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GAO Reports – Casualty Assistance, Defense Civil Support, Human Trafficking

  • Casualty Assistance: DOD and the Coast Guard Need to Develop Policies and Outreach Goals and Metrics for Program Supporting Servicemembers’ Survivors, GAO-16-569 Published: Jun 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2016.
  • Defense Civil Support: DOD Has Made Progress Incorporating the Homeland Response Force into the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Response Enterprise, GAO-16-599: Published: Jun 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2016.
  • Human Trafficking: Agencies Have Taken Steps to Assess Prevalence, Address Victim Issues, and Avoid Grant Duplication, GAO-16-555: Published: Jun 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2016.
  • Human Trafficking: Implementation of Related Statutory Provisions, Law Enforcement Efforts, and Grant Funding, GAO-16-748T: Published: Jun 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2016.

Subsidiarity in the Maintenance of International Peace and Security

Kanetake, Machiko, Subsidiarity in the Maintenance of International Peace and Security (2016). Law and Contemporary Problems, Vol. 79, No. 2, 2016. Available for download at SSRN: “This article analyzes the question of subsidiarity in the sphere of the maintenance of international peace and security. This area of law is increasingly torn between normative claims… Continue Reading

Ruth Bader Ginsberg – “It is beyond rational belief that H.B. 2 could genuinely protect the health of women”

Laura Bassett: “In a 5-3 ruling on Monday, the United States Supreme Court struck down a pair of Texas abortion restrictions that would have shut down dozens of clinics across the state. While Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined Justice Stephen Breyer in his majority opinion, she penned  her own scathing concurring opinion that, in one… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – About Microaggressions

Via – About Microaggressions – Professor Ronald E. Wheeler Jr. discusses the concepts of microaggressions (including microassaults, microinsults and microinvalidations) specifically against LGBT individuals, and proposes some solutions to preventing microaggressions from occurring within one’s organization. Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Highway Trust Fund, Army Working Capital Fund, Defense Facility Condition, Defense Health Care, Federal Prison System, Commercial Space

Highway Trust Fund Administrative Expenses of the Federal Highway Administration, GAO-16-631R :Published: Jun 24, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2016 Army Working Capital Fund: Army Industrial Operations Could Improve Budgeting and Management of Carryover, GAO-16-543: Published: Jun 23, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2016 Defense Facility Condition: Revised Guidance Needed to Improve Oversight of Assessments… Continue Reading

USNews article – Google as global censor across all its brands

Robert Epstein, June 22, 2016: Google, Inc., isn’t just the world’s biggest purveyor of information; it is also the world’s biggest censor. “…But as the golden gateway to all knowledge, Google has rapidly become an essential in people’s lives – nearly as essential as air or water. We don’t let public utilities make arbitrary and… Continue Reading

Federal Court: The Fourth Amendment Does Not Protect Your Home Computer

Via EFF, Mark Rumold: “In a dangerously flawed decision unsealed today, a federal district court in Virginia ruled that a criminal defendant has no “reasonable expectation of privacy” in his personal computer, located inside his home. According to the court, the federal government does not need a warrant to hack into an individual’s computer. This… Continue Reading

Foreign Aid: An Introduction to U.S. Programs and Policy

CRS Report via FAS – Foreign Aid: An Introduction to U.S. Programs and Policy – Curt Tarnoff, Specialist in Foreign Affairs; Marian L. Lawson, Specialist in Foreign Assistance Policy. June 17, 2016. “Foreign assistance is a fundamental component of the international affairs budget and is viewed by many as an essential instrument of U.S. foreign… Continue Reading

National Justice Institute – Explaining the Recent Rise in Violent Crime

“As Director of NIJ, it is my responsibility to ensure we use science to address the multitude of complex criminal justice challenges we face today. Over the past year, the increase in homicides in several American cities has captured the attention of this Administration, respective federal agencies, local police departments, and media outlets. Although many… Continue Reading

New Indian Child Welfare Act Guidelines for State Courts

Via Carol Ebbinghouse – Federal Register, Vol 81, No. 114, p. 38778 Tuesday June 14, 2016.  Part 2, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 25 CFR Part 23 [K00103 12/13 A3A10; 134D0102DR­ DS5A300000-DR.5A311.1A000113] RIN 1076-AF25 Indian Child Welfare Act Proceedings. This final rule adds a new subpart to the Department of the Interior’s… Continue Reading

GAO – CFPB – Additional Actions Needed to Support a Fair and Inclusive Workplace

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Additional Actions Needed to Support a Fair and Inclusive Workplace, GAO-16-62: Published: May 19, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2016.” “Nonexecutive employees at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) who responded to GAO’s survey identified strengths and areas for improvement in CFPB’s personnel practices and culture. Most respondents agreed that enthusiasm… Continue Reading

UN – ‘Unprecedented’ 65 million people displaced by war and persecution in 2015

“The number of people displaced from their homes due to conflict and persecution last year exceeded 60 million for the first time in United Nations history, a tally greater than the population of the United Kingdom, or of Canada, Australia and New Zealand combined, says a new report released on World Refugee Day today. The… Continue Reading