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Daily Archives: June 2, 2014

Gallup – Families Struggling to Afford Food in OECD Countries

More than one in five individuals with children had trouble in 2013

With some of the world’s wealthiest countries among their ranks, Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member states may seem like unlikely places for many residents to report problems affording food. But rising numbers of residents in OECD countries — particularly those with children younger than 15 living in their households — have found themselves increasingly struggling to buy food since the global economic downturn.  The increase in individuals reporting difficulty buying food in the OECD — which consists of countries mostly concentrated in Western Europe and North America — stands in contrast to other regions such as Asia and the former Soviet Union, where percentages declined or remained stable between 2007 and 2013. The Middle East and North Africa, plagued by recent unrest, saw the highest increase in the percentage of people with children struggling to buy food. Member countries of the OECD include rich, industrialized nations that should theoretically have the resources to combat the problem of food affordability. To some extent, these countries are generally successful in fighting this scourge. OECD countries generally report the lowest percentages of individuals struggling to buy food in the past 12 month worldwide…For more complete methodology and specific survey dates, please review Gallup’s Country Data Set details.”

Secret Service seeks software to monitor current and historical social media data

Via NextGov: “The Secret Service is purchasing software to watch users of social networks in real time, according to contract documents. In a work order posted on Monday, the agency details information the tool will collect — ranging from emotions of Internet users to old Twitter messages. Its capabilities will include “sentiment analysis,” “influencer identification,” “access to historical Twitter data,” “ability to detectContinue Reading

HHS releases new data and tools to increase transparency on hospital utilization and other trends

“With more than 2,000 entrepreneurs, investors, data scientists, researchers, policy experts, government employees and more in attendance, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is releasing new data and launching new initiatives at the annual Health Datapalooza conference in Washington, D.C. Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is releasing its first annualContinue Reading

DARPA research program focusing on traumatic brain injuries

Via DefenseTech: “The Pentagon has ambitious plans to develop a prosthetic for the brain that, if successful, will restore memory functions lost to troops who suffered brain injuries as well as people losing their pasts to Alzheimer’s disease. The Restoring Active Memory — or RAM — is just one project among a broad, multi-agency program underwayContinue Reading

Launch of openFDA Beta Research Project

“OpenFDA offers easy access to FDA public data and highlight projects using these data in both the public and private sector to further regulatory or scientific missions, educate the public, and save lives. OpenFDA is specifically designed to make it easier for developers, researchers, and the public to access and use the many large, important, healthContinue Reading

Liquidity Risk and U.S. Bank Lending at Home and Abroad

Federal Reserve Bank of New York – June 2014  Number 676 – Authors: Ricardo Correa, Linda Goldberg, and Tara Rice “While the balance sheet structure of U.S. banks influences how they respond to liquidity risks, the mechanisms for the effects on and consequences for lending vary widely across banks. We demonstrate fundamental differences across banks without foreign affiliates versus those with foreignContinue Reading

Measles cases in the United States reach 20-year high

Measles — United States, January 1–May 23, 2014 – Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Early Release May 29, 2014 / 63(Early Release);1-4 “Two hundred and eighty-eight cases of measles were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States between Jan. 1 and May 23, 2014. This is the largest number of measlesContinue Reading

Enterprise Risk Management and the Financial Reporting Process

Cohen, Jeffrey R. and Krishnamoorthy, Ganesh and Wright, Arnold, Enterprise Risk Management and the Financial Reporting Process: The Experiences of Audit Committee Members, CFOs, and External Auditors (May 30, 2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2444397  “The financial crisis has brought to the forefront the need for companies to effectively manage their risks. One approach that has gainedContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Medicare Physical Therapy, Passport Fraud

MEDICARE PHYSICAL THERAPY: Self-Referring Providers Generally Referred More Beneficiaries but Fewer Services per Beneficiary, GAO-14-270: Published: Apr 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 2014. STATE DEPARTMENT: Pervasive Passport Fraud Not Identified, but Cases of Potentially Fraudulent and High-Risk Issuances Are under Review, GAO-14-222: Published: May 1, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 2014.

EPA Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule

“On June 2, 2014, EPA proposed a commonsense plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants. States, cities and businesses across the country are already taking action to address the risks of climate change. EPA’s proposal builds on those actions and is flexible – reflecting that different states have a different mix of sources andContinue Reading