Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Federal Agency Appropriations

Each year the U.S.Congress passes appropriations bills that provide funding for federal government operations for the upcoming fiscal year. The detailed process is explained here, A Brief Guide to the Federal Budget and Appropriations Process.

Congress.gov outlines and tracks the appropriations in its Resources section by topic for each fiscal year.

The U.S.House and Senate Appropriations Committees also track this legislation on their web pages.

The OSU Library receives copies of the appropriations hearings in film.

Recent appropriations in the news include funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the inspection of horse slaughter plants, allowing these plants to open again in the U.S.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

U.S. Government Bookstore

The U.S. Government is the largest publisher in the world. It distributes publications from federal agencies through the Federal Depository Library Program, but it also makes popular publications available for sale through the U.S. Government Bookstore.

Recently updated and mobile-friendly,  the website can be browsed by Title, Topic, Agency, or Collections – New Releases, Best Sellers, eBooks, and Data Products.

Topics include Environment & Nature or Art, Maps & Travel. Code of Federal Regulation titles are also listed, which include federal regulations for subject areas.

Titles include Connecting People to Their Public Lands, Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020, and Women in Congress 1917-2017, and many recreation guides including Yosemite: A Guide to Yosemite National Park.

There are also many titles on sale!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Clean Water Rule

The U.S. Environment Protection Agency and the U.S. Army are working to repeal the Clean Water Rule, implemented in 2015, which increased protection for rivers, coastal waters, streams, and wetlands, and limits an array of pollutants. The Rule defined the jurisdiction of the federal government under the Clean Water Act. According to the Scientific American, this change may "foul the U.S. drinking water supply."

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Waters of the United States page includes a history and implementation of these regulations.

President Trump's Executive Order is available on the White House website. The proposed rule change will be be published in the Federal Register, a daily publication of U.S. regulatory actions, available online and in paper at the OSU Library.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Senate Health Care Bill

The U.S. Senate released its version of H.R. 1628, the "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017," available on the Senate Committee on the Budget web page. The House version titled the "American Health Care Act of 2017" is available on Congress.gov which tracks the bill, and includes the text and an actions overview. The Senate version will require more than 50 votes to pass. The Hill article What's in the Senate healthcare bill outlines its potential impact on healthcare in the U.S.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

U.S. Senate Committee on Intelligence Hearings

U.S. House and Senate committees are listed at Congress.gov, which includes their activities, proceedings, and websites.

The Hearings tab on the U.S. Select Committee on Intelligence website covers the Open Hearing with Former Director of the FBI James Comey on June 8. The testimony can be viewed using IE or Firefox or the statements can be read in PDF.

The OSU Library receives copies of all Congressional hearings in film format, and they will also be available via the GovInfo website.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Paris Agreement on Climate Change

The Paris Agreement that President Trump withdrew the U.S. from on June 1 is part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, an international treaty established in 1992 with the goal to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere affecting climate. The Treaty went into force in March of 1994 after ratification by a sufficient number of countries.

The 197 member countries of the Treaty meet annually to review greenhouse gas emissions. In 2015 the Paris Agreement was adopted and went into force in 2016, requiring "all parties to put forward their best efforts through 'nationally determined contributions' and to strengthen these efforts in the years ahead. This includes requirements that all Parties report regularly on their emissions and on their implementation efforts."

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is another body under the United Nations for "assessing the science related to climate change."

U.S. government websites reviewing climate change, including GlobalChange.gov, are listed on the Library's Science and Technology section on the Government Documents web page.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

OSU Collections in HathiTrust Digital Library

HathiTrust is a partnership of academic and research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world and available via the HathiTrust Digital Library. With many unique collections, the OSU Library began the process in 2016 to digitize materials for inclusion in HathiTrust to make them globally available.

Pre-statehood materials for Oklahoma were identified, cataloged and processed, and scanned and uploaded using HathiTrust's specifications for inclusion in the database. Each page of a document is created as a file in both JPG and TXT formats. There are 35 volumes in OSU's pre-statehood collection that will be exclusive additions to HathiTrust.

Legislation to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

The Congressional Budget Office released their report on H.R. 1628, American Health Care Act of 2017." CBO and Joint Committee on Taxation staff estimate that enacting the legislation - which would repeal or modify many provisions of the Affordable Care Act - would reduce federal deficits, but leave 14 million more people uninsured in 2018 than under the current law.

Federal Budget Released

The Office of Management and Budget released the federal budget for FY18, titled, A New Foundation for American Greatness. The OSU Library will receive paper copies in the next few weeks.