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Political Status of Puerto Rico: Brief Background and Recent Developments for Congress
This report provides policy and historical background about Puerto Rico's political status--a term of art referring to the relationship between the federal government and a territorial one. The report emphasizes recent developments that are likely to be most relevant for Congress. Congress has not altered the island's status since 1952, when it approved a territorial constitution.
What Climate Change Means for Puerto Rico
Fact sheet describing location-specific impacts that global warming will have on the people, ecosystems, and wildlife in Puerto Rico.
The Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA; H.R. 5278, S. 2328)
The report presents a brief description of Puerto Rico, its relationship with the federal government, and its fiscal challenges. It also includes a short overview of bill H.R. 5278, with a comparison with previous legislation involving control boards and a section-by-section description of the bill.
The Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA; H.R. 5278, S. 2328)
The report presents a brief description of Puerto Rico, its relationship with the federal government, and its fiscal challenges. The body of the report provides a section-by-section description of H.R. 5278, including a short overview of the bill, along with a comparison with previous legislation involving control boards.
Puerto Rico and Health Care Finance: Frequently Asked Questions
This report provides answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Puerto Rico's health care system.
Puerto Rico's Current Fiscal Challenges
This report discusses multiple challenges the government of Puerto Rico faces in the fall of 2015. Concerns regarding the sustainability of Puerto Rico's public finances have intensified over the past year, despite several measures taken by the island's government to reduce spending, increase revenues, and restructure its obligations. The Puerto Rican government outlined a medium-term strategy to address those challenges in a fiscal plan put forth in mid-September 2015.
2013 National Ocean Dumping Site Monitoring Assessment Report
This national report presents EPA's ocean dumping monitoring activities in fiscal year 2013. EPA conducted 13 surveys at 20 ocean disposal sites offshore from Puerto Rico, Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, Texas, Hawaii, and Oregon. This report summarizes each survey's objectives(s), activities, conclusions, and recommended environmental management actions.
Puerto Rico and Health Care Finance: Frequently Asked Questions
This report provides answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about how federal health care programs and requirements are implemented in Puerto Rico, including information about eligibility, coverage, program requirements, and payment rules. Examples provided in the FAQs illustrate that in many circumstances, some health programs in Puerto Rico differ from programs in the US, while in other circumstances, Puerto Rico is treated the same as the states. As such, these questions and answers should be viewed as a discussion of the complexity of health care financing as it relates to Puerto Rico under current law.
Puerto Rico and Health Care Finance: Frequently Asked Questions
This report provides answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Puerto Rico's health care system, including how federal health care programs (Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children's Health Insurance Program [CHIP]) and private health insurance requirements apply to Puerto Rico.
Tropical Storm? The Supreme Court Considers Double Jeopardy and the Sovereign Status of Puerto Rico
This legal sidebar discusses the nature of the relationship between the United States government and the territory of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Based in part on statutory language providing that the relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States is "in the nature of a compact," arguments have been made that any change in Puerto Rico's political status must be consented to by both parties.
Puerto Rico's Current Fiscal Challenges
This report discusses multiple challenges the government of Puerto Rico faces in the fall of 2015. Concerns regarding the sustainability of Puerto Rico's public finances have intensified over the past year, despite several measures taken by the island's government to reduce spending, increase revenues, and restructure its obligations. The Puerto Rican government outlined a medium-term strategy to address those challenges in a fiscal plan put forth in mid-September 2015.
Puerto Rico's Current Fiscal Challenges: In Brief
This report discusses the current state of Puerto Rico's public finances. Puerto Rico faces several fiscal hurdles in 2015. Concerns regarding the sustainability of Puerto Rico's public finances have intensified over the past year, despite several measures taken by the island's government to reduce spending, increase revenues, and restructure its obligations.
Puerto Rico's Current Fiscal Challenges: In Brief
This report discusses the current state of Puerto Rico's public finances. Puerto Rico faces several fiscal hurdles in 2015. Concerns regarding the sustainability of Puerto Rico's public finances have intensified over the past year, despite several measures taken by the island's government to reduce spending, increase revenues, and restructure its obligations.
CDC-Funded HIV Testing: United States, Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands, 2012
This report includes HIV testing data from 61 CDC-funded health department jurisdictions and directly-funded community-based organizations (CBOs).
Puerto Rico’s Political Status and the 2012 Plebiscite: Background and Key Questions
This report provides a foundation for understanding Puerto Rico’s status, why those on the island and in Washington continue to be interested in the issue, and how the 2012 plebiscite and its aftermath provides an opportunity to revisit status. This report is designed to emphasize brief, accessible answers to selected key questions and issues about Puerto Rico’s political status and the plebiscite. The discussion is organized around selected key policy questions, followed by brief answers and additional analysis.
