A New Rule to Protect Radioactive Material (CRS)

A forthcoming Nuclear Regulatory Commission rule on the physical protection of radioactive “byproduct materials” — not including uranium or plutonium — is discussed in a new report from the Congressional Research Service.

“The rule will have broad impacts across the country and across most if not all aspects of industries that use radioactive material, including hospital and blood bank irradiators, industrial radiography equipment, massive facilities for irradiating certain foods and medical supplies, laboratory equipment for research into radiation and its effects, state regulators, and manufacturers, distributors, and transporters of radioactive sources. NRC anticipates that the rule will be published in the Federal Register in early 2013.”

See Nuclear Regulatory Commission 10 C.F.R. 37, A New Rule to Protect Radioactive Material: Background, Summary, Views from the Field, December 14, 2012.

Congress has directed CRS not to make its reports directly available to the public.

Offshoring, Chemical Weapons, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has not made available to the public include the following.

Offshoring (or Offshore Outsourcing) and Job Loss Among U.S. Workers, December 17, 2012

Chemical Weapons: A Summary Report of Characteristics and Effects, December 13, 2012

Party Leaders in the United States Congress, 1789-2012, December 18, 2012

U.S. Wind Turbine Manufacturing: Federal Support for an Emerging Industry, December 18, 2012

Survivor Benefits for Families of Civilian Federal Employees and Retirees, December 18, 2012

The Federal Communications Commission: Current Structure and Its Role in the Changing Telecommunications Landscape, December 18, 2012

Rising Economic Powers, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has directed CRS not to release to the public include the following.

Rising Economic Powers and U.S. Trade Policy, December 3, 2012

Unauthorized Aliens Residing in the United States: Estimates Since 1986, December 13, 2012

DOD Alternative Fuels: Policy, Initiatives and Legislative Activity, December 14, 2012

Federal Land Ownership: Current Acquisition and Disposal Authorities, December 13, 2012

The Controlled Substances Act: Regulatory Requirements, December 13, 2012

Intellectual Property Rights Violations and Remedies, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has not made available to the public include the following.

Intellectual Property Rights Violations: Federal Civil Remedies and Criminal Penalties Related to Copyrights, Trademarks, and Patents, December 13, 2012

The President’s State of the Union Address: Tradition, Function, and Policy Implications, December 17, 2012

The Sustainability of the Federal Budget Deficit: Market Confidence and Economic Effects, December 14, 2012

Organized Retail Crime, December 11, 2012

Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers, December 17, 2012

Immigration of Temporary Lower-Skilled Workers: Current Policy and Related Issues, December 13, 2012

Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006: Background and Performance, December 5, 2012

Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006: Implementation Issues, December 14, 2012

Presidential Transition Act: Provisions and Funding, December 17, 2012

Title IX, Sex Discrimination, and Intercollegiate Athletics: A Legal Overview, December 7, 2012

Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) Status for Russia and U.S.-Russian Economic Ties, December 17, 2012

Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies: FY2013 Appropriations, December 14, 2012

Gun Control Legislation, and More from CRS

The broad spectrum of policies relating to gun control is surveyed in a sadly timely, updated report from the Congressional Research Service, which also provides statistics on the prevalence and use of firearms in the United States.  See Gun Control Legislation, November 14, 2012.

Other new and updated CRS reports that Congress has not made available to the public include the following.

Judicial Activity Concerning Enemy Combatant Detainees: Major Court Rulings, December 11, 2012

Women in Combat: Issues for Congress, December 13, 2012

Intelligence Identities Protection Act, December 13, 2012

Maritime Territorial and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Disputes Involving China: Issues for Congress, December 10, 2012

Outside Employment, “Moonlighting,” by Federal Executive Branch Employees, December 12, 2012

Follow-On Biologics: The Law and Intellectual Property Issues, December 6, 2012

Nuclear Energy: Overview of Congressional Issues, December 11, 2012

Fatherhood Initiatives: Connecting Fathers to Their Children, December 7, 2012

Emergency Assistance for Agricultural Land Rehabilitation, December 11, 2012

Bee Health: The Role of Pesticides, December 11, 2012

The 2010 Census, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that have not been made publicly available include the following.

