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Daily Archives: May 8, 2013

CRS – The U.S. Science and Engineering Workforce

The U.S. Science and Engineering Workforce: Recent, Current, and Projected Employment, Wages, and Unemployment. John F. Sargent Jr., Specialist in Science and Technology Policy, May 6, 2013

  • “The adequacy of the U.S. science and engineering workforce has been an ongoing concern of Congress for more than 60 years. Scientists and engineers are widely believed to be essential to U.S. technological leadership, innovation, manufacturing, and services, and thus vital to U.S. economic strength, national defense, and other societal needs. Congress has enacted many programs to support the education and development of scientists and engineers. Congress has also undertaken broad efforts to improve science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills to prepare a greater number of students to pursue science and engineering (S&E) degrees. Some policymakers have sought to increase the number of foreign scientists and engineers working in the United States through changes in visa and immigration policies.”
  • Report from European Coalition for Digital Rights

    International privacy organisations: Don’t let corporations strip citizens of their right to privacy “This report features new analysis by privacy experts of proposed amendments to the draft Data Protection Regulation. It reveals how many of these amendments threaten to critically undermine the privacy of EU consumers and citizens. Together, the amendments are an effort toContinue Reading

    Administration offers consumers unprecedented look at hospital charges – Medicare Provider Charge Data

    “As part of the Obama administration’s work to make our health care system more affordable and accountable, data are being released that show significant variation across the country and within communities in what hospitals charge for common inpatient services. The data provided here include hospital-specific charges for the more than 3,000 U.S. hospitals that receiveContinue Reading

    Milken Global Institute – Two, Three, Many Middle Easts: A Region’s Economic Prospects

    Two, Three, Many Middle Easts: A Region’s Economic Prospects, Monday, April 29. [Andrew Young]

    Trading Activity and Price Transparency in the Inflation Swap Market

    “In a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, authors Michael J. Fleming and John R. Sporn use transaction data from derivatives dealers to shed light on the rapidly growing market for over-the-counter inflation swaps. Specifically, they analyze zero-coupon inflation swap trades involving major derivatives dealers for a three-month period in 2010.Continue Reading

    Census – Diversifying Electorate – Voting Rates by Race and Hispanic Origin in 2012

    News release: “About two in three eligible blacks (66.2 percent) voted in the 2012 presidential election, higher than the 64.1 percent of non-Hispanic whites who did so, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released today. This marks the first time that blacks have voted at a higher rate than whites since the Census BureauContinue Reading

    New GAO Reports – DOE, Homeland Security, IRS, SSA,

    Department of Energy – Observations on Project and Program Cost Estimating in NNSA and the Office of Environmental Management, GAO-13-510T, May 8, 2013 Homeland Security – DHS and TSA Continue to Face Challenges Developing and Acquiring Screening Technologies, GAO-13-469T, May 8, 2013 Internal Revenue Service – Preliminary Observations on the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request,Continue Reading

    Japanese American Service Committee Legacy Center Archives

    Japanese American Service Committee Legacy Center Archives: “Founded on August 30, 1946, the Japanese American Service Committee of Chicago originally served the needs of the Issei and Nisei (Japanese immigrants and their American-born children) who left World War II internment camps to resettle in Chicago and start new lives. As the needs of the communityContinue Reading

    Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1798-2013

    Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1798-2013. Barbara Salazar Torreon, Information Research Specialist, May 3, 2013 This report lists hundreds of instances in which the United States has used its Armed Forces abroad in situations of military conflict or potential conflict or for other than normal peacetime purposes. It was compiled inContinue Reading