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Daily Archives: October 1, 2013

Quality Assurance Assessment of the F-35 Lightning II Program

DOD IG – Quality Assurance Assessment of the F-35 Lightning II Program – September 30 2013. DODIG-2013-140 (Project No. D2012-DT0TAD-0003.000)

“Findings: The F-35 Program did not sufficiently implement or flow down technical and quality management system requirements to prevent the fielding of nonconforming hardware and software. This could adversely affect aircraft performance, reliability, maintainability, and ultimately program cost. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company (Lockheed Martin) and its subcontractors did not follow disciplined AS9100 Quality Management System practices, as evidenced by 363 findings, which contained 719 issues.”

Due to a lapse in funding, the U.S. federal government has shut down

USA.gov: What’s Affected by a Government Shutdown? “During the shutdown, USA.gov will not be updated, but the website will be available. You can also get answers to government questions by calling 1-800-FED-INFO (1-800-333-4636), 8 AM – 8 PM (Eastern Time), Monday through Friday.” USAToday – 66 questions and answers about the government shutdown and 27Continue Reading

Study – Vehicle Sharing Services, Transit Apps and Wi-Fi Contribute to National Driving Decline

“In a first-of-its-kind study, U.S. PIRG compiled nation-wide evidence on transportation apps and vehicle sharing programs, and found that these advanced new tools have made it easier for Americans to drive less. Real-time apps and on-board wi-fi for public transit, as well as carsharing, bikesharing and ridesharing have spread rapidly in recent years while drivingContinue Reading

Most Government Websites Shuttered – Critical Weather Information Still Accessible

“Due to the Federal government shutdown, NOAA.gov and most associated web sites are unavailable. Only web sites necessary to protect lives and property will be maintained. See Weather.gov for critical weather information or contact USA.gov for more information about the shutdown. NOAA Federal Employees: For access to the Notice to Federal Employees About Unemployment Insurance (SF-8), pleaseContinue Reading

CRS – The Debt Limit: History and Recent Increases

The Debt Limit: History and Recent Increases -  D. Andrew Austin  Analyst in Economic Policy; Mindy R. Levit, Analyst in Public Finance. September 25, 2013 “The statutory debt limit applies to almost all federal debt. The limit applies to federal debt held by the public (that is, debt held outside the federal government itself) and to federal debt held byContinue Reading

Consortial Book Circulation Patterns: The OCLC-OhioLINK Study

“Written by Edward T. O’Neill and Julia Gammon, “Consortial Book Circulation Patterns: The OCLC-OhioLINK Study” outlines the study methodology, analyzes the data, and offers insights into the consortium-wide collection usage. The study collected and analyzed circulation data for libraries within the consortium examining the circulation of 28,475,701 books from over 100 academic libraries. Circulation patternsContinue Reading

Message from GPO’s Federal Digitial System

“The Federal Government is shut down due to a funding lapse. Congressional materials will continue to be processed and posted to FDsys. Federal Register services will be limited to documents necessary to safeguard human life, protect property, or provide other emergency services consistent with the performance of functions and services exempted under the Antideficiency Act.Continue Reading

Towards an Ecological Philosophy of Law

De Lucia, Vito, Towards an Ecological Philosophy of Law: A Comparative Discussion (2013). (2013) 4/2 Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, 167-190. Available at SSRN “Environmental law finds itself in a very delicate position. Its role is to elaborate rules and principles for addressing multiple ecological crises, yet environmental law is structurally and conceptuallyContinue Reading

Guardian – Selected excerpts – NSA drone document

The Guardian: “Top-secret NSA drone document – selected excerpts. Documents list various dangers to American drones, including ‘air defense threats’, ‘jamming of UAV sensor systems’, ‘terrestrial weather’, and ‘electronic warfare’” Read Glenn Greenwald’s blogpost on the NSA’s drone document