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How Government Can Unleash the Power of Data and Analytics HOW GOVERNMENT CAN UNLEASH THE POWER OF DATA AND ANALYTICS

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Jul 11, 2019

State and local governments routinely collect and store large volumes of data that potentially can help improve citizen services and make organizations run more efficiently. Unfortunately, for a host of reasons, much of this valuable information hasn’t been fully analyzed or acted upon, repres...

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New Rules for Attracting and Retaining Government Talent NEW RULES FOR ATTRACTING AND RETAINING GOVERNMENT TALENT

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Jul 11, 2019

Government leaders must partner with employees to help them develop their careers in ways that also support the agency’s mission, especially in a tight job market that gives employees plenty of options.

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A Platform to Power Government A PLATFORM TO POWER GOVERNMENT

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Jul 10, 2019

The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) is a pioneer of software-as-a-service (SaaS) and has developed more than 20 Salesforce apps and demonstrated their success to at least 23 different state and local government and education entities. This approach has allowed the state to rapidly de...

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Transforming government with cloud technologies TRANSFORMING GOVERNMENT WITH CLOUD TECHNOLOGIES

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Jul 09, 2019

The cloud is ubiquitous. Whether we think about it consciously or not, almost all of us are using cloud services. That could be a music service such as Spotify, storage such as Dropbox, communications via Gmail, or a software-as-a-service application such as Salesforce. Cloud services touch all of o...

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Synthetic Identity Fraud in the U.S. Payment System SYNTHETIC IDENTITY FRAUD IN THE U.S. PAYMENT SYSTEM

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Jul 09, 2019

The U.S. payment system faces dynamic, persistent and rapidly escalating threats as technological developments in cybercrime make it easier than ever to commit payments fraud. Since 2015, the Federal Reserve has collaborated with a wide array of industry stakeholders to advance U.S. payments securit...

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The SiriusDecisions B-to-B Buying Decision Process Framework THE SIRIUSDECISIONS B-TO-B BUYING DECISION PROCESS FRAMEWORK

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Jul 08, 2019

Decisionmaking is a cognitive process defined by psychologists as the selection of a course of action from multiple alternatives (e.g. what to eat, where to shop). John Dewey, the pragmatic philosopher and psychologist, introduced the first decision process framework for consumer buying in his book ...

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2020 Vision: Election Security in the Age of Committed Foreign Threats 2020 VISION: ELECTION SECURITY IN THE AGE OF COMMITTED FOREIGN THREATS

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Jul 08, 2019

The entire national security establishment admonishes that threats to our election infrastructure are real. Foreign governments, foreign non-state actors, and domestic troublemakers have the capacity and desire to corrode the essential public belief that our election outcomes are true and reliable. ...

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The Birkenbihl-Approach to Language Learning THE BIRKENBIHL-APPROACH TO LANGUAGE LEARNING

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Jun 27, 2019

Learners experience difficulties because even if vocabulary has been learned well, the words have been learned as individual units (e.g. “put” with several possible translations into the native tongue of learner) while now in context only one of these possibilities describes the meaning....

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Evaluation of Diversity in Democracy: EVALUATION OF DIVERSITY IN DEMOCRACY:

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Jun 26, 2019

The Diversity in Democracy (DiD) Programme ran from July 2014 to March 2017 and was funded and delivered by the Welsh Government.

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China’s Economic Rise: History, Trends, Challenges, and Implications for the United States CHINA’S ECONOMIC RISE: HISTORY, TRENDS, CHALLENGES, AND IMPLICATIONS FOR THE UNITED STATES

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Jun 25, 2019

Prior to the initiation of economic reforms and trade liberalization nearly 40 years ago, China maintained policies that kept the economy very poor, stagnant, centrally controlled, vastly inefficient, and relatively isolated from the global economy. Since opening up to foreign trade and investment a...

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DIRECTIVE CONSULTING PORTFOLIO DIRECTIVE CONSULTING PORTFOLIO

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Jun 24, 2019

We believe that data-driven marketing shouldn’t be confusing. Every company should know what works for their campaigns in order to make more ROI-driven decisions. At Directive, we not only craft customized campaigns for your unique marketing objectives - we exceed those objectives and truly re...

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Government Employment and Training Programs: Assessing the Evidence on their Performance GOVERNMENT EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING PROGRAMS: ASSESSING THE EVIDENCE ON THEIR PERFORMANCE

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Jun 24, 2019

For the first time since the Government began tracking job openings nearly 20 years ago, there are more job openings in the United States than unemployed people looking for work. In fact, there are over 1.6 million more job openings than unemployed people. Because of the Trump Administration’s...

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The Brexit scorecard THE BREXIT SCORECARD

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Jun 23, 2019

Zhou Enlai famously (albeit apocryphally) declared in 1972 that it was ‘too early to say’ what the impact of the French Revolution had been. It might, then, appear somewhat premature to raise the question as to whether Brexit has been a success. After all, the UK has not left the Europea...

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THE NATIONAL ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIC PLAN: 2019 UPDATE THE NATIONAL ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIC PLAN: 2019 UPDATE

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Jun 21, 2019

Artificial intelligence (AI) holds tremendous promise to benefit nearly all aspects of society, including the economy, healthcare, security, the law, transportation, even technology itself. On February 11, 2019, the President signed Executive Order 13859, Maintaining American Leadership in Artificia...

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86TH TEXAS LEGISLATIVE SESSION SUMMARY 86TH TEXAS LEGISLATIVE SESSION SUMMARY

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Jun 21, 2019

Texans need adequate relief from flooding and protection from future severe weather events. Significant funding is required to improve the state’s flood resilience following Hurricane Harvey and other flood events in recent years. Following and related to Hurricane Harvey, there were three dis...

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What Republicans Need to Know as We Move Toward the 2020 Election WHAT REPUBLICANS NEED TO KNOW AS WE MOVE TOWARD THE 2020 ELECTION

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Jun 20, 2019

A first step will be “unlearning” every concept you have of “likely voters” in the context of the 2020 campaign. The demographic composition of the electorate will most closely resemble all registered voters, with a likely new record percentage of non-White voters.

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Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program: Background and Issues for Congress NAVY AEGIS BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE (BMD) PROGRAM: BACKGROUND AND ISSUES FOR CONGRESS

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Jun 19, 2019

The Aegis ballistic missile defense (BMD) program, which is carried out by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the Navy, gives Navy Aegis cruisers and destroyers a capability for conducting BMD operations. Under the FY2020 budget submission, the number of BMD-capable Navy Aegis ships is projected t...

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Farm Policy: USDA’s 2018 Trade Aid Package FARM POLICY: USDA’S 2018 TRADE AID PACKAGE

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Jun 19, 2019

In early 2018, the Trump Administration citing concerns over national security and unfair trade Practices imposed increased tariffs on certain imported products in general and on U.S. imports from China in particular. Several of the affected foreign trading partners (including China) responded to th...

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Best Practices for Financial Literacy and Education at Institutions of Higher Education BEST PRACTICES FOR FINANCIAL LITERACY AND EDUCATION AT INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION

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Jun 14, 2019

Institutions of higher education1 play an important role in our society and our economy, developing educated citizens and skilled workers who are vital to America’s well-being. In addition to this broad benefit, postsecondary education is valuable to many individuals, resulting in higher earni...

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Investing in (and for) Our Future INVESTING IN (AND FOR) OUR FUTURE

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Jun 13, 2019

Pension systems around the world all face a common problem – the strain put on existing promises for retirement because of increases in life expectancy. The retirement savings gap is quite large in some countries already, and on a global scale is projected to grow significantly larger1 by the ...

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Regulation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution REGULATION FOR THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

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Jun 11, 2019

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is of a scale, speed and complexity that is unprecedented. It is characterised by a fusion of technologies – such as artificial intelligence, gene editing and advanced robotics – that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological worl...

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Report to Congress Department of Defense Arctic Strategy REPORT TO CONGRESS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ARCTIC STRATEGY

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Jun 06, 2019

This document articulates the Department of Defense’s (DoD) strategy for the Arctic region in an era of strategic competition.It is informed by the 2017 National Security Strategy and anchored in the priorities of the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) and its focus on competition with China...

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Department of Defense Indo-Pacific Strategy Report 2019 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INDO-PACIFIC STRATEGY REPORT 2019

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Jun 01, 2019

The Indo-Pacific is the Department of Defense’s priority theater. The United States is a Pacific nation; we are linked to our Indo-Pacific neighbors through unbreakable bonds of shared history, culture, commerce, and values. We have an enduring commitment to uphold a free and open IndoPacific ...

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Federal Grants to State and Local Governments: A Historical Perspective on Contemporary Issues FEDERAL GRANTS TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE ON CONTEMPORARY ISSUES

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May 22, 2019

The federal government is expected to provide state and local governments about $750 billion in federal grants in FY2019, funding a wide range of public policies, such as health care, transportation, income security, education, job training, social services, community development, and environmental ...

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21st Century Social Care 21ST CENTURY SOCIAL CARE

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May 21, 2019

This research paper explores the nature and extent of the serious and urgent problems affecting the provision of social care in the UK. It identifies how these problems have evolved from the institutional structures developed for providing health and social care and offers proposals for complex, lon...

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Digital Trade and U.S. Trade Policy DIGITAL TRADE AND U.S. TRADE POLICY

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May 21, 2019

As the global internet develops and evolves, digital trade has become more prominent on the global trade and economic policy agenda. The economic impact of the internet was estimated to be $4.2 trillion in 2016, making it the equivalent of the fifth-largest national economy. The digital economy acco...

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Canadian Competition Policy in the Digital Age: Is Today’s Toolkit up to the Task? CANADIAN COMPETITION POLICY IN THE DIGITAL AGE: IS TODAY’S TOOLKIT UP TO THE TASK?

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May 16, 2019

At their April meeting, Council members discussed whether Canada’s competition policy toolkit is sufficient to address new forms of market power that may arise in the digital economy. Governments worldwide are wrestling with public concerns about the perceived power and influence of “Big...

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Costs Associated with Replacing the Federal Pay System COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH REPLACING THE FEDERAL PAY SYSTEM

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May 16, 2019

This report provides an independent estimate of the cost of replacing the Phoenix pay system, the current payroll processing system that administers pay for federal public servants. It assesses costs associated with procuring and implementing a new software, as well as projected operating costs over...

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Stimulating housing supply - Government initiatives (England) STIMULATING HOUSING SUPPLY - GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES (ENGLAND)

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May 15, 2019

The 2015 Government pursued both supply-side and demand-side measures. There was a desire to increase home ownership, particularly amongst first-time buyers, which was supported through savings products such as the Help to Buy ISA and Lifetime ISA, and also through equity loan schemes. A key commitm...

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Natural Capital Committee NATURAL CAPITAL COMMITTEE

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May 14, 2019

This paper sets out a brief introduction to the UK’s soils and the ecosystem services derived from them. It provides a summary of the current state of the UK’s soils, the measures currently in place to protect them, the steps that can be taken to improve their condition, and how those ch...

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Emerging Countries and the Effects of the Trade War between US and China EMERGING COUNTRIES AND THE EFFECTS OF THE TRADE WAR BETWEEN US AND CHINA

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May 13, 2019

Since the beginning of 2018, the multilateral trading system has been challenged by unilateral decisions by the United States of America (US) raising import tarries for certain trading partners, especially China. The backdrop to these US measures is the increase in the country’s trade deficit ...

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Explanatory Guide to The Seed Potato Classification Scheme and Approved Stock Scheme: for 2019/20 EXPLANATORY GUIDE TO THE SEED POTATO CLASSIFICATION SCHEME AND APPROVED STOCK SCHEME: FOR 2019/20

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May 13, 2019

This is a guide to the Seed Potato Classification Scheme (SPCS) and much of the guidance is taken from the relevant legislation, in accordance with which the scheme operates and growers in England and Wales have their seed potato crops classified. For the full details and legal requirements, you sho...

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Helping European Economic Area (EEA) & Swiss residents to protect their rights after Brexit HELPING EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA (EEA) & SWISS RESIDENTS TO PROTECT THEIR RIGHTS AFTER BREXIT

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May 08, 2019

This factsheet is intended to provide local authorities with information about what action can be taken to secure the rights of European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss residents who will be required to make an application under the EU Settlement Scheme in order to stay in the UK after the UK leaves t...

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U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission U.S.-CHINA ECONOMIC AND SECURITY REVIEW COMMISSION

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May 07, 2019

On April 3, 2019, the Hong Kong government formally introduced its extradition bill before Hong Kong’s legislature, the Legislative Council (LegCo). The bill proposes changes to the territory’s extradition laws to allow ad hoc extraditions to countries and jurisdictions with which Hong K...

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Strategies for Business Marketing to Government in the Digital Age STRATEGIES FOR BUSINESS MARKETING TO GOVERNMENT IN THE DIGITAL AGE

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May 06, 2019

This whitepaper is targeted to smaller businesses who are preparing and seeking to grow their business with the government, and need a roadmap for marketing to government buyers. More specifically, this paper lays out the approach for digital business-to-government (B2G) marketing , a critical tool ...

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Updated Advisory on Widespread Public Corruption
in Venezuela UPDATED ADVISORY ON WIDESPREAD PUBLIC CORRUPTION IN VENEZUELA

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May 03, 2019

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is issuing this update to the “Advisory on Widespread Public Corruption in Venezuela” issued by FinCEN on September 20, 2017.to alert financial institutions of continuing widespread public corruption in Venezuela under the regime of Nicol...

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National Transport Finance Plan 2018 Update NATIONAL TRANSPORT FINANCE PLAN 2018 UPDATE

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May 02, 2019

The National Transport Finance Plan was published in July 2015. It sets out in more detail how we propose to deliver the outcomes set out in the Wales Transport Strategy from 2015 and beyond. The Plan includes all transport interventions financed by the Welsh Government.

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Myanmar’s 2020 Elections and Conflict Dynamics MYANMAR’S 2020 ELECTIONS AND CONFLICT DYNAMICS

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Apr 22, 2019

In late 2020, Myanmar will hold a general election for more than a thousand seats in its legislative bodies. The lead-up to this election overlaps with the 21st Century Panglong peace process and the possible repatriating of Rohingya refugees in ways that only deepen social tensions. At issue is tha...

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ESTIMATED IMPACT OF THE UNITED STATESMEXICO-CANADA AGREEMENT (USMCA) ON THE U.S. AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR ESTIMATED IMPACT OF THE UNITED STATESMEXICO-CANADA AGREEMENT (USMCA) ON THE U.S. AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR

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Apr 18, 2019

The automotive rules of origin (ROO) in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are outdated, contain significant loopholes, and have encouraged the outsourcing of U.S. jobs. The new automotive ROO in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

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China’s Pursuit of Space Power Status and Implications for the United States CHINA’S PURSUIT OF SPACE POWER STATUS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR THE UNITED STATES

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Apr 11, 2019

China seeks to become an international leader in space, or what it terms a “space power in all respects.” In this role, Beijing aspires to lead international space-related innovation and exploration and establish an advanced system of infrastructure to serve its space sector. China has s...

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Autumn surprises: possible scenarios for the next phase of Brexit AUTUMN SURPRISES: POSSIBLE SCENARIOS FOR THE NEXT PHASE OF BREXIT

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Mar 29, 2019

Brexit negotiations are entering the end game. Over the next few months, the Government must conclude a withdrawal agreement with the European Union (EU) before seeking approval from Parliament in the form of a motion – the so-called ‘meaningful vote’ – on the deal. Only if b...

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Brexit: Proposals for the future UK-EU relationship BREXIT: PROPOSALS FOR THE FUTURE UK-EU RELATIONSHIP

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Mar 29, 2019

The UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement (WA) and the accompanying Political Declaration (PD) on the framework for the future UK-EU relationship have together been rejected twice by the House of Commons, on 15 January and 12 March 2019. On 21 March, the EU agreed to the Prime Minister’s request for an e...

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19-5 Brexit: Everyone Loses, but Britain Loses the Most 19-5 BREXIT: EVERYONE LOSES, BUT BRITAIN LOSES THE MOST

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Mar 29, 2019

In June 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) voted by a narrow margin in favor of leaving the European Union (EU). Then home secretary Theresa May became prime minister and took on the onerous task of putting together a divorce deal. Brexit was set in motion when the UK formally triggered Article 50 of the...

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Trump’s Deregulatory Record: An Assessment at the Two-Year Mark TRUMP’S DEREGULATORY RECORD: AN ASSESSMENT AT THE TWO-YEAR MARK

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Mar 28, 2019

Te American Council for Capital Formation Center for Policy Research brings together academics, policymakers, business leaders and the media to focus on important new research on economic, energy, environment, regulatory, tax, and trade policies

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A Budget for a Better America A BUDGET FOR A BETTER AMERICA

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Mar 28, 2019

Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2020 contains the Budget Message of the President, information on the President’s priorities, and summary tables.

