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Daily Archives: September 26, 2013

Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon

WaPo article by Michael E. Ruane: “The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon is a $106 million project designed to be the international center for Washington scholarship, with a trove of his personal books and manuscripts at its core. The enterprise aims to elevate Mount Vernon from a popular tourist stop among the region’s pantheon of historic sites to a place of rigorous Washington research as well.”

Security Clearance Process: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

CRS – Security Clearance Process: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions, Michelle D. Christensen, Analyst in Government Organization and Management; Frederick M. Kaiser, Visiting Scholar. September 9, 2013 “This report provides a primer on some of the fundamental aspects of the security clearance process, using a “Frequently Asked Questions” format. A security clearance is a determinationContinue Reading

FRASER digital library releases archival documents from early days of the Federal Reserve

“The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has released newly digitized archival material, making FRASER (Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research) the largest digital collection of Federal Reserve historical materials.  These documents offer a glimpse into the founding of the Fed and its policy making activities. In light of the Fed’s centennial, librarians andContinue Reading

National Archives Issues Second Volume of President Obama’s Public Papers

“The National Archives announced today that the second volume of the “Public Papers of President Barack Obama” is now available for sale. Produced by the National Archives, Office of the Federal Register and the U.S. Government Printing Office, the 980-page volume includes a foreword by President Obama, along with the text of his public speeches,Continue Reading

Federal Debt and the Statutory Limit, September 2013

CBO – Federal Debt and the Statutory Limit, September 2013 “The Congress has traditionally placed a limit on the total amount of debt that the Department of the Treasury can issue to the public and to other federal agencies. Law-makers have enacted numerous increases to the debt limit—commonly known as the debt ceiling—some of whichContinue Reading

The evolution of the Basel Committee

The evolution of the Basel Committee – Keynote address by Stefan Ingves, Chairman of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and Governor of Sveriges Riksbank, at a symposium to mark 25 years of the Basel Capital Accord: 25 years of international financial regulation: Challenges and opportunities, Basel, 26 September 2013 “But times change, the financial sectorContinue Reading

Results of the Basel III monitoring exercise as of 31 December 2012

“This report presents the results of the Basel Committee’s Basel III monitoring exercise. The study is based on the rigorous reporting processes set up by the Committee to periodically review the implications of the Basel III standards for financial markets. The results of previous exercises in this series were published in March 2013, September 2012Continue Reading

Resource revolution: Tracking global commodity markets

McKinsey – Resource revolution: Tracking global commodity markets – Trends Survey 2013 “Trends in resource prices have changed abruptly and decisively since the turn of the century. During the 20th century, resource prices (in real terms) fell by a little over a half percent a year on average. But since 2000, average resource prices haveContinue Reading

National Prisoner Statistics, 1978-2011

United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics. National Prisoner Statistics, 1978-2011. ICPSR34540-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-06-25. doi:10.3886/ICPSR34540.v1 “The National Prisoner Statistics (NPS) data collection began in 1926 in response to a congressional mandate to gather information on persons incarcerated in stateContinue Reading

Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes, Processes, and Effects

CRS – Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes, Processes, and Effects. Clinton T. Brass, Coordinator, Specialist in Government Organization and Management. August 6, 2013 “When federal agencies and programs lack appropriated funding, they experience a funding gap. Under the Antideficiency Act, they must cease operations, except in certain emergency situations or when law authorizes continuedContinue Reading