National Coastal Condition Report IV
This report assesses the condition of the nation's estuaries and costal embayments, including the coastal waters of the conterminous United States, Southeastern Alaska, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Arecibo Ionospheric Observatory
This report discusses the issues involved with determining whether the Arecib Ionospheric Observatory is more cost-effective than replacing it with newer, available technology. The Arecibo Ionospheric Observatory is a radio and radar telescope located in Barrio Esperanza, Arecibo, Puerto Rico. In 2005-2006, NSF's Division of Astronomical Sciences (AST) conducted a Senior Review of its portfolio of facilities and reported that the scientific value of the Arecibo was modest when compared to other existing and proposed projects and recommended decreasing the telescope's annual $12.0 million budget to $9.0 million in FY2009, and securing partnerships for the remaining necessary funding.
Puerto Rican Statehood: Effects on House Apportionment
This report looks at House of Representative distribution between states if Puerto Rico were to gain statehood.
Political Status of Puerto Rico: Options for Congress
This report discusses the current U.S.-Puerto Rico relationship, the history of said relationship, and the current political state of Puerto Rico, as well as relevant pieces of U.S. Congressional legislation concerning Puerto Rico.
Political Status of Puerto Rico: Options for Congress
This report discusses the current U.S.-Puerto Rico relationship, the history of said relationship, and the current political state of Puerto Rico, as well as relevant pieces of U.S. Congressional legislation concerning Puerto Rico.
Political Status of Puerto Rico: Options for Congress
This report discusses the current U.S.-Puerto Rico relationship, the history of said relationship, and the current political state of Puerto Rico, as well as relevant pieces of U.S. Congressional legislation concerning Puerto Rico.
The Rum Excise Tax Cover-Over: Legislative History and Current Issues
This report provides a history and analysis of the rum cover-over program and current legislative efforts to modify the program. The congressional debate on this legislation could also lead to debate on the broader issue of the cover-over program more generally.
Political Status of Puerto Rico: Options for Congress
This report discusses the current U.S.-Puerto Rico relationship, the history of said relationship, and the current political state of Puerto Rico, as well as relevant pieces of U.S. Congressional legislation concerning Puerto Rico.
Political Status of Puerto Rico: Options for Congress
This report discusses the current U.S.-Puerto Rico relationship, the history of said relationship, and the current political state of Puerto Rico, as well as relevant pieces of U.S. Congressional legislation concerning Puerto Rico.
The Arecibo Ionospheric Observatory
This report discusses the issues involved with determining whether the Arecib Ionospheric Observatory is more cost-effective than replacing it with newer, available technology. The Arecibo Ionospheric Observatory is a radio and radar telescope located in Barrio Esperanza, Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
2005 BRAC Commission Final COBRA Run - USA-0234v2 RC Transformation in Puerto Rico AFRC Ceiba,PR
2005 BRAC Commission Final COBRA Run - USA-0234v2 RC Transformation in Puerto Rico AFRC Ceiba,PR - 41 - RC Transformation in Puerto Rico\Ceiba
2005 BRAC Commission Final COBRA Run - USA-0234v2 RC Transformation in Puerto Rico AFRC Fort Bucha
2005 BRAC Commission Final COBRA Run - USA-0234v2 RC Transformation in Puerto Rico AFRC Fort Bucha - 41 - RC Transformation in Puerto Rico\Fort Buchanon
2005 BRAC Commission Final COBRA Run - USA-0234v2 RC Transformation in Puerto Rico AFRC FT Allen, PR
2005 BRAC Commission Final COBRA Run - USA-0234v2 RC Transformation in Puerto Rico AFRC FT Allen, PR - 41 - RC Transformation in Puerto Rico\Fort Allen
2005 BRAC Commission Final COBRA Run - USA-0234v2 RC Transformation in Puerto Rico AFRC Mayaguez, PR
2005 BRAC Commission Final COBRA Run - USA-0234v2 RC Transformation in Puerto Rico AFRC Mayaguez, PR - 41 - RC Transformation in Puerto Rico\Mayaguez
Army Installations and State Action Papers - Puerto Rico
Disregard Restriction of Header and Footer: Army Installations and State Action Papers - Puerto Rico
Final Cobra Run - Army RC Transformation Ceiba PR
Final Cobra Run - Army RC Transformation Ceiba PR
Final Cobra Run - Army RC Transformation Ft. Allen PR
Final Cobra Run - Army RC Transformation Ft. Allen PR
Final Cobra Run - Army RC Transformation Ft. Buchanan PR
Final Cobra Run - Army RC Transformation Ft. Buchanan PR
Final Cobra Run - Army RC Transformation Mayaguez PR
Final Cobra Run - Army RC Transformation Mayaguez PR
Fort Buchanan Installation Familiarization Briefing (22 Apr 04)
DISREGARD RESTRICTION HEADER AND FOOTER - Fort Buchanan Installation Familiarization Briefing (22 Apr 04)
Installation Summary - FORT BUCHANAN
Contains info on location, size, history, missions, major units/tenants, and population.