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Preparing supply chains for the Post-Brexit future PREPARING SUPPLY CHAINS FOR THE POST-BREXIT FUTURE

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Mar 27, 2019

A year on from the publication of the Damco white paper, Into the Unknown: Supply Chains after Brexit, there are still a number of unresolved policies and unknowable variables resulting from the UK’s decision to exit the European Union. For all of our customers, in the United Kingdom (UK), the...

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Fiscal Year 2020 President’s Budget FISCAL YEAR 2020 PRESIDENT’S BUDGET

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Mar 26, 2019

The Commission is requesting a total of $315.0 million and 707 FTE for FY 2020. This budget consists of two separate requests: the Commission’s operational budget of $284.0 million, and a onetime request of $31.0 million to support the relocation of the Commission’s three regional office...

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Economic Report of the President ECONOMIC REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT

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Mar 19, 2019

To the Congress of the United States: For the past two years, my Administration has been focused on strengthening the United States economy to enable greater opportunity and prosperity for all Americans. During my first year in office, we began by building a foundation of progrowth policies. We init...

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US–EU Trade Relations in the Trump Era Which Way Forward? US–EU TRADE RELATIONS IN THE TRUMP ERA WHICH WAY FORWARD?

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Mar 08, 2019

Although the US and the EU remain each other’s largest trade and investment partners, there has latterly been some turbulence in transatlantic economic and political relations. A major source of friction have been the US tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium, introduced by the Trump admini...

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Migration in Wales the impact of post-Brexit policy changes MIGRATION IN WALES THE IMPACT OF POST-BREXIT POLICY CHANGES

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Feb 26, 2019

The Wales Centre for Public Policy helps to improve policy making and public services by supporting ministers and public service leaders to access and apply rigorous independent evidence about what works. It works in partnership with leading researchers and policy experts to synthesise and mobilise ...

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The Trump Administration’s “Zero Tolerance” Immigration Enforcement Policy THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S “ZERO TOLERANCE” IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT POLICY

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Feb 26, 2019

For the last several years, Central American migrant families have arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border in relatively large numbers, many seeking asylum. While some request asylum at U.S. ports of entry, others do so after entering the United States “without inspection” (i.e., illegally) be...

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Leaving the European Union: Implications for the environment LEAVING THE EUROPEAN UNION: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

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Feb 26, 2019

Following five days of debate by MPs in the House of Commons in early December, it became clear that the government was going to be defeated in the final vote on the Withdrawal Agreement scheduled for 11th December. To avoid an overwhelming defeat, Theresa May announced on 10th December that the vot...

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FY 2019 Budget in Brief FY 2019 BUDGET IN BRIEF

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Feb 22, 2019

The President's Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Budget Request of $4 7 .5 billion for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reflects our continued focus on strengthening the safety and security of our Nation and the American Public. Homeland security is the most fundamental responsibility that governm...

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Federal Government 2019-20 Pre-Budget Submission FEDERAL GOVERNMENT 2019-20 PRE-BUDGET SUBMISSION

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Feb 21, 2019

Australia is a wealthy nation. To a large extent, we have the financial resources, natural endowments and human capital to make Australia one of the best countries in the world for children to live. Our GDP per capita is the thirteenth largest in the world, and Australians are ranked the second weal...

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An Agenda for American Immigration Reform AN AGENDA FOR AMERICAN IMMIGRATION REFORM

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Feb 20, 2019

Despite a protracted debate on immigration and border security that has lasted more than a decade, Congress has failed to address these issues in a manner that will keep America free, safe, and prosperous. This must end. The role of Congress is critical in crafting a proper path forward. Congress mu...

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UK housing: Fit for the future? UK HOUSING: FIT FOR THE FUTURE?

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Feb 20, 2019

Greenhouse gas emission reductions from UK housing have stalled, and efforts to adapt the housing stock for higher temperatures, flooding and water scarcity are falling far behind the increase in risk from the changing climate. The quality, design and use of homes across the UK must be improved now ...

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No Deal Contingency Planning Report: Labour and skills recommendations and actions NO DEAL CONTINGENCY PLANNING REPORT: LABOUR AND SKILLS RECOMMENDATIONS AND ACTIONS

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Feb 19, 2019

The Government has been clear that EU citizens currently living and working in the UK are welcome and will be able to continue to live and work here by applying for ‘settled status’. They have also proposed temporary measures to ensure that there is no change to people crossing the UK bo...

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SUMMARY OF THE 2018 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE STRATEGY SUMMARY OF THE 2018 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE STRATEGY

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Feb 12, 2019

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) protects our nation by deterring war and winning the nation’s wars when deterrence fails. In fulfilling this mission, we have always been at the forefront of technological advances to ensure an enduring competitive military advantage against those who threa...

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THE GERMAN WHITE PAPER 2016 AND THE CHALLENGE OF CRAFTING SECURITY STRATEGIES THE GERMAN WHITE PAPER 2016 AND THE CHALLENGE OF CRAFTING SECURITY STRATEGIES

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Feb 12, 2019

The mission of the Aspen Institute Germany is to improve the quality of leadership through dialog about the values and ideals essential to meeting the challenges facing organizations and governments at all levels. Over its forty-year history, Aspen Germany has been devoted to advancing values-based ...

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Intel’s Recommendations for the U.S. National Strategy on Artificial Intelligence INTEL’S RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE U.S. NATIONAL STRATEGY ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

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Feb 11, 2019

Nations that invest in Artificial Intelligence (AI) stand to gain tremendous advantages across industry, government and society at large. On February 11, 2019 the White House issued an Executive Order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence1 (the Executive Order). The Executive...

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The Effects of the Partial Shutdown Ending in January 2019 THE EFFECTS OF THE PARTIAL SHUTDOWN ENDING IN JANUARY 2019

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Jan 25, 2019

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated the effects of the five-week partial shutdown of the government that started on December 22, 2018, and ended on January 25, 2019. This report presents CBO’s findings, which include the following: CBO estimates that the five-week shutdown delayed ap...

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Artificial Intelligence: governance and leadership ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: GOVERNANCE AND LEADERSHIP

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Jan 25, 2019

The Australian Human Rights Commission and the World Economic Forum are working together to explore models of governance and leadership in artificial intelligence (AI) in Australia. This White Paper has been produced to support a consultation process on this issue.

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2019 National Intelligence Strategy 2019 NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE STRATEGY

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Jan 22, 2019

This National Intelligence Strategy (NIS) provides the Intelligence Community (IC) with strategic direction from the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) for the next four years. It supports the national security priorities outlined in the National Security Strategy as well as other national stra...

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Brexit and public opinion 2019 BREXIT AND PUBLIC OPINION 2019

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Jan 22, 2019

Public opinion has always been central to democratic politics. All the more so when the most important public policy decision of our time is being taken on the basis of a plebiscite, which returned a verdict different to that desired by a majority of our elected representatives. ‘The will of t...

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Rights of EU nationals after Brexit: concerns, questions and recommendations RIGHTS OF EU NATIONALS AFTER BREXIT: CONCERNS, QUESTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

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Jan 21, 2019

Local authorities are responsible for ensuring the general well-being of their communities and residents, and need to respond to any changes that may adversely impact on this. Many residents will be directly affected by the UK leaving the EU and, as a consequence, local authorities will need to play...

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2019 Federal Policy Priorities 2019 FEDERAL POLICY PRIORITIES

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Jan 17, 2019

With the support of Congress, the Great Lakes region continues to make progress toward protecting and restoring the Great Lakes. But we cannot be content with our progress so far. Much more remains to be done. The Alliance for the Great Lakes has identified key federal policy priorities for 2019. Th...

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FEDERAL ELECTION POLICY PLATFORM FEDERAL ELECTION POLICY PLATFORM

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Jan 17, 2019

Australia’s economy and quality of life rely on safe, efficient and affordable transport. But all data suggests that our national land transport system has failed to keep up with growing demand and technological change, and our living standards are suffering as a result.

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BREXIT REPORT: JANUARY 2019UPDATE BREXIT REPORT: JANUARY 2019UPDATE

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Jan 15, 2019

This Report to the States Assembly provides an overview of developments to date, and the steps taken by the Government of Jersey to protect and promote Jersey’s interests during the negotiations on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (“UK”) from the European Union (“EU&rdquo...

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The implications of a no-deal Brexit: is the European Union prepared? THE IMPLICATIONS OF A NO-DEAL BREXIT: IS THE EUROPEAN UNION PREPARED?

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Jan 14, 2019

The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the European Union based on Article 50 of the EU Treaty. As a default, the United Kingdom will therefore become a third country on 30 March 2019 and cease to be a member
of the EU.

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Giving or Getting? New York’s Balance of Payments with the Federal Government GIVING OR GETTING? NEW YORK’S BALANCE OF PAYMENTS WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

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Jan 08, 2019

For more than two decades, former United States Senator from New York Daniel Moynihan put out a report called the “Fisc” to analyze what states “gave” in tax dollars versus what states “got” from the federal government. The report provided the public and policymak...

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Brexit Brief Issue 55 BREXIT BRIEF ISSUE 55

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Jan 07, 2019

The Brief seeks to provide up-to-date information on the progress and content of the UK-EU negotiations, and bring together relevant statements and policy positions from key players in Ireland, the UK and EU.

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2019 China Military Power 2019 CHINA MILITARY POWER

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Jan 03, 2019

In September 1981, Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger asked the Defense Intelligence Agency to produce an unclassified overview of the Soviet Union’s military strength. The purpose was to provide America's leaders, the national security community, and the public a comprehensive and acc...

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The United States – China Trade War THE UNITED STATES – CHINA TRADE WAR

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Jan 01, 2019

A trade war happens when countries attack each other's trade with tariffs and quotas, and it can be referred to as a side effect of protectionism1 . This kind of economical war is usually sparked up when one country raises tariffs, i.e. a tax that is imposed on imported products made abroad. Imp...

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Government Funding for Medicare Part D GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR MEDICARE PART D

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Jan 01, 2019

The Medicare Part D program was established in 2006 under the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA). This program was designed to subsidize the cost of prescription drugs, such that Medicare beneficiaries were responsible for 25.5% of the aggregated cost of standard drug coverage while the government fun...

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Corporate Governance Review 2018 CORPORATE GOVERNANCE REVIEW 2018

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Dec 22, 2018

The FRC published a new UK Corporate Governance Code (the new Code) in July, which will take effect from 1 January 2019. The new Code has substantially evolved and builds on the progress the FRC has made to improve the quality of governance in the UK.

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A Contractor’s Guide to Surviving a Government Shutdown A CONTRACTOR’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

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Dec 22, 2018

The never-ending political stalemate in Washington seems more and more likely to lead to a government shutdown. The ramifications of a government shutdown are difficult to predict. What can be predicted is that a shutdown will adversely affect government contracting. Someone may “win” th...

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The immigration white paper, and UK and EU no deal preparations THE IMMIGRATION WHITE PAPER, AND UK AND EU NO DEAL PREPARATIONS

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Dec 19, 2018

The government has published its white paper setting out proposals for immigration policy post-Brexit. This briefing summarises those proposals, and we expect to provide a fuller analysis in due course. Both the UK and EU have increased their work to prepare for a no deal Brexit scenario. Their resp...

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Final Report of the Federal Commission on School Safety FINAL REPORT OF THE FEDERAL COMMISSION ON SCHOOL SAFETY

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Dec 18, 2018

On March 12, 2018, President Donald Trump established the Federal Commission on School Safety to review safety practices and make meaningful and actionable recommendations of best practices to keep students safe. Members of the Commission include Secretary Betsy DeVos of the U.S. Department of Educa...

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The UK’s future skills-based immigration system THE UK’S FUTURE SKILLS-BASED IMMIGRATION SYSTEM

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Dec 13, 2018

As the UK leaves the European Union (EU) and we bring free movement to an end, different rules to the current ones must apply to migration here by EU citizens. We will take full control of migration by bringing all of it under UK law and institute a new border and immigration system, to serve the UK...

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UK participation in Horizon 2020: government overview UK PARTICIPATION IN HORIZON 2020: GOVERNMENT OVERVIEW

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Dec 11, 2018

The UK government is committed to ensuring that UK and EU researchers, universities and businesses will be able to continue to collaborate after EU exit. However, as a responsible government, we are planning for every eventuality to ensure cross-border collaboration in science and innovation can con...

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Improving public transport IMPROVING PUBLIC TRANSPORT

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Dec 10, 2018

The purpose of this White Paper is to set out the Welsh Government’s proposals for improving the legislative framework in Wales for how local bus services are planned and delivered, together with reform of the licensing regime for taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs).

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MANDATE PAPER FOR BUDGET 2018 MANDATE PAPER FOR BUDGET 2018

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Dec 06, 2018

In 2016, Cabinet identified the need to strengthen the alignment of the South African Budget, the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) and the National Development Plan (NDP), and for budget prioritization to focus on the last 24 months of the current administration. The Department of Planning, Mo...

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United States Postal Service: A Sustainable Path Forward UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE: A SUSTAINABLE PATH FORWARD

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Dec 04, 2018

On April 12, 2018, President Donald J. Trump created the Task Force on the United States Postal System. The Task Force is chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury and includes the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and the Director of the Office of Personnel Management. The Task Force w...

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Reforming America REFORMING AMERICA'S HEALTHCARE SYSTEM THROUGH CHOICE AND COMPETITION

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Nov 30, 2018

While the Administration has made much progress in reforming the American health care system significant obstacles remain. This report identifies four areas where federal and state rules inhibit adequate choice and competition and offers recommendations for improving public policy in each of these f...

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Brexit and the UK BREXIT AND THE UK'S ENVIRONMENTAL AMBITIONS

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Nov 27, 2018

The post-Brexit relationship between the UK and the EU will play a key role in shaping the UK’s future environmental ambitions. The UK’s current environmental and climate policy framework is underpinned by a swathe of EU legislation, robust governance structures, and considerable funding...

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Pushing the Envelope: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under the Trump Administration PUSHING THE ENVELOPE: THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU UNDER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

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Nov 21, 2018

Congress created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or CFPB to look out for ordinary American consumers, and take on big banks and shady financial institutions that scam customers. During its first six years on the job, the Bureau stood up for working families, obtaining almost $12 billion in ...

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Local Public Finance, 2018 LOCAL PUBLIC FINANCE, 2018

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Nov 16, 2018

The accounts of local governments are divided into the general accounts and the special accounts, but classification of these accounts varies between local governments. Therefore, the accounts are classified in a standardized manner into ordinary accounts, which cover the general administrative sect...

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The Impact of the Trump Administration on Federal Grants Management THE IMPACT OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ON FEDERAL GRANTS MANAGEMENT

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Nov 16, 2018

This white paper will offer an opinion on how the drastic changes in the federal government's grant making philosophy and practices impact entities that have federal grants practices and expertise. Additionally, the white paper will offer recommendations for agencies and other entities on how to...

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The Government Network THE GOVERNMENT NETWORK

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Nov 03, 2018

The Government Network is building a borderless Nation powered by Blockchain Technology, operating from a Decentralised Autonomous Organisation (DAO). Its purpose is to innovate governance one step at the time through the implementation of applications serving direct market needs as drivers for the ...

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Internships, Fellowships, and Other Work Experience Opportunities in the Federal Government INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

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Nov 01, 2018

While there are many opportunities in the federal government for internships, fellowships, and other work experience, there is no comprehensive source to assist in locating these opportunities. This report describes internet resources for prominent and popular opportunities for internship, fellowshi...

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Scotand SCOTAND'S PLACE IN EUROPE: OUR WAY FORWARD

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Oct 22, 2018

It is now well over two years since the EU referendum and less than six months until the UK will leave the European Union. Despite having stalled for two years in setting out what they want from Brexit, the UK Government seems determined to present us with a false choice between two alternatives: no...

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STRATEGY FOR AMERICAN LEADERSHIP IN ADVANCED MANUFACTURING STRATEGY FOR AMERICAN LEADERSHIP IN ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

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Oct 22, 2018

The United States has long thrived on its ability to manufacture goods and sell them in domestic and global markets. Manufacturing plays a vital role in almost every sector of the U.S. economy, stretching from aerospace to pharmaceuticals and beyond. Advanced manufacturing which includes both new ma...

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State of the energy market 2018 STATE OF THE ENERGY MARKET 2018

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Oct 22, 2018

Energy is an essential service and the lifeblood of our economy. Questions about how energy is produced and supplied, and how affordable it is, are at the forefront of public debate. This report aims to contribute to the debate, by providing a rigorous analysis of the current state of energy markets...

