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FDA Guidance – Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices

Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff – Postmarket Management of  Cybersecurity in Medical Devices – This guidance document is being distributed for comment purposes only. Document issued on: January 22, 2016.

“FDA is issuing this guidance to inform industry and FDA staff of the Agency’s recommendations for managing postmarket cybersecurity vulnerabilities for marketed medical devices. In addition to the specific recommendations contained in this guidance, manufacturers are encouraged to address cybersecurity throughout the product lifecycle, including during the design, development, production, distribution, deployment and maintenance of the device. A growing number of medical devices are designed to be networked to facilitate patient care. Networked medical devices, like other networked computer systems, incorporate software that may be vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. The exploitation of vulnerabilities may represent a risk to the safety and  effectiveness of medical devices and typically requires continual maintenance throughout the product life cycle to assure an adequate degree of protection against such exploits. Proactively addressing cybersecurity risks in medical devices reduces the patient safety impact and the overall risk to public health…”

Market Valuation of Tax Avoidance and Corporate Social Responsibility

Inger, Kerry Katharine and Vansant, Brian, Market Valuation of Tax Avoidance and Corporate Social Responsibility: Does the Market Discount Corporate Robin Hoods? (January 4, 2016). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2727952 This study examines whether market valuation of firms’ tax avoidance is tempered by the extent firms engage in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities. PriorContinue Reading

OPM to issue new requirements for personnel background investigations by contractors

Via Nextgov: “Contractors that conduct background investigations for the federal government will have to report information security incidents to the Office of Personnel Management within half an hour, are required to use smartcards as a second layer of security when logging on to agency networks and must agree to let OPM inspect their systems atContinue Reading

The Resilient State: New Regulatory Modes in International Approaches to Statebuilding?

Pospisil, Jan and Kuehn, Florian P, The Resilient State: New Regulatory Modes in International Approaches to Statebuilding? (February 4, 2016). Third World Quarterly, January 2016, DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2015.1086637; Edinburgh School of Law Research Paper No 2016/03. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2727994 “Resilience’ has quickly risen to prominence in international security and development circles. In recentContinue Reading

SCAMPI database – search guide to military operations and history data

“The Joint Forces Staff College Ike Skelton Library is a specialized military library, focusing on research in joint and multinational operations, military history and naval science, operational warfare, and operations other than war. Library staff members regularly scan the weekly news magazines, monthly and bimonthly journals such as Military Review, Armed Forces Journal, and quarterlyContinue Reading

US International Trade in Goods and Services December 2015

“The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department of Commerce, announced today that the goods and services deficit was $43.4 billion in December, up $1.1 billion from $42.2 billion in November, revised. December exports were $181.5 billion, $0.5 billion less than November exports. December imports were $224.9 billion, upContinue Reading

Downloadable Housing Market Data From Redfin

Via Redfin: “Redfin is a real estate brokerage, which means we have direct access to data from local multiple listing services, as well as insight from our real estate agents across the country. That’s why we’re able to give you the earliest and most reliable data on the state of the housing market. We publishContinue Reading

Twitter – Combating Violent Extremism

Twitter news release: “Like most people around the world, we are horrified by the atrocities perpetrated by extremist groups. We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism and the Twitter Rules make it clear that this type of behavior, or any violent threat, is not permitted on our service. As the nature of theContinue Reading

Gallup – No-Managers Organizational Approach Doesn’t Work – Focusing on employee strengths works

Brandon Rigoni and Bailey Nelson, Business Journal February 5, 2016 – “Zappos may have discovered that employees need managers after all. The online shoe and clothing retailer’s holacracy management system doesn’t appear to be working. According to a recent New York Times article, Zappos continues to “hemorrhage employees” as a result of the companywide implementationContinue Reading

By the Numbers: The Costs of War and Peace in the Middle East

World Bank – By the Numbers: The Costs of War and Peace in the Middle East – Five years of war in Syria and spillovers to neighboring countries have cost an estimated $35 billion in output, equivalent to Syria’s GDP in 2007. A new report examines how civil wars are affecting the economies of theContinue Reading

Asymmetric Naivete: Beliefs About Self-Control

Fedyk, Anastassia, Asymmetric Naivete: Beliefs About Self-Control (February 3, 2016). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2727499 “The issue of people’s beliefs regarding their own and others’ present-bias is pivotal in studying interactions between multiple present-biased individuals. While several studies document individuals’ naivete about their own present-bias, beliefs regarding others remain unexplored. This paper investigates beliefsContinue Reading

Report Explores the Use of Social Tools to Improve Interagency Collaboration

IBM Center for Business of Government – “This report is intended for an audience beyond the U.S. Intelligence Community—senior managers in government, their advisors and students of government performance who are interested in the progress of collaboration in a difficult environment. This week, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) released a new reportContinue Reading