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Afghanistan: Background and U.S. Policy: In Brief

Description: This report provides an overview of current political and military dynamics, with a focus on the Trump Administration's new strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia, the U.S.-led coalition and Afghan military operations, and recent political developments, including prospects for peace talks and elections.
Date: November 1, 2018
Creator: Thomas, Clayton
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Internships, Fellowships, and Other Work Experience Opportunities in the Federal Government

Description: This report describes Internet resources on major internship, fellowship, and work experience programs within the federal government. It is intended as a selective guide for students of all levels: high school, undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate.
Date: November 1, 2018
Creator: Bailey, Christina Miracle; Manning, Jennifer E. & Marchsteiner, Kathleen E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Lunch/breakout discussion groups

Description: Video from the 2018 CoRSAL Symposium on Developing Infrastructure for a Computational Resource on South Asian Languages. In this video, Participants broke up into two groups to discuss various issues that emerge during the process of documenting and archiving languages. Shown here is the discussion of one of the groups.
Date: November 1, 2018
Creator: University of North Texas. Department of Linguistics.
Partner: UNT College of Information

Maximizing Fieldwork Effectiveness, Then and Now

Description: Video from the 2018 CoRSAL Symposium on Developing Infrastructure for a Computational Resource on South Asian Languages. This video contains the opening keynote session by James Mastioff on best practices for linguists when working with endangered languages.
Date: November 1, 2018
Creator: University of North Texas. Department of Linguistics.
Partner: UNT College of Information

Morning session: Alex Smith, Kristine Hildebrandt, Alexis Palmer

Description: Video from the 2018 CoRSAL Symposium on Developing Infrastructure for a Computational Resource on South Asian Languages. The presenters of the morning session detailed what language resources currently exist, their strengths and weaknesses, and what languages still require more documentation and archiving.
Date: November 1, 2018
Creator: University of North Texas. Department of Linguistics.
Partner: UNT College of Information

Overview of Information Ethics

Description: Video from the 2018 CoRSAL Symposium on Developing Infrastructure for a Computational Resource on South Asian Languages. In this video, Shawne Miksa explained aspects of information ethics and how to ethically share information
Date: November 1, 2018
Creator: University of North Texas. Department of Linguistics.
Partner: UNT College of Information

VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018 (VA MISSION Act; P.L.115-182)

Description: This report summarizes the major provisions of the John S. McCain III, Daniel K. Akaka, and Samuel R. Johnson VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018 (VA MISSION Act; P.L. 115-182, H.Rept. 115-671), including amendments made by the Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2018 (S. 3479; P.L. 115-251).
Date: November 1, 2018
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga; Colello, Kirsten J.; Elliott, Victoria L.; Hatch, Garrett & Heisler, Elayne J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Advanced Pilot Training (T-X) Program

Description: This report discusses the Advanced Pilot Training (T-X) aircraft, which may shift training from Field Training Units, where expensive fifth-generation aircraft are used, to less expensive trainer aircraft.
Date: October 1, 2018
Creator: Gertler, Jeremiah
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Army Corps of Engineers Annual and Supplemental Appropriations: Issues for Congress

Description: This report summarizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's (USACE's) annual discretionary appropriations for civil works activities and its supplemental appropriations, principally following major flood and hurricane disasters. The appropriations described are for those accounts and activities that typically are funded through Title I of annual Energy and Water Development appropriations acts.
Date: October 1, 2018
Creator: Carter, Nicole T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs: FY2019 Budget and Appropriations

Description: This report provides describes funding for Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPS) during fiscal year 2019, in comparison to fiscal year 2018 funding. It provides an overview, description of congressional action, and discussion of key issues for Congress, including agency funding as well as foreign assistance. It also includes several appendices with supplementary information and account-by-account comparisons.
Date: October 1, 2018
Creator: Epstein, Susan B.; Gill, Cory R. & Lawson, Marian L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Membership of the 115th Congress: A Profile

