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Trend: Increasing Transparency & Streamlining Governance of Federal Power Regulation

  • Government
  • Elected Body
  • Energy

Increasing transparency and citizen engagement with federal power regulatory bodies, including the Department of Energy and its Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and federally-held corporations such as the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Updated last July 20, 2017

Trend: Great Lakes Pipeline Safety

  • Government
  • Elected Body
  • Energy

Assessing the integrity of old energy infrastructure in delicate underwater ecosystems. 

Updated last July 20, 2017

Individual’s Right Under HIPAA to Access their Health Information (HHS Guidance)

  • Government
  • Agency
  • Genetics/Genomics
  • Neuroscience

Original Development Brief – Provides individuals with a legal, enforceable right to see and receive copies, upon request, of the information in their medical and other health records maintained by their health care providers and health plans.

Updated last July 12, 2017
for the 01/07/2016 guidance.

Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and the Economy

  • Government
  • Executive
  • Robotics/AI

Original Development Brief – Recommends policy responses to the projected effects of artificial intelligence-driven automation on the US job market and economy.

Updated last July 6, 2017
for the 12/20/2016 version of the report.

National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (HR 2810 / S 1519, 115th Congress)

  • Government
  • Elected Body
  • Genetics/Genomics
  • Neuroscience
  • Robotics/AI

Authorizes appropriations for fiscal year 2018 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction; establishes certain requirements and programs related to traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, artificial intelligence, drones, and biological engineering / genetic enhancement.

Updated last July 7, 2017
for the 07/06/2017 version of HR 2810.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Act (S 311 / HR 2972, 115th Congress)

  • Government
  • Elected Body
  • Neuroscience

Original Development Brief  Authorizes grants for training and support services for families and caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

Updated last July 5, 2017
for the 02/06/2017 version of S 311 and the 06/21/2017 version of HR 2972.

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