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BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY: LOCAL GOVERNMENT APPLICATIONS AND CHALLENGES BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY: LOCAL GOVERNMENT APPLICATIONS AND CHALLENGES

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Oct 12, 2018

State and local governments have increased their exploration of innovative approaches to deliver essential public services. This paper illustrates the benefits and challenges of blockchain technology by exploring case studies of its application and implementation in U.S. local governments as well as...

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POST-BREXIT IMMIGRATION POLICY: RECONCILING PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS WITH ECONOMIC EVIDENCE POST-BREXIT IMMIGRATION POLICY: RECONCILING PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS WITH ECONOMIC EVIDENCE

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Oct 11, 2018

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research is Britain's longest established independent research institute, founded in 1938. The vision of our founders was to carry out research to improve understanding of the economic and social forces that affect people’s lives, and the ways ...

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FISCAL POLICY REPORT CARD ON AMERICA’S GOVERNORS 2018 FISCAL POLICY REPORT CARD ON AMERICA’S GOVERNORS 2018

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Oct 11, 2018

The U.S. economy is in its 10th year of economic expansion, and state government budgets are benefiting from a solid growth in tax revenues. State general fund revenues have grown 40 percent since 2010. Many of the nation’s governors have used the growing revenues to expand spending programs, ...

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Norwegian Government issues 2019 Fiscal Budget NORWEGIAN GOVERNMENT ISSUES 2019 FISCAL BUDGET

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Oct 10, 2018

On 8 October 2018, the Norwegian Government published its proposal for the 2019 Fiscal Budget. The proposal will now be discussed by the Norwegian Parliament, and subject to any potential changes, it is expected to be approved in December 2018.

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2018 UK HOUSING REVIEW 2018 UK HOUSING REVIEW

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Oct 04, 2018

The UK Housing Review has now reached its 26th annual edition. This Autumn Briefing Paper is the ninth in a series, complementing the main Review now published annually each Spring. This year’s Briefing reflects ways in which the economy, migration to the UK and the housing sector are all incr...

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Driving Sales Behavior With Non-Cash Rewards DRIVING SALES BEHAVIOR WITH NON-CASH REWARDS

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Oct 03, 2018

In the end, you need to be rewarding your sales reps with more than just money if you want to keep them motivated and if you want your sales compensation plan to deliver on its promises.

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Change the sales rep experience, improve the customer experience CHANGE THE SALES REP EXPERIENCE, IMPROVE THE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

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Oct 03, 2018

The first CRM launch truly changed the way sales were managed. We went from tracking customers on spreadsheets (and even in rolodexes) to tracking them and their attendant opportunities with software. It wasn’t long before reps started to feel the purpose of a CRM was more about preserving the...

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Pipeline Management and Forecasting Are Key to Improving the Sales Experience PIPELINE MANAGEMENT AND FORECASTING ARE KEY TO IMPROVING THE SALES EXPERIENCE

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Oct 03, 2018

Let’s explore some of the current processes around pipeline management and forecasting and how they can be improved.

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Australian Trade and Investment Commission Annual Report 2017–18 AUSTRALIAN TRADE AND INVESTMENT COMMISSION ANNUAL REPORT 2017–18

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Oct 02, 2018

During 2017–18, the purpose of the Australian Trade and Investment Commission Austrade was to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity by helping Australian businesses, education institutions, tourism operators, and governments to Austrade also help Australian citizens by providing ...

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TRUMP-PROOFING THE PRESIDENCY TRUMP-PROOFING THE PRESIDENCY

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Oct 02, 2018

President Trump’s election marked the start of an ethics crisis in the United States government. The crisis began before President Trump even took office, when he decided to maintain his financial interests in the hundreds of privately owned businesses that operate under the umbrella of the Tr...

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CROSS-BORDER SWAPS REGULATION VERSION 2.0 CROSS-BORDER SWAPS REGULATION VERSION 2.0

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Oct 01, 2018

This White Paper is written by Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo. The author has been a constant supporter of the swaps market reforms passed by the U.S. Congress in Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-F...

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States Expand Employment and Training Opportunities for People with Disabilities STATES EXPAND EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

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Sep 30, 2018

This white paper was developed by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) as part of its collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Disability Employment Policy’s (ODEP) State Exchange on Employment and Disability (SEED) to foster a nation...

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The future of sanctions THE FUTURE OF SANCTIONS

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Sep 26, 2018

With a new legal basis on the statute books in the form of the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018, the UK enters a new era in sanctions policy, or at least it will when the powers to create sanctions regulations come into force, something that will happen when the Government decides.

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Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States ASSESSING AND STRENGTHENING THE MANUFACTURING AND DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL BASE AND SUPPLY CHAIN RESILIENCY OF THE UNITED STATES

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Sep 26, 2018

On July 21, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed Executive Order (EO) 13806 on Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States. The EO directs the Secretary of Defense to conduct a whole-of-government effort to assess risk,...

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The Congressional Review Act: Which “Rules” Must Be Submitted to Congress THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT: WHICH “RULES” MUST BE SUBMITTED TO CONGRESS

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Sep 24, 2018

The Congressional Review Act (CRA) allows Congress to review certain types of federal agency actions that fall under the statutory category of “rules.” The CRA requires that agencies report their rules to Congress and provides special procedures under which Congress can consider legislat...

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National Cyber Strategy of the United States of America NATIONAL CYBER STRATEGY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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Sep 23, 2018

Protecting America’s national security and promoting the prosperity of the American people are my top priorities. Ensuring the security of cyberspace is fundamental to both endeavors. Cyberspace is an integral component of all facets of American life, including our economy and defense. Yet, ou...

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Evolution or Revolution? U.S. Policy on Venezuela from Obama to Trump EVOLUTION OR REVOLUTION? U.S. POLICY ON VENEZUELA FROM OBAMA TO TRUMP

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Sep 21, 2018

Less than a month after taking office as President of the United States, Donald J. Trump employed his preferred mode of communication, Twitter, to deliver a foreign policy statement of some consequence. Following a meeting with Lilian Tintori, the wife of Venezuelan political prisoner Leopoldo Lopez...

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The future partnership between the European Union and the United Kingdom THE FUTURE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THE UNITED KINGDOM

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Sep 20, 2018

Following the European Council's additional guidelines of March 2018, the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) have begun discussions on their future relations, after the UK's withdrawal from the EU (Brexit). Negotiations continue, in parallel, to agree on the terms of a Withdrawa...

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Brexit Update Research Briefing BREXIT UPDATE RESEARCH BRIEFING

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Sep 17, 2018

The National Assembly for Wales is the democratically elected body that represents the interests of Wales and its people, makes laws for Wales, agrees Welsh taxes and holds the Welsh Government to account.

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Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy DEPARTMENT FOR BUSINESS, ENERGY & INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY

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Sep 14, 2018

The National Audit Office scrutinizes public spending for Parliament and is independent of government. The Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG), Sir Amyas Morse KCB, is an Officer of the House of Commons and leads the NAO. The C&AG certifies the accounts of all government departments and m...

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Analytical Perspectives Budget of the U. S. Government Fiscal Year 2018 ANALYTICAL PERSPECTIVES BUDGET OF THE U. S. GOVERNMENT FISCAL YEAR 2018

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Sep 14, 2018

The Analytical Perspectives volume presents analyses that highlight specific subject areas or provide other significant data that place the President’s 2018 Budget in context and assist the public, policymakers, the media, and researchers in better understanding the budget. This volume complem...

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National Procurement Strategy for Local Government in England 2018 NATIONAL PROCUREMENT STRATEGY FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN ENGLAND 2018

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Sep 13, 2018

Councils are now taking a serious and long overdue look at how procurement can assist them to achieve better outcomes for their residents. Whilst there has been some excellent work undertaken as a result of previously published local government national procurement strategies, too many councils stil...

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The Effects of Local Immigration Enforcement on School Enrollment THE EFFECTS OF LOCAL IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT ON SCHOOL ENROLLMENT

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Sep 12, 2018

Immigration, both authorized and unauthorized, ranks among the most politically contentious issues of our time. In the U.S., the controversy over immigration focuses not just on the character of border enforcement but also on the interior enforcement of immigration law (e.g., employment verification...

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Envisioning Comprehensive Entity Identification for the U.S. Federal Government ENVISIONING COMPREHENSIVE ENTITY IDENTIFICATION FOR THE U.S. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

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Sep 12, 2018

The U.S. federal government uses 50 distinct entity identification systems all separate and incompatible with one another. To give just one example of the difficulties created based on the use of multiple identification systems, the Employer Data Matching Workgroup, after surveying the landscape of ...

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Income and Poverty in the United States: 2017 INCOME AND POVERTY IN THE UNITED STATES: 2017

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Sep 12, 2018

The U.S. Census Bureau collects data and publishes estimates on income and poverty in order to evaluate national economic trends as well as to understand their impact on the well-being of households, families, and individuals. This report presents data on income and poverty in the United States base...

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Brexit: Future UK Agriculture Policy BREXIT: FUTURE UK AGRICULTURE POLICY

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Sep 11, 2018

This means that a new domestic agriculture policy is needed. It gives the UK Government and devolved legislatures the opportunity to rethink farm subsidies and incentives and the general operating environment for farm businesses. The CAP currently provides nearly £4 billion of support annually...

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Government of Canada Fixed-Income Market Ecology GOVERNMENT OF CANADA FIXED-INCOME MARKET ECOLOGY

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Sep 10, 2018

The Government of Canada borrows funds by issuing fixed-income securities to investors. These securities, called Government of Canada (GoC) securities, pay interest and are redeemed upon maturity for the value of the loan.

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Readiness for the Future of Production Report 2018 READINESS FOR THE FUTURE OF PRODUCTION REPORT 2018

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Sep 10, 2018

The Fourth Industrial Revolution1 and emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, robotics, and additive manufacturing are spurring the development of new production techniques and business models that will fundamentally transform production. Both the speed and the...

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT ROADS AND TRANSPORT AGENDA 2019 LOCAL GOVERNMENT ROADS AND TRANSPORT AGENDA 2019

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Aug 29, 2018

The Australian Government is responsible for regulating most safety standards and allocating infrastructure resources across the national highway and some local road networks. State and territory governments are responsible for funding, planning, designing and operating the major arterial road netwo...

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The Brexit White Paper on future relations and alternative proposals THE BREXIT WHITE PAPER ON FUTURE RELATIONS AND ALTERNATIVE PROPOSALS

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Aug 28, 2018

After the Chequers Cabinet ‘away day’ on 6 July, Theresa May made a statement on the agreement she said had been reached on what the future relationship between the UK and the EU should look like. The Chequers statement set out the Government’s commitment to maintaining a “co...

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Review of GSA’s Revised Plan for the Federal Bureau of Investigation Headquarters Consolidation Project REVIEW OF GSA’S REVISED PLAN FOR THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION HEADQUARTERS CONSOLIDATION PROJECT

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Aug 27, 2018

On February 12, 2018, the General Services Administration (GSA) presented a revised plan for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters consolidation project to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (Senate EPW Committee). The plan recommended razing the FBI’s existi...

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The Implications for the Mueller Investigation of Confirming Judge Brett Kavanaugh THE IMPLICATIONS FOR THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION OF CONFIRMING JUDGE BRETT KAVANAUGH

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Aug 23, 2018

This paper examines the consequences that confirming Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be Associate Justice of the United States, would have for the ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the last presidential election. Because Judge Kavanaugh is an ardent pr...

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MS-13 in the United States and Federal Law Enforcement Efforts MS-13 IN THE UNITED STATES AND FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS

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Aug 20, 2018

The Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) is a violent criminal gang operating both in the United States and abroad namely Central America. MS-13 was formed on the streets of Los Angeles, CA, in the 1980s by refugees who were fleeing civil conflict in El Salvador. It became a transnational gang as MS-13 members ...

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2018 CHINA MILITARY POWER REPORT 2018 CHINA MILITARY POWER REPORT

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Aug 16, 2018

Since 2002, Chinese leaders – including President Xi Jinping – have characterized the 21stcentury’s initial two decades as a “period of strategic opportunity.” They assess that international conditions during this time will facilitate domestic development and the expans...

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Australian Energy Update 2018 AUSTRALIAN ENERGY UPDATE 2018

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Aug 13, 2018

The Australian Energy Statistics (AES) is the authoritative and official source of annual energy statistics for Australia. It provides information designed to increase the understanding of energy supply and use in Australia, to support decision making in government and industry, and to meet annual i...

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2018–19 DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE CORPORATE PLAN 2018–19 DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE CORPORATE PLAN

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Aug 10, 2018

The purpose of the department is to make Australia stronger, safer and more prosperous, to provide timely and responsive consular and passport services, and to ensure a secure Australian Government presence overseas.

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Federal Tax Withholding Treasury And Irs Should Document The Roles And Responsibilities For Updating Annual Withholding Tables FEDERAL TAX WITHHOLDING TREASURY AND IRS SHOULD DOCUMENT THE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES FOR UPDATING ANNUAL WITHHOLDING TABLES

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Jul 31, 2018

Federal income tax is a “pay-as-you-go” tax, meaning that employers are required to withhold taxes from employee paychecks during the year, rather than employees paying taxes only at the end of the year. Withholding helps the federal government collect taxes year-round, and prevents some...

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ANALYSIS OF FEDERAL TAX LAW REVISIONS ON THE STATE OF ALABAMA ANALYSIS OF FEDERAL TAX LAW REVISIONS ON THE STATE OF ALABAMA

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Jul 30, 2018

The computation of Alabama individual income tax begins with state adjusted gross income. Unlike most state individual income taxes, the Alabama individual income tax is not directly tied to the calculation of federal taxable income. For administrative simplicity, Alabama conforms to certain federal...

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Integration of Civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS) Roadmap INTEGRATION OF CIVIL UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS (UAS) IN THE NATIONAL AIRSPACE SYSTEM (NAS) ROADMAP

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Jul 30, 2018

Unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations are rapidly increasing in number, technical complexity, and sophistication. The growth in popularity of these new aircraft has presented the U.S. Department of Transportation (the Department) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with a number of reg...

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Strategic Plan for FY 2018-2022 STRATEGIC PLAN FOR FY 2018-2022

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Jul 26, 2018

The mission of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is to ensure our Nation has the safest, most efficient and modern transportation system in the world, which improves the quality of life for all American people and communities, from rural to urban, and increases the productivity and competi...

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TRUMP’S FUEL ECONOMY STANDARD ROLLBACK WILL COST $450 BILLION THROUGH 2050, INCREASE EMISSIONS 11% THROUGH 2035 TRUMP’S FUEL ECONOMY STANDARD ROLLBACK WILL COST $450 BILLION THROUGH 2050, INCREASE EMISSIONS 11% THROUGH 2035

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Jul 25, 2018

Media reports indicate the Trump Administration will propose freezing existing federal fuel economy standards for cars and SUVs at 2020 levels, thereby undoing fuel economy increases for model years 2022 to 2025 set by previous administrations. Energy Innovation’s modeling predicts that freezi...

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Review of Australian Government Data Activities 2018 REVIEW OF AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DATA ACTIVITIES 2018

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Jul 25, 2018

The Australian Government holds vast amounts of data collected from individuals and businesses, and generated by different government agencies. Efficient collection, use and re-use of data is key to improving the efficiency of government spending and delivering more effective and better targeted evi...

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National Security and Investment NATIONAL SECURITY AND INVESTMENT

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Jul 24, 2018

The UK economy has a proud and hard-won reputation as one of the most open economies in the world. As of 2017, the UK had the third-highest inward foreign direct investment stock in the world. This is not just a fact. It is a reflection of the values on which our economic approach is based – o...

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A summary of the UK Government’s White Paper proposals for the UK’s future relationship with the EU A SUMMARY OF THE UK GOVERNMENT’S WHITE PAPER PROPOSALS FOR THE UK’S FUTURE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE EU

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Jul 24, 2018

On 12 July, the UK Government published its White Paper on The Future Relationship between the UK and EU (PDF748 KB). The paper is over 100 pages in length and sets out in detail the UK Government’s proposals for a future economic partnership, a future security partnership, cooperative accords...

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Foreign Economic Espionage in Cyberspace FOREIGN ECONOMIC ESPIONAGE IN CYBERSPACE

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Jul 24, 2018

In the 2011 report to Congress on Foreign Spies Stealing U.S. Economic Secrets in Cyberspace, the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive provided a baseline assessment of the many dangers facing the U.S. research, development, and manufacturing sectors when operating in cyberspace, the...

