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NOAA’s Marine Debris Blog

“Marine debris is everyone’s problem. It is a global problem affecting everything from the environment to the economy; from fishing and navigation to human health and safety; from the tiniest coral polyps to giant blue whales. Marine debris also comes in many forms, from a cigarette butt to a 4,000-pound derelict fishing net. Marine debris is aContinue Reading

GAO – Federal Laboratory Consortium Should Increase Communication with Potential Customers to Improve Initiatives

TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER: Federal Laboratory Consortium Should Increase Communication with Potential Customers to Improve Initiatives, GAO-15-127: Published: Oct 3, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 2014. “The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) has taken steps to communicate with potential customers, including small businesses and entrepreneurs, but has not obtained feedback from them to assess their needs when designingContinue Reading

Offline and falling behind: Barriers to Internet adoption

McKinsey – More than 60 percent of the world’s population remains offline. Without removing crucial deterrents to Internet adoption, little will change—and more than 4 billion people may be left behind. “In a little more than a generation, the Internet has grown from a nascent technology to a tool that is transforming how people, businesses, and governmentsContinue Reading

PulseNet – connecting foodborne illness cases together using DNA “fingerprinting” of the bacteria making people sick

“PulseNet connects cases of foodborne illness to potential outbreaks. PulseNet is a national laboratory network  made up of 87 laboratories−at least one in each state. PulseNet  connects foodborne illness cases together to detect and define outbreaks using DNA “fingerprinting” of the bacteria making people sick  using a standardized process called pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). Every state hasContinue Reading

New Data Release from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

FCW.com: “A new government database that debuted Sept. 30 offers information on financial connections between doctors and teaching hospitals and pharmaceutical firms and medical device manufacturers. The open-data play by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services was mandated under provisions of the 2010 health care overhaul. The inaugural data dump covers $3.5 billion in payments fromContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Afghanistan Equipment Drawdown, Bureau of Prisons, Elections, Unmanned Aerial Systems

AFGHANISTAN EQUIPMENT DRAWDOWN: Progress Made, but Improved Controls in Decision Making Could Reduce Risk of Unnecessary Expenditures, GAO-14-768: Published: Sep 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2014. BUREAU OF PRISONS: Information on Efforts and Potential Options to Save Costs, GAO-14-821: Published: Sep 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2014. ELECTIONS: Observations on Wait Times for Voters on Election Day 2012, GAO-14-850: Published: SepContinue Reading

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

“The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.” Locate a Collection Site Near You For use by the general public to locate a collection site by Zip Code or County/City/State. LawContinue Reading

Congress.gov: Removing the Beta Label and New Enhancements

Via Emily Carr – Andrew Weber‘s news: The Library of Congress launched Congress.gov in beta two years ago.  Today, I’m happy to announce we officially removed the beta label. That’s roughly three years quicker than Gmail took to remove its beta label, but we won’t give you the option of putting it back on Congress.gov.  URLs thatContinue Reading

SACOG Information Center has a new website

Via Tina Glover – Sacramento Area Council of Governments – “The SACOG Info Center is pleased to announce that it has developed a new Information Resources Center website located at here. This new site organizes multiple SACOG data products and information services including:  Data Library – under the Demographics & Other Data tab are static data summaries downloadable in ExcelContinue Reading

Domestic Abuse / Violence – Get Help Inbox x

“Domestic abuse and violence have been front-page news lately, and a topic of discussion throughout the country. The US Department of Justice defines domestic violence as, “a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.” It can be: Physical Sexual Emotional Economic PsychologicalContinue Reading

Government reliance on private data collections leaves gap when information disappears

FCW.com – Colby Hochmuth: “By the end of the month, data collected on federal stimulus spending over the past five years will disappear from public view — not because the website, which always had an expiration date, will be gone, but because the government doesn’t own the data. Dun & Bradstreet does. The Recovery.gov website tracks federalContinue Reading

Declassified Articles from Studies in Intelligence: CIA’s In-House Intelligence Journal

CIA Library: ” This collection of released documents consists of a selection of declassified Studies in Intelligence articles from the 1970s to 2000s. The documents reveal the CIA’s place in conducting U.S. foreign policy. The Agency cannot plan or act today without being influenced in some way by its collective past or the historical experiences that these documentsContinue Reading