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401(k) Plans: Policy Changes Could Reduce the Long-term Effects of Leakage on Workers' Retirement Savings (open access)

401(k) Plans: Policy Changes Could Reduce the Long-term Effects of Leakage on Workers' Retirement Savings

A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Under federal regulations, 401(k) participants may tap into their accrued retirement savings before retirement under certain circumstances, including hardship. This "leakage" from 401(k) accounts can result in a permanent loss of retirement savings. GAO was asked to analyze (1) the incidence, amount, and relative significance of the different forms of 401(k) leakage; (2) how plans inform participants about hardship withdrawal provisions, loan provisions, and options at job separation, including the short- and long-term costs of each; and (3) how various policies may affect the incidence of leakage. To address these matters, GAO analyzed federal and 401(k) industry data and interviewed federal officials, pension experts, and plan administrators responsi- ble for managing the majority of 401(k) participants and assets."
Date: August 28, 2009
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
401(k) Plans: Several Factors Can Diminish Retirement Savings, but Automatic Enrollment Shows Promise for Increasing Participation and Savings (open access)

401(k) Plans: Several Factors Can Diminish Retirement Savings, but Automatic Enrollment Shows Promise for Increasing Participation and Savings

Testimony issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Over the past 25 years, the number of defined benefit (DB) plans has declined while the number of defined contribution (DC) plans has increased. Today, DC plans are the dominant type of employer-sponsored retirement plans, with more than 49 million U.S. workers participating in them. 401(k) plans currently cover over 85 percent of active DC plan participants and are the fastest growing type of employer-sponsored pension plan. Given these shifts in pension coverage, workers are increasingly relying on 401(k) plans for their pension income. Recently, policy makers have focused attention on the ability of 401(k) plans to provide participants with adequate retirement income and the challenges that arise as 401(k) plans become the predominant retirement savings plan for employees. As a result, GAO was asked to report on (1) challenges to building and maintaining of savings in 401(k) plans, and (2) recent measures to improve 401(k) participation and savings levels."
Date: October 28, 2009
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Object Type: Text
System: The UNT Digital Library
15th Street News (Midwest City, Okla.), Vol. 39, No. 2, Ed. 1 Friday, August 28, 2009 (open access)

15th Street News (Midwest City, Okla.), Vol. 39, No. 2, Ed. 1 Friday, August 28, 2009

Newspaper from Rose State College in Midwest City, Oklahoma that includes national, local, and campus news along with advertising.
Date: August 28, 2009
Creator: Price, Racheal
Object Type: Newspaper
System: The Gateway to Oklahoma History
2009 Pilot Scale Fluidized Bed Steam Reforming Testing Using the Thor (Thermal Organic Reduction) Process: Analytical Results for Tank 48h Organic Destruction - 10408 (open access)

2009 Pilot Scale Fluidized Bed Steam Reforming Testing Using the Thor (Thermal Organic Reduction) Process: Analytical Results for Tank 48h Organic Destruction - 10408

The Savannah River Site (SRS) must empty the contents of Tank 48H, a 1.3 million gallon Type IIIA HLW storage tank, to return this tank to service. The tank contains organic compounds, mainly potassium tetraphenylborate that cannot be processed downstream until the organic components are destroyed. The THOR{reg_sign} Treatment Technologies (TTT) Fluidized Bed Steam Reforming (FBSR) technology, herein after referred to as steam reforming, has been demonstrated to be a viable process to remove greater than 99.9% of the organics from Tank 48H during various bench scale and pilot scale tests. These demonstrations were supported by Savannah River Remediation (SRR) and the Department of Energy (DOE) has concurred with the SRR recommendation to proceed with the deployment of the FBSR technology to treat the contents of Tank 48H. The Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) developed and proved the concept with non-radioactive simulants for SRR beginning in 2003. By 2008, several pilot scale campaigns had been completed and extensive crucible testing and bench scale testing were performed in the SRNL Shielded Cells using Tank 48H radioactive sample. SRNL developed a Tank 48H non-radioactive simulant complete with organic compounds, salt, and metals characteristic of those measured in a sample of the radioactive …
Date: December 28, 2009
Creator: Williams, M. R.; Jantzen, Carol M.; Burket, P. R.; Crawford, C. L.; Daniel, W. E.; Aponte, C. et al.
Object Type: Article
System: The UNT Digital Library
[2009 Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus conference schedule] (open access)

