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Daily Archives: September 10, 2013

GPO Releases Congressional Member Guide App

“The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has released the Mobile Member Guide app for the 113th Congress. The mobile Web app provides the public with quick, easy access to information on Members of the 113th Congress; the features include their picture, party affiliation, hometown, home state, and length of service. The app allows users to browse for Members of Congress by last name, state, chamber, or party. The public can take advantage of this free mobile Web app on major mobile device platforms.  The app parallels GPO’s release this week of the Pictorial Directory for the 113th Congress, which is widely used on Capitol Hill.  Additional features to the Mobile Member Guide app will be added following the release of the Congressional Directory for the 113th Congress later this fall.”

New GAO Reports – Community Colleges, Education Research, FAA Facilities, Federal Judgeships, FOIA, NARA

COMMUNITY COLLEGES – New Federal Research Center May Enhance Current Understanding of Developmental Education – GAO-13-656, Sep 10, 2013 EDUCATION RESEARCH – Preliminary Observations on the Institute of Education Sciences’ Research and Evaluation Efforts – GAO-13-852T, Sep 10, 2013 FAA FACILITIES – Improved Condition Assessment Methods Could Better Inform Maintenance Decisions and Capital- Planning Efforts – GAO-13-757, Sep 10, 2013 FEDERAL JUDGESHIPS – The GeneralContinue Reading

Frontiers in Massive Data Analysis

“Data mining of massive data sets is transforming the way we think about crisis response, marketing, entertainment, cybersecurity and national intelligence. Collections of documents, images, videos, and networks are being thought of not merely as bit strings to be stored, indexed, and retrieved, but as potential sources of discovery and knowledge, requiring sophisticated analysis techniquesContinue Reading

Factoryless Goods Producers in the US

Factoryless Goods Producers in the US. Andrew B. Bernard and Teresa C. Fort.  NBER Working Paper No. 19396. August 2013 “This paper documents the extent and characteristics of plants and firms in the US that are outside the manufacturing sector according to official government statistics but nonetheless are heavily involved in activities related to theContinue Reading

Retirement Plan Participation

Retirement Plan Participation: Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) Data, 2012, by Craig Copeland, Ph.D., EBRI “The latest SIPP data from the U.S. Census Bureau show 61 percent of all workers over age 16 had an employer that sponsored a pension or retirement plan for any of its employees in 2012, up from 59Continue Reading

Analysis of Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

Human Rights Watch: “This 22-page report documents two alleged chemical weapons attacks on the opposition-controlled suburbs of Eastern and Western Ghouta, located 16 kilometers apart, in the early hours of August 21, 2013. Human Rights Watch analyzed witness accounts of the rocket attacks, information on the likely source of the attacks, the physical remnants ofContinue Reading

Government Could Hit Debt Ceiling in Mid-October

“An analysis released today by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) finds that the federal government will be unable to meet all of its spending obligations as early as mid-October, unless the debt ceiling is raised. BPC estimates that the federal government will exhaust its borrowing authority and no longer have sufficient funds to pay allContinue Reading

The G20 Leaders’ Declaration has been published

G20: “In Washington, London and Pittsburgh, we took decisive steps to stimulate the world economy, restore growth, recapitalise financial institutions, launch an ambitious program to reform the financial sector, maintain open markets and clamp-down on tax havens. Significantly, we established the Financial Stability Board (FSB), tripled the resources available to the IMF, and put inContinue Reading

Wage Income and Elective Retirement Contributions from Form W-2, 2008–2010

IRS – Kevin Pierce and Jon Gober, Summer 2013: “For Tax Year 2008, some 140.7 million individual income taxpayers earned approximately $5.7 trillion in wages, tips, and other compensation, as reported on Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Both the total number of taxpayers and amount of wages declined 2 percent over the next 2Continue Reading

Report – The Humanities and Social Sciences

The Heart of the Matter – The Humanities and Social Sciences for a vibrant, competitive, and secure nation. American Academy of Arts & Sciences. 2013. [This report] “identifies three overarching goals: 1) to educate Americans in the knowledge, skills, and understanding they will need to thrive in a twenty-first-century democracy; 2) to foster a societyContinue Reading

Home Prices Increase in Most Metro Areas during Second Quarter

“Median home prices continued to rise in the majority of metropolitan areas in the second quarter, with the national year-over-year price showing the strongest gain in seven-and-a-half years, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of Realtors®. Despite rising prices and higher mortgage interest rates, a companion breakout of income requirements toContinue Reading