Category Government-Politics

Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Numbers of Contaminated Federal Sites, Estimated Costs, and EPA’s Oversight Role

Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Numbers of Contaminated Federal Sites, Estimated Costs, and EPA’s Oversight Role Source: Government Accountability Office The Departments of Agriculture (USDA), the Interior, Defense (DOD), and Energy (DOE) have identified thousands of contaminated and potentially contaminated sites on land they manage but do not have a complete inventory of sites, in particular, for […]

Where Police Don’t Mirror Communities and Why It Matters

Where Police Don’t Mirror Communities and Why It Matters Source: Governing A Governing analysis of recently published 2013 personnel data reported to the Bureau of Justice Statistics finds minority groups remain underrepresented, to varying degrees, in nearly all local law enforcement agencies serving at least 100,000 residents. Racial and ethnic minorities are underrepresented by a […]

Federal Low Income Programs: Multiple Programs Target Diverse Populations and Needs

Federal Low Income Programs: Multiple Programs Target Diverse Populations and Needs Source: Government Accountability Office More than 80 federal programs (including 6 tax expenditures) provide aid to people with low incomes, based on GAO’s survey of relevant federal agencies. Medicaid (the largest by far), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and […]

Overincome Families Residing in Public Housing Units

Overincome Families Residing in Public Housing Units (PDF) Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General Public housing authorities provided public housing assistance to as many as 25,226 families whose income exceeded HUD’s 2014 eligibility income limits. Of these 25,226 families, 17,761 had earned more than the qualifying amount for more […]

Social Security 80th Anniversary Survey Report

Social Security 80th Anniversary Survey Report Source: AARP KEY FINDINGS Four in five adults (80%) rely on or plan to rely on Social Security in the future as a source of income in retirement, including a majority of those 18-29. Among adults who are not currently retired (60%), four in five (84%) agree—and more than […]

Who Votes in Congressional Elections?

Who Votes in Congressional Elections? Source: U.S. Census Bureau Thom File, a sociologist in the U.S. Census Bureau’s Education and Social Stratification Statistics Branch, discusses national statistics about historical trends of voters in congressional elections and voting patterns by age, race and Hispanic origin.

The Rising Cost of Wildfire Operations: Effects on the Forest Service’s Non-Fire Work

The Rising Cost of Wildfire Operations: Effects on the Forest Service’s Non-Fire Work (PDF) Source: U.S. Forest Service In 1995, fire made up 16 percent of the Forest Service’s annual appropriated budget—this year, for the first time, more than 50 percent of the Forest Service’s annual budget will be dedicated to wildfire. Along with this […]