Vieques and Culebra Islands: An Analysis of Cleanup Status and Costs
No Description Available.
Letter from Governor Anibal Acevedo Vila to Chairman Anthony J. Principi dtd 13 June 2005
Executive Correspondence - Letter from Governor Anibal Acevedo Vila, from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, to Chairman Principi, regarding BRAC recommendations for the Island.
BRAC 2005 Report to the Base Closure and Realignment Commission: Army Justification Book
Disregard Restriction Header and Footer - RC Transformation in Puerto Rico - Impacted Sites: AFRC Ceiba; AFRC Fort Allen; AFRC Mayaguez; AFRC Fort Buchanan
Letter to all Commissioners from Guillermo Gonzalez community leader and President of the U.S.A.V.R.
Executive Correspondence – Letter to all Commissioners from Guillermo Gonzalez community leader and President of the U.S.A.V.R. discussing Fort Buchanan
Letter from Manuel Sanchez-Rivera to Chairman Principi
Letter from Manuel Sanchez-Rivera from the Retired Enlisted Association of Puerto Rico Chapter 64 to Chairman Pricipi regarding Fort Buchanan's BRAC realigment recommendations and stating a resolution in favor of the base.
Letter from 65th Infantry Retirees to Chairman Principi
Letter from the 65th Infantry Retirees and US Armed Forces Veterans Association, Inc. to Chairman Principi regarding BRAC recommendations for Fort Buchanan in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Letter from the Secretary Republican party of Puerto Rico Carlos Chardon to Chairman Principi
Executive Correspondence - Letter from the Secretary Republican party of Puerto Rico Carlos Chardon to Chairman Principi requesting that the Commission take Fort Buchanan off the list to be realigned.
Puerto Rico Emergency Management and Homeland Security Statutory Authorities Summarized
This report is one of a series that profiles the emergency management and homeland security statutory authorities of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and three territories (American Samoa, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Each profile identifies the more significant elements of state statutes, generally as codified. This report focuses on Puerto Rico.
Water Resources of the Lower Rio Grande De Manati Valley, Puerto Rico
From introduction: This report summarizes the results of the study in the Manati-Barceloneta area. The study includes an analysis of the availability of water from both surface and ground-water sources, and water quality. The major focus of the study was the alluvial valley of Rio Grande de Manati north of Highway 2. Areas outside of the valley were included as necessary only to the degree in which these influence the local hydrology.
Analog Model Analysis of the North Coast Limestone Aquifers, Puerto Rico
This report presents an analysis of "three limestone aquifers on the north coast of Puerto Rico west of the RÍo de la Plata" using "analog modeling techniques."
Statistical Summary of Daily Values Data and Trend Analysis of Dissolved-Solids Data at National Stream Quality Accounting Network (NASQAN) Stations
From abstract: A statistical summary of the available continuous and once-daily discharge, specific-conductance, dissolved oxygen, temperature, and pH data collected at NASQAN stations during the 1973-81 water years and documentation of the period of record on which the statistical calculations were based are presented.
Limnology of Lago Loiza, Puerto Rico
From purpose and study: The principal objectives of this study were as follows: (1) to determine the existing water-quality conditions in Lago Loiza as reflected by the principal chemical, physical, biological and bacteriological characteristics in the lake and its tributaries. (2) To estimate the reservoir's water budget during the study period, including the contributions from the tributaries and other sources. (3) Estimation of the reservoir's overall nitrogen and phosphorus budget, including the principal sources and sinks of these nutrients. (4) Definition of the sedimentation rate in the reservoir.
Floods in Puerto Rico, Magnitude and Frequency
This report used "annual peak-discharge records at fifty sites with five or more years of record" to determine individual site frequency curves. It includes several maps.
Limnology of Laguna Tortuguero, Puerto Rico
Abstract: The principal chemical, physical and biological characteristics, as well as the hydrology of Laguna Tortuguero, Puerto Rico, were studied from 1974-75. The lagoon, with and area of 2.24 square kilometers and a volume of about 2.68 million cubic meters, contains about 5 percent of seawater. Drainage through a canal on the north side averages 0.64 cubic meters per second per day, flushing the lagoon about 7.5 times per year. Chloride and sodium are the principal ions in the water, ranging from 300 to 700 mg/L and 150 to 400 mg/L, respectively. Among the nutrients, nitrogen averages about 1.7 milligrams per liter, exceeding phosphorus in a weight ratio of 170:1. About 10 percent of the nitrogen and 40 percent of the phosphorus entering the lagoon is retained. The bottom sediments, with a volume of about 4.5 million cubic meters, average 0.8 and 0.014 percent nitrogen and phosphorus, respectively.