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WSJ – How Paperbacks Helped the U.S. Win World War II

Jennifer Maloney – “A decade after the Nazis’ 1933 book burnings, the U.S. War Department and the publishing industry did the opposite, printing 120 million miniature, lightweight paperbacks for U.S. troops to carry in their pockets across Europe, North Africa and the Pacific. The books were Armed Services Editions, printed by a coalition of publishers withContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Bank Capital Reforms, Climate Change, FSOC, Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier, Small Business Innovation Research

Bank Capital Reforms: Initial Effects of Basel III on Capital, Credit, and International Competitiveness, GAO-15-67: Published: Nov 20, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 2014. Building Partner Capacity: State and DOD Need to Define Time Frames to Guide and Track Global Security Contingency Fund Projects, GAO-15-75: Published: Nov 20, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 2014. Climate Change: BetterContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Consumer Product Safety, Defense Contractors, FOIA, IRAs, Intellectual Property, VA Benefits

CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY OVERSIGHT: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Coordination and Increase Efficiencies and Effectiveness, GAO-15-52: Published: Nov 19, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2014. DEFENSE CONTRACTORS: Additional Actions Needed to Facilitate the Use of DOD’s Inventory of Contracted Services, GAO-15-88: Published: Nov 19, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2014. FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT: DHS Should Take Steps to Improve Cost Reporting andContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Health Care Transparency, Human Trafficking, Highway Projects, Public Transportation, Overseas Military Construction

HEALTH CARE TRANSPARENCY: Actions Needed to Improve Cost and Quality Information for Consumers, GAO-15-11: Published: Oct 20, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 2014. HIGHWAY PROJECTS: Many Federal and State Environmental Review Requirements Are Similar, and Little Duplication of Effort Occurs, GAO-15-71: Published: Nov 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 2014. HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Oversight of Contractors’ Use of Foreign Workers in High-Risk EnvironmentsContinue Reading

Audit Faults State Dept’s Kabul Embassy Security Management

Via POGO: “A federal audit has found problems with the State Department’s oversight of security at the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan. The audit, issued November 3, showed that, years after the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and long after Washington policymakers pledged to bolster protection for diplomats in danger zones, the StateContinue Reading

Two Pentagon Studies Reveal Scale of Overhaul for Nuclear Weapons Infrastructure

David E. Sanger and William J. Broad, New York Times: “The Pentagon will have to spend billions of dollars over the next five years to make emergency fixes to its nuclear weapons infrastructure, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel …announce[d] on Friday, after two separate Pentagon studies concluded that there are “systemic problems across the nuclear enterprise,” according to seniorContinue Reading

Executive Summary of DHS Report on White House Incursion of September 19, 2014

Via Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) – Executive Summary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Report on the White House Incursion of September 19, 2014 Training: “Due to staffing shortfalls, USSS has not conducted regular training for Uniformed Division Officers. […] the training did not prepare personnel for non-lethal force scenarios such as preventing a noncompliant individualContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – 2013 Government Shutdown, DOE and Enriched Uranium, Nuclear Commerce

2013 Government Shutdown: Three Departments Reported Varying Degrees of Impacts on Operations, Grants, and Contracts. GAO-15-86, October 15. 2014 Department of Energy: Interagency Review Needed to Update U.S. Position on Enriched Uranium That Can Be Used for Tritium Production. GAO-15-123, October 14. Nuclear Commerce: Additional Actions Needed to Improve DOE’s Export Control Process. GAO-15-124, OctoberContinue Reading

WaPo – Chinese hack U.S. weather systems, satellite network

Mary Pat Flaherty, Jason Samenow and Lisa Rein: “Hackers from China breached the federal weather network recently, forcing cybersecurity teams to seal off data vital to disaster planning, aviation, shipping and scores of other crucial uses, officials said. The intrusion occurred in late September but officials gave no indication that they had a problem until Oct. 20,Continue Reading

World Oil Transit Chokepoints

EIA:  World Oil Transit Chokepoints – Last Updated: November 10, 2014 “World chokepoints for maritime transit of oil are a critical part of global energy security. About 63% of the world’s oil production moves on maritime routes. The Strait of Hormuz and the Strait of Malacca are the world’s most important strategic chokepoints by volumeContinue Reading

The Employment Status and Occupations of Gulf War-Era Veterans

“A new report, “The Employment Status and Occupations of Gulf War-Era Veterans,” looks at those Gulf War veterans who began service on or after August 1990, the official start of the first Gulf War. It differentiates between “Gulf War I” veterans — those who served only during the August 1990 to August 2001 period —Continue Reading

New GAO Reports – Defense Contract Audit Agency, IRS Financial Audit, Spent Nuclear Fuel Management, Federal Real Property

DEFENSE CONTRACT AUDIT AGENCY: Additional Guidance Needed Regarding DCAA’s Use of Companies’ Internal Audit Reports, GAO-15-44: Published: Nov 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 12, 2014. FINANCIAL AUDIT: IRS’s Fiscal Years 2014 and 2013 Financial Statements, GAO-15-173: Published: Nov 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 12, 2014. SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL MANAGEMENT: Outreach Needed to Help Gain Public Acceptance for Federal Activities That Address Liability, GAO-15-141: Published:Continue Reading