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Daily Archives: June 24, 2014

No drone package deliveries in Amazon’s future?

“The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today published a Federal Register notice on its interpretation of the statutory special rules for model aircraft in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. The guidance comes after recent incidents involving the reckless use of unmanned model aircraft near airports and involving large crowds of people. Compliance… Continue Reading

Americans working harder, longer hours, with less time off

TechCrunch [snipped]: “Professionals, managers, and executives with a smartphone spend 72 hours a week (including the weekend) checking work e-mail. It’s become a nonstop world, especially for professional workers. But all employers are offering fewer vacation days and sick days than they used to. And those who are lucky enough to get paid vacation days aren’t using them. A… Continue Reading

Health Insurance Rates and Rate Review

Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics – This Data Brief was written by Scott E. Harrington, PhD and Janet Weiner, MPH. “Health insurers participating in the new Marketplaces are filing rates for 2015 during the next few months. A few states have already released data on proposed rates. There is substantial economic, policy, and political interest… Continue Reading

WaPo – The FBI maintains an 83-page glossary of Internet slang

Caitlin Dewey – “The Internet is full of strange and bewildering neologisms, which anyone but a text-addled teen would struggle to understand. So the fine, taxpayer-funded people of the FBI — apparently not content to trawl Urban Dictionary, like the rest of us — compiled a glossary of Internet slang.” Continue Reading

ABA Opinion – Lawyer Reviewing Jurors’ Internet Presence

Formal Opinion 466 April 24, 2014  – Lawyer Reviewing Jurors’ Internet Presence “Unless limited by law or court order, a lawyer may review a juror’s or potential juror’s Internet presence, which may include postings by the juror or potential juror in advance of and during a trial, but a lawyer may not communicate directly or through… Continue Reading

Review of the Pillar 3 disclosure requirements – consultative document

“The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has today published for consultation a Review of the Pillar 3 disclosure requirements. The Committee has long recognised the importance of effective disclosure  to enhance market discipline and thereby promote a safe and sound banking system. However, the existing Basel framework Pillar 3 disclosure requirements, in particular those related to risk-weighted assets (RWA),… Continue Reading

A closer look at ‘Map of the World’

Sean Lyngaas – “The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency might be the most important U.S. intelligence agency your mother’s never heard of. It has little public name recognition compared to the CIA or the National Security Agency and yet, with a sprawling Springfield, Va., campus and an ample budget, NGA is remaking how the intelligence community processes… Continue Reading

Do the Benefits of College Still Outweigh the Costs?

Do the Benefits of College Still Outweigh the Costs? by: Jaison R. Abel and  Richard Deitz “In recent years, students have been paying more to attend college and earning less upon graduation—trends that have led many observers to question whether a college education remains a good investment. However, an analysis of the economic returns to college since the 1970s demonstrates that the… Continue Reading

New GAO Reports – Combatting Terrorism, Explosive Detection Canines, Prepositioned Stocks, Private Health Insurance, Transportation Security Info Sharing

COMBATING TERRORISM: U.S. Efforts in Northwest Africa Would Be Strengthened by Enhanced Program Management, GAO-14-518: Published: Jun 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2014. EXPLOSIVES DETECTION CANINES: TSA Has Taken Steps to Analyze Canine Team Data and Assess the Effectiveness of Passenger Screening Canines, GAO-14-695T: Published: Jun 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2014. PREPOSITIONED STOCKS: DOD’s Strategic Policy and Implementation… Continue Reading

Library of Congress Recommended Format Specifications

“The Library of Congress announces the availability of its Recommended Format Specifications, a document describing the hierarchies of the physical and technical characteristics of creative formats, both analog and digital, which will best maximize the chances for preservation and continued accessibility of creative content. Creators and publishers have also begun to employ a wide array… Continue Reading