Guides leaders through a systematic approach to training, consisting of an ordered, comprehensive assemblage of facts, principles and methods for training soldiers and units. Provides a balanced training program that prepares soldiers for successful task performance and provides linkage to other training. Injury control is woven into the training's fabric by recommended exercise intensity, volume, specificity and recovery within its progressive training schedules. Sample schedules provide the commander a doctrinal template that can be applied to the unit's training needs. Append.: Physical Fitness Test; Climbing Bars; Posture and Body Mechanics; Environ. Considerations; Obstacle Negotiations. Numerous photos. This is a print on demand pub.
This is a print on demand edition of a hard to find publication. This is the second of two vol. on the history of strategic air and ballistic missile defense from 1945 to 1972. It covers 1955¿1972, and is organized into five interrelated chapters. Chapter I provides a comparison of U.S. and Soviet strategies, Chapters II and III deal with U.S. strategy and Soviet strategy, while Chapters IV and V cover U.S. systems and Soviet systems. The Executive Summary has three major groupings: one, to reflect the contextual setting of decision-making, circa 1955; the second, to highlight strategic air defense policy comparisons and contrasts, 1955¿1972; and a third, to present judgments and conclusions about the results of the play of factors and perceptions which molded air defense decisions during these years. Illustrations.
This is a print on demand edition of a hard to find publication. This annual report summarizes the admin. and enforcement actions the FTC has taken under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), during 2009. These actions are part of the FTC¿s ongoing effort to curtail deceptive, unfair, and abusive debt collection practices. Such practices cause substantial consumer injury, including payment of amounts not owed, unintended waivers of rights, invasions of privacy, and emotional distress. The FDCPA prohibits deceptive, unfair, and abusive practices by third-party collectors. This report summarizes: (1) the types of consumer complaints the FTC received in 2009; (2) recent developments in FTC law enforcement; and (3) the FTC¿s 2009 consumer and industry education and policy initiatives. Illus.
Contents of this U.S. Army Field Manual: (1) Military Intelligence Missions and Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield; (2) Composition and Structure; (3) The Interrogation Process; (4) Processing and Exploiting Captured Enemy Documents. Appendices: (A): Uniform Code of Military Justice Extract; (B) Questioning Guides; (C) S2 Tactical Questioning Guide and Battlefield Exploitation of Captured Enemy Documents and Equipment; (D) Protected Persons Rights Versus Security Needs; (E) Reports; (F) Command Language Program; (G) Individual and Collective Training. Glossary. Charts and tables.
As part of a larger study of the strategic arms competition which developed after World War II between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R., this study of the two countries¿ strategies for air and ballistic missile defense addresses two broad subjects: (1) How did each country approach the problem of defense against the threat from the air? (2) Why did each country accent particular elements of an air defense strategy at various periods between 1945 and 1972? The first question concerns the means that leaders chose for defense against an increasingly sophisticated offensive threat. Includes several appendices of chronologies, tables, charts, maps and notes.
This is a print on demand edition of a hard to find publication. In Dec. 2006, Congress recognized the increasing threats facing U.S. consumers in the global marketplace from the proliferation of spam, spyware, telemarketing, and other cross-border fraud and passed the Undertaking Spam, Spyware, And Fraud Enforcement With Enforcers beyond Borders Act of 2006 (Act). It enhances the ability of the FTC to protect consumers from economic injury and other harm by giving the agency new or expanded powers. Contents of this report: (1) History of the Act; (2) Overview of the Act; (3) Reporting Requirements: The First 3 Years; Cross-Border Complaints; Sharing of Non-Public Info. with Foreign Agencies; Investigative Assistance to Foreign Law Enforce. Agencies; Internat. Agree.; Voluntary Provision of Info.; Foreign Litigation.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the Access Board is responsible for developing guidelines for the design of buildings and facilities so that they are accessible to and usable by people with disabilities. This is a revised edition of the 1994 guidelines. Chapters: provisions for adults and children; accessible elements and spaces: scope and technical requirements; restaurants and cafeterias; medical care facilities; business, mercantile and civic; libraries; accessible transportation facilities; judicial, legislative and regulatory facilities; detention and correctional facilities; residential housing; public rights-of-way; and appendix.
