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State of Senior Hunger in America 2013: An Annual Report

“The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) has released a study, entitled State of Senior Hunger in America 2013: An Annual Report, conducted by Dr. James P. Ziliak and Dr. Craig G. Gundersen. Commissioned by NFESH, this report reveals that 15.5 percent of seniors or 9.6 million individuals age 60 or older in the United States faced the threat of hunger. This represents an increase of 300,000 more seniors affected by senior hunger than the previous year.” (Released April 23, 2015)

Sunlight Foundation – Opening Criminal Justice Data

“As part of a new initiative, the Sunlight Foundation has begun amassing an inventory of public and privately-produced criminal justice data. The spreadsheet on this page is a work in progress but we’re publishing it now with hopes that people can use it for research or reporting and even contribute to it. Please go throughContinue Reading

An Introduction to Health Insurance: What Should a Consumer Know?

CRS – An Introduction to Health Insurance: What Should a Consumer Know? Carol Rapaport, Analyst in Health Care Financing. April 30, 2015. “Congress has seen a renewed interest in the market for private health insurance since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA; P.L. 111-148, as amended). This report provides anContinue Reading

OECD – Tackling Harmful Alcohol Use

Sassi, F.(ed.) (2015), Tackling Harmful Alcohol Use: Economics and Public Health Policy, OECD Publishing, Paris. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/9789264181069-en “Alcoholic beverages, and their harmful use, have been familiar fixtures in human societies since the beginning of recorded history. Worldwide, alcohol is a leading cause of ill health and premature mortality. It accounts for 1 in 17 deaths, and forContinue Reading

Google Impact Challenge – Disabilities

The Focus – To build awareness, identify solutions and help create universal access for people with disabilities. There are One Billion people with disabilities in the world. That’s one billion people that society is not designed to serve. Technology and the power of the
human spirit can make a better world.

International energy data and analysis portal

Via EIA – Choose energy source: petroleum, natural gas, coal, electricity; Visualization – Bubble Map, Heat Map, Column Chart; Production, Consumptions, Reserves & Capacity, Imports, Exports.

New GAO Reports – Defense Transportation, Federal Veterinarians, U.S. Postal Service

Defense Transportation: Air Force’s Airlift Study Met Mandate Requirements, GAO-15-457R: Published: May 26, 2015. Publicly Released: May 26, 2015. Federal Veterinarians: Efforts Needed to Improve Workforce Planning, GAO-15-495: Published: May 26, 2015. Publicly Released: May 26, 2015. U.S. Postal Service: Improved Management Procedures Needed for Parcel Select Contracts, GAO-15-408: Published: Apr 23, 2015. Publicly Released:Continue Reading

Randomized Trial of Four Financial-Incentive Programs for Smoking Cessation

This article was published on May 13, 2015, at NEJM.org. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa141429 “Financial incentives have been shown to promote a variety of health behaviors. For example, in a randomized, clinical trial involving 878 General Electric employees, a bundle of incentives worth $750 for smoking cessation nearly tripled quit rates, from 5.0% to 14.7% and ledContinue Reading

Are Survey Expectations Theory-Consistent? The Role of Central Bank Communication and News

Lena Drager, Michael J. Lamla, and Damjan Pfajfar (2015). Are Survey Expectations Theory-Consistent? The Role of Central Bank Communication and News, Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2015-035. Washington: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, http://dx.doi.org/10.17016/FEDS.2015.035. “In this paper we analyze whether central bank communication can facilitate the understanding of key economic concepts. UsingContinue Reading

Women and Men of Harvard Law School: Preliminary Results from the HLS Career Study

Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession – Women and Men of Harvard Law School: Preliminary Results from the HLS Career Study, 2015 “Introduction – There is widespread consensus that the legal profession stands at an important inflection point. Traditional models of professional organization, practice, and education are under increasing pressure to adapt toContinue Reading

Justice Department Releases Drone Privacy Guidance

EPIC – “The Justice Department has released extensive “Policy Guidance” for the use of drones by federal agencies. The Guidance bans the use of drones to monitor activities protected by the First Amendment, requires routine logs of drone use, and requires the protection of civil liberties and privacy in all cases. However, the Guidance “doesContinue Reading

Report – $36M Command Control Facility in Afghanistan: Unwanted, Unneeded, and Unused

SIGAR – Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction May 2015 SIGAR-15-57-SP $36 Million Command and Control Facility at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan: Unwanted, Unneeded, and Unused “SIGAR found that DoD requested funds for this facility on the basis that it was necessary to address an immediate operational need associated with the military surge in Afghanistan inContinue Reading