The 2010 Census: Count Question Resolution Program, December 7, 2012

An Analysis of STEM Education Funding at the NSF: Trends and Policy Discussion, December 12, 2012

Value-Added Modeling for Teacher Effectiveness, December 11, 2012

Teacher Quality Issues in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, December 10, 2012

U.S. Farm Income, December 10, 2012

The National Flood Insurance Program: Status and Remaining Issues for Congress, December 10, 2012

Department of Defense Energy Initiatives: Background and Issues for Congress, Decembr 10, 2012

Navy Force Structure and Shipbuilding Plans: Background and Issues for Congress, December 10, 2012

Navy Ford (CVN-78) Class Aircraft Carrier Program: Background and Issues for Congress, December 10, 2012

Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker Modernization: Background, Issues, and Options for Congress, December 10, 2012

Navy Ohio Replacement (SSBN[X]) Ballistic Missile Submarine Program: Background and Issues for Congress, December 10, 2012

Presidential Reorganization Authority, and More from CRS

Noteworthy new and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that have not been made available to the public include the following.

Presidential Reorganization Authority: History, Recent Initiatives, and Options for Congress, December 11, 2012

Presidential Appointee Positions Requiring Senate Confirmation and Committees Handling Nominations, November 15, 2012

Legal Protections for Subcontractors on Federal Prime Contracts, December 10, 2012

Loss of Federal Pensions for Members of Congress Convicted of Certain Offenses, December 10, 2012

The National Defense Authorization Act for FY2012: Detainee Matters, December 11, 2012

“Gang of Four” Congressional Intelligence Notifications, November 19, 2012

Iran’s Ballistic Missile Program, and More from CRS

Noteworthy new and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has not made publicly available include the following.

Iran’s Ballistic Missile and Space Launch Programs, December 6, 2012

Syria’s Chemical Weapons: Issues for Congress, December 5, 2012

Egypt: Background and U.S. Relations, December 6, 2012

In Brief: Next Steps in the War in Afghanistan? Issues for Congress, December 6, 2012

Afghanistan Casualties: Military Forces and Civilians, December 6, 2012

Detention of U.S. Persons as Enemy Belligerents, December 4, 2012

Right to Work Laws: Legislative Background and Empirical Research, December 6, 2012

China’s Holdings of U.S. Securities, and More from CRS

Congressional concerns arising from China’s holdings of U.S. government debt, including the potential for economic destabilization or diplomatic coercion, are examined in a report from the Congressional Research Service that was updated today.  See China’s Holdings of U.S. Securities: Implications for the U.S. Economy, December 6, 2012.

Relatedly (though not newly updated), see Foreign Holdings of Federal Debt, July 3, 2012.

And recently updated is The Presidential Records Act: Background and Recent Issues for Congress, November 15, 2012.

How a Bill Becomes a Law, and More from CRS

On January 6, 2013 Congress will convene to count electoral votes and to formally certify the results of the last presidential election.  The process was detailed by the Congressional Research Service in Counting Electoral Votes: An Overview of Procedures at the Joint Session, Including Objections by Members of Congress, November 30, 2012.

The declining economic condition of many state governments is examined by CRS in State Government Fiscal Stress and Federal Assistance, December 3, 2012.

And for members of Congress who never had civics class, CRS explains how a bill becomes a law in Introduction to the Legislative Process in the U.S. Congress, November 30, 2012.   See also the elementary Introduction to the Federal Budget Process, December 3, 2012.

Other new and updated CRS reports that Congress has not made publicly available include the following.

Congressional Salaries and Allowances, December 4, 2012

Alternative Minimum Taxpayers by State: 2009, 2010, and Projections for 2012, December 4, 2012

Offsets, Supplemental Appropriations, and the Disaster Relief Fund: FY1990-FY2012, December 4, 2012

The Bayh-Dole Act: Selected Issues in Patent Policy and the Commercialization of Technology, December 3, 2012

Technology Transfer: Use of Federally Funded Research and Development, December 3, 2012

Industrial Competitiveness and Technological Advancement: Debate Over Government Policy, December 3, 2012

Cooperative R&D: Federal Efforts to Promote Industrial Competitiveness, December 3, 2012

IMF Reforms: Issues for Congress, December 4, 2012

China’s Economic Conditions, December 4, 2012

Federal Emergency Management: A Brief Introduction, November 30, 2012