This is a print on demand edition of a hard to find publication. Summarizes the administrative and enforcement actions the FTC has taken under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) during the past year. These actions are part of the FTC¿s ongoing effort to curtail deceptive, unfair, and abusive debt collection practices in the marketplace. Such practices cause substantial consumer injury, including payment of amounts not owed, unintended waivers of rights, invasions of privacy, and emotional distress. The FTC¿s goal is to ensure compliance with the Act without unreasonably impeding the collection process. The FTC also appreciates the need to protect consumers from those debt collectors who engage in deceptive, unfair, and abusive collection practices.
Provides data from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program, which provides employment and wage estimates for wage and salary workers in 22 major occupational groups and nearly 800 detailed occupations. OES produces cross-industry occupational employment and wage data for the nation, states, metropolitan areas, metropolitan divisions, and non-metropolitan areas; industry-specific data for the nation; and data by ownership across all industries and for schools and hospitals. Retail salespersons and cashiers were the occupations with the highest employment in 2010. These two occupations combined made up nearly 6% of total U.S. employment, with employment levels of 4.2 and 3.4 million, respectively. This is a print on demand report.
At the forefront of issues affecting today's housing market, foreclosed properties have become a significant problem. Local governments can enable productive reuse of these properties and simultaneously address the affordable housing crisis by creating public entities known as ¿land banks¿ to acquire, hold, and manage foreclosed properties. This report examines the concept of land banking and discusses barriers and solutions to the successful implementation of land banks. The report contains case studies from the Genesee County Land Bank Authority, the Baltimore City Land Bank, and the Atlanta/Fulton County Land Bank. Each case study provides a description of the land banking programs and their effectiveness in revitalizing neighborhoods.
To use public funds effectively, the gov¿t. must meet the demands of today's changing world by employing effective mgmt. practices and processes, including the measurement of gov¿t. program performance. Legislators, gov¿t. officials, and the public want to know whether gov¿t. programs are achieving their goals and what their costs are. To make those evaluations, reliable cost information is required and fed. standards have been issued for the cost accounting that is needed to prepare that information. This Cost Guide has been developed in order to establish a consistent methodology that is based on best practices and that can be used across the fed. gov¿t. for developing, managing, and evaluating capital program cost estimates. Illustrations.
This is a print on demand edition of a hard to find publication. This dictionary sets forth standard U.S. military and associated terminology to encompass the joint activity of the Armed Forces of the United States in both U.S. joint and allied joint operations, as well as to encompass the Department of Defense (DoD) as a whole. These military and associated terms, together with their definitions, constitute approved DoD terminology for general use by all components of the DoD. The Sec. of Defense has directed the use of this dictionary throughout the DoD to ensure standardization of military and associated terminology. Update of 2002 edition.
The 2010 Amer. with Disabil. Act (ADA) Standards will become mandatory on March 15, 2012. DoJ is allowing immediate use of these standards as an alternative to its original 1991 standards but requires that the standard be applied consistently to a project. DoJ¿s ADA standards apply to facilities covered by the ADA, incl. places of public accommodation, commercial facilities, and state and local gov¿t. facilities. Updated ADA reg¿s. issued by DoJ on Sept. 15, 2010, implement these standards and provide important info. on their use in new construction and alterations. DoJ's Title II regulation addresses state and local gov¿t. facilities, and its Title III regulation covers places of public accommodation and commercial facilities. Charts and tables. A print on demand pub.
Contents: What is marijuana? How is it used? How long does it stay in the user's body? How many teens smoke marijuana? Why do young people use it? What happens if you smoke it? What are the short-term effects of marijuana use? Does marijuana affect school, sports, or other activities? What are the long-term effects of marijuana use? Does marijuana lead to the use of other drugs? How can you tell if someone has been using marijuana? Is marijuana sometimes used as a medicine? How does marijuana affect driving? If a woman is pregnant & smokes marijuana, will it hurt the baby? What does marijuana do to the brain? Can people become addicted to marijuana? What if a person wants to quit using the drug? Illustrations.
This fascinating collection of vintage songs contains the words and music to over 100 Navy, armed forces, patriotic, holiday and seasonal, international folk, and popular songs. The selections include: Anchors Aweigh, Navy Victory March, Song of the Seabees, Waves of the Navy, Star Spangled Banner, Yankee Doodle, Dixie, Marine's Hymn, Army Goes Rolling Along, Home on the Range, My Buddy, Auld Lang Syne, Goodnight Ladies, Red River Valley, White Christmas, Easter Parade, Londonderry Air, Santa Lucia, Waltzing Matilda, and many more. Includes a table of commonly used chords and a tuning chart for guitar and ukulele.
