Hot Docs:
New and Noteworthy Government Documents

Government Documents

Updated March 12, 2007.
Prepared by Peggy Jarrett.

Hot Docs is a selective list of federal, state, and international government publications of interest to the University of Washington Law School community. Internet links and/or Gallagher Law Library call numbers are provided.

March 2007

A Review of the Federal Bureau of Investigations Use of National Security Letters
(Unclassified), March 2007. U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector
General. 199 pp.


December 2006


Sound Health, Sound Future - Protecting and Restoring Puget Sound.
Puget Sound Partnership.
December 2006. 228 pp.

Iraq Study Group report

The Iraq Study Group Report (Baker-Hamilton report).
December 2006. 160 pp.

For more information on the Iraq Study Group, see the United States Institute of

September 2006

DoD Directive 2310.01E (DoD Detainee Program). September. 5, 2006.
U.S. Department of Defense. 11pp.

Army Field Manual 2-22.3 (Human Intelligence Collector Operations). September 6, 2006.
U.S. Army. 384 pp.

August 2006

Report to Congress on Implementation of Section 1001 of the USA PATRIOT Act, Special Report, August 2006.
U.S. Department of Justice. 14 pp.

June 2006

Report Cover: Trafficking in Persons Report, June 2006

Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000: Trafficking in Persons Report.
U.S. Department of State, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. 295 pp.
KF4829 .V53 at Classified Stacks

April 2006

Annual Report on International Religious Freedom 2005, April 2006.
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.

March 2006

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. 2005.
U.S. Department of State.
JC571 .U48 at Reference Area.

January 2006

Legal Authorities Supporting the Activities of the National Security Agency Described by the President.
(White paper on NSA's domestic eavesdropping). U.S. Department of Justice. 43 pp.

Presidential Authority to Conduct Warrantless Electronic Surveillance to Gather Foreign Intelligence Information. January 5, 2006.
U.S. Congressional Research Service. 44 pp.
KF9670 .B39 2006 at Classified Stacks

November 2005


Simple, Fair, and Pro-Growth: Proposals to Fix America's Tax System.
Report of the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform. 272 pp.
KF6300 .A56 2006 at Classified Stacks

October 2005

puget sound map

Uncertain Future: Climate Change and Its Effects on Puget Sound.
University of Washington Climate Impacts Group. 36 pp.
(Commissioned by the Puget Sound Action Team and based on a more technical report called The Foundation Document, which will be available Oct. 18th at 5 p.m.)
Press release at

September 2005

Front of Supreme Court Building

The Chief Justice of the United States: Responsibilities of the Office and Process for Appointment, updated September 12, 2005.
U.S. Congressional Research Service. 47 pp.

July 2005

Supreme Court Appointment Process: Roles of the President, Judiciary Committee, and Senate, updated July 6, 2005.
U.S. Congressional Research Service. 53 pp.
KF8742 .R88 2005 at Classified Stacks

June 2005

Federal Trade Commission statue

Subject Line Labeling as a Weapon Against Spam: A Report to Congress.
U.S. Federal Trade Commission. 46 pp.
TK5105.743 .U55 2005 at Classified Stacks

A Review of the FBI's Handling of Intelligence Information Related to the September 11 Attacks.
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General. 328 pp. November 2004 (redacted and unclassified; released publicly June 2005).
HV8144.F43 at Classified Stacks

April 2005

WMD Commission Report to the President

Report to the President of the United States. March 31, 2005.
Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. 618 pp.
UB251.U6 U535 2005 at Classified Stacks


March 2005

A Report to the Insurance Commission: Medical Malpractice Closed Claim Study: Claims Closed from July 1, 1994 through June 30, 2004.
Washington State. Office of Insurance Commissioner. 40 pp.
KFW191.M2 R47 2005 at Classified Stacks
The press release is at:

February 2005

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. 2004.
U.S. Department of State
JC571 .U48, current edition at Reference Area, previous editions  at Classified Stacks

January 2005

State of the Sound 2004 Report


State of the Sound 2004.
Puget Sound Action Team. 78 pp.
TD225.P97 S72 at Classified Stacks

December 2004

Justice in Jeopardy: The Court Funding Crisis in Washington State.
Washington Courts. Board for Judicial Administration. Court Funding Task Force. 78 pp.
KFW510.5.A3 J46 2004 at Classified Stacks

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A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility.
Report of the Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change. (United Nations reform.) 99 pp. (UN document format), 143 pp. (book format).
 JZ5595 .U55 2004 at Classified Stacks

November 2004

ESA Critical Habitat Designations for West Coast Salmon and Steelhead
Proposed Rule: Endangered and Threatened Species; Designation of Critical Habitat for 13 Evolutionary Significant Units of Pacific Salmon and Steelhead in Washington, Idaho, Oregon. National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce. Released November 30, 2004. To be published in the Federal Register.
For more information, including press release, fact sheet, economic analysis, and the proposed rule for Pacific Salmon and Steelhead in California, see

2004 Biological Opinion for the Federal Columbia River Power System (concerning dam removal on the Columbia and Snake rivers). 
Background information is at

Final Report of the Special Master for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001.
Kenneth R. Feinberg, special master. U.S. Department of Justice. 120 pp.
HV6432.7 .F45 2004 at Classified Stacks

October 2004

Comprehensive Report of the Special Advisor to the Director of Central Intelligence on Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction (Iraq Survey Group report). 1000+ pp.

September 2004

Secrecy in the Bush Administration.
U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Government Reform -- Minority Staff, Special Investigations Division. Prepared for Rep. Henry A. Waxman. 90 pp.
E902 .U55 2004 at Classified Stacks
  Neither Safe nor Secure: An Assessment of Indian Detention Facilities.
U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Inspector General. 63 pp.
E98.C87 N35 2004 at Classified Stacks

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An Ocean Blueprint for the 21st Century: Final Report of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy.
(Recommendations to the President and Congress for a new national ocean policy.) 610 pp.
GC58 .O34 2004 at Classified Stacks

July 2004

Report of the Select Committee on Intelligence on the U.S. Intelligence Community's Prewar Intelligence Assessments on Iraq.
S. Rep. No 108-301 (2004). 523 pp.
JK468.I6 U55 2004 at Classified Stacks

Cover of the Final Report of the 9-11 Commission.

The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States.
567 pp.
HV6432.7 .N39 2004 at Reference Area & Classified Stacks

June 2004

Article 15-6 Investigation of the 800th Military Police Brigade (Abu Ghraib prison report. Also known as the “Taguba Report”). 53 pp.
DS79.764.U6 T34 2004 at Reference Area