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USA Trade Online transitioning to free access

Census News Release: “On October 15, 2015, USA Trade Online (UTO) will be free to all users. In order to transition to this change, starting September 1, 2015, we will be transitioning into the new FREE system. Highlighted [here] are steps explaining how you will be affected depending on what type of UTO account you have currently.”
  • “Provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, USA Trade Online is a dynamic data tool that gives users access to current and cumulative U.S. export and import data.  With multiple data sets and capabilities, USA Trade Online can assist different types of customers from a wide range of industries and fields.  Manufacturers and other businesses wishing to expand their business globally can utilize USA Trade Online to identify new markets, evaluate existing markets, and perform other market research tasks. The data available through this tool can also support economists in interpreting economic news and performing academic research, as well assist governments and federal agencies in analyzing domestic and international trade policies. This powerful software allows users to create customized reports and colorful charts detailing international trade data at different levels. All data are updated each month with the release of the latest U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services Report.”

Amtrak IG – Progress Made Implementing Positive Train Control, but Significant Challenges Remain

Amtrak IG Audit – Safety and Security – Progress Made Implementing Positive Train Control, but Significant Challenges Remain, 06/19/2015. OIG-A-2015-013 “The tragic derailment of Amtrak Train 188 in Philadelphia on May 12, 2015, continues to raise many questions, ranging from causation to safety systems that could have mitigated the excessive speed. In view of theContinue Reading

E.O. Wilson’s Wants Us to Leave Half of the Earth Alone Here’s Why

The famed naturalist’s newest book, written from a retirement home, is a provocative and urgent call to save the planet, and its species. By Claudia Dreifus, Audubon Magazine, September-October 2015. “At 86, Edward Osborne Wilson, Harvard University research professor emeritus of comparative zoology, is among the most famous scientists of our time. Only Jane Goodall andContinue Reading

International Journal of Central Banking September 2015

Volume 11, Supplement 1 September 2015 International Journal of Central Banking – Special Supplemental Issue: Reflections on 25 Years of Inflation Targeting Opening Remarks Graeme Wheeler Day One Keynote Address: Forward Guidance Lars E.O. Svensson Trend Inflation in Advanced Economies Christine Garnier, Elmar Mertens, and Edward Nelson Inflation Targeting and Economic Reforms in New ZealandContinue Reading

Bicycle Trauma Injuries and Hospital Admissions in the United States, 1998-2013

JAMA. 2015;314(9):947-949. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.8295  (fee req’d) “This study uses National Electronic Injury Surveillance System data to describe trends in adult cycling injuries and related hospital admissions in the United States. Cycling is associated with many health benefits, but also with the risk of injury. Trends in bicycle-related injuries are difficult to assess because the majority ofContinue Reading

OPM, DoD Announce Identity Theft Protection and Credit Monitoring Contract

OPN News Release: ” The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) today announced the award of a $133,263,550 contract to Identity Theft Guard Solutions LLC, doing business as ID Experts, for identity theft protection services for 21.5 million individuals whose personal information was stolen in one of theContinue Reading

Most Americans’ hearts are older than their age

“Your heart may be older than you are – and that’s not good. According to a new CDC Vital Signs report, 3 out of 4 U.S. adults have a predicted heart age that is older than their actual age. This means they are at higher risk for heart attacks and stroke. “Heart age” is theContinue Reading

NISO Launches New Primer Series with the Publication of Primer on Research Data Management

“The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has launched a new Primer Series on information management technology issues with the publication of the first primer on the topic of Research Data Management. Two more primers on the topics of Understanding Metadata and Linked Data for Cultural Institutions, respectively, will be released in coming months, with additionalContinue Reading

Research Handbook on the Economics of Insurance Law: Introduction

Schwarcz, Daniel and Siegelman, Peter, Research Handbook on the Economics of Insurance Law: Introduction (August 21, 2015). Forthcoming in Research Handbook in the Economics of Insurance Law (Edw. Elgar: 2015). Available for download at SSRN: “This introduction summarizes the overall scope of the Handbook and provides brief synopses of the 14 contributions.”

Good to hear that “Why blogging still matters”

opinion | David Weinberger |Boston Globe: “…blogging went mainstream. Most media outlets now feature less formal, more personal columns either by their official columnists or by a cadre of writers who can’t be fitted into the limited space of a print newspaper or magazine. Even so, when the media refer to “bloggers,” they often meanContinue Reading

GAO Report – Next Generation Air Transportation System

Next Generation Air Transportation System: Improved Risk Analysis Could Strengthen FAA’s Global Interoperability Efforts, GAO-15-608: Published: Jul 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 28, 2015: “Aviation industry stakeholders GAO interviewed described various factors that may affect the interoperability of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen)—a complex, long-term initiative to modernize the U.S. air-traffic management (ATM)Continue Reading

EFF amicus brief in SCOTUS case on seizure of historical cell site records from a cell phone provider

EFF – “Americans have the right to expect that digital records of their daily travels—when they left home, where they went, and how long they stayed—is private information, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said in an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court of the United States. Weighing in on one of the most importantContinue Reading