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Daily Archives: August 1, 2013

Proved reserves of crude oil and natural gas in U.S. up sharply in 2011

EIA: “In 2011, oil and gas exploration and production companies operating in the United States added almost 3.8 billion barrels of crude oil and lease condensate proved reserves, an increase of 15 percent, and the greatest volume increase since the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) began publishing proved reserves estimates in 1977. Proved reserves of crude oil and lease condensate increased by 2.9 billion barrels in 2010, the previous record. Proved reserves of U.S. wet natural gas rose by 31.2 trillion cubic feet in 2011 to a new record high of 348.8 trillion cubic feet. Though this increase was lower than the 33.8 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) added in 2010, it was only the second year since 1977 that natural gas net reserves additions surpassed 30 Tcf.”

IMF World Economic Outlook

“Global growth is projected to remain subdued at slightly above 3 percent in 2013, the same as in 2012. This is less than forecast in the April 2013 World Economic Outlook (WEO), driven to a large extent by appreciably weaker domestic demand and slower growth in several key emerging market economies, as well as by a moreContinue Reading

D.C. Bar Pro Bono Initiative Report

D.C. Bar Pro Bono Initiative Report (Report of the 2012 Results, July 2013) Background Responses Aggregate Performance Management Practices Firms Reporting 2012 Results Signatory Firms “In 2001, 41 of the District’s largest law firms joined the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Initiative and pledged to provide pro bono legal services at specified levels. The participating firmsContinue Reading

Special IG for Afghanistan Reconstruction’s 20th Quarterly Report to Congress

John F. Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction: “I believe the United States cannot achieve its objectives unless the execution of its policies receives at least as much attention as the intent behind them. For example, the policy objective of creating a robust Afghan army that will provide national security in lieu of CoalitionContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Critical Infrastructure Protection, Medicare, DOD’s POW/MIA Mission, International Regulatory Cooperation

Critical Infrastructure Protection – DHS Needs to Improve Its Risk Assessments and Outreach for Chemical Facilities, GAO-13-801T, Aug 1, 2013 Medicare – Higher Use of Costly Prostate Cancer Treatment by Providers Who Self-Refer Warrants Scrutiny, GAO-13-525, Jul 19, 2013 DOD’s POW/MIA Mission – Capability and Capacity to Account for Missing Persons Undermined by Leadership WeaknessesContinue Reading

FTC Advises Consumers on Preventing, Identifying, and Dealing With Hacked Email or Social Networking Accounts

“The Federal Trade Commission has new tips to help people deal with email and social networking hacks, whether it’s lessening the chances of a hack in the first place, or recovering from a hack once it happens. Hacked Email, new guidance from the FTC, identifies signs an account may have been hacked such as friendsContinue Reading

EPIC – Government Releases Secret Court Order Authorizing NSA Telephone Surveillance

“The Director of National Intelligence has published the “Primary Order” from the FISA Court which describes the scope of the NSA’s data analysis activities for telephone call records. The order details the procedures the NSA is expected to follow when reviewing data, but is heavily redacted. The order does not include a legal analysis ofContinue Reading

50,000 new words added to Wolfram|Alpha’s dictionary

“We just added over 50,000 new words to Wolfram|Alpha’s dictionary, including archaic words such as pythonist (a conjurer or diviner) and technical terms like cosmochronometer, which refers to processes that are used to determine the age of stars (like radioactive decay). Wolfram|Alpha provides word definitions and, when available, other features such as etymologies and anagrams—pythonist,Continue Reading

Audit of NASA’s Progress in Adopting Cloud-Computing Technologies

Office of Inspector General, Report No. IG-13-021, July 29, 2013: “NASA’s Progress in Adopting Cloud-Computing Technologies, July 29, 2013: “NASA was a pioneer in cloud computing having established its own private cloud- computing data center called Nebula in 2009 at the Ames Research Center (Ames). Nebula provided high-capacity computing and data storage services to NASAContinue Reading

Agari 2013 Email TrustIndex – Second Quarter Edition

“Agari today released its 2013 Email TrustIndex- Second Quarter Edition. The quarterly report gives an in-depth look at where consumers are most protected or vulnerable to email attack across industry sectors including Financial Services, E-Commerce, Social Media, Travel, Logistics and Gaming. Each industry sector is given a TrustScore™ and a ThreatScore™. The TrustScore™ reflects adoptionContinue Reading