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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Report – Higher education remains separate and unequal

“The higher education system is more and more complicit as a passive agent in the systematic reproduction of white racial privilege across generations. This is the core finding in a new study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW), Separate and Unequal: How Higher Education Reinforces the Intergenerational Reproduction of WhiteContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Critical Infrastructure Protection, VA, Overstay Enforcement, TSA

Critical Infrastructure Protection – DHS Could Strengthen the Management of the Regional Resiliency Assessment Program, GAO-13-616, Jul 30, 2013 Department of Veterans Affairs – Available Data Not Sufficiently Reliable to Describe Use of Consulting Services, GAO-13-714R, Jul 30, 2013 Overstay Enforcement – Additional Actions Needed to Assess DHS’s Data and Improve Planning for a BiometricContinue Reading

Rulemaking – Understanding and Getting Better Public Participation

Rulemaking 2.0: Understanding and Getting Better Public Participation by Cynthia Farina – Mary Newhart “This report provides important insights in how governments can improve the rulemaking process by taking full advantage of Rulemaking 2.0 technology. The report’s findings and recommendations are based on five experiments with Rulemaking 2.0 conducted by CeRI researchers, four in partnershipContinue Reading

U.S. biodiesel production reached a record level in May 2013

“U.S. biodiesel production in May 2013 reached a record level of 111 million gallons, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) on July 30. Production came from 116 active biodiesel plants with operable capacity of 2.2 billion gallons per year. Production for the first five months of 2013 was 449 millionContinue Reading

Report – MIT and the Prosecution of Aaron Swartz

Follow up to previous postings on Aaron Swartz, see this Report to the President: – “MIT and the Prosecution of Aaron Swartz: “In January 2013, MIT President L. Rafael Reif asked Professor Hal Abelson to lead a thorough analysis of MIT’s involvement in the Aaron Swartz matter, from the time that MIT first perceived unusualContinue Reading

Brookings – The Fall and Rise and Fall of Iraq

The Fall and Rise and Fall of Iraq by: Kenneth M. Pollack, July 20, 2013 “This essay traces the course of Iraq’s fortunes from the American invasion in 2003 through the civil war of 2005-2008 and the endangered effort at reconstruction that followed. Only by seeing the full course of Iraq’s narrative arc during thisContinue Reading

Basel III’s Capital Adequacy Requirements

Howard, Cory, ‘Under Pressure': Basel III’s Capital Adequacy Requirements Squeeze Broker-Dealer’s Returns on Equity, Increase the Need for the Imposition of Uniform Fiduciary Duties (July 23, 2013). John Marshall Law Journal, Vol. 7, No. 1, Fall 2013, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN “The most recent round of international banking regulations promulgated by the Basel Committee onContinue Reading

On the correlation between commodity and equity returns

On the correlation between commodity and equity returns: implications for portfolio allocation. by Marco Jacopo Lombardi and Francesco Ravazzolo.  Working Papers No 420, July 2013. Bank for International Settlement. “In the recent years several commentators hinted at an increase of the correlation between equity and commodity prices, and blamed investment in commodity-related products for this.Continue Reading

Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment in Cancer

Esserman LJ, Thompson IM, Jr, Reid B. Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment in Cancer: An Opportunity for Improvement. JAMA. 2013;():-. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.108415. “Over the past 30 years, awareness and screening have led to an emphasis on early diagnosis of cancer. Although the goals of these efforts were to reduce the rate of late-stage disease and decrease cancer mortality,Continue Reading

NOAA – Fisheries in the Dead Zone

“This summer, as they have every summer since 1985, NOAA scientists headed out to the Gulf of Mexico to monitor fish populations and to find and measure the Dead Zone. Summer can be a tough time for many species in the Gulf of Mexico, when the combination of nutrient-rich river runoff and warm temperatures canContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Farm Programs, Grant Workforce, Insurance Markets, Medicare, NOAA, Education

Farm Programs – USDA Needs to Do More to Prevent Improper Payments to Deceased Individuals, GAO-13-503, Jun 28, 2013 Grant Workforce – Agency Training Practices Should Inform Future Government-wide Efforts, GAO-13-591, Jun 28, 2013 Insurance Markets – Impacts of and Regulatory Response to the 2007-2009 Financial Crisis, GAO-13-583, Jun 27, 2013 Medicare – Ownership StatusContinue Reading

TRAC – Decline in Voting Civil Rights Lawsuits

“In light of the Supreme Court decision striking down the preclearance provision of the Voting Rights Act, and the announcement by Attorney General Holder that the Department of Justice would aggressively enforce remaining provisions to include “bailing in” the entire State of Texas, it is worth examining recent use of federal civil courts to enforceContinue Reading