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Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia: Political Developments and Implications for U.S. Interests (open access)

Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia: Political Developments and Implications for U.S. Interests

This report discusses the history and political background of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia since their breakaway from the former Soviet Union at the end of 1991. It looks at key issues for the 112th Congress including economies, energy, regional politics, local crime, and terrorism.
Date: February 20, 2014
Creator: Nichol, Jim
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
Gangs in Central America (open access)

Gangs in Central America

This report describes the gang problem in Central America, discusses country approaches to deal with the gangs, and analyzes U.S. policy with respect to gangs in Central America.
Date: February 20, 2014
Creator: Seelke, Clare Ribando
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
PILT (Payments in Lieu of Taxes): Somewhat Simplified (open access)

PILT (Payments in Lieu of Taxes): Somewhat Simplified

This report explains Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT), with an analysis of the five major factors affecting the calculation of a payment to a given county. It also describes the effects of certain legislative changes to PILT in 2009 and 2012.
Date: February 20, 2014
Creator: Corn, M. Lynne
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
U.S. Manufacturing in International Perspective (open access)

U.S. Manufacturing in International Perspective

This report contains a series of charts and tables that depict the position of manufacturing in the United States relative to other countries according to various metrics.
Date: February 20, 2014
Creator: Levinson, Marc
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
Employment for Veterans: Trends and Programs (open access)

Employment for Veterans: Trends and Programs

This report discusses veterans' employment trends and programs. The first section presents data on veterans' employment outcomes, identifying recent trends, and discussing issues to consider when interpreting veterans' employment data. The following sections present brief discussions of existing programs that provide employment-related services to veterans. These services are divided into (1) general programs that are broadly available to veterans, (2) programs that target veterans with service-connected disabilities, and (3) competitive grant programs that provide additional employment-related services to veterans but may be limited in scope or availability.
Date: February 20, 2014
Creator: Collins, Benjamin; Dilger, Robert Jay; Dortch, Cassandria; Kapp, Lawrence; Lowry, Sean & Perl, Libby
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
Kcnq1-5 (Kv7.1-5) potassium channel expression in the adult zebrafish (open access)

Kcnq1-5 (Kv7.1-5) potassium channel expression in the adult zebrafish

In this article, the authors use the zebrafish genome and potassium channels to study cardiac anomalies, epilepsy, convulsions, hearing loss, and tinnitus in humans.
Date: February 20, 2014
Creator: Wu, Calvin; Sharma, Kanishk; Laster, Kyle; Hersi, Mohamed; Torres, Christina; Lukas, Thomas J. et al.
Object Type: Article
System: The UNT Digital Library
Small Business Administration: A Primer on Programs and Funding (open access)

Small Business Administration: A Primer on Programs and Funding

This report provides an overview of the Small Business Administration (SBA) business loan guaranty programs.
Date: March 20, 2014
Creator: Dilger, Robert Jay & Lowry, Sean
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
Japan-U.S. Relations: Issues for Congress (open access)

Japan-U.S. Relations: Issues for Congress

This report discusses issues regarding U.S.-Japan economic relations, since the economic condition of each nation can affect the world economy and a U.S.-Japan bilateral economic relationship could influence economic conditions in other countries. U.S. and Japanese leaders have several options on how to manage their relationship, including stronger reliance on the World Trade Organization; special bilateral negotiating frameworks and agreements; or a free trade agreement.
Date: February 20, 2014
Creator: Chanlett-Avery, Emma; Cooper, William H.; Manyin, Mark E. & Rinehart, Ian E.
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gases: Congressional Responses and Options (open access)

EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gases: Congressional Responses and Options

This report discusses elements of the greenhouse gas (GHG) controversy, providing background on stationary sources of GHG pollution and identifying options Congress has at its disposal to address GHG issues, including: (1) resolutions of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act; (2) freestanding legislation; (3) the use of appropriations bills as a vehicle to influence EPA activity; and (4) amendments to the Clean Air Act, including legislation to establish a new GHG control regime.
Date: February 20, 2014
Creator: McCarthy, James E.
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
Aereo and FilmOn X: Internet Television Streaming and Copyright Law (open access)

Aereo and FilmOn X: Internet Television Streaming and Copyright Law

This report begins with a discussion of the technology used by Aereo and FilmOn X that permit subscribers to watch live broadcast television as well as already-aired programming. It then examines the public performance right in the Copyright Act and discusses the interpretation of the transmit clause and public performance right by the courts in the Aereo and FilmOn cases. The report concludes with a brief overview of future litigation by these parties and related legislative proposals in the 113th Congress.
Date: March 20, 2014
Creator: Lanza, Emily M.
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
Genetic Testing: Scientific Background for Policymakers (open access)

Genetic Testing: Scientific Background for Policymakers

This report discusses bills addressing genetic discrimination in health insurance and employment; personalized medicine; the patenting of genetic material; and the oversight of clinical laboratory tests (in vitro diagnostics), including genetic tests.
Date: February 20, 2014
Creator: Sarata, Amanda K.
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
In Brief: U.S. Nuclear Weapon "Pit" Production: Background and Options (open access)

In Brief: U.S. Nuclear Weapon "Pit" Production: Background and Options

This report discusses background on nuclear weapon pit production, pit fabrication options, analytical chemistry options, and related questions for Congress. It shows that many options are available for making 80 pits per year (ppy), but it cannot determine which, if any, could support that capacity because data do not exist on how much MAR and space are needed for AC and pit fabrication for 80 ppy.
Date: March 20, 2014
Creator: Medalia, Jonathan E.
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
Submission of Mental Health Records to NICS and the HIPAA Privacy Rule (open access)

