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CDC Unveils Redesigned Healthy Pets Healthy People Website

“CDC launched its redesigned Healthy Pets Healthy People website, with expanded information about diseases people can catch from pets, farm animals, and wildlife. Users can now search alphabetically by animal and learn which zoonotic diseases they may carry. It is a unique “one-stop shop” where people can learn simple actions to protect themselves – and their pets.

The redesigned website offers:

  • An alphabetized list and description of diseases that can spread from animals to humans.
  • A list of animal species with the description of diseases associated with the animal.
  • Specific groups of people that may be more susceptible to diseases from animals.
  • Tips for preventing illnesses acquired from pets and other animals.
  • Detailed information about the health benefits of owning a pet.”

GAO – Agencies Need to Correct Weaknesses and Fully Implement Security Program

Federal Information Security: Agencies Need to Correct Weaknesses and Fully Implement Security Programs, GAO-15-714: Published: Sep 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 2015. “Persistent weaknesses at 24 federal agencies illustrate the challenges they face in effectively applying information security policies and practices. Most agencies continue to have weaknesses in (1) limiting, preventing, and detecting inappropriateContinue Reading

HHS launches resources system to improve disaster preparedness

News release: “Health and emergency preparedness professionals now have access to the nation’s first and most comprehensive system of resources designed specifically to help communities better prepare for and manage the health impacts of disasters. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR),Continue Reading

UK surveillance program collected billions of records from persons in multiple countries

Ryan Gallagher, The Intercept: “…The mass surveillance operation — code-named KARMA POLICE — was launched by British spies about seven years ago without any public debate or scrutiny. It was just one part of a giant global Internet spying apparatus built by the United Kingdom’s electronic eavesdropping agency, Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ…The surveillance is underpinned byContinue Reading

2013 Business Dynamics Statistics

“The Business Dynamics Statistics provide annual statistics on establishments, firm startups, and job creation and job loss from 1976 to 2013 by firm size, age, industrial sector, state and metropolitan statistical area. These statistics are part of the U.S. Census Bureau’s effort to enhance understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation in the U.S. and are crucialContinue Reading

HIV/AIDS Database Update

“The U.S. Census Bureau’s HIV/AIDS database has been updated to include new data for more than 120 nations. It is a compilation of data from 219 countries and areas on the prevalence of HIV infection and AIDS cases and deaths. Major updates include new data for China, Nigeria, India, South Africa, and Namibia. The database focuses on HIV/AIDSContinue Reading

New Report Highlights Need for FOIA Reform

News release: “In its second National Action Plan (NAP) for the Open Government Partnership (OGP), the White House committed to standardizing FOIA practices across federal agencies, improving agency FOIA processes by reducing backlogs and promoting proactive disclosure, and increasing FOIA trainings across the government. A new report from the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS),Continue Reading

U.S. Web Design Standards

Open source UI components and visual style guide to create consistency and beautiful user experiences across U.S. federal government websites:  “Tools for creating beautiful online experiences for the American people Built and maintained by a team of U.S. Digital Service and 18F designers and developers, this resource is built on the highest standards of 508Continue Reading

USDA, EPA Join Groups in Nation’s First Food Waste Reduction Goals

“Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Stan Meiburg announced the United States’ first-ever national food waste reduction goal, calling for a 50-percent reduction by 2030. As part of the effort, the federal government will lead a new partnership with charitable organizations, faith-based organizations, the private sector and local, state andContinue Reading

USPTO PatentsView Beta

“PatentsView is a prototype patent data visualization and analysis platform intended to increase the value, utility, and transparency of US patent data. The initiative is supported by the Office of Chief Economist in the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), with additional support from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). The PatentsView initiative was establishedContinue Reading

Opportunities Exist to Enhance Management Controls Over CFPB’s Consumer Complaint Database

OIG – Board of Governor’s of the Federal Reserve – CFPB Report: 2015-FMIC-C-016 September 10, 2015 “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) publicly discloses certain consumer complaint data through its Consumer Complaint Database, which is available on its website. Our audit objective was to assess the effectiveness of the CFPB’s controls over the accuracy and completeness ofContinue Reading

Executive Order – Using Behavioral Science Insights to Better Serve the American People

Executive Order – Using Behavioral Science Insights to Better Serve the American People, September 15, 2015: “A growing body of evidence demonstrates that behavioral science insights — research findings from fields such as behavioral economics and psychology about how people make decisions and act on them — can be used to design government policies toContinue Reading