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Daily Archives: July 8, 2013

EPIC Files Supreme Court Petition, Challenges Domestic Surveillance Program

“EPIC has filed a Petition with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the Court vacate an unlawful order by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that enables the collection of all domestic phone record by the NSA. The order, directed to Verizon, requires the production of all “call detail records” for calls made “wholly within the United States, including local telephone calls.” EPIC said “It is simply not possible that every phone record in the possession of a telecommunications firm could be relevant to an authorized investigation. . . . Such an interpretation of [the law] would render meaningless the qualifying phrases contained in the provision and eviscerate the purpose of the Act.” For more information, see In re Electronic Privacy Information Center.”

Fueleconomy.gov – resources to save you money at the pump

“Fueleconomy.gov has many great resources to save you money at the pump. Before you fuel up, find the cheapest gas prices in your state, as well as regional and national gas prices. Reduce the amount of gas that you use by following their gas mileage tips.  Learn about the history of gasoline prices, understanding gasContinue Reading

McKinsey – China’s rising stature in global finance

The country’s financial markets are deepening, foreign investment keeps pouring in, and capital is flowing outward. What would it take for China to assume a new role as world financier? July 2013 | byRichard Dobbs, Nick Leung, and Susan Lund “China, as the world’s largest saver, has a major role to play in the globalContinue Reading

TRAC: Criminal Activity Cited in Smaller Fraction of Deportation Filings

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse: “During the current fiscal year, only 14.7 percent of the new filings in Immigration Court sought to deport noncitizens based on alleged criminal activity rather than violations of immigration requirements. This is slightly lower than the 16.1 percent that prevailed during the last year of the Bush Administration. And it isContinue Reading

Louisiana State Universities Directory of Government Websites

“To get started when you are on the site simply click on the red links [including Boards, Commissions, and Committees; Executive; Independent; Judicial; Legislative; Quasi-Official] to expand the directory, or use the tool box to the right to expand, collapse or search the directory.” [via Greg Guthrie and Stephanie Ganic Braunstein]

Who Lives in the C-Suite? Organizational Structure and the Division of Labor in Top Management

Who Lives in the C-Suite? Organizational Structure and the Division of Labor in Top Management – Harvard Business School – Maria Guadalupe, Hongyi Li, Julie Wulf. Working Paper 12-059. June 18, 2013. “Top management structures in large US firms have changed significantly since the mid-1980s. While the size of the executive team—the group of managersContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Defense Acquisition Workforce, Electronic Drug Labeling, Internet Pharmacies, Investment Advisers, TARP

Defense Acquisition Workforce – The Air Force Needs to Evaluate Changes in Funding for Civilians Engaged in Space Acquisition, GAO-13-638, Jul 8, 2013 Electronic Drug Labeling – No Consensus on the Advantages and Disadvantages of Its Exclusive Use, GAO-13-592, Jul 8, 2013 Internet Pharmacies – Federal Agencies and States Face Challenges Combating Rogue Sites, ParticularlyContinue Reading

DRAFT Outline – Preliminary Framework to Reduce Cyber Risks to Critical Infrastructure

DRAFT Outline – Preliminary Framework to Reduce Cyber Risks to Critical Infrastructure, National Institute of Standards and Technology, July 1, 2013. “The national and economic security of the United States depends on the reliable functioning of critical infrastructure. President Obama issued an Executive Order on February 12, 2013, to strengthen that infrastructure against cybersecurity threats. InContinue Reading

Controlling Federal Spending by Managing the Long Tail of Procurement

Controlling Federal Spending by Managing the Long Tail of Procurement: David C. Wyld “In this report, Professor Wyld provides the first quantitative analysis of tail spend in the federal government.  In short, tail spend is procurement outlays that are outside of an organization’s core spending and core supplier groups, covering many miscellaneous expenditure categories thatContinue Reading

Gallup – TV Is Americans’ Main Source of News

Gallup news release: “Television is the main place Americans say they turn to for news about current events (55%), leading the Internet, at 21%. Nine percent say newspapers or other print publications are their main news source, followed by radio, at 6%..”