Monday, September 09, 2013


[IWS] 2012 GREEN BOOK: Background Material and Data on the Programs within the Jurisdiction of the Committee on Ways and Means

IWS Documented News Service


Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach

School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies

Cornell University

16 East 34th Street, 4th floor---------------------- Stuart Basefsky

New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau



U.S. House of Representatives

Committee on Ways and Means



Background Material and Data on the Programs within the Jurisdiction of the Committee on Ways and Means


Since 1981, the Committee on Ways and Means has published the Green Book, which presents background material and statistical data on the major entitlement programs and other activities within the Committee's jurisdiction. Over the decades, the Green Book has become a valuable resource and standard reference on American social policy. It is widely used by Members of Congress and their staffs, analysts in congressional and administrative agencies, members of the media, scholars, and citizens interested in the Nation's social policy.

For many years, the Green Book was a published report but, beginning in 2011, has been exclusively web-based. Its central feature is a selection of Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports made available for this purpose by the Committee. Each chapter includes an introduction and overview, selected CRS reports, a set of tables and figures, a legislative history, and links to additional resources. The Green Book website features the current edition and also includes an archive of previous versions, going back to 1996. The Green Book is prepared by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) under the direction of Committee staff.

Tax provisions are not included in the Green Book; however, readers are referred to the series of volumes entitled Tax Expenditures: Compendium of Background Material on Individual Provisions, prepared by CRS for the Senate Budget Committee and available on the Budget Committee’s website.


·         Letter of Transmittal

·         Chapter 1: Social Security

·         Chapter 2: Medicare

·         Chapter 3: Supplemental Security Income

·         Chapter 4: Unemployment Insurance

·         Chapter 5: Railroad Benefits

·         Chapter 6: Trade Adjustment Assistance

·         Chapter 7: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

·         Chapter 8: Child Support Enforcement

·         Chapter 9: Child Care

·         Chapter 10: Social Services Block Grants

·         Chapter 11: Child Welfare

·         Chapter 12: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

§  Appendix A: Federal Benefits and Services for People with Low Income

§  Appendix B: Social Welfare Programs in the Territories

§  Appendix C: Federal Benefits for Noncitizens




·         2011 Green Book

·         2008 Green Book

·         2004 Green Book

·         2000 Green Book

·         1998 Green Book

·         1996 Green Book



This information is provided to subscribers, friends, faculty, students and alumni of the School of Industrial & Labor Relations (ILR). It is a service of the Institute for Workplace Studies (IWS) in New York City. Stuart Basefsky is responsible for the selection of the contents which is intended to keep researchers, companies, workers, and governments aware of the latest information related to ILR disciplines as it becomes available for the purposes of research, understanding and debate. The content does not reflect the opinions or positions of Cornell University, the School of Industrial & Labor Relations, or that of Mr. Basefsky and should not be construed as such. The service is unique in that it provides the original source documentation, via links, behind the news and research of the day. Use of the information provided is unrestricted. However, it is requested that users acknowledge that the information was found via the IWS Documented News Service.


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