Recent CRS reports
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC): Summary of Actions in Support of Housing and Financial Markets, R40413 (pdf, 11pp/260kB), March 5, 2009
Discusses recent FDIC actions to support housing and financial markets, including a temporary increase in deposit insurance as required by the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, resolution of bank failures, and development of the Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program (TLGP), and FDIC's role in the Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan (HASP) to help prevent foreclosures.
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) in the 111th Congress: Conflicting Values and Difficult Choices, R40185 (pdf, 25pp/552kB), Feb. 25, 2009
According to CRS:
The 111th Congress may consider whether to revoke ESA regulations promulgated in the waning days of the Bush Administration that would alter when federal agency consultation is required. In addition, legislation related to global climate change may include provisions that would allocate funds to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s endangered species program and/or to related funds to assist species adaptation to climate change.
End-of-Life Care: Services, Costs, Ethics, and Quality of Care, R40235 (pdf, 30pp/404kB), Feb. 23, 2009
This report addresses six aspects of end-of-life care:
- Death and dying: demographic and historical changes
- Definitions of end-of-life, palliative, and hospice care
- Costs of end-of-life care
- End-of-life care laws and ethics
- Quality of end-of-life care
- Issues for Congress
Broadband Internet Access and the Digital Divide: Federal Assistance Programs, RL30719 (pdf, 30pp/624kB), Feb. 20, 2009
In encouraging broadband deployment, a key issue for Congress is striking "a balance between providing federal assistance for unserved and underserved areas where the private sector may not be providing acceptable levels of broadband service (and) minimizing any deleterious effects that government intervention in the marketplace may have on competition and private sector investment." CRS sees Congress considering such incentives as creating jobs, targeting next-generation broadband technologies, federal assistance to underserved areas with existing broadband providers, and how broadband stimulus provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) might fit into the context of a national broadband policy.
Net Neutrality: The Federal Communications Commission's Authority to Enforce its Network Management Principles, R40234 (13pp/176kB), Feb. 20, 2009
Related to the above, this report covers the ruling of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that Comcast violated FCC's Internet Policy Statement when it blocked peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs on its network. Comcast has appealed the ruling to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.