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FCC’s Connect2Health Task Force Unveils Broadband Health Mapping Tool

“The Federal Communications Commission’s Connect2Health  Task Force today launched the Mapping Broadband Health in America tool (available at www.fcc.gov/health/maps), a web-based mapping tool that will enable and inform more efficient,  data-driven decision making at the intersection of broadband and health. By allowing users to ask  and answer questions about broadband and health at the county… Continue Reading

Obama Administration Announces Nearly 50 Percent Decline in Veteran Homelessness

“The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) today announced the number of veterans experiencing homelessness in the United States has been cut nearly in half since 2010. The data revealed a 17 percent decrease in veteran homelessness between January… Continue Reading

Federal Telework: Better Guidance Could Help Agencies Calculate Benefits and Costs

Federal Telework: Better Guidance Could Help Agencies Calculate Benefits and Costs, GAO-16-551: Published: Jul 15, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2016: “With over 1 million federal employees eligible for telework in 2013, federal agencies are fully engaged in incorporating telework as a standard human capital flexibility. GAO was asked to review the benefits and costs… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Aviation Safety, Financial Management Systems, Hazardous Materials Transportation, BFS Info Systems Controls, VA Real Property

Aviation Safety: FAA’s Risk-Based Oversight for Repair Stations Could Benefit from Additional Airline Data and Performance Metrics, GAO-16-679: Published: Jul 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2016. Financial Management Systems: HUD Needs to Address Management and Governance Weaknesses That Jeopardize Its Modernization Efforts, GAO-16-656: Published: Jul 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2016. Hazardous Materials… Continue Reading

PubMed Also-Viewed: Quickly find related articles

NCBI Insights: “PubMed is free, but finding the important articles on a topic can cost a lot of time. To help you keep on top of the literature – with a little help from your fellow PubMed users – we are introducing a new type of link called “Articles frequently viewed together”. For some PubMed… Continue Reading

Climate change in your county: Plan with this new tool

NOAA – “Residents, communities and businesses now have easy access to climate projections, through a few easy keystrokes, for every county in the contiguous United States. NOAA’s newly updated Climate Explorer offers downloadable maps, graphs, and data tables of observed and projected temperature, precipitation and climate-related variables dating back to 1950 and out to 2100.  … Continue Reading

ConsumersUnion campaigns against robocalls

“…last year the FTC still received over 3 million complaints about unwanted calls. The problem? Some legitimate companies still aren’t respecting the Do Not Call list. And many of the unwanted calls are from scammers or non-legit companies, who don’t care if they violate the law. Many operate overseas, making prosecution even tougher. So far,… Continue Reading

How Is the Federal Government Using the Internet of Things?

How Is the Federal Government Using the Internet of Things? By Daniel Castro, Joshua New & Alan McQuinn. July 25, 2016: “The Internet of Things (IoT)—a term used to describe the set of physical objects embedded with sensors or actuators and connected to a network—offers numerous opportunities for the federal government to cut costs and… Continue Reading

National Privacy Research Strategy outlines US privacy research agenda

Via FTC:  “The White House recently released the first ever United States “National Privacy Research Strategy,” which identifies priorities for privacy research funded by the Federal government. While focused on government, the strategy is also intended to spur similar private sector efforts. I participated in the working group that developed the strategy and am excited… Continue Reading

LC target of DNS attack and a commentary on LC and digitization challenges

FCW.com, July 18, 2016: “The Library of Congress was the target of a denial-of-service attack that has knocked out Congress.gov and the U.S. Copyright Office website, and caused outages at other sites hosted by the library. Library spokesperson Gayle Osterberg told FCW that the DNS attack was launched July 17 and continues to affect library… Continue Reading

National Transportation Atlas Database

“The National Transportation Atlas Database is a set of nationwide geographic databases of transportation facilities, transportation networks, and associated infrastructure. These datasets include spatial information for transportation modal networks and intermodal terminals, as well as the related attribute information for these features. Metadata documentation, as prescribed by the Federal Geographic Data Committee, is also provided… Continue Reading

The US Customer Experience Index, 2016

NextGov: “For the federal government, there was really nowhere to go but up in the latest Customer Experience Index released by Forrester Research. Yet, despite a better score this time around, the government still finished dead last – as it did last year – among 21 industries assessed by Forrester.” Forrester Blog: The US Customer Experience Index… Continue Reading