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Incentive Compensation Management: Build Versus Buy INCENTIVE COMPENSATION MANAGEMENT: BUILD VERSUS BUY

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Jul 23, 2018

Custom ICM solutions are built for you, not auditors, so they typically don’t offer visibility into actions performed over time. Auditors may lack confidence in your homegrown system, especially if they find errors or omissions. In fact, audit risk from errors and overpayments is often the mos...

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The Three “S’s” of a Great Incentive Compensation Management System THE THREE “S’S” OF A GREAT INCENTIVE COMPENSATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

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Jul 23, 2018

It all ties together. You want your sales reps to behave a certain way and close a certain amount of deals in specific verticals that match your company’s 3- and/or 5-year vision, but the systems you currently have in place to drive this behavior are not working for any number of reasons. Most...

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Why Enterprise CPQ Implementations Fail WHY ENTERPRISE CPQ IMPLEMENTATIONS FAIL

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Jul 23, 2018

You’ve reached a certain point in the evolution of your company and you know it’s time to invest in a CPQ system. But buyer beware: There’s a certain misconception around CPQ systems as being plug-in devices or turnkey-ready overlays of your existing infrastructure, or a simple app...

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Moving Away from Spreadsheets: How to Know When It’s Time MOVING AWAY FROM SPREADSHEETS: HOW TO KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME

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Jul 23, 2018

The spreadsheet conundrum... Joe Smith, sales director for Great Start-Up Number 5 Billion and Thirty-One, puts on a blindfold and reaches out blindly for something, ANYTHING, to help him organize his team’s deals and commissions. He’s hopeful. He’s waiting. He knows he’ll co...

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The Proposed Equal Rights Amendment: Contemporary Ratification Issues THE PROPOSED EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT: CONTEMPORARY RATIFICATION ISSUES

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Jul 18, 2018

The proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (ERA), which declares that “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex,” was approved by Congress for ratification by the states in 1972. The proposal in...

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BREXIT BRIEF 045 BREXIT BRIEF 045

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Jul 18, 2018

On 12 July 2018, the UK Government published its long-promised White Paper – The Future Relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union. The UK Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab, explained that the White Paper confirmed that the UK will leave the EU on 29 March 2019 ‘forging ...

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Outline for a German Strategy for Artificial Intelligence OUTLINE FOR A GERMAN STRATEGY FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

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Jul 17, 2018

Numerous countries like China, France and Japan have declared Artificial Intelligence (AI) a key technology and announced comprehensive plans to promote research and development in AI. The German government has also begun to work on an AI strategy and just published a first blueprint with the core t...

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Consumer Impact of Potential U.S. Section 232 Tariffs and Quotas on Imported Automobiles & Automotive Parts CONSUMER IMPACT OF POTENTIAL U.S. SECTION 232 TARIFFS AND QUOTAS ON IMPORTED AUTOMOBILES & AUTOMOTIVE PARTS

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Jul 17, 2018

If the Trump Administration chooses to implement tariffs or quotas on U.S. imports of automobiles and automotive parts, the Centre for Automotive Research (CAR) estimates that consumers will see the price of all new vehicles rise by $455 to $6,875 depending on the level of tariff or quota, where the...

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Impacts of Congressional Actions on Federal Contract Spending IMPACTS OF CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS ON FEDERAL CONTRACT SPENDING

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Jul 17, 2018

This analysis was conducted using government-wide contract acquisition and spending data. An additional dataset was compiled identifying the timing of continuing resolutions and new appropriations legislation enacted by Congress from Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 through the second quarter of FY 2018. Contr...

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Addressing America’s Reskilling Challenge ADDRESSING AMERICA’S RESKILLING CHALLENGE

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Jul 16, 2018

Renewed economic growth, a booming job market, and the evolving nature of work are transforming the face of the labor market, resulting in changes in the skill needs of American employers, as well as new and different opportunities for American workers. In the United States, investment in skill deve...

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Monetary Policy Report MONETARY POLICY REPORT

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Jul 13, 2018

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is firmly committed to fulfilling its statutory mandate from the Congress of promoting maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate long-term interest rates. The Committee seeks to explain its monetary policy decisions to the public as clearly as possible....

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The Defense Budget and the Budget Control Act: Frequently Asked Questions THE DEFENSE BUDGET AND THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Jul 13, 2018

The spending limits (or caps) apply separately to defense and nondefense discretionary budget authority. Budget authority is authority provided by law to a federal agency to obligate money for goods and services. The caps are enforced by a mechanism called sequestration.

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The Trump Administration’s National Security Strategy THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY

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Jul 13, 2018

At the end of 2017, the US published a new National Security Strategy (NSS), replacing the previous NSS of 2015 in record time. This working paper analyses the new NSS. The US strategy now perceives a hypercompetitive world on the horizon, very different from that seen in decades past. The NSS argue...

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SOCIAL MEDIA AND IMMIGRATION SOCIAL MEDIA AND IMMIGRATION

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Jul 12, 2018

Governments around the world are screening travelers’ social media sites to vet their backgrounds and personal information. The information they gather from a traveler’s social media profiles or postings can provide grounds for denying entry to that traveler. Employees should be aware of...

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Overview: The business view of the Government’s Brexit White Paper OVERVIEW: THE BUSINESS VIEW OF THE GOVERNMENT’S BREXIT WHITE PAPER

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Jul 12, 2018

In many areas, the White Paper seeks to answer the questions and address the issues that companies have been raising with Government since the EU referendum, and it correctly identifies the right challenges. However, businesses will be no clearer on the Government’s negotiating position in a n...

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THE CONTINUED TRANSITION TO ELECTRIC VEHICLES IN U.S. CITIES THE CONTINUED TRANSITION TO ELECTRIC VEHICLES IN U.S. CITIES

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Jul 11, 2018

Growth in the electric vehicle market continues globally. Cumulative global electric vehicle sales surpassed 3 million units in 2017, with the United States now the third largest electric vehicle market after China and Europe. Governments at national, regional, and local levels continue to support t...

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Germany GERMANY'S DEFENCE CONTRIBUTION – IS BERLIN UNDERPERFORMING?

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Jul 11, 2018

Meeting NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Washington DC in May 2018, Donald Trump returned to a favourite theme: NATO burden sharing and its alleged unfairness to the US. Noting that 20 Allies spend less than NATO’s target of 2% of GDP on defence, Trump nevertheless again singled out ...

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Transformation and Innovation in the Wake Of Devastation: An Economic And Disaster Recovery Plan For Puerto Rico TRANSFORMATION AND INNOVATION IN THE WAKE OF DEVASTATION: AN ECONOMIC AND DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN FOR PUERTO RICO

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Jul 09, 2018

In September of 2017, Puerto Rico suffered catastrophic damage as Hurricane Irma passed just north of San Juan. Hurricane Maria made a direct hit on the Island as a massive category 4 hurricane two weeks later. The hurricanes’ devastating effects on people’s health and safety cannot be o...

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Cybersecurity in the Federal Government CYBERSECURITY IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

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Jul 09, 2018

Federal agencies face many of the same cybersecurity challenges as private-sector organizations. These include a barrage of attacks such as malware, phishing emails used to spread malware or steal credentials, and distributed denial of service attacks that can be generated by malware-infected system...

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US Indo-Pacific Strategy: Myths and Reality US INDO-PACIFIC STRATEGY: MYTHS AND REALITY

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Jul 06, 2018

The US perceptions that these assumptions were being proven wrong occurred incrementally over the past decade. While there is still no clear new US consensus on a China policy, there is a hard-edged pessimism. A mea culpa by two former Obama administration officials summed it up: ‘Washington n...

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U.S. Immigration Policy under Trump Deep Changes and Lasting Impacts U.S. IMMIGRATION POLICY UNDER TRUMP DEEP CHANGES AND LASTING IMPACTS

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Jul 05, 2018

From his earliest days in office, President Donald Trump signaled his intention to make taking a tough stance on immigration the rallying cry of his campaign a focus of his administration. Within five days, he issued a series of executive orders promising major changes to the U.S. immigration system...

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“Americanism, not globalism”: President Trump and the American mission “AMERICANISM, NOT GLOBALISM”: PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE AMERICAN MISSION

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Jul 03, 2018

From the end of the Second World War, the dominant current of American exceptionalism in the rhetoric and outlook of US presidents has been the belief that the United States has a special mission to redeem the world by extending liberty and democracy to all peoples. However, President Donald Trump i...

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Government Estate Strategy GOVERNMENT ESTATE STRATEGY

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Jul 03, 2018

This strategy marks a new chapter in how we manage the government estate. Just as we see our home as something more than just a roof over our heads, our estate is at the heart of everything that we do from the policies we create to the public services we provide, to the type of economy we wish to bu...

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The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN THE UNITED STATES (CFIUS)

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Jul 03, 2018

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is an interagency body comprised of nine Cabinet members, two ex officio members, and other members as appointed by the President, that assists the President in overseeing the national security aspects of foreign direct investment in t...

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Private Flood Insurance and the National Flood Insurance Program PRIVATE FLOOD INSURANCE AND THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM

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Jul 02, 2018

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is the main source of primary flood insurance coverage in the United States, collecting $3.5 billion in premiums for over five million flood insurance policies. This is in contrast to the majority of other property and casualty risks, such as damage from f...

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THE FUTURE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE EUROPEAN UNION THE FUTURE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE EUROPEAN UNION

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Jul 02, 2018

The United Kingdom will leave the European Union on 29 March 2019 and begin to chart a new course in the world. The Government will have delivered on the result of the 2016 referendum the biggest democratic exercise in this country’s history. And it will have reached a key milestone in its pri...

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Value of satellite-derived Earth Observation capabilities to the UK Government today and by 2020 VALUE OF SATELLITE-DERIVED EARTH OBSERVATION CAPABILITIES TO THE UK GOVERNMENT TODAY AND BY 2020

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Jul 01, 2018

This study aims to provide evidence of the current and near-term potential value of satellite-derived Earth Observation (EO) capabilities to the UK government. The subsequent value to the industry as a supplier of EO data and applications to UK government is also investigated.

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Managing Salesforce Environments for Government and Government Contractors MANAGING SALESFORCE ENVIRONMENTS FOR GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNMENT CONTRACTORS

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Jun 28, 2018

Salesforce Is A Cloud Service Provider (CSP) That Provides Both Software As A Service (Saas) And Platform As A Service (Paas) Offerings For Customers To Develop And Deploy Applications And Associated Data. The Salesforce Government Cloud Is Part Of Our Multi-Tenant Public Cloud Infrastructure And Is...

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Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES OMBUDSMAN

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Jun 28, 2018

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) administers an immigration benefits system that handles millions of applications and petitions annually. Americans and prospective Americans all have a stake in the proper administration of immigration benefits. While USCIS timely adjudicates the maj...

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SUMMARY OF THE 2018 WHITE HOUSE STATEFEDERAL STEM EDUCATION SUMMIT SUMMARY OF THE 2018 WHITE HOUSE STATEFEDERAL STEM EDUCATION SUMMIT

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Jun 28, 2018

Focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education, including Computer Science, is of paramount importance to America’s future workforce and is the foundation to develop the necessary skills for the jobs that will allow the United States to continue to remain the globa...

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TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS REPORT TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS REPORT

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Jun 28, 2018

Human trafficking, also known as modern slavery, is a global threat that touches nearly every corner of the world. The State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report not only captures the challenges governments and societies face in fighting human trafficking, but highlights eff...

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Challenges, Prize Programs, and the Opportunity for Government CHALLENGES, PRIZE PROGRAMS, AND THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GOVERNMENT

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Jun 28, 2018

Challenges and prize competitions are a severely underused tool that should be systematically instituted by governments in order to rectify the considerable problems and market failures that exist within the innovation system. After enjoying a series of dramatic innovation success stories during the...

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Supreme Court Appointment Process: President’s Selection of a Nominee SUPREME COURT APPOINTMENT PROCESS: PRESIDENT’S SELECTION OF A NOMINEE

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Jun 27, 2018

The appointment of a Supreme Court Justice is an event of major significance in American politics. Each appointment is of consequence because of the enormous judicial power the Supreme Court exercises as the highest appellate court in the federal judiciary. Appointments are usually infrequent, as a ...

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Land Owner Transparency Act White Paper: Draft Legislation with Annotations LAND OWNER TRANSPARENCY ACT WHITE PAPER: DRAFT LEGISLATION WITH ANNOTATIONS

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Jun 26, 2018

In Budget 2018, the B.C. government launched Homes for BC: A 30-Point Plan for Housing Affordability in British Columbia. This comprehensive plan to address the housing crisis includes new measures to tackle foreign and domestic speculation, close real estate and tax loopholes, protect renters, crac...

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Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century DELIVERING GOVERNMENT SOLUTIONS IN THE 21ST CENTURY

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Jun 25, 2018

When America’s Founders wrote the Constitution, they laid out a clear vision for the United States Government: to establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty. Moreover, they established Executi...

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Focus on Farm Policy FOCUS ON FARM POLICY

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Jun 22, 2018

The 115th Congress is faced with the important task of writing a new farm bill in 2018 to replace the current bill (The Agricultural Act of 2014; PL-113-79), which expires Sept. 30. The current five-year farm bill was estimated by the Congressional Budget Office to have a 10-year budgetary cost of $...

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Report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP REPORT TO CONGRESS ON MEDICAID AND CHIP

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Jun 15, 2018

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) is a non-partisan legislative branch agency that provides policy and data analysis and makes recommendations to Congress, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the states on a wide array of issues affecting...

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An Immigration Policy Platform for Beyond the Trump Era AN IMMIGRATION POLICY PLATFORM FOR BEYOND THE TRUMP ERA

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Jun 14, 2018

The escalated war on immigrants by the Trump regime, most recently exposed through the horrific separation of migrant parents and children, has struck a nerve and mobilized millions. This moment calls for bold vision and action. This document provides a vision matching the severity of the threats we...

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World Economic Situation and Prospects 2018 WORLD ECONOMIC SITUATION AND PROSPECTS 2018

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Jun 13, 2018

The last decade has been punctuated by a series of broad-based economic crises and negative shocks, starting with the global financial crisis of 2008–2009, followed by the European sovereign debt crisis of 2010–2012 and the global commodity price realignments of 2014–2016. As these...

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Example Azure Implementation for Government Agencies EXAMPLE AZURE IMPLEMENTATION FOR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

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Jun 13, 2018

Governments worldwide are looking for ways to enhance their ability to deliver services to their citizens. In this endeavor, they are adopting innovative methods that can not only enhance the service delivery capabilities, but also do it in the most cost-effective, secure, highly available, and high...

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Improving biosecurity surveillance and analysis IMPROVING BIOSECURITY SURVEILLANCE AND ANALYSIS

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Jun 12, 2018

The Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper (the White Paper) is the Australian Government’s plan to grow agriculture. It is a $4 billion investment in our farmers and in the future of our nation.

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Canada’s Emerging Indigenous Rights Framework: A Critical Analysis CANADA’S EMERGING INDIGENOUS RIGHTS FRAMEWORK: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS

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Jun 05, 2018

The report analyzes the substantial changes to Indigenous policy and legislation in Canada, which are coalescing around the current Liberal Government’s proposed Indigenous Rights, Recognition and Implementation Framework legislation. The Prime Minister has announced that the legislation will ...

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Addressing the Challenges to Aviation from Evolving Space Transportation ADDRESSING THE CHALLENGES TO AVIATION FROM EVOLVING SPACE TRANSPORTATION

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Jun 02, 2018

The future growth and success of U.S. commercial aviation depend upon continued safe, dependable, and efficient access to shared public resources, such as the national airspace system (NAS), air traffic management, ground infrastructure, and airport services.

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Elder Financial Exploitation ELDER FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION

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Jun 01, 2018

Three interrelated sets of factors are at work: health-related effects of aging; financial and retirement trends; and demographic trends. Cognitive decline is a key factor, whether brought on by disease or other changes in the aging brain even without the presence of disease. When cognitive decline ...

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GPS TRACKING FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT GPS TRACKING FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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Jun 01, 2018

As part of their fleet operations, local government is incorporating GPS tracking to help solve the challenges that come along with managing a fleet of vehicles. The technology is being put to good use helping to improve safety and accountability throughout their fleet operations, as well as driving...

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REDUCING FEDERAL ADMINISTRATIVE AND REGULATORY BURDENS ON RESEARCH REDUCING FEDERAL ADMINISTRATIVE AND REGULATORY BURDENS ON RESEARCH

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May 30, 2018

The 2017 American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA) directed the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), in coordination with the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), to establish an interagency working group (Working Group) to reduce administrative burdens on federally funded rese...

