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Pay Equity: Legislative and Legal Developments

Via FAS, CRS Report – Pay Equity: Legislative and Legal Developments, Jody Feder, Legislative Attorney; Benjamin Collins, Analyst in Labor Policy. May 20, 2016.
“According to some federal data, on average, full-time female workers earn approximately 20% less than full-time male workers. At least a portion of this gap is due to observable factors such as hours worked and the concentration of female workers in lower-paid occupations. Some interpret these data as evidence that discrimination, if present at all, is a minor factor in the pay differentials and conclude that no policy changes are necessary. Conversely, advocates for further policy interventions note that some of the explanatory factors of the pay gap (such as occupation and hours worked) could be the result of discrimination and that no broadly accepted methodology is able to attribute the entirety of the pay gap to non-gender factors.”

HHS issues funding opportunities for Info Sharing and Analysis Organization for health and public health sector

“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) today announced two cooperative agreement funding opportunities for an Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) for the Healthcare and Public Health sector.  “Establishing robust threat information sharing infrastructure… Continue Reading

McCaul – Warner Commission on Digital Security

“Chairman Michael McCaul and Senator Mark Warner introduced the Digital Security Commission Act on February, 29, 2016. The purpose of this Commission is to collectively address the larger issue of protecting national security and digital security, without letting encrypted communications become a safe haven for terrorists. This Commission brings together the most capable experts and stakeholders from… Continue Reading

LC target of DNS attack and a commentary on LC and digitization challenges, July 18, 2016: “The Library of Congress was the target of a denial-of-service attack that has knocked out and the U.S. Copyright Office website, and caused outages at other sites hosted by the library. Library spokesperson Gayle Osterberg told FCW that the DNS attack was launched July 17 and continues to affect library… Continue Reading

New DOJ legislation eases access for foreign governments to acquire electronic data stored by US companies

“On behalf of the Administration, I am pleased to present for the consideration of the Congress a legislative proposal that would help resolve potential conflicting legal obligations that U.S. electronic communications service providers (“service providers”) may face when required to disclose electronic data by foreign governments investigating serious crime, including terrorism. The legislative proposal is… Continue Reading

An Analysis of Ethics Articles Published between 2000-2015 in the Journal of Accountancy and the Accounting Review

Thompson, James H. and McCoy, Timothy L., An Analysis of Ethics Articles Published between 2000-2015 in the Journal of Accountancy and the Accounting Review (June 30, 2016). Journal of Accounting, Ethics and Public Policy, Vol. 17, No. 2, 2016. Available for download at SSRN: “This paper considers the impact that financial scandals, the end… Continue Reading

United States Health Care Reform – Progress to Date and Next Steps

United States Health Care Reform Progress to Date and Next Steps, Barack Obama, JD – free article via JAMA. Published online July 11, 2016. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.9797 “Importance  The Affordable Care Act is the most important health care legislation enacted in the United States since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. The law implemented comprehensive reforms designed… Continue Reading

House Intelligence Committee Publishes Recently Declassified Redacted Version of “28 Pages”

News release: “Today, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), under the direction of Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA), approved publication of a newly declassified section of the 2002 Joint Congressional Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.   Following a declassification… Continue Reading

2015 Annual Report on Security Clearance Determinations

NATIONAL COUNTERINTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY CENTER – OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE.  2015 Annual Report on Security Clearance Determinations, Unclassified. June 28, 2016. “This 2015 annual security clearance determinations report provides the current state of government security clearances. The report is divided into two sections, Security Clearance Volume for the Entire Federal Government and… Continue Reading

Senator Markey Calls on Facebook and Instagram to Prohibit Postings for Gun Sales

“Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today queried Facebook and Instagram about addressing the sale of guns on their services. Earlier this year, both Facebook and Instagram announced that gun sales would be banned on the social media platforms but reports and reviews show users are still able to pursue unregulated gun sales. In November 2013,… Continue Reading

First Woman and African American Librarian of Congress Confirmed by Congress

TIME: “Carla Hayden made history on Wednesday (July 13, 2016) as the Senate voted to approve her nomination as Librarian of Congress, making her both the first woman and the first African American to hold the post. Hayden was first nominated by President Obama in February, and the Senate Rules Committee approved her nomination in… Continue Reading

The 2016 Long-Term Budget Outlook

“If current laws governing taxes and spending did not change, the United States would face steadily increasing federal budget deficits and debt over the next 30 years, according to projections by CBO. Federal debt held by the public, which was equal to 39 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) at the end of fiscal year… Continue Reading