A recent Congressional Research Service report observed irregularities in government spending on military space.
“Tracking the DOD space budget is extremely difficult since space is not identified as a separate line item in the DOD budget. Additionally, DOD sometimes releases only partial information (omitting funding for classified programs) or will suddenly release without explanation new figures for prior years that are quite different from what was previously reported.”
See “U.S. Military Space Programs: An Overview of Appropriations and Current Issues” (pdf), updated August 7, 2006.
Pending proposals to restructure Foreign Service personnel compensation policy are described in “The Foreign Service and a New Worldwide Compensation System” (pdf), updated November 16, 2006.
U.S. economic sanctions that are currently imposed against North Korea and the potential application of additional restrictions are addressed in another recent CRS report, provided courtesy of the National Committee on North Korea. See “North Korea: Economic Sanctions” (pdf), updated October 17, 2006.
A supply-side tax credit (STC) could offer a tax incentive to material suppliers and professional service consultants that provide goods or services to affordable housing projects.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of Commerce, and Department of Transportation should jointly develop and manage a data resource—a Housing Production Dashboard—to track housing production within and across states.
Exempting affordable housing from volume caps would address the underlying issue and have the greatest impact in this housing emergency.
To increase the supply of affordable homes, Congress should make greater investments in the National Housing Trust Fund (HTF).