A guide to help you get the child support payments your children need & deserve. Contents: (1) Who can get help; How to apply for services; & What they cost; (2) Finding the Noncustodial Parent: State & Fed. Resources; (3) Establishing Fatherhood: Paternity; Benefits; & Voluntary acknowledgment; (4) Establishing the support order: Obligation; Guidelines; Review & modification; & Medical support; (5) Enforcement; (6) Where does the money go?; (7) ACF Health Marriage Initiative: Connection with the Child Support Enforcement Program; (8) Working Across Borders -- Coop. between States, Tribes, Countries; (9) Noncustodial Parents;¿ rights & responsibilities; Making sure the order is fair; & Maintaining a bond with children.
Contents: (1) The Need for a Nat. Strategy; Guiding Principles; Linkage with Other Nat. Strategies; (2) Background and the Current Environment: What Has Been Accomplished Since 9/11?; Continuing Challenges; Legislative and Regulatory Background; (3) Sharing Info. at the Fed. Level; (4) Sharing Info. with State and Local Gov¿ts.; Interagency Threat Assessment and Coordination Group; State and Major Urban Area Fusion Centers; (4) Sharing Info. with the Private Sector; (5) Sharing Info. with Foreign Partners; (6) Protecting Privacy and Other Legal Rights in the Sharing of Info.: Core Privacy Principles; Privacy Governance; (7) Institutionalizing the Strategy for Long-Term Success: Protecting the Info. Privacy and Legal Rights of Amer.
This guidance will assist processors of fish and fishery products in the development of their Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans. Processors of fish and fishery products will find info. that will help them identify hazards that are associated with their products, and help them formulate control strategies. It will help consumers understand commercial seafood safety in terms of hazards and their controls. It does not specifically address safe handling practices by consumers or by retail estab., although the concepts contained in this guidance are applicable to both. This guidance will serve as a tool to be used by fed. and state regulatory officials in the evaluation of HACCP plans for fish and fishery products. Illustrations. This is a print on demand report.
A research report which begins with a description of how normal blood cells develop and what they do. Continues with information about the incidence, possible causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of leukemia -- a cancer that arises in blood-forming cells. Includes information about: acute Leukemias, chronic Leukemias (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, and Hairy cell leukemia), clinical trials and PDQ. Helps the general public and health care workers better understand the several types of leukemia and their treatment. Glossary. Selected readings. Resources. Additional information.
In accordance with ICAO provisions, countries are required to establish at every airport an emergency plan commensurate with the aircraft operations and other activities conducted at the airport. This manual will assist countries in the implementation of these specifications and thereby ensure their uniform application. Covers pre-planning for airport emergencies, as well as co-ordination between the different airport agencies and those of the surrounding community that could be of assistance in responding to an emergency. Includes a sample emergency exercise critique form, glossary, and references. Illustrated.
Presents statistical reports on: trends in U.S. correctional populations, jail inmates in 1995, probation in 1995, State & Federal correctional facilities in 1995, prisoners in 1995, parole in 1995, capital punishment in 1995, & U.S. military corrections in 1995. Includes a history of U.S. corrections statistics, definitions of common terms used in the tables, data sources, & index. Consists primarily of tables & graphs with explanatory notes.
Will help develop an Army experienced enough to be comfortable with operating anywhere, in any type of operation, under any conditions. Its principles and concepts are intended to produce agile leaders, who can rapidly and easily adapt to changing, ambiguous situations. The manual's 4 chapters address the breadth and depth of Army training concepts. FM 7-0 sets out to change the Army mindset. The Army cannot return to its pre-9-11 focus of training for offensive and defensive operations in major combat operations. Army leaders must think differently about training and leader development in an Army that must be capable of conducting simultaneous offense, defense, and stability or civil support operations in any of the 5 operational themes. Illus.
This report examines a growing problem for parents throughout the U.S.: Internet file-sharing programs that provide children easy and free access to thousands of explicit pornographic videos and other pornographic materials. Contents: (I) Introduction; (II) Internet File-Sharing Programs: Access and Use of File-Sharing Programs; Popularity; (III) Prevalence of Pornography on Peer-to-Peer Networks: Popularity and Availability of Pornography; Types of Pornography; (IV) Unintended Exposure to Pornography; (V) Failure of Parental Controls: Default Settings; Customized Settings; Filters within File-Sharing Programs; (VI) Use of File-Sharing Programs by Children; (VII) Conclusion; Appendices. Illustrations.
