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American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample Files Now Available

“The U.S. Census Bureau released the Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files from the 2015 American Community Survey 1-year estimates. The PUMS files contain data on approximately 1 percent of the U.S. population and are now available for users to create their own tabulations. The files show population and housing characteristics down to Public Use Microdata Areas, which are nonoverlapping areas that partition each state into contiguous geographic units containing no fewer than 100,000 people. Users can create tabulations through their own software or through the Census Bureau tool DataFerrett. For more information about PUMS data, please see the About PUMS page. PUMS data and PUMS technical documentation is also available.”

New satellite image database maps the dynamics of human presence on Earth

EU Science Hub: “Built-up areas on the Earth have increased by 2.5 times since 1975. And yet, today 7.3 billion people live and work in only 7.6% of the global land mass. Nine out of the ten most populated urban centres are in Asia, while five out of the ten largest urban centres are in… Continue Reading

FTC Report Sheds New Light on How Patent Assertion Entities Operate

“A new Federal Trade Commission report spotlights the business practices of patent assertion entities (PAEs), firms that acquire patents from third parties and then try to make money by licensing or suing accused infringers.  The report includes several recommendations for patent litigation reforms. “This report is a big step forward in enhancing our understanding of… Continue Reading

‘Every Full Moon’ video series debuts with sea creatures that light up the night

NOAA – “Did you see the full moon this week? Keep an eye out because once a month, during every full moon, NOAA’s Emmy Award-winning Ocean Today team will release awe-inspiring videos featuring new discoveries, cutting-edge technology, weird animals and people around the world who are coming together to keep our ocean and our planet healthy. … Continue Reading

Practices to Engage Citizens and Effectively Implement Federal Initiatives

Open Innovation: Practices to Engage Citizens and Effectively Implement Federal Initiatives, GAO-17-14: Published: Oct 13, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 2016. “How can the federal government better engage citizens? Federal agencies are using “open innovation” tools to leverage the knowledge and skills of people outside government. Using dedicated websites and in-person outreach, agencies have worked… Continue Reading

National Geodetic Survey damage assessment imagery available online

“From October 7-10, 2016, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) collected damage assessment imagery for more than 1,200 square miles in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The aerial imagery was collected in specific areas identified by FEMA and the National Weather Service. Select the round icon with directional arrows using your mouse (or your finger) and… Continue Reading

Open Government Plan 2016 – 2018

“Welcome to the Open Government Plan for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for 2016-2018. Start out by viewing the Message from the Archivist and the Executive Summary, which will provide an overview of the plan and open government commitments the agency has made for the next two years.  We want to hear from you!… Continue Reading

GAO – Data and Analytics Innovation: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges

Highlights of a Forum: Data and Analytics Innovation: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges, GAO-16-659SP: Published: Sep 20, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2016. “Forum discussions considered the implications of new data-related technologies and developments that are revolutionizing the basic three-step innovation process in the figure below. As massive amounts of varied data become available in many… Continue Reading

GAO – Agencies Need to Improve Their Application Inventories to Achieve Additional Savings

Information Technology: Agencies Need to Improve Their Application Inventories to Achieve Additional Savings, GAO-16-511: Published: Sep 29, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 2016. “Most of the 24 Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act of 1990 agencies in the review fully met at least three of the four practices GAO identified to determine if agencies had complete… Continue Reading

GAO Report – Actions Are Needed to Help Ensure the Completeness of Political Conversion Data

Office of Personnel Management: Actions Are Needed to Help Ensure the Completeness of Political Conversion Data and Adherence to Policy, GAO-16-859: Published: Sep 30, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2016. “When a new president takes office in January, scores of new political appointees will join the federal workforce. What happens to the old appointees? Some… Continue Reading

GSA Launches U.S. Data Federation

“The U.S. Data Federation supports data interoperability and harmonization across Federal, state, and local government agencies by highlighting common data formats, API specifications, and metadata vocabularies….The U.S. Data Federation will support government-wide data standardization and data federation initiatives across both Federal agencies and local governments. This is intended to be a fundamental coordinating mechanism for… Continue Reading

Paper – Looking for a Smarter Government (and Administrative Law) in the Age of Uncertainty

Napolitano, Giulio, Looking for a Smarter Government (and Administrative Law) in the Age of Uncertainty (September 23, 2016). Forthcoming, Comparative administrative law, edited by Susan Rose-Ackerman and Peter Lindseth, II edition, Edward Elgar. Available for download at SSRN: “The paper analyzes to what extent the crisis erupted in 2008 and the subsequent age of… Continue Reading