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Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2017 REPORT ON THE ECONOMIC WELL-BEING OF U.S. HOUSEHOLDS IN 2017

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May 29, 2018

This report describes the responses to the fifth annual Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking (SHED). The survey is designed to enhance our understanding of how adults in the United States are faring financially. The findings show many signs of growth and improvement along with remaining ...

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Fiscal Year 2019 Congressional Budget Justification And Performance Budget Goals FISCAL YEAR 2019 CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET JUSTIFICATION AND PERFORMANCE BUDGET GOALS

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May 25, 2018

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) is an independent Federal investigative and prosecutorial agency that promotes accountability, integrity, fairness, and efficiency in the Federal workplace. OSC’s primary mission is to investigate allegations of prohibited personnel practices (PPP), esp...

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American Patients First AMERICAN PATIENTS FIRST

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May 25, 2018

THE UNITED STATES is first in the world in biopharmaceutical investment and innovation. Combining our free market system and generous public investment made America home to the first chemotherapy treatments for cancer, the first effective treatments for HIV, the first cure for Hepatitis C, and now, ...

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Government beyond Brexit The State of the State 2018-19 GOVERNMENT BEYOND BREXIT THE STATE OF THE STATE 2018-19

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May 23, 2018

This year’s report comes a decade after the global financial crisis and amid the UK’s complex departure from the EU. That process is taking place under intense press scrutiny, fuelled by passionate politics and debated relentlessly across social media, with an inevitable consequence that...

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HOW FREIGHT RAIL DELIVERS THE 21ST CENTURY HOW FREIGHT RAIL DELIVERS THE 21ST CENTURY

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May 23, 2018

Technology fuels America’s freight railroads, making a modern network capable of meeting today’s transportation challenges and those of the future. Integrated teams of data scientists, software developers, and engineers develop and apply technology across every aspect of the nationwide f...

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THE COUNT STARTS NOW: Taking Action to Avoid a Census 2020 Crisis THE COUNT STARTS NOW: TAKING ACTION TO AVOID A CENSUS 2020 CRISIS

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May 20, 2018

Every ten years, the United States conducts a “Decennial Census” with the goal of determining the distribution of resources and political representation by counting every person in the country where they live. The census is a complex operation to collect important demographic, social, an...

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The Political Impact of Immigration: Evidence from the United States THE POLITICAL IMPACT OF IMMIGRATION: EVIDENCE FROM THE UNITED STATES

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May 19, 2018

Political leaders' positions on the issue of immigration can be an important determinant of their electoral success or failure. Immigration took center stage in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections and its aftermath as now-President Donald Trump took strong stands on illegal immigration, the con...

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Federal Cybersecurity Risk Determination Report and Action Plan FEDERAL CYBERSECURITY RISK DETERMINATION REPORT AND ACTION PLAN

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May 17, 2018

Effective cybersecurity requires any organization whether a private sector company, a non-profit, or an agency at the state, local, or Federal level to identify, prioritize, and manage cyber risks across its enterprise. These cyber risks can manifest themselves in many ways, including the increasing...

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Government response to the Internet Safety Strategy Green Paper GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO THE INTERNET SAFETY STRATEGY GREEN PAPER

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May 17, 2018

The Digital Charter established twin aims - to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online and to ensure the UK has the world’s best digital economy. The Charter aims to agree norms and rules for the online world, as part of our work to build a thriving ecosystem where technology co...

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Budget Economic and Fiscal Update 2018 BUDGET ECONOMIC AND FISCAL UPDATE 2018

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May 17, 2018

The Treasury is New Zealand’s economics and finance ministry. We advise on the direction of New Zealand’s economic policy with the aim of achieving a strong and sustainable economy, and raising New Zealand living standards. This includes reporting on the expenditure of government (fiscal...

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Australian Local Government Climate Review 2018 AUSTRALIAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT CLIMATE REVIEW 2018

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May 16, 2018

Globally, local governments and their communities are leading the way on climate action, aligning with the latest climate science and international agreements. Many are already working towards 100% renewable energy goals and zero emissions targets.

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The Economic Impact of Digital Identity in Canada THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF DIGITAL IDENTITY IN CANADA

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May 16, 2018

Digital identity is critical to the development of the Canadian digital economy. It is a key tool in making digital services safe, secure, efficient and accessible. Without it, many of the issues we encounter will be magnified by the rapid increase in high-connected digital services. For the Canadia...

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HOW GOVERNMENTS ARE SPURRING THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE INDUSTRY HOW GOVERNMENTS ARE SPURRING THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE INDUSTRY

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May 15, 2018

Auto manufacturers have announced more than $150 billion in investments to achieve collective production targets of more than 13 million electric vehicles annually around 2025. This is likely more than 10% of global light-duty vehicle sales, based on publicly announced plans. To achieve this level o...

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY CYBERSECURITY STRATEGY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY CYBERSECURITY STRATEGY

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May 15, 2018

The American people are increasingly dependent upon the Internet for daily conveniences, critical services, and economic prosperity. Substantial growth in Internet access and networked devices has facilitated widespread opportunities and innovation. This extraordinary level of connectivity, however,...

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Universal Design: Transforming Accessible IT in the Federal Government UNIVERSAL DESIGN: TRANSFORMING ACCESSIBLE IT IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

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May 15, 2018

We’re excited to share a new white paper. Universal Design: Transforming Accessible IT in the Federal Government (PDF, May 2018) explores the benefits of adopting a universal design in the federal government to improve IT accessibility. Universal design promotes the concept that all products s...

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Debtbook Diplomacy DEBTBOOK DIPLOMACY

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May 14, 2018

Over the past decade, China has extended hundreds of billions of dollars in loans to countries that often can’t afford to repay them. Through a process the authors have termed “debt-book diplomacy,” China has begun to leverage this accumulated debt to achieve its strategic aims.

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SMARTER SOLUTIONS FOR A CONNECTED GOVERNMENT SMARTER SOLUTIONS FOR A CONNECTED GOVERNMENT

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May 14, 2018

Acitizen sits stranded at a bus stop late at night. Unsure whether she missed the bus or the bus is simply running late, she eventually resorts to calling a friend to pick her up. Given the data and technology available today, citizens in any city should be able to access up-to-date transit schedule...

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The Trump Administration Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Costs THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION BLUEPRINT TO LOWER DRUG PRICES AND REDUCE OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS

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May 11, 2018

The United States Is First In The World In Biopharmaceutical Investment And Innovation. Combining Our Free Market System And Generous Public Investment Made America Home To The First Chemotherapy Treatments For Cancer, The First Effective Treatments For HIV, The First Cure For Hepatitis C, And Now, ...

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Impediments to U.S. Educational & Public Institutions Ameliorating the Mass Shooting Epidemic with Effective State-of-the-Art Security Solutions IMPEDIMENTS TO U.S. EDUCATIONAL & PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS AMELIORATING THE MASS SHOOTING EPIDEMIC WITH EFFECTIVE STATE-OF-THE-ART SECURITY SOLUTIONS

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May 10, 2018

The Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shootings, in Newtown, Connecticut, created a watershed moment in the U.S. whereby public opinion finally demanded that a solution is found to this seemingly accelerating problem. After much public outcry and time has gone by, progress had been slow, in making s...

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Antimicrobial Stewardship in Australian Health Care 2018 ANTIMICROBIAL STEWARDSHIP IN AUSTRALIAN HEALTH CARE 2018

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May 09, 2018

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is an issue of great significance for health care in Australia and has been declared a significant threat to human health. Infections with pathogens resistant to antimicrobials lead to prolonged or serious illness, escalation in therapy with associated healthcare costs...

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Blockchain and Suitability for Government Applications BLOCKCHAIN AND SUITABILITY FOR GOVERNMENT APPLICATIONS

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May 08, 2018

Traditional relational database management solutions (e.g. Oracle and SQL), deployed globally across millions of applications, have one major operational constraint the management of data is performed by a few entities who must be trusted. Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT, commonly referred to a...

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Local Government Better Practice Guide Model Budget 2018-19 LOCAL GOVERNMENT BETTER PRACTICE GUIDE MODEL BUDGET 2018-19

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May 06, 2018

Local government in Victoria manages approximately $91.2 billion1 of community assets and infrastructure and spends around $8.1 billion2 on the provision of services annually. Local government, in partnership with other levels of government, is responsible for aspects of everyday life that people ca...

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The Present and Future State of Synthetic Biology in Canada THE PRESENT AND FUTURE STATE OF SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY IN CANADA

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May 01, 2018

The synthetic biology community convened on March 6-7, 2018 at the “Canada Synbio 2018” Conference and Workshop as part of an ongoing effort to raise the profile and capacity of the synthetic biology community in Canada. The conference brought together a wide range of presenters and stak...

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Federal IT Budget & Contract Opportunities FEDERAL IT BUDGET & CONTRACT OPPORTUNITIES

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Apr 30, 2018

Since fiscal 2014, about 71 percent of the governmentwide information technology budget has been spent on federal contracting. At that rate, Bloomberg Government expects a slight dip in IT spending to $58 billion in fiscal 2018 from $59 billion in fiscal 2017 and an increase to $60 billion in fiscal...

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Advanced Analytics Enabling Government Agencies to Boost Debt Collections Without Hiring New Staff ADVANCED ANALYTICS ENABLING GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO BOOST DEBT COLLECTIONS WITHOUT HIRING NEW STAFF

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Apr 30, 2018

Faced with exceedingly tight budgets, federal, state and local government agencies are curtailing services. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Agencies would have far more resources if only they could collect all of the tax and non-tax revenues they’re already owed. Yet, because of lean...

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Polycom Government Solutions POLYCOM GOVERNMENT SOLUTIONS

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Apr 29, 2018

As a global market leader in collaboration tools and solutions, Polycom has enabled thousands of Government organizations to achieve the efficiency and productivity benefits of collaboration in Unified Communications environments. With integrated video, voice, data and Web-based conferencing, Polyco...

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The State of the Nation’s Housing 2018 THE STATE OF THE NATION’S HOUSING 2018

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Apr 28, 2018

As the inaugural State of the Nation’s Housing report noted, the majority of Americans were well housed in 1988, and a number of metrics point to improving conditions since then. More than 40 million units have been built over the past three decades, accommodating 27 million new households, re...

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2017 Foreign Policy White Paper 2017 FOREIGN POLICY WHITE PAPER

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Apr 27, 2018

The Government is publishing this White Paper to chart a clear course for Australia at a time of rapid change. Over the coming decade, Australia will need to pursue its interests in a more competitive and contested world. Our world is now more interconnected and interdependent than at any other time...

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Big Data Analytics Federal Business Analytics BIG DATA ANALYTICS FEDERAL BUSINESS ANALYTICS

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Apr 26, 2018

Federal data is growing at an astounding rate, expected to double every two years. However, data collected from a wide variety of sources such as blogs, emails, videos, social media, photos and other types of sensors often are unused. What makes their analysis difficult is their volume, the velocity...

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Swaps Regulation Version 2.0 An Assessment of the Current Implementation of Reform and Proposals for Next Steps SWAPS REGULATION VERSION 2.0 AN ASSESSMENT OF THE CURRENT IMPLEMENTATION OF REFORM AND PROPOSALS FOR NEXT STEPS

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Apr 26, 2018

This White Paper analyzes the range of academic research, market activity and regulatory experience with the CFTC’s current implementation of swaps reform. It explores and considers a range of improvements to the current reform implementation that is pro-reform, aligned to Congressional intent...

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US Tax Issues for Canadian Residents US TAX ISSUES FOR CANADIAN RESIDENTS

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Apr 24, 2018

There is approximately one million US citizens resident in Canada. Canadian residents file personal tax returns in Canada. US citizens living in Canada file personal tax returns in Canada and have an obligation to file personal tax returns in the US based on their citizenship – a requirement t...

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THE CASE FOR PROTECTING LEGAL IMMIGRATION AGAINST RECENT ATTACKS THE CASE FOR PROTECTING LEGAL IMMIGRATION AGAINST RECENT ATTACKS

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Apr 24, 2018

Immigrants and immigration are good for our country, good for our communities, and good for our economy. The U.S.’ greatest competitive advantage has long been a culture that welcomes immigrants and provides them with the freedom and opportunity to thrive. For generations, immigration has been...

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Co-Creating with Citizens in Digital Government Era CO-CREATING WITH CITIZENS IN DIGITAL GOVERNMENT ERA

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Apr 23, 2018

Co-creation: an intimate form of collaboration between end-users (citizens) and the government to bring about a unique blend of new ideas to create value for all. In a world where information is easily available at the touch of one’s fingertips, citizens are becoming savvier and they are deman...

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Cisco 2018 Annual Cybersecurity Report: Impacts on Government CISCO 2018 ANNUAL CYBERSECURITY REPORT: IMPACTS ON GOVERNMENT

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Apr 20, 2018

Weaponizing technology to damage government services and infrastructure Democracy’s adversaries and multiple state-sanctioned actors now have the expertise and tools necessary to take down government networks. Even worse, they have shown the capability to damage critical infrastructure and ser...

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PRESIDENT PRESIDENT'S MANAGEMENT AGENDA

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Apr 20, 2018

Most Americans may not think about the Federal Government every day but when they need Government services, they expect them to work. As the President has stated, “at all levels of Government, our public servants put our country and our people first. The hard work of our mail carriers, teacher...

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America’s Electoral Future AMERICA’S ELECTORAL FUTURE

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Apr 19, 2018

The recent elections of Donald Trump and Barack Obama were influenced in no small measure by shifts in the nation’s underlying demographic structure—the rise of communities of color, the increase in the number of older Americans, the sharpening of education divisions—and the distin...

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National Risk Management A Practical ERM Approach for Federal Governments NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT A PRACTICAL ERM APPROACH FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS

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Apr 18, 2018

This paper presents a value-based approach to ERM and discusses how federal governments can use it to support risk-reward decision making at the highest levels of government and increase the chances of achieving critical national goals. Value-based ERM provides a key link between risk and reward usi...

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Understanding Federal Cybersecurity UNDERSTANDING FEDERAL CYBERSECURITY

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Apr 17, 2018

Federal networks are attractive targets for foreign intelligence services and other malicious actors in cyberspace. They enable government missions and operations, handle sensitive internal communications, and store personal data on millions of Americans. The level of threat faced by federal governm...

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Defence’s Implementation of the First Principles Review DEFENCE’S IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FIRST PRINCIPLES REVIEW

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Apr 17, 2018

The Minister for Defence commissioned the First Principles Review of Defence (the Review) in August 2014. The Review was ‘designed to ensure Defence is fit for purpose and able to promptly respond to future challenges’. In April 2015, following government consideration, the Minister for ...

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Federal Emerging Technology Summit FEDERAL EMERGING TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT

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Apr 17, 2018

During this first Federal Emerging Technologies Summit, held on April 17, 2018, five MITREATARC (Advanced Technology Academic Research Center) Collaboration Sessions gave representatives of industry, academia, government, and MITRE the opportunity to discuss challenges the government faces in adopti...

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THE STATE OF HEALTH IN NEW MEXICO 2018 THE STATE OF HEALTH IN NEW MEXICO 2018

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Apr 12, 2018

New Mexico's health status continues to evolve as demographics change and specific health issues become more or less prominent. For a state with a relatively small population, New Mexico's health status remains quite complex. This report aims to systematically review New Mexico's health ...

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Annual funding statement for defined benefit pension schemes ANNUAL FUNDING STATEMENT FOR DEFINED BENEFIT PENSION SCHEMES

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Apr 12, 2018

This statement is for trustees of all occupational defined benefit (DB) pension schemes and their sponsoring employers. It is particularly relevant to those whose valuations have effective dates between 22 September 2017 and 21 September 2018 (Tranche 13, or T13 reviews). However, many of the messag...

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Summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy of The United States of America SUMMARY OF THE 2018 NATIONAL DEFENSE STRATEGY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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Apr 12, 2018

The Department of Defense’s enduring mission is to provide combat-credible military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of our nation. Should deterrence fail, the Joint Force is prepared to win. Reinforcing America’s traditional tools of diplomacy, the Department provides...

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WHAT INSIDERS KNOW ABOUT WINNING GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS WHAT INSIDERS KNOW ABOUT WINNING GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

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Apr 12, 2018

Every year, billions of dollars are spent by almost 100,000 U.S. state and local governments for a variety of goods, services, and constructions. In fact, government spending remains a major portion of the U.S. economy at 34% of gross domestic product (GDP). Public sector contracts present huge oppo...

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Saskatchewan Provincial Budget 2018-19 SASKATCHEWAN PROVINCIAL BUDGET 2018-19

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Apr 11, 2018

The Government has a balanced budget plan and that plan is on track. Saskatchewan’s vision is to be the best place in Canada to live, to work, to start a business, to get an education, to raise a family and to build a life. Four goals set the Government’s direction for the province: sust...