An overview of the importing process and general info. about import requirements. Sections: customs mission and org.; entry of goods; informed compliance; invoices; assessment of duty; classification and value; marking; special requirements; fraud; foreign trade zones; invoices; customs valuation; and other agencies. Informed compliance is new. It involves the shared responsibility between Customs and the import community, wherein Customs communicates its requirements to the importer, and the importer, in turn, uses reasonable care to assure that Customs is provided accurate and timely data pertaining to imports.
Gives you a walking tour of the Fed. budget. Outlines how the Government raises revenues and spends money, how the Pres. and Congress enact the budget, why the budget deficit and Fed. debt have been problems, and what the Pres. hopes to accomplish with his 2000 budget. Includes a description of the budget documents and the budget system: the budget process; coverage of the budget; collections; budget authority and other budgetary resources, obligations, and outlays; Fed. credit; budget deficit or surplus and means of financing; Fed. employment; basis for budget figures; principal budget laws; and glossary of budget terms. Charts and tables.
A technical assistance reference and resource document for Native American parents, American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native governments; Tribal and inter-Tribal organizations; and Federal, State, and local child support enforcement and other professionals. Summarizes info. needed to assess and formulate how to carry out the technical amendments to the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, referred to as PRWORA. This report provides a context within which all parties can discuss the new child support enforcement authorities in the technical amendments to the Welfare Reform Act (PRWORA) and how to carry them out.
Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are organisms introduced to marine or freshwater ecosystems to which they are not native and whose introduction causes harm to health, the environment, or the economy. AIS have negative impacts on aquatic ecosystems throughout the U.S. costing the nation billions of dollars annually in economic and ecological damages. The EPA has developed this document as a tool for state, tribal, regional, and local natural resource managers who are preparing or considering the preparation of rapid response action and/or management plans for AIS. The document provides an overview of EPA authorities that might apply to state or local AIS rapid response and control actions. Illustrations.
Explains your rights and obligations under your pension plan. Chapters include: ERISA and your pension plan; your right to plan information; benefit accrual and vesting; payment of benefits; providing survivor benefits to your spouse; making a benefits claim and filing suit under ERISA; dividing your pension for family support; protecting your plan's assets from mismanagement and misuse; ERISA's protections against inadequate plan funding; protecting your benefits in the event of plan terminations and mergers; and list of regional and district offices of the Dept. of Labor's Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration.
Helps you learn about your diet needs during treatment for cancer & to help you cope with side effects that may affect eating. Eating the right kinds of foods before, during, & after your treatment can help you feel better & stay stronger. The information reflects the tried-&-true experience of cancer patients & the doctors, nurses, & dietitians who work with them. It is organized in sections that relate to specific stages of cancer treatment. These include: before treatment begins; managing eating problems during treatment; special notes for caregivers; after cancer treatment ends; recipes; special issues; & keeping track of side effects.
An autoimmune disease, lupus is not a simple disease with an easy answer. You can't take a pill & make it go away. The people you live with & work with may have trouble understanding that you're sick. Lupus doesn't have a clear set of signs that people can see. You may know that something's wrong, even though it may take a while to be diagnosed. Lupus can affect people of different races, ethnicities, & ages, both men & women. The good news is that you can get help & fight lupus. This report provides information on: the signs & symptoms of lupus; what a flare is; what causes lupus; who gets lupus; what the doctor will do; how you can get medicine; how you can cope with lupus; hope through research; & where you can find more info. about lupus.
A large portion of the energy for which the typical U.S. family pays is wasted, such as through poorly insulated windows & doors. By using a few inexpensive energy-efficient measures, you can reduce your energy bills by 10% to 50%, & at the same time, help reduce air pollution. The key is a whole-house energy efficiency plan. View your home as an energy system with interdependent parts. You may have a top-of-the-line, energy-efficient furnace, but if the ducts leak & are un-insulated, & your walls, attic, windows, & doors are un-insulated, your energy bills will remain high. Covers: insulation & weatherization; heating & cooling; water heating; windows; landscaping; lighting; appliances. Illustrations.
This report discusses safety issues identified during the National Transportation Safety Board¿s special investigation of 55 emergency medical services (EMS) aircraft accidents that occurred in the United States between January 2002 and January 2005. Safety issues discussed in this report focus on less stringent requirements for EMS operations conducted without patients on board, a lack of aviation flight risk evaluation programs for EMS operations, a lack of consistent, comprehensive flight dispatch procedures for EMS operations, and no requirements to use technologies such as terrain awareness and warning systems to enhance EMS flight safety. Charts and tables.
