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Daily Archives: May 17, 2013

Ernst & Young – 12th Global Fraud Survey

“Driven by market uncertainties and declining economic growth forecasts, many companies are struggling to maintain margins. With fewer remaining opportunities for cost-cutting, many businesses are now focused on opportunities in rapid-growth markets. Even these markets, however, are feeling the effects of a weakened global economy. In this environment, our 12th Global Fraud Survey’s findings are, unfortunately, a further cause for concern. They suggest that bribery, corruption and fraud remain widespread. At the same time, many countries are strengthening their enforcement regimes, for example the UK, with the introduction of the Bribery Act, and India, with a range of proposed anti-bribery/anti-corruption (ABAC) legislation. As regulatory activity intensifies, the risk of external scrutiny of corporate activity also increases. Senior management must do more to ensure that they and their companies are not found wanting should their activities come under the spotlight.”

Roxarsone, Inorganic Arsenic, and Other Arsenic Species in Chicken: A U.S.-Based Market Basket Sample

Roxarsone, Inorganic Arsenic, and Other Arsenic Species in Chicken: A U.S.-Based Market Basket Sample. Keeve E. Nachman, Patrick A. Baron, Georg Raber, Kevin A. Francesconi, Ana Navas-Acien and David C. Love http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1206245, Online 10 May 2013. “Arsenic-based drugs are permitted in poultry production. Inorganic arsenic (iAs) causes cancer and maybe other adverse health outcomes. TheContinue Reading

A Toxic Flood: Why We Need Stronger Regulations to Protect Public Health from Industrial Water Pollution

“In this report – A Toxic Flood: Why We Need Stronger Regulations to Protect Public Health from Industrial Water Pollution, 2009 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data and the Risk-Screening Environmental Indicators (RSEI) model are used to identify the entities most responsible for the total hazard from industrial water pollution in the United States. The reportContinue Reading

Food Safety and Inspection Service – Inspection and Enforcement Activities At Swine Slaughter Plants

Food Safety and Inspection Service — Inspection and Enforcement Activities At Swine Slaughter Plants Audit Report 24601-0001-41, 05/14/2013 “The Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) enforcement policies do not deter swine slaughter plants from becoming repeat violators of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA). As a result, plants have repeatedly violated the same regulations withContinue Reading

New GAO Report – DOD Business Systems Modernization

DOD Business Systems Modernization – Further Actions Needed to Address Challenges and Improve Accountability, GAO-13-557, May 17, 2013 “The Department of Defense (DOD) continues efforts to establish a business enterprise architecture (a modernization blueprint) and transition plan and modernize its business systems and processes, in compliance with key provisions of the Ronald W. Reagan NationalContinue Reading

Risks Posed by Securities Loans Collateralized by Cash

Risks Posed by Securities Loans Collateralized by Cash. May 15, 2013 “Securities loans collateralized by cash—the most popular form of securities lending—can under certain conditions pose significant financial market risks, according to a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Initiatives to alleviate these potential risks should aim to improve transparency around cashContinue Reading

"Meet the new Google Maps: A map for every person and place"

Google Lat Blog: “What if we told you that during your lifetime, Google could create millions of custom maps…each one just for you? In the past, such a notion would have been unbelievable: a map was just a map, and you got the same one for New York City, whether you were searching for theContinue Reading

Google Announces A multi-screen and conversational search experience

Google Inside Search: “Search has always been about giving you the best answers quickly, regardless of what device you use. At Google I/O [May 15, 2013], we gave an update on where we are in building the search engine of the future–a search engine that can answer your questions, have a conversation with you, andContinue Reading