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How Government Agencies are Facing Cyber Security Challenges HOW GOVERNMENT AGENCIES ARE FACING CYBER SECURITY CHALLENGES

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Apr 10, 2018

The United States Federal Government relies heavily on information technology to drive efficiencies and increase citizen engagement. However, an uptick in cyber attacks and data breaches that affect government operations has created a perfect storm of risks and challenges. Cyber threats continue to ...

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Citizens, government and business The State of the State 2017-18 CITIZENS, GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS THE STATE OF THE STATE 2017-18

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Apr 09, 2018

This year's State of the State finds the UK government amid the complex and politically-charged challenge of leaving the EU. But while EU exit issues may dominate headlines, the public services face more local and immediate challenges as they address rising demand, ongoing budget pressures and h...

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Online Harms White Paper ONLINE HARMS WHITE PAPER

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Apr 08, 2018

The government wants the UK to be the safest place in the world to go online, and the best place to start and grow a digital business. Given the prevalence of illegal and harmful content online, and the level of public concern about online harms, not just in the UK but worldwide, we believe that the...

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Local government in Scotland Challenges and performance 2018 LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN SCOTLAND CHALLENGES AND PERFORMANCE 2018

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Apr 05, 2018

Local government in Scotland continues to operate in a complex and changing environment that involves increasing levels of uncertainty. While details of the terms for the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union are not yet clear, there will likely be significant and profound implications for o...

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FY2019 Budget Documents: Internet and GPO Availability FY2019 BUDGET DOCUMENTS: INTERNET AND GPO AVAILABILITY

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Apr 03, 2018

Every year the President submits a series of volumes to Congress containing the President’s proposed budget for the coming fiscal year. The President’s submission is required on or after the first Monday in January, but no later than the first Monday in February (31 U.S.C. §1105(a))...

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2018 Special 301 Report 2018 SPECIAL 301 REPORT

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Apr 03, 2018

A top trade priority for the Administration is to use all possible sources of leverage to encourage other countries to open their markets to U.S. exports of goods and services and provide adequate and effective protection and enforcement of U.S. intellectual property (IP) rights. Toward this end, a ...

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Direct Federal Financial Interventions and Subsidies in Energy in Fiscal Year 2016 DIRECT FEDERAL FINANCIAL INTERVENTIONS AND SUBSIDIES IN ENERGY IN FISCAL YEAR 2016

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Apr 03, 2018

This report an update based on Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 data and earlier EIA reports on direct federal financial interventions and subsidies in energy markets continues a series of U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports1 that began in response to congressional requests. More recently, the...

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Building High-Performance Government: A How-To Guide for Local Government Agencies BUILDING HIGH-PERFORMANCE GOVERNMENT: A HOW-TO GUIDE FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

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Apr 02, 2018

High performance. It’s not always easy to define, but we know it when we see and experience it. Think of a sports car with smooth handling and a fine-tuned engine. It serves as an apt metaphor for how efficient, well-oiled government departments get the job done individually and as a team. Tha...

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Portfolio Budget Statements 2018-19 Budget Related Paper No. 1.9 PORTFOLIO BUDGET STATEMENTS 2018-19 BUDGET RELATED PAPER NO. 1.9

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Mar 31, 2018

The purpose of the 2018-19 Portfolio Budget Statements is to inform Senators and Members of Parliament of the proposed allocation of resources to Government Outcomes by entities within the Portfolio. Entities receive resources from the annual appropriations acts, special appropriations, and revenue ...

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The Path Forward - How state and local government can overcome hurdles to cloud adoption THE PATH FORWARD - HOW STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT CAN OVERCOME HURDLES TO CLOUD ADOPTION

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Mar 29, 2018

Despite broad, cross-industry cloud adoption, government engagement lags. The 2017 Digital Counties Survey from the Center for Digital Government (CDG) found that 78 percent of respondents had fewer than 20 percent of their systems and apps in the cloud. Recently CDG surveyed more than 170 state and...

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3 Ways Text Messaging Exposes Government Organizations to Massive Risk 3 WAYS TEXT MESSAGING EXPOSES GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS TO MASSIVE RISK

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Mar 29, 2018

Texting is simple, concise and compatible with virtually every mobile device, operating system and wireless carrier making it extremely accessible when a government official or employee wants to communicate with staff or community members in a time-crunched world.

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REVISITING ANTITRUST IMMUNITY FOR INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE ALLIANCES REVISITING ANTITRUST IMMUNITY FOR INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE ALLIANCES

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Mar 28, 2018

The debate over competition in the U.S. airline industry has focused to date on high profile developments in domestic airline markets. These issues include mergers between domestic legacy (i.e., network) and low-cost carriers (LCCs); concerns over market entry such as access to takeoff and landing s...

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Health is Global an outcomes framework for global health 2011-15 HEALTH IS GLOBAL AN OUTCOMES FRAMEWORK FOR GLOBAL HEALTH 2011-15

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Mar 28, 2018

This Government believes our international engagement must be focused and strategic. We need to assure the UK’s security and prosperity at home, and UK citizens’ interests overseas. In doing so, we cannot pretend to work in isolation: we depend on the economic development, stability, and...

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HIGH-SKILLED IMMIGRATION POLICY UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP HIGH-SKILLED IMMIGRATION POLICY UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP

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Mar 28, 2018

Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the presidential election has upended the political and policy landscape for immigration. It will still fall to Congress to make substantial changes to the immigration system, but the Trump administration will have authority to reshape the lives of hundreds o...

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Government Cloud Computing Planning for Innovation and Value GOVERNMENT CLOUD COMPUTING PLANNING FOR INNOVATION AND VALUE

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Mar 25, 2018

Cloud computing marks an evolution in the deployment and management of information technology (IT). Cloud computing will reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) while increasing business agility, flexibility and service innovation. However, realizing the benefits of cloud computing involves dealing wit...

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UNITED NATIONS E-GOVERNMENT SURVEY 2018 UNITED NATIONS E-GOVERNMENT SURVEY 2018

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Mar 23, 2018

The 2018 United Nations E-Government Survey is the product of collective efforts of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG), formerly named as the Division for Public Administration and Development Managemen...

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Government response to the housing White Paper consultation: Fixing our broken housing market GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO THE HOUSING WHITE PAPER CONSULTATION: FIXING OUR BROKEN HOUSING MARKET

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Mar 22, 2018

The housing White Paper, ‘Fixing our broken housing market', was published on 7 February 2017. The housing White Paper consultation, which closed on 2 May 2017, set out 38 principal consultation questions. Respondents were invited to reply online using an internet survey or to email or pos...

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National Security Through Technology NATIONAL SECURITY THROUGH TECHNOLOGY

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Mar 22, 2018

Defending the UK is one of the Government’s primary responsibilities. To achieve this, we need to provide our Armed Forces and national security agencies with the best capabilities we can afford, to enable them to protect the UK’s security and to advance the UK’s interests, both no...

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Civil Rights and Policing Practices in Minnesota CIVIL RIGHTS AND POLICING PRACTICES IN MINNESOTA

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Mar 22, 2018

The Minnesota Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights submits this report detailing civil rights concerns associated with police practices in Minnesota. The Committee submits this report as part of its responsibility to study and report on civil rights issues in the state of Minnes...

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Government Communication Plan 2018/19 GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATION PLAN 2018/19

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Mar 22, 2018

The year ahead is an important milestone for the United Kingdom. We have an unprecedented challenge ahead of ourselves ensuring we are a truly global Britain and Northern Ireland after we leave the European Union, and begin the recently agreed implementation period. This period gives the certainty n...

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Californians & Their Government CALIFORNIANS & THEIR GOVERNMENT

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Mar 21, 2018

The Public Policy Institute of California is dedicated to informing and improving public policy in California through independent, objective, nonpartisan research. PPIC is a public charity. It does not take or support positions on any ballot measures or on any local, state, or federal legislation, n...

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Government Guide to Putting Operations Management Data to Work for You GOVERNMENT GUIDE TO PUTTING OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT DATA TO WORK FOR YOU

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Mar 20, 2018

If your municipality is considering an investment in a cloud-based operations management software solution, it’s important to understand how the move away from paper or spreadsheet-based systems can benefit your operations in the long-term. One of the greatest benefits of automating your opera...

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Protecting DB Pension Schemes the Government PROTECTING DB PENSION SCHEMES THE GOVERNMENT'S

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Mar 20, 2018

Satisfied that there is “no systemic problem in the regulatory and legislative framework” for DB schemes, the Government’s proposals are aimed at improving the way the current system works (through changes to the scheme funding regime and the potential facilitation of consolidation...

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Protecting Defined Benefit Pension Schemes PROTECTING DEFINED BENEFIT PENSION SCHEMES

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Mar 19, 2018

The government believes the system is working well for the majority of Defined Benefit schemes, trustees and sponsoring employers but accepts that we need a tougher approach for those few whose irresponsible decisions impact on their pension scheme. The vast majority of UK employers run their busine...

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UK Trade Policy Institutions and Procedures for the 21st Century UK TRADE POLICY INSTITUTIONS AND PROCEDURES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

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Mar 18, 2018

Following the referendum outcome of June 2016, and in agreement with Article 50 (3) of the Treaty on the European Union (TEU), the UK is set to leave the EU in March of 2019. International trade negotiations, formerly under EU competence, will be shifted back to the national level. It is now in the ...

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The impact of federal tax reform on state corporate income taxes THE IMPACT OF FEDERAL TAX REFORM ON STATE CORPORATE INCOME TAXES

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Mar 17, 2018

The Council On State Taxation (COST) and our research affiliate, The State Tax Research Institute (STRI), have long been committed to increasing the body of knowledge and enhancing public dialogue relating to the state and local taxation of business entities. We are pleased to present our latest con...

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Congressional Budget Justification Annual Performance Plan CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET JUSTIFICATION ANNUAL PERFORMANCE PLAN

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Mar 16, 2018

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is pleased to submit its budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2018. The SEC is requesting $1.602 billion in support of 4,543 positions and 4,542 full-time equivalents (FTE) for FY 2018. This requested budget level is essentially flat compared to the F...

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Northern Territory Defence and National Security Strategy 2018 NORTHERN TERRITORY DEFENCE AND NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY 2018

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Mar 16, 2018

As a maritime nation, the ability of Defence and national security agencies to sustain operations in Australia and the Indo-Pacific region is critical for trade, security, protection of our sovereign borders and for humanitarian support. This requires more than a mere presence. This requires infrast...

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The Profitability of Health Insurance Companies THE PROFITABILITY OF HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES

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Mar 14, 2018

Despite significant initial financial losses in the individual market after the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect, health insurer profitability in the individual market has risen due to substantial premium increases, government premium tax credits that pay for those premium...

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Best practice guide for gender equity in local government BEST PRACTICE GUIDE FOR GENDER EQUITY IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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Mar 14, 2018

Local government plays an important role in creating and supporting environments that enable the community to achieve optimal health and wellbeing. Reducing gender inequity for women is a key strategy in achieving this goal, as it allows for a more just, inclusive and fair society for both women and...

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Local Government Handbook LOCAL GOVERNMENT HANDBOOK

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Mar 13, 2018

Since 1975, the Local Government Handbook has provided a brief history and a comprehensive and authoritative
overview of our local, state, and federal governments. Now in its seventh edition, this publication is an invaluable
tool for citizens, municipal oicials, teachers, students, a...

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The United Kingdom: Background, Brexit, and Relations with the United States THE UNITED KINGDOM: BACKGROUND, BREXIT, AND RELATIONS WITH THE UNITED STATES

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Mar 12, 2018

Many U.S. officials and Members of Congress view the United Kingdom (UK) as the United States’ closest and most reliable ally. This perception stems from a combination of factors, including a sense of shared history, values, and culture; a large and mutually beneficial economic relationship; a...

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ANNUAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY REPORT TO CONGRESS ANNUAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY REPORT TO CONGRESS

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Mar 11, 2018

During this past year, President Trump and his Administration have worked to promote strong intellectual property rights protection and enforcement, both domestically and abroad. As part of an integrated approach, the Trump Administration views our intellectual property strategy, policy and enforcem...

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UK trade policy and Brexit UK TRADE POLICY AND BREXIT

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Mar 07, 2018

This briefing summarises the recent debate around the UK's withdrawal from the EU and the implications of the UK's position for its future trading relationship with the EU as well as third parties.

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States’ Rights: A Patent Law Analysis of NASHP Rate-Setting Model Act STATES’ RIGHTS: A PATENT LAW ANALYSIS OF NASHP RATE-SETTING MODEL ACT

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Mar 06, 2018

We have been asked to set out the argument that a state’s rights under the Tenth Amendment of the US Constitution give a state the power to enact provisions such as the National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) Drug Payment Rate Regulation Model Act, notwithstanding federal pate...

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Trends in Major U.S. Arms Sales in 2017 TRENDS IN MAJOR U.S. ARMS SALES IN 2017

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Mar 02, 2018

The Security Assistance Monitor (SAM) is a program of the Center for International Policy focused on enhancing transparency and oversight of U.S. foreign security aid and arms sales. By providing comprehensive U.S. security assistance data and by conducting independent, data-driven research, we seek...

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5 Technology Trends Impacting State and Local Governments 5 TECHNOLOGY TRENDS IMPACTING STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

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Mar 01, 2018

State and local governments stand on the cusp of a technology renaissance, as new offerings and services are available to help agencies serve their constituents faster, more effectively and more efficiently. Technologies that once were thought of as “bleeding edge” now are increasingly u...

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Government Impact Executive Trends & Risks GOVERNMENT IMPACT EXECUTIVE TRENDS & RISKS

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Mar 01, 2018

Government is having a larger impact than ever on the enterprise. We recently sat down with Chris Lu, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor and current FiscalNote advisor, to discuss this shift, and what companies can do to be more successful in this new environment. As part of FiscalNote’s Ex...

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Office of the United States Trade Representative OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE

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Feb 28, 2018

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is responsible for developing, coordinating, and enforcing U.S. trade, commodity, and direct investment policy on behalf of the President of the United States. USTR manages trade policy coordination and enforcement of international trade ag...

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PRESERVING AND MODERNIZING NAFTA A FREE TRADE AGREEMENT FOR A NEW GENERATION PRESERVING AND MODERNIZING NAFTA A FREE TRADE AGREEMENT FOR A NEW GENERATION

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Feb 28, 2018

After more than twenty-four years, the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is uncertain. President Donald Trump has proposed to renegotiate or withdraw from the historic trade agreement, labeling it as one of the worst trade deals in American history. Although we believe NAFTA ...

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Global Government Affairs in the Spotlight GLOBAL GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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Feb 27, 2018

In a recent Harvard Business Review article, it was noted that last year (2017) executives and board members at multinational companies “paid the most attention to risks that dominated global headlines”. Indeed, the Wall Street Journal highlighted 2017 as the year of uncertainty for mult...

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2018-2019 Federal budget Moving Canada forward 2018-2019 FEDERAL BUDGET MOVING CANADA FORWARD

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Feb 27, 2018

With the national unemployment rate dipping to 5.7 percent, the lowest it has been in years, and the Canadian economy firing on all cylinders, the Liberal government is basking in a quasi full-employment situation last seen well before the 2008 global financial crisis. However, Canada is facing stro...

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APPLICATION MODERNIZATION IN GOVERNMENT APPLICATION MODERNIZATION IN GOVERNMENT

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Feb 27, 2018

Facing increased pressure to contain costs while serving record numbers of people and with growing amounts of data to manage and protect, government IT teams are finding that the legacy applications that have formed the backbone of their enterprise operations are now stalling innovation. To improve ...

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FY 2019 EPA Budget in Brief FY 2019 EPA BUDGET IN BRIEF

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Feb 26, 2018

The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to protect human health and the environment. This mission resonates with all Americans; we can all agree that we want our future generations to inherit a cleaner, healthier environment that supports a thriving economy. In carrying out its m...

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Local Governments Role in Energy Project Financing LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ROLE IN ENERGY PROJECT FINANCING

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Feb 26, 2018

Realizing The Full Economic And Environmental Benefits Of Building Energy Upgrades Will Require Innovative Project Financing Mechanisms Deployed On Large Scales. While Not Every Project Requires Third Party Financing (Some Owners Can Pay For Upgrades Via Their Own Cash Reserves), New Financing Mecha...

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Shaping Future Government Global Universities Challenge 2018 SHAPING FUTURE GOVERNMENT GLOBAL UNIVERSITIES CHALLENGE 2018

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Feb 25, 2018

As a prerequisite to a university participating in the upcoming Shaping Future Governments Global Universities Challenge, each university is required to submit a white paper by Thursday, January 25, 2018. Do note, that any participating university which does not submit a white paper within the allot...

