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Category Archives: E-Government

NASA’s Data Portal

“This site is a continually growing catalog of publicly. Available NASA Datasets, APIs, Visualizations, and More. Welcome to the Developer Resources Page! Did you know that every dataset on this site has an API? Get started by diving into the documentation, test drive examples, or browse other open data applications.”

The Freedom of Information Act is Broken: A Report from House Oversight Cmte.

U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Jason Chaffetz (UT-3), Chairman – FOIA Is Broken: A Report Staff Report, 114th Congress, January 2016. “The Freedom of Information Act established a right for the public to access federal agency records. The statute simply requires requesters to reasonably describe the records they wish toContinue Reading

Fixing Pre-Publication Review: What Should Be Done?

Fixing Pre-Publication Review: What Should Be Done? by Steven Aftergood, January 15, 2016. “Jack Goldsmith and Oona Hathaway called attention in several recent columns to the pre-publication review process (here, here, here, and here) that many current and former national security officials and other government employees must submit to before their work can be published.Continue Reading

GPO Digitizing the Federal Register

This announcement was made in October 2015: “We’re excited to announce that we will be digitizing the remaining Federal Register collection from 1936 to 1994 in the coming months! In partnership with the Government Publishing Office (GPO), the collection will be processed by decade, beginning with 1990-1994. The digital collection will be released in stages as eachContinue Reading

CRS – The Federal Cybersecurity Workforce

The Federal Cybersecurity Workforce: Background and Congressional Oversight Issues for the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. Kathryn A. Francis, Analyst in Government Organization and Management; Wendy Ginsberg Analyst in American National Government. January 8, 2016. “The federal cybersecurity workforce is responsible for protecting U.S. government systems and networks against cyber threats and attacks. FederalContinue Reading

Class action against Pacer claims inflated fees

Via Top Class Actions: “A class action lawsuit has been filed accusing the Public Access to Courts Electronic Records system (PACER)—the online database created and run by the U.S. government to allow access to federal court records—of systematically overcharging its customers. The PACER system normally charges 10 cents ($0.10) per page to view a document,Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Competitive Intelligence – A Selective Resource Guide

Via – Competitive Intelligence – A Selective Resource Guide – Sabrina I. Pacifici’s comprehensive current awareness guide focuses on leveraging a selected but wide range of reliable, topical, predominantly free websites and resources. The goal is to support an effective research process to search, discover, access, monitor, analyze and review current and historical data,Continue Reading

Pocket Guide to Transportation 2016

Pocket Guide to Transportation 2016 – Pocket Guide 2016.pdf – Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology Front Matter Acknowledgments About the Pocket Guide to Transportation A Dynamic System 1 Infrastructure 2 Moving People 3 Moving Goods 4 Performance 5 Economy 6 Safety 7 Environment Glossary

Drug Overdose Deaths by State, US 2013 and 2014

CDC – “CDC analyzed recent multiple cause-of-death mortality data from the National Vital Statistics System to track current trends and shifting characteristics of drug overdose deaths. Opioids—primarily prescription pain relievers and heroin—are the main driver of overdose deaths. Opioids were involved in 28,647 deaths in 2014 and opioid overdoses have quadrupled since 2000. Significant increasesContinue Reading

National Instant Crime Background Check System

The FBI maintains statistical reports on firearm background checks via the National Instant Crime Background Check System.  These statistics do no represent every weapon purchased in the United States during each respective year as referenced. The reports do show a steady and significant rise in the number of weapons purchased – in 2015 the numberContinue Reading

USGS Releases First Comprehensive Digitized Geologic Map of Alaska

Geologic map of Alaska Scientific Investigations Map 3340 Compiled by: Frederic H. Wilson, Chad P. Hults, Charles G. Mull, and Susan M. Karl. DOI: 10.3133/sim3340 “This map and associated digital databases are the result of compilation and interpretation of published and unpublished 1:250,000-scale and limited 1:500,000- to 1:63,360-scale maps. Covering the entire state of Alaska,Continue Reading

WONDER online databases utilize a rich ad-hoc query system for the analysis of public health data

CDC WONDER: Information and Communication – “Welcome to CDC WONDER — Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research — an easy-to-use, menu-driven system that makes the information resources of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) available to public health professionals and the public at large. It provides access to a wide array of publicContinue Reading