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By the Numbers: The Costs of War and Peace in the Middle East

World Bank – By the Numbers: The Costs of War and Peace in the Middle East – Five years of war in Syria and spillovers to neighboring countries have cost an estimated $35 billion in output, equivalent to Syria’s GDP in 2007. A new report examines how civil wars are affecting the economies of the region and explores how economic fortunes will turn around if there is peace.”

Report – Workers threw out U.S. nuclear secrets with common rubbish for 20 years

Center for Public Integrity – A persistent problem in nuclear weapons work crops up again “…In June 2014, a worker at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee was surprised to find U.S. nuclear secrets inside a trash bag marked for disposal along with standard rubbish. Taking a closer look, the worker found 19 moreContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Coast Guard Acquisitions, High Speed Internet, Counter-Firearms Trafficking Efforts

Coast Guard Acquisitions: Enhanced Oversight of Testing Could Benefit National Security Cutter Program and Future DHS Acquisitions, GAO-16-314T: Published: Feb 3, 2016. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 2016. Telecommunications: Additional Coordination and Performance Measurement Needed for High-Speed Internet Access Programs on Tribal Lands, GAO-16-222: Published: Jan 29, 2016. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 2016 Building Partner Capacity:Continue Reading

GAO Reports – DATA Act, Defense Infrastructure, DOD Excess Personal Property

DATA Act: Data Standards Established, but More Complete and Timely Guidance Is Needed to Ensure Effective Implementation, GAO-16-261: Published: Jan 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 2016: “The DATA Act directed OMB and Treasury to establish government-wide data standards by May 2015 to improve the transparency and quality of federal spending data. Agencies must beginContinue Reading

Report to the President, Congress by National Commission on the Future of the Army

National Commission on the Future of the Army – Report to the President and the Congress, January 28, 2016. “The American people expect their Army to be trained and ready whenever called upon to achieve national objectives. In an increasingly complex world with an increasing array of diverse threats at home and abroad, America’s ArmyContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Army Contracting, Info Security, US Border Security

Army Contracting: Training and Guidance Needed to Ensure Appropriate Use of the Option to Extend Services Clause, GAO-16-262R: Published: Jan 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 28, 2016. Information Security: DHS Needs to Enhance Capabilities, Improve Planning, and Support Greater Adoption of Its National Cybersecurity Protection System, GAO-16-294: Published: Jan 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 28,Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Banking Compliance, Defense Infrastructure, Small Business Investment Companies, Water Infrastructure

Banking: Federal Agencies’ Compliance with Section 302 of the Riegle Community Development and Regulatory Improvement Act, GAO-16-213R: Published: Jan 27, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 27, 2016. Defense Infrastructure: Improvement Needed in Energy Reporting and Security Funding at Installations with Limited Connectivity, GAO-16-164: Published: Jan 27, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 27, 2016. Small Business Investment Companies:Continue Reading

ODNI Strategic Human Capital Plan 2012-2017

Via FAS, this Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Human Capital Plan was obtained under FOIA by Prof. Van Puyvelde. FAS – “As of 2012, the total Intelligence Community workforce was 76.6% white, and 61.6% male, both higher than the overall federal workforce (which was 65.6% white and 55.9% male).” Also via FASContinue Reading

Subcommittee on Nutrition RE: Past, Present, and Future of SNAP

U.S. House Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition – Addressing Special Populations, Testimony of Abby J. Leibman, President and CEO MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, Washington, DC, January 12, 2016. “Perhaps the  best way to prevent hunger among veterans is to protect and strengthen the SNAP program. It has been repeatedly demonstrated that SNAPContinue Reading

2016 Best Countries – US News

“The 2016 Best Countries report and rankings are based on how global perceptions define countries in terms of a number of qualitative characteristics, impressions that have the potential to drive trade, travel and investment and directly affect national economies. Sixty nations were measured in the inaugural report.”

IAEA Monitoring and Verification in Iran

“Special coverage of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspection activities, including reports, statements and media coverage in relation to the application of IAEA safeguards in Iran“

GAO Reports – Border Security, Federal Research Opportunities, Foreign Assistance, Information Quality Act

Border Security: Actions Needed by DHS to Address Long-Standing Challenges in Planning for a Biometric Exit System Federal Research Opportunities: DOE, DOD, and HHS Need Better Guidance for Participant Activities, GAO-16-128: Published: Jan 20, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 20, 2016. Foreign Assistance: USAID Venture Capital Approach Relies on Evidence of Results but Could Strengthen CollaborationContinue Reading