[2009 Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus conference schedule]

Conference schedule for the TSDC first biennial statewide conference.
Date: 2009-02-28/2009-03-01
Creator: Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus
Object Type: Text
System: The UNT Digital Library
81st Texas Legislature, Senate Bill 731, Chapter 3 (open access)

81st Texas Legislature, Senate Bill 731, Chapter 3

Bill introduced by the Texas Senate relating to the sale of certain alcoholic beverages to private club registration permit holders.
Date: April 28, 2009
Creator: Texas. Legislature. Senate.
Object Type: Legislative Document
System: The Portal to Texas History
Acquisition Workforce: DOD Can Improve Its Management and Oversight by Tracking Data on Contractor Personnel and Taking Additional Actions (open access)

Acquisition Workforce: DOD Can Improve Its Management and Oversight by Tracking Data on Contractor Personnel and Taking Additional Actions

Testimony issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Since 2001, Department of Defense's (DOD) spending on goods and services has more than doubled to $388 billion in 2008, while the number of civilian and military acquisition personnel has remained relatively stable. To supplement its in-house workforce, DOD relies heavily on contractor personnel. If it does not maintain an adequate workforce, DOD places its billion-dollar acquisitions at an increased risk of poor outcomes and vulnerability to fraud, waste, and abuse. This testimony is based on GAO's March 2009 report and addresses DOD's efforts to assess the sufficiency of the total acquisition workforce and to improve its management and oversight of that workforce. It also discusses selected practices of leading organizations that may provide DOD with insights for its efforts."
Date: April 28, 2009
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Object Type: Text
System: The UNT Digital Library
Adaptive Management for Decision Making at the Program and Project Levels of the Missouri River Recovery Program (open access)

Adaptive Management for Decision Making at the Program and Project Levels of the Missouri River Recovery Program

The paper, “Adaptive Management: Background for Stakeholders in the Missouri River Recovery Program,” introduced the concept of adaptive management (AM), its principles and how they relate to one-another, how AM is applied, and challenges for its implementation. This companion paper describes how the AM principles were applied to specific management actions within the Missouri River Recovery Program to facilitate understanding, decision-making, and stakeholder engagement. For context, we begin with a brief synopsis of the Missouri River Recovery Program (MRRP) and the strategy for implementing adaptive management (AM) within the program; we finish with an example of AM in action within Phase I of the MRPP.
Date: February 28, 2009
Creator: Thom, Ronald M.; Anderson, Michael G.; Tyre, Drew & Fleming, Craig A.
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
Advance Appropriations for Veterans' Health Care: Issues and Options for Congress (open access)

Advance Appropriations for Veterans' Health Care: Issues and Options for Congress

This report discusses issues regarding authorization of an advanced appropriation for certain medical care accounts of the Veterans Health Administration.
Date: April 28, 2009
Creator: Panangala, Sidath V.
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
Advanced In-Furnace NOx Control for Wall and Cyclone-Fired Boilers (open access)

Advanced In-Furnace NOx Control for Wall and Cyclone-Fired Boilers

A NO{sub x} minimization strategy for coal-burning wall-fired and cyclone boilers was developed that included deep air staging, innovative oxygen use, reburning, and advanced combustion control enhancements. Computational fluid dynamics modeling was applied to refine and select the best arrangements. Pilot-scale tests were conducted by firing an eastern high-volatile bituminous Pittsburgh No.8 coal at 5 million Btu/hr in a facility that was set up with two-level overfire air (OFA) ports. In the wall-fired mode, pulverized coal was burned in a geometrically scaled down version of the B and W DRB-4Z{reg_sign} low-NO{sub x} burner. At a fixed overall excess air level of 17%, NO{sub x} emissions with single-level OFA ports were around 0.32 lb/million Btu at 0.80 burner stoichiometry. Two-level OFA operation lowered the NO{sub x} levels to 0.25 lb/million Btu. Oxygen enrichment in the staged burner reduced the NO{sub x} values to 0.21 lb/million Btu. Oxygen enrichment plus reburning and 2-level OFA operation further curbed the NO{sub x} emissions to 0.19 lb/million Btu or by 41% from conventional air-staged operation with single-level OFA ports. In the cyclone firing arrangement, oxygen enrichment of the cyclone combustor enabled high-temperature and deeply staged operation while maintaining good slag tapping. Firing the Pittsburgh No.8 …
Date: February 28, 2009
Creator: Sarv, Hamid
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
Afghanistan: Politics, Elections, and Government Performance (open access)

