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Daily Archives: March 4, 2014

McKinsey – Open data: Unlocking innovation and performance with liquid information

Open data—machine-readable information, particularly government data, that’s made available to others—has generated a great deal of excitement around the world for its potential to empower citizens, change how government works, and improve the delivery of public services. It may also generate significant economic value, according to a new McKinsey report. Our research suggests that seven sectors alone could generate more than $3 trillion a year in additional value as a result of open data, which is already giving rise to hundreds of entrepreneurial businesses and helping established companies to segment markets, define new products and services, and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations.”

  • See also the Open Data Institute: “We convene world-class experts to collaborate, incubate, nurture and mentor new ideas, and promote innovation. We enable anyone to learn and engage with open data, and empower our teams to help others through professional coaching and mentoring.”

NRDC Calls on EPA to Review Use of Pesticide that threatens monarch butterfly populations

“…NRDC is calling on EPA to re-examine the widespread use of glyphosate, commonly called Roundup, in light of its impacts on monarch butterflies.  Glyphosate was last approved by EPA in 1993 before the adoption of genetically modified crops that are tolerant to its use, known as “Roundup Ready” crops.  Now, however, Roundup Ready corn andContinue Reading

Agencies Should More Fully Evaluate the Costs and Benefits of Executive Training

HUMAN CAPITAL: Agencies Should More Fully Evaluate the Costs and Benefits of Executive Training, GAO-14-132: Published: Jan 31, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2014. “Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO) from 26 agencies reported that, from fiscal years 2008 through 2012, they spent almost $57 million (in constant 2012 dollars) on executive training provided by external providers. CHCOs reportedContinue Reading

Survey of Mental Health Throughout the United States

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (February 28, 2014). The NSDUH Report: State Estimates of Adult Mental Illness from the 2011 and 2012 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health. Rockville, MD. “Mental illness is a major public health concern in the United States. Information on the prevalence of mentalContinue Reading

The Importance of Engineering Talent to the Prosperity and Security of the Nation

“The quality of engineering in the United States will only be as good as the quality of the engineers doing it. The recruitment and retention of talented young people into engineering therefore need to be top national priorities, given the crucial importance of engineering to our prosperity, security, health, and well-being. Only 4.4 percent ofContinue Reading

Climate Change: Evidence and Causes

“Climate Change: Evidence and Causes is a jointly produced publication of The US National Academy of Sciences and The Royal Society. Written by a UK-US team of leading climate scientists and reviewed by climate scientists and others, the publication is intended as a brief, readable reference document for decision makers, policy makers, educators, and other individualsContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Medicare, National Defense, Overseas Threats, Climate Change

MEDICARE: Contractors and Private Plans Play a Major Role in Administering Benefits, GAO-14-417T: Published: Mar 4, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2014. NATIONAL DEFENSE:  The Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Competitive Procurement, GAO-14-377R: Published: Mar 4, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2014. COUNTERING OVERSEAS THREATS: DOD and State Need to Address Gaps in Monitoring of Security EquipmentContinue Reading

President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget

Fiscal Year 2015 Budget of the U.S. Government [previous fiscal year budgets are here]. The Budget of the U.S. Government and Appendix are currently available. Analytical Perspectives and Historical Tables will be available the week of March 10th. See also 2015 Budget Complete Coverage: WSJ’s Deep Dive

New Draft of Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

Association of College and Research Libraries – Draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, February 2014 [snipped] “Introduction. The changes in higher education, coupled with a more complex information ecosystem than  existed at the end of the last century, demand new engagement with the concept of information literacy. This Introduction explores the reasons for the dramatic shiftContinue Reading

DOD Quadrennial Defense Review

“The Department of Defense has released the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). The QDR Factsheet can be found here. The news article is Quadrennial Defense Review Charts Strategy Evolution. he 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) is a legislatively-mandated (USC 10, Sec. 118 (a)) review of the Department of Defense (DoD) strategy and priorities… and outlines the strategic directionContinue Reading