Will assist employers who sponsor group health plans in understanding their obligations under the law & to educate workers & their families about their rights. Provides an overview of recent changes in the law that may affect health benefits. The questions & answers address the benefits & requirements of four pieces of legislation & the regulations that interpret them: The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA); The Newborns' & Mothers' Health Protection Act of 1996 (the Newborns' Act); The Mental Health Parity Act of 1996 (MHPA); & The Women's Health & Cancer Rights Act of 1998 (WHCRA). Appendices.
A portion of U.S. Marine Corps forces currently located in Okinawa, Japan would be relocated to Guam. This relocation is proposed to occur during the same time-frame as a proposed wharf construction in Guam¿s Apra Harbor. A U.S. Army Air and Missile Defense Task Force is also proposed for Guam. For the purposes of this EIS, these three proposed actions are referred to as the Guam and the Common. of the N. Mariana Islands (CNMI) military relocation. This EIS will inform decisions based on an understanding of the environmental consequences of the proposed Guam and the CNMI military relocation and take measures to protect, restore, and enhance the environ. Figures and tables. This is a print on demand publication.
The Clean Coal Technology Demonstration Program, the Power Plant Improvement Initiative, and the Clean Coal Power Initiative are gov¿t. and industry co-funded programs. Their goal is to demonstrate a new generation of innovative coal-utilization technologies in a series of projects carried out across the country. These demonstrations are conducted on a commercial scale to prove the technical feasibility of the technologies and to provide technical and financial info. for future applications. It will also provide a number of advanced, more efficient coal-based technologies that meet increasingly strict environmental standards. This report describes 4 projects aimed at improving or optimizing the performance of coal-fired power plants. Illus.
Natural disasters, illness, layoffs, shootings, and family violence are events experienced by families. In many of these highly stressful or traumatic situations, the lives of families are disrupted and basic family responsibilities may not be met. Head Start staff throughout the country report the growing and complex needs of the children and families they serve. This guide offers Head Start staff training on how to prevent, identify, and respond to family crises in ways that can build resiliency in families. Focuses on the skills of crisis prevention and intervention. Examines issues of family and staff safety at a number of levels: risk assessment, protection of family members, staff self-protective measures, and program measures aimed at staff safety. Illustrations.
In an effort to provide a snapshot of the quality of care provided at VA health care facilities, this report includes information about waiting times, staffing level, infection rates, surgical volumes, quality measures, patient satisfaction, service availability and complexity, accreditation status, and patient safety. The data in this report have been drawn from multiple sources across the Veterans Health Admin. (VHA). Overall, VHA facilities provide high quality outpatient and inpatient medical care when compared to national external composite benchmarks developed by VHA. Two areas where VHA is seeking to improve VA health care is for women and minority veterans. Tables.
Includes: background on nicotine pharmacology; corporate relationship between British-American Tobacco Co. and Brown and Williamson Tobacco Co.; FDA letters to tobacco manufacturers; bibliography of industry-funded research; marketing of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco in the U.S.; citizen petitions and submitted comments; statements by David A. Kessler, M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs, on nicotine-containing cigarettes and on the control and manipulation of nicotine in cigarettes; and remarks by David A. Kessler, M.D., The Samuel Rubin Program, The Columbia University School of Law, March 8, 1995.
Assesses the status of Iran¿s nuclear program, and the program¿s outlook over the next 10 years, as of 10/31/07, and focuses on these questions: What are Iran¿s intentions toward developing nuclear weapons? What domestic factors affect Iran¿s decisionmaking on whether to develop nuclear weapons? What external factors affect Iran¿s decisionmaking on whether to develop nuclear weapons? What is the range of potential Iranian actions concerning the development of nuclear weapons, and the decisive factors that would lead Iran to choose one course of action over another? What is Iran¿s current and projected capability to develop nuclear weapons? What are our key assumptions, and Iran¿s key chokepoints/vulnerabilities? Illus.
This compendium of materials will be useful in building and supplementing a public education program for fire safety. Lists a wide range of programs, videotapes, booklets, manuals, pamphlets, brochures, program kits, and web sites that are available from diverse sources throughout the U.S. There are 13 categories: burn and scald prevention, CPR and first aid, electrical hazards, escape plans and drills, fire and the elderly, fire extinguishers, fire safety and the disabled, flammable fabrics, residences, residential fire inspections and home safety, fire safety programs for schools and day care programs, smoke detectors, and other programs.
