New Reports from Congressional Research Service

CRS — Health Care for Veterans: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Posted: 13 Aug 2013 10:20 AM PDT

Health Care for Veterans: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists) The Veterans Health Administration (VHA), within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), operates the nation’s largest integrated health care delivery system, provides care to more than 5.5 million veteran patients, and employs more than 258,000 full-time […]

CRS — Federal Research and Development Funding: FY2014 (8/7/13)

Posted: 13 Aug 2013 09:13 AM PDT

Federal Research and Development Funding: FY2014 (PDF) Source: Congressional Research Service (via Homeland Security Digital Library) Congress has received President Obama’s budget request for FY2014, which includes $142.773 billion for research and development (R&D), a $1.861 billion (1.3%) increase from the FY2012 actual funding level of $140.912 billion. The request represents the President’s R&D priorities; […]

CRS — The Federal Communications Commission: Current Structure and Its Role in the Changing Telecommunications Landscape

Posted: 13 Aug 2013 09:07 AM PDT

The Federal Communications Commission: Current Structure and Its Role in the Changing Telecommunications Landscape (PDF) Source: Congressional Research Service (via U.S. State Department Foreign Press Center) The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent federal agency with its five members appointed by the President, subject to confirmation by the Senate. It was established by the […]

CRS — Syria’s Chemical Weapons: Issues for Congress

Posted: 13 Aug 2013 08:59 AM PDT

Syria’s Chemical Weapons: Issues for Congress (PDF) Source: Congressional Research Service (via U.S. Department of State Foreign Press Office) The use or loss of control of chemical weapons stocks in Syria could have unpredictable consequences for the Syrian population and neighboring countries as well as U.S. allies and forces in the region. Congress may wish […]

 

 

CRS — Trafficking in Persons: International Dimensions and Foreign Policy Issues for Congress

Posted: 13 Aug 2013 08:55 AM PDT

Trafficking in Persons: International Dimensions and Foreign Policy Issues for Congress (PDF) Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists) Trafficking in persons, or human trafficking, refers to the subjection of men, women, and children to exploitative conditions that can be tantamount to slavery. Reports suggest that human trafficking is a global phenomenon, victimizing […]

 

 

CRS — Agricultural Guest Workers: Legislative Activity in the 113th Congress

Posted: 13 Aug 2013 08:50 AM PDT

Agricultural Guest Workers: Legislative Activity in the 113th Congress (PDF) Source: Congressional Research Service (via National Agricultural Law Center) Foreign temporary workers, also known as guest workers, have long performed legal agricultural labor in the United States through different temporary worker programs. Today, agricultural guest workers may perform farm work of a temporary or seasonal […]

 

 

CRS — Drug Testing and Crime-Related Restrictions in TANF, SNAP, and Housing Assistance

Posted: 13 Aug 2013 08:40 AM PDT

Drug Testing and Crime-Related Restrictions in TANF, SNAP, and Housing Assistance (PDF) Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists) Throughout the history of social assistance programs, administrators have attempted to limit access only to those families considered “worthy” of assistance. Policies about worthiness have included both judgments about need—generally tied to income, demographic […]

 

 

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