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Daily Archives: June 25, 2014

Testing the Waters 2014 – A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches

“This report presents information on water quality at more than 3,000 U.S. beaches along the shores of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Great Lakes. Explore the interactive map below to learn about beaches in your community. You can also click here to learn about superstar beaches—popular beaches that routinely have had low bacterial levels. Explore the interactive map… to learn about beaches in your community. You can also click here to learn about superstar beaches—popular beaches that routinely have had low bacterial levels.”

Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response

CRS - Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response, June 24, 2014. “Fighting continues across Syria, pitting government forces and their foreign allies against a range of anti-government insurgents, some of whom also are fighting amongst themselves. Government forces are fighting on multiple fronts and have lost or ceded control of large areas of the countryContinue Reading

High-Frequency Trading: Background, Concerns, and Regulatory Developments

CRS - High-Frequency Trading: Background, Concerns, and Regulatory Developments. Gary Shorter, Specialist in Financial Economics; Rena S. Miller, Specialist in Financial Economics. June 19, 2014. “On May 6, 2010, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), a broad stock index, fell by nearly 1,000 points over the course of several minutes and then quickly rebounded. This was one of the largest intradayContinue Reading

Friends of the Earth – Bee Action Campaign

All via Friends of the Earth – “A new study shows that 36 out of 71 (51 percent) of garden plant samples purchased at top garden retailers in 18 cities in the United States and Canada contain neonicotinoid pesticides — a key contributor to recent bee declines. Some of the flowers contained neonic levels high enough toContinue Reading

Payscale Report – The Most and Least Meaningful Jobs

“Does your job make the world a better place? Do meaningful jobs that pay well even exist? What does the term “job meaning” even mean? PayScale reports on how over 450 jobs compare on job meaning, salary and more.”

Is a Student Loan Crisis on the Horizon?

Brookings Center on Education Policy - Beth Akers and Matthew M. Chingos, June 2014 “College tuition and student debt levels have been increasing at a fast pace for at least two decades. These well-documented trends, coupled with an economy weakened by a major recession, have raised serious questions about whether the market for student debt isContinue Reading

16 Year Old Coder Launches Browser Extension That Reveals Congressional Campaign Financing

“A free browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari that exposes the role money plays in Congress. Displays on any web page detailed campaign contribution data for every Senator and Representative, including total amount received and breakdown by industry and by size of donation. Puts vital data where it’s most relevant so you can discoverContinue Reading

Unanimous Supreme Court Upholds Privacy Rights of Cell Phone Users – EPIC

EPIC – “The Supreme Court ruled today that a warrantless search of a cell phone violates the Fourth Amendment, even when it occurs during a lawful arrest. The Court’s decision in Riley v. California makes clear that “a search of the information on a cell phone bears little resemblance to the type of brief physical search” allowedContinue Reading

GAO Report – Diplomatic Security in Overseas Facilities and Risks

DIPLOMATIC SECURITY: Overseas Facilities May Face Greater Risks Due to Gaps in Security-Related Activities, Standards, and Policies, GAO-14-655: Published: Jun 25, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2014: “GAO found that State has not fully developed and implemented a risk management policy for overseas facilities. Furthermore, State’s risk management activities do not operate as a continuous process orContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Aviation Safety, Export-Import Bank, Medicare Fraud, Traffic Safety

AVIATION SAFETY: Additional Oversight Planning by FAA Could Enhance Safety Risk Management, GAO-14-516: Published: Jun 25, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2014. EXPORT-IMPORT BANK: Status of GAO Recommendations on Risk Management, Exposure Forecasting, and Workload Issues, GAO-14-708T: Published: Jun 25, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2014. INFORMATION SECURITY: Additional Oversight Needed to Improve Programs at Small Agencies, GAO-14-344: Published: Jun 25, 2014. Publicly Released:Continue Reading