Itemized Tax Deductions for Individuals: Data Analysis (open access)

Itemized Tax Deductions for Individuals: Data Analysis

This report analyzes data about reforming itemized tax deductions for individuals.
Date: February 12, 2014
Creator: Lowry, Sean
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
China-U.S. Trade Issues (open access)

China-U.S. Trade Issues

This report discusses the U.S.-China economic relationship and China's rapid expansion as a global economic market, both with respect to the current global economic crisis. It also examines major U.S.-China trade issues and related legislation.
Date: February 10, 2014
Creator: Morrison, Wayne M.
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
Navy Force Structure and Shipbuilding Plans: Background and Issues for Congress (open access)

Navy Force Structure and Shipbuilding Plans: Background and Issues for Congress

This report provides background information and presents potential issues for Congress concerning the Navy's ship force-structure goals and shipbuilding plans. The planned size of the Navy, the rate of Navy ship procurement, and the prospective affordability of the Navy's shipbuilding plans have been matters of concern for the congressional defense committees for the past several years. Decisions that Congress makes on Navy shipbuilding programs can substantially affect Navy capabilities and funding requirements, and the U.S. shipbuilding industrial base.
Date: February 10, 2014
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
Prevalence of Mental Illness in the United States: Data Sources and Estimates (open access)

Prevalence of Mental Illness in the United States: Data Sources and Estimates

This report briefly describes the methodology and results of three large surveys (funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) that provide national prevalence estimates of diagnosable mental illness: the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R), the National Comorbidity Survey Replication Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A), and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The report then presents prevalence estimates of any mental illness and serious mental illness based on each survey and ends with a brief discussion of how these prevalence estimates might inform policy discussions
Date: February 28, 2014
Creator: Bagalman, Erin & Napili, Angela
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
Transportation Spending and "Buy America" Requirements (open access)

Transportation Spending and "Buy America" Requirements

This report discusses the Buy America Act, the popular name for a group of domestic content restrictions that have been attached to funds administered by the Department of Transportation (DOT).
Date: February 4, 2014
Creator: Dolan, Alissa M.
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
Syria: Overview of the Humanitarian Response (open access)

Syria: Overview of the Humanitarian Response

This report examines the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria and the U.S. and international response. It discusses the use of chemical weapons in Syria on August 21, 2013 that triggered an intense debate over possible U.S. military intervention.
Date: February 25, 2014
Creator: Margesson, Rhoda & Chesser, Susan G.
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
Women in the United States Congress: Historical Overview, Tables, and Discussion (open access)

Women in the United States Congress: Historical Overview, Tables, and Discussion

This report discusses the impact of women in Congress and historical information, such as the number and percentage of women in Congress over time, means of entry to Congress, comparisons to international and state legislatures, records for tenure, firsts for women in Congress, women in leadership, and African-American and Asian-Pacific American women in Congress.
Date: February 18, 2014
Creator: Manning, Jennifer E.; Shogan, Colleen J. & Brudnick, Ida A.
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
The 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and Defense Strategy: Issues for Congress (open access)

The 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and Defense Strategy: Issues for Congress

This report briefly reviews the statutory Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) mandate and characterizes the context for the 2014 QDR. It also raises a series of issues that Congress may choose to consider in evaluating the QDR mandate, the 2014 QDR, and the Department of Defense (DOD) strategic direction more broadly.
Date: February 24, 2014
Creator: Dale, Catherine
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
The U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement: Background and Issues (open access)

The U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement: Background and Issues

This report discusses the proposed U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) signed November 22, 2006, which has not yet been approved by Congress. It includes an overview of the proposed CFTA and U.S.-Colombia trade, background on Colombia, issues for Congress to consider, Colombia's plan to improve labor rights, and the actions that Colombia has already taken to improve violence, labor, and human rights within the country.
Date: February 14, 2014
Creator: Villarreal, M. Angeles
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
Wildfire Fuels and Fuel Reduction (open access)

Wildfire Fuels and Fuel Reduction

This report examines wildfire biomass fuels. It discusses fuel characteristics and their relation to wildfire intensity and spread, and includes a description of actions proposed to reduce biomass fuel levels, their effectiveness for protecting property and resources from wildfires, and their impacts on other resource values. It concludes with an examination of the federal authorities for fuel reduction activities on federal and non-federal lands, together with data on the funding provided under each of these authorities.
Date: May 13, 2013
Creator: Bracmort, Kelsi
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
A Guide to U.S. Military Casualty Statistics: Operation New Dawn, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom (open access)

A Guide to U.S. Military Casualty Statistics: Operation New Dawn, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom

This report presents statistics regarding U.S. military casualties in the active Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF, Afghanistan), as well as operations that have ended: Operation New Dawn (OND, Iraq) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF, Iraq). It includes statistics on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), amputations, evacuations, and the demographics of casualties. Some of these statistics are publicly available at the Department of Defense's (DOD's) website; others have been obtained through contact with experts at the DOD.
Date: February 19, 2014
Creator: Fischer, Hannah
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (open access)

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

This report provides an overview of the United Nations (U.N.) Convention on the Rights of the Child's (CRC's) background and structure and examines evolving U.S. policy toward the CRC, including past and current Administration positions and congressional perspectives. It also highlights issues for the 112th Congress, including the CRC's possible impact on federal and state laws, U.S. sovereignty, parental rights, and U.S. family planning and abortion policy. In addition, the report addresses the effectiveness of CRC in protecting the rights of children internationally and its potential use as an instrument of U.S. foreign policy.
Date: February 6, 2014
Creator: Blanchfield, Luisa
Object Type: Report
System: The UNT Digital Library
Health Care for Veterans: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (open access)

Health Care for Veterans: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

This report provides responses to frequently asked questions about health care provided to veterans through the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). It is intended to serve as a quick reference to provide easy access to information. Where applicable, it provides the legislative background pertaining to the question.
Date: February 25, 2014
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga & Bagalman, Erin