from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2017, Issue No. 29
April 25, 2017

Secrecy News Blog:


Could imported steel pose a threat to U.S. national security? The Trump Administration thinks so. Last week, President Trump directed the Secretary of Commerce to conduct an investigation under the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 "to determine the effects on national security of steel imports."

Yesterday the Congressional Research Service reviewed the issue skeptically, noting that such investigations almost never produce a meaningful outcome. "Perhaps one reason these investigations are infrequently conducted may be that such investigations rarely result in a finding that certain imports threaten to impair national security," CRS wrote. See A Steely Look at Steel: Commerce Directed to Prioritize Investigation of the Effects of Steel Imports on National Security, CRS Legal Sidebar, April 24, 2017.

Other new and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service include the following.

New Executive Order Directs Agencies to Revise or Rescind Climate Change Rules and Policies, CRS Legal Sidebar, April 20, 2017:

U.S. Strategy for Engagement in Central America: Policy Issues for Congress, April 12, 2017:

Cuba: U.S. Policy in the 115th Congress, April 21, 2017:

China-U.S. Trade Issues, updated April 24, 2017:

Turkey: Erdogan's Referendum Victory Delivers "Presidential System", CRS Insight, April 20, 2017:

U.S. Circuit and District Court Nominations: Comparative Statistics of Two-Term Presidencies Since 1945, CRS Insight, April 24, 2017:

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act: Background and Summary, updated April 21, 2017:

Cost-Benefit Analysis and Financial Regulator Rulemaking, April 12, 2017:

Cybersecurity: Critical Infrastructure Authoritative Reports and Resources, April 21, 2017:

FDA Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS): Description and Effect on Generic Drug Development, April 11, 2017:

New Canadian Dairy Pricing Regime Proves Disruptive for U.S. Milk Producers, CRS Insight, April 20, 2017:

Iran Nuclear Agreement, updated April 21, 2017:

The Budget Control Act and the Defense Budget: Frequently Asked Questions, updated April 21, 2017:


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