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Daily Archives: July 15, 2013

Survey Shows States Increased Student Aid Despite Recession

Chronicle of Higher Education: Most States Increased Need-Based Grants in 2011: “Over all, state spending on student financial aid increased at the same time higher education was still being propped up with money from the federal stimulus. Money for need-based grants grew 6 percent from 2010 to 2011, while merit aid declined more than 9 percent.”

New GAO Reports: Data Analytics For Oversight and Law Enforcement, Medicare, Strategic Sourcing, VA Health Care

Highlights of a Forum – Data Analytics For Oversight and Law Enforcement – GAO-13-680SP, Jul 15, 2013 Medicare – Action Needed to Address Higher Use of Anatomic Pathology Services by Providers Who Self-Refer, GAO-13-445, Jun 24, 2013 Strategic Sourcing – Improved and Expanded Use Could Provide Significant Procurement Savings, GAO-13-765T, Jul 15, 2013 VA HealthContinue Reading

Civil Society Letter to United States Senate on SEC Exception Proposal

CDT: “On July 12, 2013, civil society groups submitted a letter to the United States Senate expressing concern over a proposal that would grant federal regulatory agencies authority to require web-based email service providers, cloud service providers, and other Internet companies to disclose the contents of communications or documents on behalf of their customers.”

CRS – Israel: Background and U.S. Relations

Israel: Background and U.S. Relations – Jim Zanotti, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs, June 12, 2013 “Since Israel’s founding in 1948, successive U.S. Presidents and many Members of Congress have demonstrated a commitment to Israel’s security and to maintaining close U.S.-Israel defense, diplomatic, and economic cooperation. U.S. and Israeli leaders have developed close relations basedContinue Reading

Department of Defense’s Use of Contractors to Support Military Operations

CRS: Department of Defense’s Use of Contractors to Support Military Operations: Background, Analysis, and Issues for Congress. Moshe Schwartz -Specialist in Defense Acquisition; Jennifer Church, U.S. Department of Army Fellow. May 17, 2013 “Throughout its history, the Department of Defense (DOD) has relied on contractors to support a wide range of military operations. Operations overContinue Reading

Pew – Public Esteem for Military Still High Clergy in the Middle, Lawyers at the Bottom

“Americans continue to hold the military in high regard, with more than three-quarters of U.S. adults (78%) saying that members of the armed services contribute “a lot” to society’s well-being. That’s a modest decline from 84% four years ago, the last time the Pew Research Center asked the public to rate various professions. But theContinue Reading

Postsecondary Institutions and Price of Attendance in 2012-13

Postsecondary Institutions and Price of Attendance in 2012-13; Degrees and Other Awards Conferred: 2011-12; and 12-Month Enrollment: 2011-12: First Look (Provisional Data): “This First Look report is a revised version of the preliminary report released on May 21, 2013. It includes fully edited and imputed data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) fallContinue Reading

The SEC’s Role in Cracking the Door Open so Women May Enter

The Glass Boardroom: The SEC’s Role in Cracking the Door Open so Women May Enter, Tamara Smallman, Independent, June 27, 2013 – Columbia Business Law Review, Winter 2013, Forthcoming “This Note explores the current status of gender diversity disclosures under the SEC’s 2009 Proxy Disclosure Enhancements. It draws on data compiled from the 2012 FortuneContinue Reading

Pew – Climate Change and Financial Instability Seen as Top Global Threats

“Publics around the world are concerned about the effect of global climate change and international financial instability, with majorities in many of the nations surveyed saying these are major threats to their countries. But Islamic extremism is also a serious concern, particularly in the United States, Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. In contrast, relatively few considerContinue Reading