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Origins of U.S. Foreign Policy ORIGINS OF U.S. FOREIGN POLICY

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Feb 23, 2018

The back-and-forth election oscillations in the United States leave a lot of observers bewildered about U.S. foreign policy. U.S. citizens and foreigners alike struggle to understand U.S. diplomatic, economic, and military policies.

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TRENDS AFFECTING GOVERNMENT AND SOCIETY TRENDS AFFECTING GOVERNMENT AND SOCIETY

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Feb 22, 2018

For nearly 100 years, the U.S. Government Accountability Office has stood at the vanguard of the U.S. government’s efforts to ensure government accountability and effectiveness. To help support these efforts, GAO publishes a strategic plan every 4 years that emphasizes consideration of future ...

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Federal-State Discourse Barriers to State Action on
Prescription Drug Costs FEDERAL-STATE DISCOURSE BARRIERS TO STATE ACTION ON PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS

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Feb 22, 2018

In the late 1980’s, there was a growing state concern that the Medicaid program was not able to obtain price concessions on prescription drugs that other payers were getting. In 1990, Congress acted to ensure that Medicaid programs received significant, specified, discounts off the average com...

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MAJOR SAVINGS AND REFORMS MAJOR SAVINGS AND REFORMS

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Feb 22, 2018

This volume describes major savings and reform proposals included in the 2019 President’s Budget. It includes both discretionary and mandatory savings proposals that work to bring Federal spending under control, and reduce deficits by $3.6 trillion over the budget window.

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The Future Role of Government in Health Information Technology and Digital Health THE FUTURE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT IN HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND DIGITAL HEALTH

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Feb 20, 2018

Health information technology (IT) and digital health are transforming the way that health care is delivered, managed, and improved while empowering individuals to more effectively manage their health and navigate an increasingly complex healthcare system. Since enactment of the bipartisan Health In...

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4 BEST PRACTICES FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT DISASTER RECOVERY PLANNING 4 BEST PRACTICES FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT DISASTER RECOVERY PLANNING

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Feb 20, 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice estimates more than 4,000 ransomware attacks have occurred every day since the beginning of 2016, and the government is a prime target. Given such risks, a robust disaster recovery and data protection plan are critical for any state or local government organization. Do...

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Public Safety IRC Key Findings Paper PUBLIC SAFETY IRC KEY FINDINGS PAPER

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Feb 20, 2018

The purpose of the paper is to provide industry stakeholders with a summary of the key findings from the recent industry intelligence gathering activities overseen by the Public Safety Industry Reference Committee (IRC). The key findings will be used by the IRC in the development of the Public Safet...

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The Cost of Malicious Cyber Activity to the U.S. Economy THE COST OF MALICIOUS CYBER ACTIVITY TO THE U.S. ECONOMY

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Feb 20, 2018

This report examines the substantial economic costs that malicious cyber activity imposes on the U.S. economy. Cyber threats are ever-evolving and may come from sophisticated adversaries. Due to common vulnerabilities, instances of security breaches occur across firms and in patterns that are diffic...

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Trump’s First Year: How Resilient is Liberal Democracy in the US? TRUMP’S FIRST YEAR: HOW RESILIENT IS LIBERAL DEMOCRACY IN THE US?

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Feb 16, 2018

In its 2016 “Democracy Index” report, the Economist Intelligence Unit downgraded the United States from a “full” to a “flawed democracy”. The report cited “an erosion of trust in political institutions” as the primary reason for the downgrade. In Janua...

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Government 360 - Amplifying Democracy through Technology GOVERNMENT 360 - AMPLIFYING DEMOCRACY THROUGH TECHNOLOGY

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Feb 16, 2018

Government 360 encompasses a modern, flexible infrastructure and widespread automation and mobility. It means always-on availability through multiple channels and data0driven insights gathered via machine learning and predictive analytics. These digital touchpoints can create a circle of citizen eng...

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2018 Government Affairs Outlook 2018 GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS OUTLOOK

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Feb 15, 2018

The need to reauthorize farm programs, proposed changes to federal food assistance and international trade are likely to top Washington’s agriculture agenda in 2018. The upcoming farm bill will be front and center this year as the House and Senate Agriculture committees and the Department of A...

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CCMA White Paper on California Local Government GASB 75 Implementation CCMA WHITE PAPER ON CALIFORNIA LOCAL GOVERNMENT GASB 75 IMPLEMENTATION

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Feb 15, 2018

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) issued its Statement 75, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Postemployment Benefits Other Than Pensions (“OPEB”). Many local governments offer retiree medical benefits that will be subject to new requirements through this statement. ...

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The Public Sector Guide to Text Messaging Policy and Retention 2017 Edition THE PUBLIC SECTOR GUIDE TO TEXT MESSAGING POLICY AND RETENTION 2017 EDITION

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Feb 15, 2018

This guide contains practical steps that will help public sector organizations and departments develop a text message policy and retention strategy to protect against the risk involved with the use of this popular, universal form of communication. It also outlines some smart text recordkeeping pract...

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National Archives and Records Administration 2018–2022 Strategic Plan NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION 2018–2022 STRATEGIC PLAN

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Feb 15, 2018

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is an independent agency established in 1934 to identify, protect, preserve, and make publicly available the historically valuable records of all three branches of the Federal government. NARA manages the Federal government’s archives, ad...

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How the Federal Government Can Help States Address Rising Prescription Drug Costs HOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN HELP STATES ADDRESS RISING PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS

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Feb 14, 2018

States today struggle to fund health services for all their programs, including Medicaid, state employees, prisons, state university systems, and others. The rising cost of prescription drugs is a key factor in this struggle an estimated 25 percent of state budgets go to fund Medicaid, and state spe...

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New Opportunities in Public & Government Affairs NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN PUBLIC & GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

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Feb 14, 2018

To find likely trends and opportunities going into the new year, our data analysts at FiscalNote scoured all of the introduced and enacted legislation at both the state and federal level in 2017. In doing so, we were able to determine what type of legislation, federal or state, is more efficient at ...

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Administrative Investigation VA Secretary and Delegation Travel to Europe ADMINISTRATIVE INVESTIGATION VA SECRETARY AND DELEGATION TRAVEL TO EUROPE

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Feb 14, 2018

In April 2017, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin accepted an invitation to attend the Ministerial Summit on Veterans’ Affairs in London (London Summit). The purpose of the London Summit was to bring together senior officials from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Austral...

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The US SEC asserts its regulatory enforcement power in the ICO space THE US SEC ASSERTS ITS REGULATORY ENFORCEMENT POWER IN THE ICO SPACE

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Feb 13, 2018

In 2017, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (‘SEC’) formally asserted its regulatory enforcement power over the purchase and sale of cryptographic tokens, with action taken in this area including a report involving the initial coin offering (‘ICO’) of DAO tokens by &ls...

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Analysis of the President’s FY 2019 Budget Request for Federal Research, Health, and Higher Education Programs ANALYSIS OF THE PRESIDENT’S FY 2019 BUDGET REQUEST FOR FEDERAL RESEARCH, HEALTH, AND HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS

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Feb 13, 2018

On February 12, 2018, President Trump released his second budget proposal to Congress. The fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget request reflects the political priorities of the White House Administration, but it is ultimately up to Congress to decide which proposals to embrace, modify, or reject as part of ...

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Department of Veterans Affairs FY 2018 − 2024 Strategic Plan DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS FY 2018 − 2024 STRATEGIC PLAN

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Feb 12, 2018

The Department of Veterans Affairs is committed to providing excellent care and benefits to our Nation’s Veterans. We continue to serve over nine million Veterans who served through periods of peace and conflict to include WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam as well as the Gulf Wars. We anticipate t...

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BUDGET OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT BUDGET OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT

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Feb 12, 2018

A budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2019 contains the Budget Message of the President, information on the President’s priorities, and summary tables. Analytical Perspectives, Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2019 contains analyses that are designed to highl...

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2018 Federal Workforce Priorities Report 2018 FEDERAL WORKFORCE PRIORITIES REPORT

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Feb 12, 2018

The Federal Government is responsible for fostering conditions that create prosperity and safety for the American people. The various Federal missions used to achieve these goals are largely executed by civil servants, who are employed on a full-time, part-time, or seasonal basis by the government a...

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Integrating Shared Mobility into Multimodal Transportation Planning: Improving Regional Performance to Meet Public Goals INTEGRATING SHARED MOBILITY INTO MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION PLANNING: IMPROVING REGIONAL PERFORMANCE TO MEET PUBLIC GOALS

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Feb 12, 2018

New shared mobility services driven by technological advancements have become increasingly common and important modes of travel in U.S. cities but transportation planning practices are only beginning to adapt in response. These innovations show potential to improve mobility and address transportatio...

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Reforming Biopharmaceutical Pricing at Home and Abroad REFORMING BIOPHARMACEUTICAL PRICING AT HOME AND ABROAD

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Feb 11, 2018

The affordability of healthcare and biopharmaceutical drugs is a top concern for Americans. It is often asserted that promoting innovation and affordable drugs are conflicting goals. New innovations, however, often provide improved health that was not previously available at any price or obviate the...

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Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Guide for Local Governments PRE-DISASTER RECOVERY PLANNING GUIDE FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

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Feb 10, 2018

This planning guide is designed to help local governments prepare for recovery by developing pre-disaster recovery plans that follow a process to engage members of the whole community, develop recovery capabilities across governmental and nongovernmental partners, and ultimately create an organizati...

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State of Local Government Finance Survey 2018 STATE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE SURVEY 2018

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Feb 08, 2018

The annual State of Local Government Finance Survey gives a snapshot of the pressures facing councils. We ask the most senior figures in each council to tell us their plans for the coming year in the run-up to setting their annual budget. This year 132 council leaders, chief executives, cabinet memb...

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The State of Social Media in Government in 2018 THE STATE OF SOCIAL MEDIA IN GOVERNMENT IN 2018

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Feb 08, 2018

Hootsuite works closely with state, local, and federal governments around the world and understands the unique requirements for social communications across all levels of government. This report outlines five recommended areas of opportunity for social media in government in 2018.

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AP U.S. Government and Politics Course and Exam Description AP U.S. GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS COURSE AND EXAM DESCRIPTION

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Feb 08, 2018

The course framework within this course and exam description is a model of political and ideological balance. It will not only help students understand the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. political system, but will also help them become informed citizens who are willing to preserve, protect, and defe...

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THE CLINTON EMAIL SCANDAL AND THE FBI’S INVESTIGATION OF IT THE CLINTON EMAIL SCANDAL AND THE FBI’S INVESTIGATION OF IT

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Feb 07, 2018

Given the recent interest in Congress’s and this Committee’s oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the FBI’s investigation of classified information on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server, this interim majority staff report se...

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THE STRATEGIC OUTLOOK FOR CANADA THE STRATEGIC OUTLOOK FOR CANADA

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Feb 05, 2018

What will global politics look like in ten years, and what implications will the future global political environment have for Canadian security and defense policy? Some of the other chapters in this Strategic Outlook, as will be seen, examine the strategic environment in the more immediate term. The...

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Olympics-Related Malicious Activity Likely to Impact SLTT Governments OLYMPICS-RELATED MALICIOUS ACTIVITY LIKELY TO IMPACT SLTT GOVERNMENTS

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Feb 05, 2018

Malicious cyber threat actors (CTAs) have historically used high-profile events, such as the Olympic Games, to disseminate malware and conduct scams, fraud, and cyber-espionage. As employees are likely to view Olympics related content at work, these activities will have direct implications for state...

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Network Needs in State & Local Government NETWORK NEEDS IN STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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Feb 04, 2018

The Center for Digital Government (CDG) surveyed 318 state and local government IT employees and conducted nine additional telephone interviews to compile this timely report. CDG uncovers interesting insights into the public sector’s network-related priorities and their challenges now and for ...

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Ensuring the Future of Accessible Medicines in the U.S. ENSURING THE FUTURE OF ACCESSIBLE MEDICINES IN THE U.S.

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Feb 01, 2018

For nearly 35 years, the availability of affordable, FDA-approved generic medicines has meant greater access to life-saving treatments for millions of patients. Generics have delivered trillions of dollars in savings for employers, health plans, state and federal governments and, most importantly, p...

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Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education INDEPENDENT REVIEW INTO REGIONAL, RURAL AND REMOTE EDUCATION

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Jan 31, 2018

The key challenge for regional, rural and remote education is ensuring, regardless of location or circumstances, that every young person has access to high quality schooling and opportunities.

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MINERAL COMMODITY SUMMARIES 2018 MINERAL COMMODITY SUMMARIES 2018

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Jan 31, 2018

Each chapter of the 2018 edition of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Mineral Commodity Summaries (MCS) includes information on events, trends, and issues for each mineral commodity as well as discussions and tabular presentations on domestic industry structure, Government programs, tariffs, 5-year ...

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Corporation for National and Community Service 2017 State of the Evidence CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE 2017 STATE OF THE EVIDENCE

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Jan 30, 2018

In the United States, approximately one in every five people, or more than 57 million, has a disability. This includes the more than 3.8 million veterans with a service-connected disability. The most recent government transport survey indicated that six million individuals with a disability have dif...

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2018 SLTT Government Outlook 2018 SLTT GOVERNMENT OUTLOOK

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Jan 30, 2018

The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) expects financial gain will remain the most prevalent cybercrime motivation and that the majority of cyber incidents affecting state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments will continue to be opportunistic in nature. As wi...

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How State & Local Governments Can Harness Data to Become a Smart Community HOW STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENTS CAN HARNESS DATA TO BECOME A SMART COMMUNITY

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Jan 29, 2018

In this day and age, it’s not uncommon to be nostalgic for what seems like simpler times particularly for those working in government. There was an era when state and local governments needed to simply provide basic services, like maintaining roads, sanitation, communicating information reliab...

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The Crisis in the Federal Government’s Infrastructure THE CRISIS IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S INFRASTRUCTURE

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Jan 29, 2018

“Scoring” is the process of measuring the budget effects of legislation, proposed contracts and other projected expenditures in terms of budget authority. To accomplish this, the U.S. House and Senate Budget Committees, the Congressional Budget Office (“CBO”), and OMB, collec...

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The Future of Automated Vehicles in Canada THE FUTURE OF AUTOMATED VEHICLES IN CANADA

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Jan 29, 2018

Automated and connected vehicle (AV/CV) technology is quickly advancing and has potentially wide‐ranging implications across society. This report provides an overview for Transportation and Road Safety Ministries of the short‐, medium‐ and long‐term policy implications of the introduction of AVs and...

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Implementing the UK IMPLEMENTING THE UK'S EXIT FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION THE DEPARMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE

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Jan 25, 2018

The National Audit Office scrutinises public spending for Parliament and is independent of government. The Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG), Sir Amyas Morse KCB, is an Officer of the House of Commons and leads the NAO. The C&AG certifies the accounts of all government departments and m...

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Five Trends That Will Shape Federal Contracting in 2018 FIVE TRENDS THAT WILL SHAPE FEDERAL CONTRACTING IN 2018

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Jan 24, 2018

Enactment of the law as part of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (Public Law 115-91) will change the way government will buy information technology products and services in 2018. The law established working capital funds for IT modernization at individual agencies, and the General Service...

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Self-Enforcing Roadways: A Guidance Report SELF-ENFORCING ROADWAYS: A GUIDANCE REPORT

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Jan 24, 2018

Reducing the number of fatal and injury crashes in the United States is a high priority among Federal, State, and local transportation agencies. Crashes occurring in rural areas comprise most of the total crashes, many of which can be attributed to speeding. Due to the substantial number of speeding...

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PRELIMINARY REPORT ON THE FEDERAL TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT PRELIMINARY REPORT ON THE FEDERAL TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT

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Jan 23, 2018

On December 22, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017,1 enacting sweeping changes to the federal tax system for both businesses and individuals. This new federal law will have a disproportionate impact on the tax system and economy of the State of New York...

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The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR AND PENSIONS

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Jan 23, 2018

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions is working on a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. The law dates to 1965 and has been reauthorized 8 times. The last reauthorization occurred in 2008.

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Government Contract Bid Protests In Brief: Analysis of Legal Processes and Recent Developments GOVERNMENT CONTRACT BID PROTESTS IN BRIEF: ANALYSIS OF LEGAL PROCESSES AND RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

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Jan 19, 2018

In FY2017, the federal government obligated approximately $500 billion to procure goods and services. Federal procurement statutes and regulations notably the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984 (CICA) and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), the government-wide regulation that generally app...

