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Open Data Philly

Michael Grass, Government Executive: “If you’re looking for streets where vending is prohibited in the city of Philadelphia, the city’s newly upgraded open data portal has that information. If you’re looking for information on reported bicycle thefts, the city’s open data portal has that information, too. Same goes for the city’s budget. Philadelphia’s recently relaunched open data portal, Open Data Philly, has 264 data sets, applications and APIs available for the public to access and use. Much of that information comes from municipal sources.”

The Road Towards the Establishment of the European Banking Union

Papanikolaou, Nikolaos I., The Road Towards the Establishment of the European Banking Union (February 28, 2015). Munich Personal RePEc Archive Paper No. 62463. Available for download at SSRN: “The rising delinquencies in the U.S. subprime mortgage market in 2006 and the succeeding collapse in housing prices had a considerably negative impact on the functioningContinue Reading

Team of journalists from 45 countries unearths secret bank accounts maintained for criminals, traffickers, tax dodgers, politicians and celebrities

Banking Giant HSBC Sheltered Murky Cash Linked to Dictators and Arms Dealers – By Gerard Ryle, Will Fitzgibbon, Mar Cabra, Rigoberto Carvajal, Marina Walker Guevara, Martha M. Hamilton and Tom Stites. February 8, 2015. HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) continued to offer services to clients who had been unfavorably named by the United Nations, in courtContinue Reading

Price Comparison Websites

Price Comparison Websites, David Ronayne, February 2015. WARWICK ECONOMIC RESEARCH PAPERS. “Price comparison websites are commonly thought to bene t consumers by increasing competitive pressure between rms, in turn lowering prices faced by consumers. This article investigates the impact of the introduction of a PCW or ‘web aggregator’ to the market for a homogeneous good. WeContinue Reading

The Hidden Costs of Unused Leave: Balancing Employee Needs with Business Liabilities

Project: Time Off – “There’s a hidden cost lurking on the balance sheets of American companies. It is nearly half the size of the current federal deficit, larger than the Gross State Product of half of U.S. states and 24 times the annual revenue of the NFL. The source may surprise many U.S. companies. InContinue Reading

Federal Reserve releases results of supervisory bank stress tests

“The largest U.S.-based bank holding companies continue to build their capital levels and to strengthen their ability to lend to households and businesses during a period marked by severe recession and financial market volatility, according to the results of supervisory stress tests announced by the Federal Reserve on Thursday. The most severe hypothetical scenario projectsContinue Reading

WHO – Guideline: Sugars intake for adults and children

World Health Organization – Guideline: Sugars intake for adults and children, 2015 “Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading causes of death and were responsible for 38 million (68%) of the world’s 56 million deaths in 2012. More than 40% of those deaths (16 million) were premature (i.e. under the age of 70 years). Almost threeContinue Reading

Rapid and Direct Encoding of Numerosity in the Visual Stream

Rapid and Direct Encoding of Numerosity in the Visual Stream – Cereb. Cortex (2015) doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhv017 First published online: February 24, 2015. “Humans are endowed with an intuitive number sense that allows us to perceive and estimate numerosity without relying on language. It is controversial, however, as to whether there is a neural mechanism forContinue Reading

A New Suite of FOIA Training Resources for all Federal Employees

DOJ: “The Office of Information Policy has developed new FOIA resources designed to train all levels of the federal workforce to understand their FOIA responsibilities. These new resources were developed as part of our commitments in the U.S. Second Open Government National Action Plan, as well as the Department’s Open Government Plan 3.0. We areContinue Reading

SIGAR Publishes Newly Declassified Data

POGO – “This week, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) released a supplement to its January 2015 quarterly report to Congress. The supplement comes after the Pentagon’s change of heart about keeping secret a large quantity of data about the Afghan military and police. As SIGAR reported in January, the U.S. has spentContinue Reading

Most Say Government Policies Since Recession Have Done Little to Help Middle Class, Poor

Pew – Partial Recovery Seen in Jobs, Household Incomes: “The public makes sharp distinctions about which groups have benefited – and which have not – from the economic policies the government has put in place since the start of the recession. Majorities say that large banks, large corporations and the wealthy have been helped aContinue Reading

Annual Report to Congress: Federal Information Security Management Act

Annual Report to Congress, February 27, 2015: “As cyber threats continue to evolve, the Federal Government is embarking on a number of initiatives to protect Federal information and assets and improve the resilience of Federal networks. OMB, in coordination with its partners at the National Security Council (NSC), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), andContinue Reading