Afghanistan: Politics, Elections, and Government Performance

This report discusses the current political state of Afghanistan, as well as the Afghan government. This report also discusses Afghanistan's relationship with the United States, particularly U.S. efforts to urge President Hamid Karzai to address corruption within the Afghan government.
Date: August 28, 2009
Creator: Katzman, Kenneth
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
Africa Command: U.S. Strategic Interests and the Role of the U.S. Military in Africa (open access)

Africa Command: U.S. Strategic Interests and the Role of the U.S. Military in Africa

This report provides information on Africa Command's (AFRICOM) mission, structure, interagency coordination, and its basing and manpower requirements. The report also gives a broad overview of U.S. strategic interests in Africa and the role of U.S. military efforts on the continent as they pertain to the creation of Africa Command.
Date: July 28, 2009
Creator: Ploch, Lauren
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
Air Force C-17 Aircraft Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress (open access)

Air Force C-17 Aircraft Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress

This report provides background information on the C-17 Aircraft program, including previous appropriations, related programs, and issues for Congress. The primary issue for Congress in FY2010 is whether to procure additional C-17s. An additional issue is whether to pass legislation relating to the airlift aircraft force structure. Congress's decisions on these issues could affect DOD capabilities and funding requirements and the U.S. military aircraft industrial base.
Date: July 28, 2009
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
The Albany News (Albany, Tex.), Vol. 134, No. 1, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 28, 2009 (open access)

The Albany News (Albany, Tex.), Vol. 134, No. 1, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 28, 2009

Weekly newspaper from Albany, Texas that includes local, county, and state news along with extensive advertising.
Date: May 28, 2009
Creator: Lucas, Melinda L.
Object Type: Newspaper
System: The Portal to Texas History
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau: Fiscal Year 2010 Proposed Licensing and Registration Fees Program (open access)

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau: Fiscal Year 2010 Proposed Licensing and Registration Fees Program

Correspondence issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Over the last several weeks, we reviewed the President's fiscal year 2010 budget request for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to provide pertinent and timely information that the Congress could use during budget deliberations. Our objectives were to (1) examine any programs with significant increases from the prior year and any significant unexpended balances and (2) review any new programs in the budget request. To do our work, we compared prior and current year budget requests, reviewed key budget-related documents, and interviewed TTB officials. Given the objectives and scope of this work, we conducted this work in accordance with all sections of GAO's Quality Assurance Framework that are relevant to our objectives. The framework requires that we plan and perform the engagement to obtain sufficient and appropriate evidence to meet our stated objectives and to discuss any limitations in our work. We believe that the information and data obtained, and the analysis conducted, provide a reasonable basis for any findings and conclusions. Based on our review, we are not recommending any reductions, realignments, or restrictions to TTB's fiscal year 2010 budget. However, given our …
Date: September 28, 2009
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Object Type: Text
System: The UNT Digital Library
Alien Smuggling: Recent Legislative Developments (open access)

Alien Smuggling: Recent Legislative Developments

This report consists of alien smuggling:Recent Legislative Developments.
Date: January 28, 2009
Creator: Garcia, Michael John
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library

[All Access name-tag for Al Daniels]

Name-tag on an American flag lanyard for the All Access, Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus, First Biennial Statewide Conference, for Al Daniels. The conference was held on February 28th - March 1, 2009, at the Doubletree Hotel in Austin Texas.
Date: 2009-02-28/2009-03-01
Creator: unknown
Object Type: Physical Object
System: The UNT Digital Library
ALTERNATE APPROACH TO HAZARD CATEGORIZATION FOR SALTSTONE FACILITY AT SRS (open access)

