Vacancy on the Supreme Court: CRS Products

New reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public release include the following. Vacancy on the Supreme Court: CRS Products, CRS Legal Sidebar, March 21, 2016 Justice Antonin Scalia: His Jurisprudence and His Impact on the Court, March 18, 2016 Merrick Garland’s Nomination to the Supreme Court: Initial Observations, CRS […]

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DNI Representatives Form a Global Network

The Director of National Intelligence exercises authority and maintains global awareness through a network of DNI Representatives deployed across the intelligence community and around the world. “DNI Representatives serve as the principal advisors to their assigned organizations for IC matters, as a conduit between the DNI and their assigned organizations, and as the DNI’s personal […]

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GAO Oversight of Intelligence Community Contractors

“We do not have the full picture of who is working for the Intelligence Community as contractors, or why,” said Senator Thomas Carper at a June 2014 hearing, the record of which was just published last week. See The Intelligence Community: Keeping Watch Over Its Contractor Workforce, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, June […]

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Former Presidents with Benefits, and More from CRS

The government’s proposed FY2017 budget would increase spending on benefits for former Presidents by 17.9% (to $3,865,000) over the previous year’s level. “The increase in requested appropriations for FY2017 anticipates President Barack Obama’s transition from incumbent to former President,” according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service. “This report provides a legislative and […]

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Nigeria: Current Issues, and More from CRS

A campaign by citizens’ groups in Germany last month persuaded the Bundestag (the German parliament) to authorize the release of thousands of research reports prepared by the Wissenschaftlicher Dienst, the German equivalent of the Congressional Research Service. “But not only that: The Parliament also changed its publication policy regarding all new reports. In the future, […]

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A Bureaucratic History of Cyber War

When Gen. Keith Alexander became the new director of the National Security Agency in 2005, “his predecessor, Mike Hayden, stepped down, seething with suspicion”– towards Alexander. As told by Fred Kaplan in his new book Dark Territory, Gen. Hayden and Gen. Alexander had clashed years before in a struggle “for turf and power, leaving Hayden […]

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Daylight Saving Time, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service this week include the following. Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau’s State Visit, March 2016, CRS Insight, March 7, 2016 Overview of FY2017 Appropriations for Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS), March 7, 2016 First-Term Members of the House of Representatives and Senate, 64th-114th Congresses, March 7, […]

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Help Wanted to Oversee the Classification System

The government is looking for a person to oversee, and perhaps sometimes to overrule, classification decisions made throughout the Executive Branch. A job opening for the position of Director of the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) was announced in USA Jobs last week. The ISOO director is appointed by the Archivist of the United States, […]

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Encryption: Legal Aspects, and More from CRS

A new report from the Congressional Research Service considers legal aspects of encryption policy. It reviews the existing case law concerning efforts to compel disclosure of encrypted data. It also discusses related issues including the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, and the scope of the All Writs Act that is now the focus of a […]

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