenue Code as soon as practicable, but not later than November 1, 2005. These options should: simplify Federal tax laws to reduce the costs and administrative burdens of compliance with such laws; share the burdens and benefits of the Federal tax structure in an appropriately progressive manner while recognizing the importance of homeownership and charity in American society; and promote long-run economic growth and job creation, and better encourage work effort, saving, and investment, so as to strengthen the competitiveness of the United States in the global marketplace.
Date: November 1, 2005
Creator: President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department