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18 on 2018 Predictions of Local Government from 18 Experts 18 ON 2018 PREDICTIONS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT FROM 18 EXPERTS

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Jan 18, 2018

Each year brings a new set of possibilities and predictions. In keeping with the spirit of acknowledging anticipated changes while surmising the unexpected, ICMA reached out to 18 leaders on topics important to local governments. From autonomous vehicles to the road ahead for the local government ma...

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The Impact of Department of Education Policies on Wisconsin Schools THE IMPACT OF DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION POLICIES ON WISCONSIN SCHOOLS

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Jan 18, 2018

In response to allegations of bias in suspension rates in schools along racial lines, the Obama Administration increased federal involvement in discipline policy across the country. Through a ‘Dear Colleague’ memo, federal incentives and legal threats, the Department of Education and Dep...

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Strengthening Organizational Health and Performance in Government STRENGTHENING ORGANIZATIONAL HEALTH AND PERFORMANCE IN GOVERNMENT

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Jan 15, 2018

The National Academy of Public Administration is an independent, nonprofit, and non-partisan organization established in 1967 and chartered by Congress in 1984. It provides expert advice to government leaders in building more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations. To carry...

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National construction category strategy NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION CATEGORY STRATEGY

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Jan 15, 2018

This is the second edition of the National Construction Category Strategy. Like the first edition, published in 2015, it supports delivery of the National Procurement Strategy for Local Government in England 2014 (the NPS) and it is aligned to the major themes of the NPS: leadership, modernising pro...

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STATE OF WASHINGTON HOMELESS HOUSING STRATEGIC PLAN STATE OF WASHINGTON HOMELESS HOUSING STRATEGIC PLAN

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Jan 11, 2018

In 2005, the Washington State Legislature passed the Homeless Housing and Assistance Act which outlined several bold policies to address homelessness. The Act also required the Department of Commerce (Commerce) to develop a strategic plan which was first submitted in 2006. This is the fourth update ...

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U.S.-Russian Arms Control At Risk: An Assessment and Path Forward U.S.-RUSSIAN ARMS CONTROL AT RISK: AN ASSESSMENT AND PATH FORWARD

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Jan 10, 2018

In March 2017, Gen. Paul Selva, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) that Russia had deployed a ground-launched cruise missile (GLCM) violating the “spirit and intent” of the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.1 Selva w...

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The Donald J. Trump Administration as Seen from Tokyo: Will the US-Japan Alliance Remain Unique? THE DONALD J. TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AS SEEN FROM TOKYO: WILL THE US-JAPAN ALLIANCE REMAIN UNIQUE?

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Jan 10, 2018

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s approach to the Donald J. Trump administration is clear embrace the president as tightly as possible. The rationale behind Abe’s choice is threefold. First, Japan continues to depend on the US for its security and defense in view of growing threats an...

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How Climate Change Web Content is Being Censored Under the Trump Administration HOW CLIMATE CHANGE WEB CONTENT IS BEING CENSORED UNDER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

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Jan 09, 2018

EDGI’s website monitoring working group monitors changes to tens of thousands of federal web pages that relate to the environment, climate, and energy. In the first year of the Trump administration, we have observed alterations to many federal agency Web resources about climate change. Althoug...

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The Future of Farming THE FUTURE OF FARMING

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Jan 05, 2018

For the best part of half a century, UK agricultural policy has been controlled primarily from Brussels. British governments have long expressed a desire to reform the system of farming subsidies that account for almost 40 percent of the total EU budget but lacked the power to do so. Now, with Brexi...

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Preparing for our future UK trade policy Government Response PREPARING FOR OUR FUTURE UK TRADE POLICY GOVERNMENT RESPONSE

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Jan 05, 2018

In October, we published the Trade White Paper, which set out our ambition to build a future trade policy that not only delivers benefits for the UK’s economy but for businesses, workers and consumers alike. The United Kingdom has a long and proud history as a great trading nation and champion...

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Trump’s Impact on European Security TRUMP’S IMPACT ON EUROPEAN SECURITY

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Jan 03, 2018

US President Trump’s renewed emphasis on sovereignty and national interests requires Europe to take (more) responsibility for its own security and defense. This Report examines the consequences of the new transatlantic relationship for Europe in a broad sense, focusing on the impact of the EU&...

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Overview of Maryland Local Governments Finances and Demographic Information OVERVIEW OF MARYLAND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FINANCES AND DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION

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Jan 01, 2018

Whether it is considering public local laws or altering State aid formulas, the General Assembly deliberates on numerous issues affecting local governments and their finances each legislative session. Understanding the existing political and financial structure of local governments enables thorough ...

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Dollars and Democracy: A Guide to the State Budget Process DOLLARS AND DEMOCRACY: A GUIDE TO THE STATE BUDGET PROCESS

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Dec 27, 2017

The Budget Center was established in 1995 to provide Californians with a source of timely, objective, and accessible expertise on state fiscal and economic policy issues. The Budget Center engages in independent fiscal and policy analysis and public education with the goal of improving the economic ...

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A GUIDE TO THE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN NSW A GUIDE TO THE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN NSW

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Dec 26, 2017

This publication may contain information about the regulation and enforcement of workplace health and safety in NSW. It may include some of your obligations under some of the legislation that SafeWork NSW administers. To ensure you comply with your legal obligations you must refer to the appropriate...

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National Budget Framework Paper FY 2018/19 NATIONAL BUDGET FRAMEWORK PAPER FY 2018/19

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Dec 23, 2017

The Budget Strategy for FY 2018/19 presented in this National Budget Framework Paper elaborates Governments continued commitment to achieve middle income status. It thus focuses on improving production and productivity in the primary growth sectors agriculture, manufacturing minerals, and tourism to...

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Pre-Budget Submission 2018-19 PRE-BUDGET SUBMISSION 2018-19

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Dec 19, 2017

The Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) welcomes the opportunity to present our pre-Budget submission for the 2018-19 financial year. We look forward to working with the Government as it sets its economic agenda in the year ahead and in a constantly changing environment.

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Abandoning Science Advice One Year in, the Trump Administration Is Sidelining Science Advisory Committees ABANDONING SCIENCE ADVICE ONE YEAR IN, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS SIDELINING SCIENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEES

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Dec 18, 2017

At several federal agencies, political appointees have misrepresented scientific information, overruled the recommendations of scientific experts, scrubbed scientific content from websites, and even forbidden some staff from describing their work as “science-based” in budget documents (C...

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Improving Property Tax Management to Optimize Local Government Revenues IMPROVING PROPERTY TAX MANAGEMENT TO OPTIMIZE LOCAL GOVERNMENT REVENUES

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Dec 18, 2017

Property taxes are crucial to local government. In 2014, property taxes accounted for nearly 30 percent of the general revenues that local governments collected in the U.S. To provide essential services, counties and municipalities must be able to collect the property tax dollars to which the law en...

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National Security Strategy of the United States of America NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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Dec 18, 2017

¬ The American people elected me to make America great again. I promised that my Administration would put the safe, interests, and well-being of our citizen's first. I pledged that we would revitalize the American economy, rebuild our military, defend our borders, protect our sovereignty, an...

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2018-19 Federal Budget Submission Invest In Australian Communities Make It Local 2018-19 FEDERAL BUDGET SUBMISSION INVEST IN AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITIES MAKE IT LOCAL

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Dec 15, 2017

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) is pleased to present this Submission to highlight Local Government’s priorities for consideration in the lead up to the 2018-19 Federal Budget.

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THE LEGAL CASE FOR A CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATION ON WHETHER TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP THE LEGAL CASE FOR A CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATION ON WHETHER TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP

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Dec 06, 2017

The U.S. Constitution provides that “[t]he President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Based on the publicly reported information, as o...

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The National Nanotechnology Initiative Supplement to the President THE NATIONAL NANOTECHNOLOGY INITIATIVE SUPPLEMENT TO THE PRESIDENT'S 2018 BUDGET

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Nov 30, 2017

Nanotechnology is broadly enabling, with applications that address this Administration’s highest priorities: national security, economic growth, and job creation. While still an emerging area of research and development, nanotechnology is already having a significant impact on the marketplace,...

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America First A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again AMERICA FIRST A BUDGET BLUEPRINT TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN

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Nov 30, 2017

The American people elected me to fight for their priorities in Washington, D.C. and deliver on my promise to protect our Nation. I fully intend to keep that promise. One of the most important ways the Federal Government sets priorities is through the Budget of the United States. Accordingly, I subm...

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U.S. Arctic Foreign Policy in the Era of President Trump: A Preliminary Assessment U.S. ARCTIC FOREIGN POLICY IN THE ERA OF PRESIDENT TRUMP: A PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT

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Nov 30, 2017

Ten months into Donald Trump’s presidency and there is a little indication as to how this administration is planning to actively pursue American Arctic interests in its foreign policy. Former President Barack Obama’s strategy had an ambitious agenda on climate change and regional governa...

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Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 FEDERAL INFORMATION SECURITY MODERNIZATION ACT OF 2014

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Nov 28, 2017

The far-reaching cybersecurity incidents of 2017 demonstrate that we cannot ignore the harmful impact that poor cybersecurity practices have on the Nation. Hundreds of millions of Americans had their personally identifiable information (PII) compromised in a string of data breaches that exploited un...

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Industrial Strategy: building a Britain fit for the future INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY: BUILDING A BRITAIN FIT FOR THE FUTURE

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Nov 27, 2017

We should take enormous pride in these achievements and the difference they are making for many families and businesses in our country. But at the same time, we must also recognize there are some communities which have struggled to keep pace with changes in the global economy and as a result not ful...

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Place-Based Perspectives on the UK Industrial Strategy PLACE-BASED PERSPECTIVES ON THE UK INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY

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Nov 27, 2017

On 27 November 2017, the UK government published the White Paper Industrial Strategy: building a Britain fit for the future; it was welcomed across the board for being the most explicit recognition of the need for strategic government intervention in the growth and development of the UK economy and ...

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Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes, Processes, and Effects SHUTDOWN OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: CAUSES, PROCESSES, AND EFFECTS

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Nov 23, 2017

When federal agencies and programs lack funding after the expiration of full-year or interim appropriations, the agencies and programs experience a funding gap. If funding does not resume in time to continue government operations, then, under the Antideficiency Act, an agency must cease operations, ...

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Statements of Federal Financial Accounting Standards (SFFAS) STATEMENTS OF FEDERAL FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING STANDARDS (SFFAS)

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Nov 23, 2017

This Notice includes two interpretations of Statements of Federal Financial Accounting Standards (SFFAS), adopted by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). These interpretations were recommended by the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) and adopted in their entirety by OMB.

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Barton Deakin Brief: Foreign Policy BARTON DEAKIN BRIEF: FOREIGN POLICY

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Nov 23, 2017

The Government today unveiled its new Foreign Policy White Paper, outlining Australia’s foreign policy direction for the decade ahead. The Paper was launched today by Foreign Affairs Minister the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Trade Minister the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, and Prime Minister the Hon Malcolm Tu...

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Report to the President on Federal IT Modernization REPORT TO THE PRESIDENT ON FEDERAL IT MODERNIZATION

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Nov 22, 2017

This report outlines a vision and recommendations for the Federal Government to build a more modern and secure architecture for Federal IT systems.3 Agencies have attempted to modernize their systems but have been stymied by a variety of factors, including resource prioritization, ability to procure...

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A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities Banks and Credit Unions A FINANCIAL SYSTEM THAT CREATES ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS

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Nov 22, 2017

President Donald J. Trump established the policy of his Administration to regulate the United States financial system in a manner consistent with a set of Core Principles. These principles were set forth in Executive Order 13772 on February 3, 2017. This Report is prepared by the U.S. Department of ...

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Web and Social Media Archiving A Guide for Government Agencies WEB AND SOCIAL MEDIA ARCHIVING A GUIDE FOR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

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Nov 20, 2017

Digital Communications Have Greatly Helped Agencies Connect With Citizens And Apply “Open Government” Principles. But They Have Also Caused A Massive Increase In Electronic Public Records.  Inherent In Their Online Activities. They’re Starting To Ask Questions About The Best W...

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Localizing the Paris Agreement A Guide for Local Government Action in Support of the U.S. Nationally Determined Contribution LOCALIZING THE PARIS AGREEMENT A GUIDE FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACTION IN SUPPORT OF THE U.S. NATIONALLY DETERMINED CONTRIBUTION

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Nov 13, 2017

In December 2015, after years of negotiations, 197 countries made a commitment to work together to address climate change. The Paris Climate Agreement came into force on November 4, 2016, and is seen as a turning point for global climate policy and the ability for international cooperation to safegu...

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New Zealand: Background and Bilateral Relations with the United States NEW ZEALAND: BACKGROUND AND BILATERAL RELATIONS WITH THE UNITED STATES

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Nov 13, 2017

The United States and New Zealand work together in bilateral, regional, and global contexts to address common interests in the areas of defense, foreign affairs, and trade. Bilateral and multilateral military-to-military exercises involving the two countries have increased in number since the signin...

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The Final Report of the Industrial Strategy Commission THE FINAL REPORT OF THE INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY COMMISSION

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Nov 10, 2017

This Commission was established entirely independent of government, with the aim of bringing a fresh and robust perspective to the important task of framing the UK’s new industrial strategy. This is now a crowded field, but by bringing a range of expertise and with the support of the evidence ...

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LEVERAGING BIG DATA AT THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL TO DRIVE CYBERSECURITY, INCREASE VISIBILITY AND IMPROVE SERVICE DELIVERY LEVERAGING BIG DATA AT THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL TO DRIVE CYBERSECURITY, INCREASE VISIBILITY AND IMPROVE SERVICE DELIVERY

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Nov 10, 2017

There is tremendous pressure on state and local governments to continue to do more with less. The impact of federal budget cuts have trickled down and placed additional strains on state and local governments. At the same time, agencies are now being asked to be more transparent and innovate for effi...

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State of the Nation 2017: Social Mobility in Great Britain STATE OF THE NATION 2017: SOCIAL MOBILITY IN GREAT BRITAIN

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Nov 08, 2017

Britain is a deeply divided nation. Those divisions take many forms. Class, income, gender, race. In recent years, each has been the subject of much scrutiny. But one form of division that has received far less attention is that based on geography. In this, our Fifth Annual Report, we focus on this ...

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U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Russia U.S. FOREIGN POLICY TOWARD RUSSIA

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Nov 06, 2017

In a matter of a few short years, the U.S. relationship with Russia has risen to the top of foreign policy concerns. Relations between the United States and the Russian Federation are far too broad and intertwined to be subject to piecemeal policymaking. Many issues between the countries, including ...

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Real Time Public Land Inventories & Revenue Tracking REAL TIME PUBLIC LAND INVENTORIES & REVENUE TRACKING

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Nov 06, 2017

How many national, provincial, or state governments in the world today could at a minutes’ notice tally how much land is publically managed under their authority? How many governments could accurately share the aggregate total sum of proceeds for that month or even calendar year from all publi...

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Trade Policy Under President Trump Implications for the US and the World TRADE POLICY UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP IMPLICATIONS FOR THE US AND THE WORLD

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Nov 03, 2017

The US has played a crucial role in shaping the global trade system since the end of the Second World War. With its allies in Europe, North America, and Asia, as well as elsewhere, the US-led efforts to remove trade barriers and to set up the global and regional trade architecture. However, this lea...

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Funding of State Randolph-Sheppard Programs: An Impending Crisis FUNDING OF STATE RANDOLPH-SHEPPARD PROGRAMS: AN IMPENDING CRISIS

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Nov 01, 2017

Funding for state Randolph-Sheppard programs vary from state to state and can be a point of contention between State Licensing Agencies (SLA) and the blind entrepreneurs. As state resources to fund their Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) programs dwindle, there is increasing pressure on state administr...

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Promoting professionalism, reforming regulation PROMOTING PROFESSIONALISM, REFORMING REGULATION

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Oct 31, 2017

The UK's model of professional regulation has its roots in a system of self-regulation in which professionals themselves were largely responsible for policing their own conduct, performance, and behavior. This system lacked independence and transparency. Through a series of reforms over recent d...

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Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity REPORT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES FROM THE TASK FORCE ON AGRICULTURE AND RURAL PROSPERITY

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Oct 21, 2017

On April 25, 2017, you established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity through Executive Order 13790 and appointed me as its Chair. The purpose and function of this Task Force have been to identify legislative, regulatory, and policy changes to promote agriculture, economi...

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Home Office delivery of Brexit: immigration HOME OFFICE DELIVERY OF BREXIT: IMMIGRATION

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Oct 20, 2017

The Home Office is one of the key government departments involved in delivering Brexit. We are assessing the Home Office’s capacity to meet this challenge in a number of policy areas. We published a report on customs operations in November.1 We expect to report soon on post-Brexit policing and...

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