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Author Archives: Sabrina I. Pacifici

GAO Reports – Army Patriot Modernization, SEC Conflict Minerals Rule

Patriot Modernization: Oversight Mechanism Needed to Track Progress and Provide Accountability, GAO-16-488: Published: Aug 25, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 25, 2016: “While the currently fielded version of the Army’s Patriot surface-to-air missile system is an improvement over prior versions, the Army currently plans to spend about $2.9 billion between fiscal years 2013 and 2021 on… Continue Reading

NISO Launches New Project to Create a Flexible API Framework for E-Content in Libraries

“Voting Members of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) have approved a new project to modernize library-vendor technical interoperability to improve the access of digital library content and electronic books. Building upon a set of API (Application Programming Interface) Requirements developed by Queens Library, a new NISO Working Group will create a foundational API set… Continue Reading

Improving access to government services through a shared authentication platform

“18F, which is part of the General Services Administration’s Technology Transformation Service, is building an authentication platform to make online interactions with the U.S. government simple, efficient and intuitive. This platform will be a service shared by agencies to streamline logging in and to allow the public to securely access personal information and federal government… Continue Reading

Success and Failure in Stock Exchange Consolidations: Implications for Markets and Their Regulation

Jordan, Cally, Success and Failure in Stock Exchange Consolidations: Implications for Markets and Their Regulation (January 24, 2016). CIFR Paper No. 118/2016. Available for download at SSRN: “The catalyst for the preparation of this working paper was the epochal merger in 2007 of the New York Stock Exchange with Paris-based Euronext, itself a consolidation… Continue Reading

Tobacco Litigation in International Courts

Puig, Sergio, Tobacco Litigation in International Courts (August 24, 2016). 57 Harvard International Law Journal, Forthcoming; Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 16-30. Available for download at SSRN: “For years, tobacco interests have played an important role in developing international law. Recently, cooperation among nations concerned with the risks and health consequences of smoking… Continue Reading

Has Google lost sight of search?

Official Google Blog – Search is a Jack of all trades – August 25, 2016 – “Today we’re dealing two new hands from the Google Search deck: solitaire and tic-tac-toe. Now you can play two of the oldest and most popular games for all ages, on desktop and in the Google app. It’s been said… Continue Reading

Important Announcement regarding the National Technical Reports Library

Gregory G. Guthrie, Program Manager, National Technical Reports Library National Technical Information Service”Announcing Open NTRL – In October 2014 NTIS announced four levels of access to the National Technical Reports Library (NTRL): Public NTRL – open access to all bibliographic and abstract content with a link to the NTIS Webstore for purchasing. Public NTRL with… Continue Reading

Citing Government Information Sources Using MLA Style

Patrick Ragains, Business and Government Information Librarian, University of Nevada, Reno: “I’ve updated my guide, Citing Government Information Sources Using MLA Style, which is directly available at I welcome your feedback, corrections, etc. MLA 8th has substantial changes, and, as always, there are often different ways to cite the same source. Feel free to… Continue Reading

State and Local Finance Initiative’s State Economic Monitor

Via Urban Institute: “The State and Local Finance Initiative’s State Economic Monitor tracks and analyzes economic and fiscal trends at the state level. Its interactive graphics highlight particular differences across all 50 states and the District of Columbia in employment, earnings, housing, and taxes.” Continue Reading

Elsevier introduces DataSearch engine

Via Mendeley Blog: “Elsevier takes the next step in making researchers’ lives easier with the new DataSearch engine.  You can search for research data across numerous domains and various types, from a host of domain-specific and cross-domain data repositories. It’s available at“ Continue Reading

Report and Recommendations: Fighting Elder Financial Exploitation through Community Networks

CFPB – “Elder financial exploitation destroys the financial security of millions of older Americans annually. In response to this crisis, hundreds of communities across the United States have created collaborative networks to protect their older residents.  To increase our understanding of how elder financial protection networks can grow and endure, the CFPB conducted research nationwide.… Continue Reading