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Daily Archives: July 8, 2014

Accessible Law for the Internet Age – America’s Laws Are the People’s Public Property

The State Decoded software provides you with a people-friendly way to access your local, state, and federal legal code.

  • “Careful organization by article and section makes browsing a breeze.
  • A site-wide search allows you to find the laws you’re looking for by topic.
  • Scroll-over definitions translate legal jargon into common English.
  • Downloadable legal code lets you take the law into your own hands.
  • Best of all, everything on the site remains cost-and restriction-free.”

Use EPA’s ECHO website to search for facilities in your community to assess their compliance with environmental regulation

“ECHO provides integrated compliance and enforcement information for about 800,000 regulated facilities nationwide. Its features range from simple to advanced, catering to users who want to conduct broad analyses as well as those who need to perform complex searches. Specifically, ECHO allows you to find and download information on: Permit data Inspection dates and findings ViolationsContinue Reading

The Honeymoon Effect and the Role of Legacy Code in Zero-Day Vulnerabilities

Familiarity Breeds Contempt: The Honeymoon Effect and the Role of Legacy Code in Zero-Day Vulnerabilities,  by Clark, Fry, Blaze and Smith “Work on security vulnerabilities in software has primarily focused on three points in the software life-cycle: (1) finding and removing software defects, (2) patching or hardening software after vulnerabilities have been discovered, and (3) measuring the rate ofContinue Reading

Complex Operational Decision Making in Networked Systems of Humans and Machines

“Over the last two decades, computers have become omnipresent in daily life. Their increased power and accessibility have enabled the accumulation, organization, and analysis of massive amounts of data. These data, in turn, have been transformed into practical knowledge that can be applied to simple and complex decision making alike. In many of today’s activities,Continue Reading

Amnesty International launches video tool and website to learn its use

Via Poynter - The YouTube Data Viewer enables you to enter in the URL of a YouTube video and automatically extract the correct upload time and all thumbnails associated with the video. These two elements are essential when verifying a YouTube video, and it’s information that’s difficult to gather from YouTube. The upload time is critical in helping determineContinue Reading

EU – Higher recycling targets to drive transition to a Circular Economy with new jobs and sustainable growth

[July 2, 2014] “the European Commission adopted proposals to turn Europe into a more circular economy and boost recycling in the Member States. Achieving the new waste targets would create 580 000 new jobs compared to today’s performance, while making Europe more competitive and reducing demand for costly scarce resources. The proposals also mean lower environmentalContinue Reading

Common Characteristics of the Government Fiscal Year 2013

“This document serves as an overview of the size and characteristics of the Federal civilian workforce, enabling reporters, external analysts, and the general public access to commonly requested descriptive information. This document will first cover the limitations and nature of the federal employment data that OPM regularly posts on the web. It will then describeContinue Reading

Verizon’s Transparency Report for the First Half of 2014

“In the first half of 2014, Verizon received approximately 150,000 requests for customer information from federal, state or local law enforcement in the United States. We do not release customer information unless authorized by law, such as a valid law enforcement demand or an appropriate request in an emergency involving the danger of death or seriousContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Afghanistan, Bulk Fuel Pricing, E-Health Records, Littoral Combat Ship, Software Licenses

AFGHANISTAN: Kabul Embassy Construction Costs Have Increased and Schedules Have Been Extended, GAO-14-661R: Published: Jul 8, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 2014. BULK FUEL PRICING: DOD Needs to Reevaluate Its Approach to Better Manage the Effect of Market Fluctuations, GAO-14-595: Published: Jul 8, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 2014. ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS: Fiscal Year 2013 Expenditure Plan Lacks Key Information Needed toContinue Reading