Description: This report presents a profile of the membership of the 115th Congress (2017-2018) as of October 1, 2018. Statistical information is included on selected characteristics of Members, including data on party affiliation, average age, occupation, education, length of congressional service, religious affiliation, gender, ethnicity, foreign births, and military service.
Date: October 1, 2018
Creator: Manning, Jennifer E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Military Survivor Benefit Plan: Background and Issues for Congress

Description: This report describes the categories of beneficiaries eligible for survivor benefits under the military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), the formulas used in computing the income level (including the integration of SBP benefits with other federal benefits), and the costs of SBP participation incurred by the retiree and/or the beneficiary. While this report focuses primarily on SBP, survivors of military members may be eligible for other benefits.
Date: October 1, 2018
Creator: Kamarck, Kristy N. & Torreon, Barbara Salazar
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cuba: U.S. Policy in the 115th Congress

Description: This report examines U.S. policy toward Cuba in the 115th Congress in three sections: Cuba's political and economic environment; U.S. policy toward Cuba; and selected issues in U.S.-Cuban relations, including restrictions on travel and trade, funding for democracy and human rights projects in Cuba and for U.S. government-sponsored radio and television broadcasting, migration, anti-drug cooperation, U.S. property claims, and U.S. fugitives from justice in Cuba.
Date: September 1, 2018
Creator: Sullivan, Mark P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Allaying Terror: Domesticating Vietnamese Refugee Artisans as Subjects of American Diplomacy

Description: This article explores how the photographs of a basketmaker, as well as photographs of other refugee artisans published in the August 1956 issue of Interior magazine, served the American State Department agenda by characterizing its subject in terms of pathos and need.
Date: August 1, 2018
Creator: Way, Jennifer
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Cambodian Election

Description: This report discusses the Cambodian National Assembly election, which was held on July 29, 2018 and U.S. policy responses. Critics viewed the election, in which the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) likely won all 125 parliamentary seats, as neither free nor fair and the victory as "hollow" given that the CPP banned the largest opposition party in 2017.
Date: August 1, 2018
Creator: Lum, Thomas
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress

Description: This report provides an overview of Arctic-related issues for Congress such as: Arctic sovereignty claims; commercial shipping through the Arctic; Arctic oil, gas, and mineral exploration; endangered Arctic species; and increased military operations in the Arctic that could cause the region in coming years to become an arena of international cooperation or competition.
Date: August 1, 2018
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities--Background and Issues for Congress

Description: This report provides background information and issues for Congress on China's naval modernization effort and its implications for U.S. Navy capabilities. The question of how the United States should respond to China's military modernization effort, including its naval modernization effort, is a key issue in U.S. defense planning and budgeting. Many U.S. military programs for countering improving Chinese military forces (particularly its naval forces) fall within the U.S. Navy's budget.
Date: August 1, 2018
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

China's Actions in South and East China Seas: Implications for U.S. Interests--Background and Issues for Congress

Description: This report provides background information and issues for Congress regarding China's actions in the South China Sea (SCS) and East China Sea (ECS), with a focus on implications for U.S. strategic and policy interests. Other CRS reports focus on other aspects of maritime territorial disputes involving China.
Date: August 1, 2018
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Complex Adaptive Systems: Adapting and Managing Teams and Team Conflict

Description: This book chapter provides an overview of teams, complex adaptive systems, conflict stages, and conflict models, while also presenting adaptive leadership as a style that offers organizations with the capabilities of reacting to changing environments quickly.
Date: August 1, 2018
Creator: Turner, John; Baker, Rose M. & Morris, Mark
Partner: UNT College of Information

Defense Primer: Military Pay Raise

Description: This report discusses military pay raises and the annual statutory basic pay raise based on changes in the Employment Cost Index. It includes descriptions of information related to the topic along with a table of historical increases in basic pay.
Date: August 1, 2018
Creator: Kapp, Lawrence
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department