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U.S. Government Accountability Office (U.S. GAO)

Law of the Sea Treaty VIVACE Project Congressional Research Service The Congressional Research Service (CRS) serves as shared staff to congressional committees and Members of Congress. CRS experts assist at every stage of the legislative process — from the early considerations that precede bill drafting, through committee hearings and floor debate, to the oversight of enacted laws and various agency activities. CRS approaches complex topics from a variety of perspectives and examines all sides of an issue. CRS services come in many forms: reports on major policy issues tailored confidential memoranda, briefings and consultations seminars and workshops expert congressional testimony responses to individual inquiries With public policy issues growing more complex, the need for insightful and comprehensive analysis has become vital. Congressional Research Service Annual Report, FY 2012 (PDF, 223 KB). To view PDFs

U.S. Code United States Code The United States Code is the codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. It is divided by broad subjects into 51 titles and published by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives. FDsys contains virtual main editions of the U.S. Of the 51 titles, the following titles have been enacted into positive (statutory) law: 1, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 17, 18, 23, 28, 31, 32, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 44, 46, 49, and 51. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Home Page

NAO report slams UK's Typhoon acquisition-02/03/2011-London-Flightglobal.com The Royal Air Force’s reduced fleet of Eurofighter Typhoons could cost up to £37 billion ($60.2 billion) to acquire and support over the type’s service life, but will not become the UK’s first choice aircraft for ground attack missions until around 2018, according to a new National Audit Office (NAO) report. Published on 2 March, the government spending watchdog’s ‘Management of the Typhoon project’ overview is highly critical of what it describes as over-optimism, bad decision making and poor cost control on the part of the UK Ministry of Defence. The RAF has so far taken delivery of 70 Typhoons from the UK’s planned offtake of 160 aircraft. Although it originally committed to buying 232 examples from the four-nation Eurofighter industry consortium, London has already cut 24 from this total by brokering the sale of 72 aircraft to Saudi Arabia, and also stated its intention to renege on a planned Tranche 3B commitment for a final 48.

About the Legislative Branch Legislative Branch Article I of the Constitution establishes the legislative or law making branch of government with the formation of a bicameral Congress. This system provides checks and balances within the legislative branch. Only after much debate did the Founding Fathers agree on the creation of the House of Representatives and the Senate. A major issue was how representation in the legislative body would be determined. Delegates to the Constitutional Convention from larger and more populated states argued for the Virginia Plan that called for congressional representation should be based on a state's population. Members of Congress are now elected by a direct vote of the people of the state they represent. Agencies that provide support services for the Congress are also part of the legislative branch.

Deschutes County Monitor Suite® Cost Estimating : Project Planning & Estimation A customer recently asked us for a standard set of estimating points. And among us we didn’t have an answer off the top of our heads… We looked at PMI, ITIL, COBIT, etc. and found no standard. We deal with estimating gates all the time… So how come we didn’t have any standards. It struck me that the estimating points match many of the decision gates, the development gates. PMI’s PMBOK states “cost estimates should be reviewed and refined during the course of the project to reflect additional detail as it becomes available and assumptions are tested. So.. Concept Level Estimate Just a finger in the wind to see if the idea is worth exploring or is so expensive as to be impractical. Business Case Estimate Estimate in the decision making phase when a project has not yet been authorized, often as part of the business case analysis. Project Charter and Plan Estimate Detailed Plan & Function Spec Estimate Construction / Deployment Estimate Post Deployment Estimate My key points were: Banff…. Read more

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