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Daily Archives: August 22, 2013

New GAO Reports – Army and Marine Corps Training, Army Networks, IP, Medicare Program Integrity

Army and Marine Corps Training- Better Performance and Cost Data Needed to More Fully Assess Simulation-Based Efforts, GAO-13-698, Aug 22, 2013

Army Networks – Opportunities Exist to Better Utilize Results from Network Integration Evaluations, GAO-13-711, Aug 22, 2013

Intellectual Property – Assessing Factors That Affect Patent Infringement Litigation Could Help Improve Patent Quality, GAO-13-465, Aug 22, 2013

Medicare Program Integrity – Increasing Consistency of Contractor Requirements May Improve Administrative Efficiency, GAO-13-522, Jul 23, 2013

CRS – Egypt in Crisis: Issues for Congress

Egypt in Crisis: Issues for Congress – Jeremy M. Sharp, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs. August 19, 2013 “This report provides a brief overview of the key issues for Congress related to Egypt. U.S. policy makers are now grappling with complex questions about the future of U.S.-Egypt relations, particularly in light of the growing unrestContinue Reading

CRS – Syria’s Chemical Weapons

Syria’s Chemical Weapons: Issues for Congress, August 20, 2013: “The use or loss of control of chemical weapons stocks in Syria could have unpredictable consequences for the Syrian population and neighboring countries as well as U.S. allies and forces in the region. Congress may wish to assess the Administration’s plans to respond to possible scenariosContinue Reading

CRS – GAO Bid Protests: Trends and Analysis

Follow up to previous posting, Amazon’s lawsuit released against GAO in cloud computing contract case, see this new CRS report, GAO Bid Protests: Trends and Analysis, August 9, 2013: “Bid protests on federal government contracts filed with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) have recently received increased congressional scrutiny due to protests of high-profile awards andContinue Reading

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Other Mental Health Problems in the Military

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Other Mental Health Problems in the Military: Oversight Issues for Congress. Katherine Blakeley, Analyst in Foreign Affairs; Don J. Jansen, Analyst in Defense Health Care Policy, August 8, 2013 “Military servicemembers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and depression, as well as military suicides, continue to beContinue Reading

Study – Why you may be paying too much for your fish

Oceana – Seafood Sticker Shock Why you may be paying too much for your fish: August 2103:”The complex and almost invisible path traveled by seafood on the way to our plates creates a regular opportunity for consumers to be overcharged for their fish. For example, when red snapper is replaced with tilapia in a restaurant, diners may pay sevenContinue Reading

Demographic researcher posts map of the races and ethnicities of Americans

Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service: “This map is an American snapshot; it provides an accessible visualization of geographic distribution, population density, and racial diversity of the American people in every neighborhood in the entire country. The map displays 308,745,538 dots, one for each person residing in the United States at the location they were countedContinue Reading

Three Reasons Why Big Data Doesn’t Make You Smarter

Three Reasons Why Big Data Doesn’t Make You Smarter — Lessons From the World of Intelligence. Milo Jones and Philippe Silberzahn, Forbes, July 2, 2013. “Increasing interest in big data – the ability to gather massive amounts of information about both environment and operations – rests on an equally big assumption: that having more dataContinue Reading

TRAC – Decline in Drug-Related Seizure of Property

“In the last five years, there has been a gradual but steady decline in the number of civil lawsuits filed each month in federal courts for the drug-related seizure of property, according to case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). Such suits are filed as part of the Department of Justice AssetContinue Reading

Amazon’s lawsuit released against GAO in cloud computing contract case

Frank Konkel, FCW.com: “In its lawsuit against the federal government filed in July, Amazon Web Services claims IBM’s protest of its $600 million cloud computing contract with the CIA was “untimely” and “meritless,” and that’s just a snapshot of a 79-page document sitting before U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Thomas Wheeler. The lawsuit, unsealedContinue Reading