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Federal Transit Administration Issues Proposed Rule for Transit Agencies to Achieve State of Good Repair, Improve Safety

“The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today issued a proposed rule that would require public transportation agencies to monitor and manage their capital assets to achieve and maintain a state of good repair.  Identifying and prioritizing maintenance and repair needs of transit vehicles and infrastructure could lower costs, increase reliability and performance,Continue Reading

Majority Says Any Budget Deal Must Include Planned Parenthood Funding

Pew – “With the prospect of a government shutdown apparently decreasing, the public by a wide margin says that any congressional budget agreement must maintain funding for Planned Parenthood. The latest national poll by the Pew Research Center, conducted Sept. 22-27 among 1,502 adults, finds that 60% say that any budget deal must maintain funding forContinue Reading

Legal Issues with Federal Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food: In Brief

Legal Issues with Federal Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food: In Brief. Emily M. Lanza, Legislative Attorney. September 22, 2015. “Genetically engineered (GE) foods, sometimes referred to as genetically modified foods (GMO foods), are foods that are derived from scientific methods used to introduce new traits or characteristics to an organism. The labeling of GE foodsContinue Reading

NLM Releases New Research Resource for Domestic Violence

“The National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new health services research resource on domestic violence, to complement the new NLM exhibition, Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives. The new resource can be found on the Web portal, Health Services ResearchContinue Reading

Twitter Language Use Reflects Psychological Differences between Political Parties

PLOS One: “Previous research has shown that political leanings correlate with various psychological factors. While surveys and experiments provide a rich source of information for political psychology, data from social networks can offer more naturalistic and robust material for analysis. This research investigates psychological differences between individuals of different political orientations on a social networkingContinue Reading

New on LLRX – The Next Librarian of Congress – What to do about the Internet Archive and Google Books’ scanning project?

Via – The Next Librarian of Congress – What to do about the Internet Archive and Google Books’ scanning project? – David Rothman offers his insights and perspective on the work and challenges that await the next Librarian of Congress. He calls for an individual who is not only steeped in the requisite expertiseContinue Reading

Washington Post will publish all stories on Facebook By Lukas I. Alpert – “While most publishers have been planning to post a trickle of stories on Facebook Inc. ’s Instant Articles platform, the Washington Post intends to go straight to a fire hose. The paper said Tuesday it will publish 100% of the stories that go on its website to Instant Articles. ThatContinue Reading

ACLU – Capitol Hill staffers should be able to make encrypted calls, send secure text messages

“Today, the ACLU sent a letter to both the House and Senate, urging them to provide secure voice and text messaging capabilities to Members and their staff. (The Washington Post writes about our letter today. In recent years, computer security researchers have warned about the poor security of cellular networks, which in many cases useContinue Reading

Union List of Legislative Histories

[Via Rick McKinney, Assistant Law Librarian, Federal Reserve Board Law Library, Washington, DC] “For several decades the Legislative Research Special Interest Section of the Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C. published a Union List of Legislative Histories. The most recent edition is the 7th edition published in loose-leaf in the year 2000 and accompanied by aContinue Reading

The Deep Web and The Darknet

The Deep Web and The Darknet A Look Inside the Internet’s Massive Black Box. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, August 2015. “Many believe a Google search can identify most of the information available on the Internet on a given subject. But there is an entire online world – a massive one – beyond theContinue Reading

EPA, California Notify Volkswagen of Clean Air Act Violations

News release: “[September 19, 2015], EPA is issuing a notice of violation (NOV) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) to Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (collectively referred to as Volkswagen). The NOV alleges that four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars from model years 2009-2015 include software that circumvents EPA emissionsContinue Reading

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): Commercial Outlook for a New Industry

CRS – Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): Commercial Outlook for a New Industry. Bill Canis, Specialist in Industrial Organization and Business, September 9, 2015. “Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) — commonly referred to as drones — have become a staple of U.S. military reconnaissance and weapons delivery in overseas war zones such as Afghanistan. Now some newContinue Reading