ALTERNATE APPROACH TO HAZARD CATEGORIZATION FOR SALTSTONE FACILITY AT SRS

The Saltstone Facility at Savannah River Site (SRS) was originally segmented into two segments: the Saltstone Production Facility (SPF) and the Saltstone Disposal Facility (SDF). Based on the inventory of radionuclides available for release the SPF and SDF were categorized as Nonreactor Hazard Category (HC)-3. The hazard categorization recognized the SDF will contain contributions of radionuclides which would exceed the HC-2 Threshold Quantity (TQ) in the form of grout. However it was determined not to impact the facility hazard categorization based on the grout being in a solid, monolithic form which was not easily dispersible. But, the impact of a quantity of unset grout expected to be present at the vault following operation of the process was not addressed. A Potential Inadequacy in Safety Analysis (PISA) was later issued based on the hazard categorization determination for the facility not addressing unset grout. This initiated a re-evaluation of the accident scenarios within the hazards analysis. During this re-evaluation, the segmentation of the facility was challenged based on the potential interaction between facility segments; specifically, the leachate return line and the grout transfer line, which were considered separate segments, are located in close proximity at one point. such that for certain events …
Date: April 28, 2009
Creator: Roy, B.
Object Type: Article
System: The UNT Digital Library
Alternative Waste Forms for Electro-Chemical Salt Waste (open access)

Alternative Waste Forms for Electro-Chemical Salt Waste

This study was undertaken to examine alternate crystalline (ceramic/mineral) and glass waste forms for immobilizing spent salt from the Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (AFCI) electrochemical separations process. The AFCI is a program sponsored by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop and demonstrate a process for recycling spent nuclear fuel (SNF). The electrochemical process is a molten salt process for the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel in an electrorefiner and generates spent salt that is contaminated with alkali, alkaline earths, and lanthanide fission products (FP) that must either be cleaned of fission products or eventually replaced with new salt to maintain separations efficiency. Currently, these spent salts are mixed with zeolite to form sodalite in a glass-bonded waste form. The focus of this study was to investigate alternate waste forms to immobilize spent salt. On a mole basis, the spent salt is dominated by alkali and Cl with minor amounts of alkaline earth and lanthanides. In the study reported here, we made an effort to explore glass systems that are more compatible with Cl and have not been previously considered for use as waste forms. In addition, alternate methods were explored with the hope of finding a way to produce …
Date: October 28, 2009
Creator: Crum, Jarrod V.; Sundaram, S. K.; Riley, Brian J.; Matyas, Josef; Arreguin, Shelly A. & Vienna, John D.
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
The Altus Times (Altus, Okla.), Vol. 111, No. 145, Ed. 1 Wednesday, January 28, 2009 (open access)

The Altus Times (Altus, Okla.), Vol. 111, No. 145, Ed. 1 Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Daily newspaper from Altus, Oklahoma that includes local, state, and national news along with advertising.
Date: January 28, 2009
Creator: Bush, Michael
Object Type: Newspaper
System: The Gateway to Oklahoma History
The Altus Times (Altus, Okla.), Vol. 111, No. 209, Ed. 1 Tuesday, April 28, 2009 (open access)

The Altus Times (Altus, Okla.), Vol. 111, No. 209, Ed. 1 Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Daily newspaper from Altus, Oklahoma that includes local, state, and national news along with advertising.
Date: April 28, 2009
Creator: Bush, Michael
Object Type: Newspaper
System: The Gateway to Oklahoma History
The Altus Times (Altus, Okla.), Vol. 111, No. 231, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 28, 2009 (open access)

The Altus Times (Altus, Okla.), Vol. 111, No. 231, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 28, 2009

Daily newspaper from Altus, Oklahoma that includes local, state, and national news along with advertising.
Date: May 28, 2009
Creator: Bush, Michael
Object Type: Newspaper
System: The Gateway to Oklahoma History
The Altus Times (Altus, Okla.), Vol. 111, No. 253, Ed. 1 Sunday, June 28, 2009 (open access)

The Altus Times (Altus, Okla.), Vol. 111, No. 253, Ed. 1 Sunday, June 28, 2009

Daily newspaper from Altus, Oklahoma that includes local, state, and national news along with advertising.
Date: June 28, 2009
Creator: Bush, Michael
Object Type: Newspaper
System: The Gateway to Oklahoma History
The Altus Times (Altus, Okla.), Vol. 111, No. 274, Ed. 1 Tuesday, July 28, 2009 (open access)

The Altus Times (Altus, Okla.), Vol. 111, No. 274, Ed. 1 Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Daily newspaper from Altus, Oklahoma that includes local, state, and national news along with advertising.
Date: July 28, 2009
Creator: Bush, Michael
Object Type: Newspaper
System: The Gateway to Oklahoma History