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Daily Archives: July 10, 2013

The Economic Benefits of Fixing Our Broken Immigration System

The Economic Benefits of Fixing Our Broken Immigration System – Executive Office of the President, July 2013: “The Senate’s Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744) represents the best chance that our country has had in years to modernize our immigration system. The President urges the House of Representatives to take action and move this bill or similar legislation forward, and stands willing to work with all parties to make sure that commonsense immigration reform becomes a reality as soon as possible.”

Major Study Finds That Overall Population Health in U.S. Has Improved

“In a major study that includes data on the status of population health from 34 countries from 1990-2010, overall population health improved in the U.S. during this period, including an increase in life expectancy; however, illness and chronic disability now account for nearly half of the health burden and improvements in the U.S. have notContinue Reading

Minutes of June 18-19 Federal Open Market Committee meeting

“The Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Open Market Committee on Wednesday released the attached minutes of the Committee meeting held on June 18-19, 2013. A summary of economic projections made by Federal Reserve Board members and Reserve Bank presidents for the meeting is also included as an addendum to these minutes. The minutes forContinue Reading

Agencies Issue Proposed Rule to Exempt Subset of Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans from Appraisal Requirements

News release: “Six federal financial regulatory agencies today issued a proposed rule that would create exemptions from certain appraisal requirements for a subset of higher-priced mortgage loans. The proposed exemptions are intended to save borrowers time and money and to promote the safety and soundness of creditors. The appraisal requirements for higher-priced mortgages were imposedContinue Reading

EPIC Speaks to Oversight Board, Former Judge Questions FISC

“EPIC, in a prepared statement, addressed the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board regarding NSA surveillance under the Patriot Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act at day long workshop. Retired Judge James Robertson, who served on the FISA Court, told the panel that he was “stunned” by the news that the government was collectingContinue Reading

DOJ Statement on U.S. District Court Ruling That Apple Violated Antitrust Laws

“Assistant Attorney General Bill Baer in charge of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division made the following statement today after the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York found that Apple Inc. violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act by conspiring to raise e-book prices and end e-book retailers’ freedom to competeContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Elder Justice, Federal Employees’ Compensation Act, Financial and Performance Management, Counterfeit and Pirated Goods in U.S. Economy

Elder Justice More Federal Coordination and Public Awareness Needed, GAO-13-498, Jul 10, 2013 Federal Employees’ Compensation Act Analysis of Benefits Under Proposed Program Changes, GAO-13-730T, Jul 10, 2013 Financial and Performance Management More Reliable and Complete Information Needed to Address Federal Management and Fiscal Challenges, GAO-13-752T, Jul 10, 2013 Medicare Outpatient Therapy Implementation of theContinue Reading

CBO – Monthly Budget Review for June 2013

Monthly Budget Review for June 2013 – Published July 9, 2013 “The federal government ran a budget deficit of $512 billion from October 2012 through June 2013 (the first nine months of fiscal year 2013), according to CBO’s estimates. That amount is almost $400 billion less than the shortfall recorded during the same period lastContinue Reading

Developing Online Safety Knowledge in Partnership with Parents and Schools

Parents, Schools and the Digital Divide – Developing Online Safety Knowledge in Partnership with Parents and Schools, Professor Andy Phippen, Professor of Social, Responsibility in IT, Plymouth University. July 2013 “Technology and the online world undoubtedly play a large part in the majority of young people’s lives. It is rare to encounter young people whoContinue Reading