Submission of Mental Health Records to NICS and the HIPAA Privacy Rule

This report provides an overview of prohibiting mental health records under current federal law, and distinguishes those records from other types of mental health information that would not disqualify an individual from purchasing a firearm. This report also provides an overview of National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and discusses potential issues arising from state and federal medical privacy laws that may impede states' efforts to submit prohibiting mental health records to NICS.
Date: February 20, 2014
Creator: Liu, Edward C.; Bagalman, Erin; Chu, Vivian S. & Redhead, C. Stephen
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
Ukraine: Current Issues and U.S. Policy (open access)

Ukraine: Current Issues and U.S. Policy

This report offers background information on Ukraine's current political and economic situation, and foreign policy towards NATO, the European Union, and Russia. It also discusses U.S. policy, U.S. aid to Ukraine, the congressional response, and related legislation.
Date: May 20, 2014
Creator: Woehrel, Steven
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library

Towards Building a Collection of Web Archiving Research Articles

Presentation for the 2014 International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) General Assembly. This presentation discusses building a collection of web archiving research articles.
Date: May 20, 2014
Creator: Reyes Ayala, Brenda & Caragea, Cornelia
Object Type: Presentation
System: The UNT Digital Library
Private Pensions: Pension Tax Incentives Update (open access)

Private Pensions: Pension Tax Incentives Update

Correspondence issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "To encourage private-sector employers to sponsor new pension plans and U.S. workers to save for retirement, federal law authorizes a variety of tax incentives, such as the ability to defer taxes on contributions to qualified plans until the funds are distributed, up to certain limits. Since 2000, the dollar amount of these limits has increased over time. However, from 2009 through 2011, the number of new pension plans formed each year in the private sector remained relatively flat, and was below the levels reported previously for 2003 through 2007. Specifically, from 2009 through 2011, private-sector employers sponsored about 81,000 new pension plans, including 75,000 defined contribution (DC) plans and 6,000 defined benefit (DB) plans. DC plans with fewer than 100 participants accounted for about 90 percent of all new plan growth over this period. Moreover, the net change in the number of pension plans over this period was negative, with the number of terminated plans more than offsetting new plan formation by nearly 34,000 plans. Over the 3-year span from 2009 through 2011, private-sector employers terminated about 106,000 DC and 9,000 DB plans. Overall, there were about 52,000 …
Date: March 20, 2014
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Object Type: Text
System: The UNT Digital Library

New World of Scholarly Publishing

Presentation for the Cross Timbers Library Collaborative (CTLC) Scholarly Communications and Digital Curation (SCDC) Affinity Group Summer 2014 Meeting. This presentation discusses scholarly publishing activities at the University of Michigan (UM) Libraries and library publishing service ideas at the University of North Texas (UNT) Libraries.
Date: June 20, 2014
Creator: Hawkins, Kevin S.
Object Type: Presentation
System: The UNT Digital Library
Texas Register, Volume 39, Number 25, Pages 4709-4832, June 20, 2014 (open access)

Texas Register, Volume 39, Number 25, Pages 4709-4832, June 20, 2014

A weekly publication, the Texas Register serves as the journal of state agency rulemaking for Texas. Information published in the Texas Register includes proposed, adopted, withdrawn and emergency rule actions, notices of state agency review of agency rules, governor's appointments, attorney general opinions, and miscellaneous documents such as requests for proposals. After adoption, these rulemaking actions are codified into the Texas Administrative Code.
Date: June 20, 2014
Creator: Texas. Secretary of State.
Object Type: Journal/Magazine/Newsletter
System: The Portal to Texas History
Ukraine: Current Issues and U.S. Policy (open access)

Ukraine: Current Issues and U.S. Policy

This report offers background information on Ukraine's current political and economic situation, foreign policy towards NATO, the European Union, and Russia. It also discusses U.S. policy, U.S. aid to Ukraine, the congressional response, and other legislation.
Date: May 20, 2014
Creator: Woehrel, Steven
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
Nigeria's Boko Haram: Frequently Asked Questions (open access)

Nigeria's Boko Haram: Frequently Asked Questions

This report discusses Boko Haram, a violent Nigerian Islamist movement, that has grown increasingly active and deadly in its attacks against state and civilian targets in recent years.
Date: May 20, 2014
Creator: Blanchard, Lauren Ploch
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
Legislative Branch: FY2015 Appropriations (open access)

Legislative Branch: FY2015 Appropriations

This report discusses the legislative branch appropriations bill that provides funding for the Senate, House of Representatives, Joint Items, Capitol Police, Office of Compliance, Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Library of Congress (LOC) -- including the Congressional Research Service (CRS) -- Government Printing Office (GPO), Government Accountability Office (GAO), and Open World Leadership Center.
Date: May 20, 2014
Creator: Petersen, R. E. & Brudnick, Ida A.
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program: Fact Sheet (open access)

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program: Fact Sheet

This report discusses the federal government funding for mental illness and surrounding issues, such as mental health courts and mental health collaboration programs.
Date: May 20, 2014
Creator: James, Nathan
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
Cuba: U.S. Policy and Issues for the 113th Congress (open access)

Cuba: U.S. Policy and Issues for the 113th Congress

This report discusses the current political conditions of Cuba as well as its relationship with the United States. In particular, the report focuses on U.S. policy regarding Cuba including various economic sanctions, human rights issues, and foreign aid appropriations.
Date: May 20, 2014
Creator: Sullivan, Mark P.
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library

[Dorothy Bland at Barbara Jordan Media Awards]

Dorothy Bland, Dean of the UNT Mayborn School of Journalism, speaks at the Barbara Jordan Media Awards.
Date: March 20, 2014
Creator: Clark, Junebug
Object Type: Photograph
System: The UNT Digital Library