Contents: Characteristics of Credible Cost Estimates & a Reliable Process for Creating Them; Why Cost Estimates Are Required for Gov¿t. Programs & Challenges in Developing Results; Criteria for Cost Estimating, EVM, & Data Reliability; Cost Analysis Overview; The Cost Estimate¿s Purpose, Scope, & Schedule; The Cost Assessment Team; Technical Baseline Description; Work Breakdown Structure; Ground Rules & Assumptions; Data; Developing a Point Estimate; Estimating Software Costs; Sensitivity Analysis; Cost Risk & Uncertainty; Validating the Estimate; Documenting the Estimate; Presenting the Estimate to Mgmt.; Managing Program Costs: Planning, Execution, & Updating; & Appendixes. Tables, Figures, & Checklists.
Under Federal law, the electroplating industry is bound by a multitude of pollution control requirements for wastewater & solid waste residues. The EPA is responsible for preparing the detailed regulations & establishing the administrative procedures for carrying out these laws. This pub. provides the electroplating industry with a summary of the laws, regulatory activities, & technologies (in 1985) that affect decisions regarding wastewater treatment & solid waste handling & disposal. Contents: Overview; Water Pollution Control Regulations; Water Pollution Control Technologies; Water Pollution Control Case Histories; Hazardous Waste Regulations & Management; Pollution Control Financing Alternatives; & Sources of Additional Information. Illustrations.
Contains 1,412 assistance programs administered by 57 Federal agencies in agriculture, crime control, education, employment and training, health and human services, housing and homeownership, and science and technology. Chapters: how to use the catalog; agency summary; agency programs; alpha. index of programs; applicant eligibility; deadlines index; functional index; subject index; deleted and added programs; crosswalk of changes to program numbers and titles; program descriptions: programs requiring executive order 12372 review; authorization appendix; agency addresses; sources of additional info.; and developing and writing grant proposals.
This Report to Congress by the Defense Dept. includes specific performance indicators and measures of progress toward political, security, and economic stability in Iraq. Contents: Stability and Security in Iraq; Iraqi Security Forces Training and Performance; and List of Acronyms and Abbreviations. Maps, charts, tables and graphs.
Assesses the impact of Asian transnational organized crime on the U.S. while, at the same time, determining high-priority areas for further research and identifying potential research partners and sources of relevant data and info. in Asia. The aim was thus not to examine the organized crime situation in the region in detail, but rather to lay the foundation for a research agenda that would ultimately accomplish this purpose. It describes the divergent perceptions of Asian transnational organized crime held by the Asian versus the U.S. participants and also offers a researcher¿s perspective. It also explains the scope and patterns of Asian organized crime, and offers an initial assessment of the impact of Asian transnational organized crime on the U.S.
Broadband is the great infrastructure challenge of the early 21st century. Broadband is a foundation for economic growth, job creation, global competitiveness and a better way of life. The number of Americans who have broadband at home has grown from 8 million in 2000 to nearly 200 million last year. But. 100 million Americans do not have broadband at home. In early 2009, Congress directed the FCC to develop a National Broadband Plan to ensure that every American has ¿access to broadband capability.¿ This plan must also include a strategy for achieving affordability and maximizing use of broadband. The plan presented here ensures that the entire broadband ecosystem ¿ networks, devices, content and applications¿ is healthy. Illus.
Your employer¿s retirement savings plan is an essential part of your future financial security. This report covers private retirement plans that are governed by Federal laws & guidelines in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) & the Internal Revenue Code. Includes info. on: Different types of retirement plans; What info. you can get about your plan; When & how you can receive retirement benefits; What to do if you have a question or find a mistake; The responsibilities of those who manage the plan & its investments; Your responsibilities to understand & monitor your plan; & Specific circumstances such as how a divorce or change of employer ownership may affect your retirement benefit. Charts & tables.
The Food and Drug Admin. (FDA¿s) responsibilities for protecting the health of Americans are far-reaching. This report assesses whether FDA¿s current science and technology was sufficient to protect the nation¿s food and drug supply. The FDA Science Board undertook this review and included outside experts from industry, academia, and other gov¿t. agencies. The report, more than a year in the making, is one of the most comprehensive examinations of the FDA in its history. It concludes that the FDA cannot fulfill its mission because: its scientific base has eroded and its scientific organizational structure is weak; its scientific workforce does not have sufficient capacity and capability; and its information technology infrastructure is inadequate.