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Daily Archives: June 4, 2013

Federal Reserve Board – H.8 Assets and Liabilities of Commercial Banks in the U.S.

Federal Reserve Board – Assets and Liabilities of Commercial Banks – H.8 – Growth rate of total bank credit, all commercial banks, seasonally adjusted. Customize chart

EPIC Comments as Google Bans Facial Recognition Glass Apps

EPIC: “Google announced that it will not approve any facial recognition apps for Google Glass, pending the development of privacy safeguards. “[W]e won’t add facial recognition features to our products without having strong privacy protections in place,” the company said in a blog post. In comments on facial recognition to the Federal Trade Commission lastContinue Reading

OMB issues New Guidance for Meeting Attendance

Via Scott A. Hodes, ASAP President – “Late last week the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued new guidance to all federal agencies that acknowledges the need for federal employees to attend mission-related conferences and provides some best practices for approving travel and conference expenses. This new guidance adopts many of the best practices suggestedContinue Reading

New Survey Details Impact of Sequester on Meals On Wheels Programs

News release: “New information detailing the devastating impact of the federally mandated budget cuts known as sequester was released today by the Meals On Wheels Association of America. Based on a survey of Meals on Wheels programscross the country, these findings reveal nearly 70% of Meals on Wheels survey respondents have reduced the number ofContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – FAA Oversight of Procedures and Tech, IRS Verification Improvements

Transportation – FAA Oversight of Procedures and Technologies to Prevent and Mitigate the Effects of Dense, Continuous Smoke in the Cockpit, GAO-13-551R, Jun 4, 2013 Tax Refunds IRS Is Exploring Verification Improvements, but Needs to Better Manage Risks, GAO-13-515, Jun 4, 2013

Latest U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services Report

The Nation’s international trade deficit in goods and services increased to $40.3 billion in April from $37.1 billion (revised) in March, as imports increased more than exports. (June 4, 2013)

The Global Information Technology Report 2013

The Global Information Technology Report 2013 – Growth and Jobs in a Hyperconnected World, Beñat Bilbao-Osorio, Soumitra Dutta, and Bruno Lanvin, Editors: “The Global Information Technology Report 2013 features the latest results of the Networked Readiness Index (NRI), offering an overview of the current state of information and communication technologies (ICTs) readiness in the world.Continue Reading

Paper – Why the Government Condemns and Condones Unlawful Disclosures of Information

The Leaky Leviathan: Why the Government Condemns and Condones Unlawful Disclosures of Information, David Pozen, Columbia Law School, May 25, 2013 Harvard Law Review, Forthcoming, Columbia Public Law Research Paper No. 13-341 “The United States government leaks like a sieve. Presidents denounce the constant flow of classified information to the media from unauthorized, anonymous sources.Continue Reading

Paper – Protecting Environmental Rights Through the Bilateral Agreements of the European Union

Protecting Environmental Rights Through the Bilateral Agreements of the European Union: Mapping the Field, Elisa Morgera, University of Edinburgh June 2, 2013: “The present paper aims to map existing and future opportunities for utilizing EU bilateral agreements to promote the protection of environmental rights, as well as available legal avenues to address missed opportunities andContinue Reading

Census – 2012 Characteristics of New Housing

2012 Characteristics of New Housing – “This report provides annual statistics on the characteristics of new privately owned residential structures — such as the type of wall material, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, type of financing, heating and square footage — for the U.S. and the four national regions. The data are gathered from the CensusContinue Reading