Scientific Basis of EPA Actions, and More from CRS

Noteworthy new products from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. U.S. Trade Concepts, Performance, and Policy: Frequently Asked Questions, November 17, 2014 Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Federal Whistleblower Case, CRS Legal Sidebar, November 14, 2014 Scientific Basis of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Actions: H.R. 1422 and H.R. 4012, CRS Insights, November 17, 2014 International Climate Change Financing: The Green Climate Fund (GCF), November 17, […]

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“No Fly” List to Offer Increased Transparency

The “no fly” list procedures that are used to prevent individuals who may present a security hazard from flying on commercial aircraft are being revised to make them more transparent and easier to challenge, government attorneys said Friday. They asked a court to suspend a lawsuit disputing the constitutionality of the “no fly” procedures for two months until the revisions are complete. “The Government… is currently reviewing and revising the administrative redress procedures for denials […]

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Joint Doctrine: Counterterrorism, and Countering WMD

New military doctrine from the Joint Chiefs of Staff “narrows the definition of counterterrorism” to focus on activities designed to neutralize terrorist networks. It excludes actions to “counter root causes” of terrorism, which have now been removed from the definition. The new publication also “describes the activities of the global special operations network as it relates to CT [counterterrorism],” though without providing much detail. See Joint Publication 3-26, Counterterrorism, 24 October 2014. Another Joint Chiefs […]

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Wanted: Director of the Federal Register (Top Secret)

The National Archives is seeking a new Director of the Federal Register program, a position that requires a Top Secret security clearance. The Federal Register is sometimes described as the “daily newspaper” of the executive branch. Each weekday, it “provides citizens access to proposed and final regulations, rules, and other administrative actions of the Federal government,” according to an announcement in USA Jobs. In addition to overseeing the Federal Register itself, the Director of the […]

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Executive Discretion in Immigration, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from public distribution include the following. Executive Discretion as to Immigration: Legal Overview, November 10, 2014 FEMA’s Disaster Declaration Process: A Primer, November 12, 2014 A New Authorization for Use of Military Force Against the Islamic State: Comparison of Current Proposals in Brief, November 6, 2014 Contracting with Inverted Domestic Corporations: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions, November 7, 2014 Bee Health: Background […]

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Army Equipment Lost in Afghanistan (FOUO)

Hundreds of millions of dollars worth of U.S. Army equipment and supplies in Afghanistan have been lost or are unaccounted for, a report from the Department of Defense Inspector General said. “Since 2010, 309 forward operating bases [in Afghanistan] have closed and only a fraction of lost items from previous [inventory loss investigations] have been located. For example, between 2006 and 2010, there were 174,247 pieces of equipment listed as unaccounted for […], valued at […]

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House and Senate Staff Pay, and More from CRS

New and updated publications from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public access include the following. Staff Pay Levels for Selected Positions in House Member Offices, 2009-2013, November 3, 2014 Staff Pay Levels for Selected Positions in Senators’ Offices, FY2009-FY2013, November 3, 2014 Congressional Action on FY2015 Appropriations Measures, November 5, 2014 The G-20 Summit: Brisbane, November 15-16, 2014, CRS Insights, November 5, 2014 Treating Ebola Patients in the United States: […]

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2014 Intelligence Budget Figures Released

The National Intelligence Program received a total appropriation of $50.5 billion in fiscal year 2014, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence disclosed yesterday, as required by law. The Military Intelligence Program was funded at $17.4 billion in FY 2014, the Department of Defense said. Current and past intelligence budget disclosures can be found here. Marshall Erwin, a former analyst at the Congressional Research Service and the CIA, said that in principle, the intelligence […]

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Intelligence Whistleblower Protections, and More from CRS

New publications from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. Intelligence Whistleblower Protections: In Brief, October 23, 2014 Sexual Violence at Institutions of Higher Education, October 23, 2014 Cities Try, and Fail (So Far), to Prevent Federal Marijuana Enforcement, CRS Legal Sidebar, October 24, 2014 Bankruptcy for Marijuana Businesses?, CRS Legal Sidebar, October 29, 2014 Spectrum Needs of Self-Driving Vehicles, CRS Insights, October 28, 2014 The Ebola […]

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Court Denies Motion to Dismiss State Secrets Case

Updated/corrected below A federal court yesterday denied a government motion to dismiss a pending lawsuit that the Obama Administration said involved state secrets. It appears to be the first time that such a motion for dismissal has ever been rejected in a state secrets case. [Update: Not so. There was a previous instance; see below.] The lawsuit, Gulet Mohamed v. Eric H. Holder, concerns the constitutionality of the “no fly” list. The government filed its […]

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