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New GAO Reports – Indian Housing Block Grant Program, Defense Acquisitions, FDIC Info Security, Tanker Aircraft

Data Use and Regulatory Status of the Indian Housing Block Grant Program, GAO-15-353R: Published: Mar 10, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 2015. Defense Acquisitions: Assessments of Selected Weapon Programs [Reissued on April 9, 2015], GAO-15-342SP: Published: Mar 12, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 12, 2015. Information Security: FDIC Implemented Many Controls over Financial Systems, but OpportunitiesContinue Reading

World Bank Enterprise Surveys

“An Enterprise Survey is a firm-level survey of a representative sample of an economy’s private sector. The surveys cover a broad range of business environment topics including access to finance, corruption, infrastructure, crime, competition, and performance measures. Since 2002, the World Bank has collected this data from face-to-face interviews with top managers and business ownersContinue Reading

Massive AT&T Consumer Privacy Violation Results in $25 Million FCC Penalty

EPIC – “The Federal Communications Commission has settled an enforcement action against AT&T for the company’s massive consumer privacy violations. According to the Commission, employees at AT&T call centers around the world accessed the “CPNI” (call record information) of nearly 280,000 U.S. customers without their permission. Then AT&T distributed that information to traffickers of stolenContinue Reading

Kudos to GPO for design of new Commerce.gov

“After having the same look and feel on our website since 2010, Commerce.gov is embarking on a fresh redesign to put the user in the driver seat. Drawing on anonymized user input, we have made some significant changes and are excited to announce the launch of our new site – Beta.Commerce.gov. First, you’ll notice thatContinue Reading

Report – Analyzing the Response to the Marathon Bombings two Years Later

On April 15, 2013, brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnev set off two explosives near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The explosions resulted in three fatalities and over 250 injured. Three days later, the FBI identified the Tsarnevs as suspects and released their photos to the press. When the brothers were confronted by theContinue Reading

The European Union: a guide to terminology, procedures and sources

“The European Union: a guide to terminology, procedures and sources – House of Commons Background Paper – Commons Library Standard Note Published 21 January 2014 | Standard notes SN03689 Amended 08 December 2014 Authors: Emma Clark, Vaughne Miller. This Note aims to clarify some of the terminology used to describe the institutions, laws and procedures of the EuropeanContinue Reading

CRS – Cyberwarfare and Cyberterrorism

Cyberwarfare and Cyberterrorism: In Brief, Catherine A. Theohary, Specialist in National Security, Policy and Information Operations. John W. Rollins, Specialist in Terrorism and National Security. March 27, 2015. “Recent incidents have highlighted the lack of consensus internationally on what defines a cyberattack, an act of war in cyberspace, or cyberterrorism. Cyberwar is typically conceptualized asContinue Reading

White House Announces A New Tool Against Cyber Threats

“It’s one of the great paradoxes of our Information Age — the very technologies that empower us to do great good can also be used by adversaries to inflict great harm. The same technologies that help keep our military strong are used by hackers in China and Russia to target our defense contractors and systems that supportContinue Reading

International Statistical Agencies

Via Census – International Statistical Agencies – links to data from around the world. “The U.S. Census Bureau conducts demographic, economic, and geographic studies of other countries and strengthens statistical development around the world through technical assistance, training, and software products. For over 60 years, the Census Bureau has performed international analytical work and assistedContinue Reading

The Importance of Data Occupations in the U.S. Economy

 Economics & Statistics Administration, Department of Commerce. By William Hawk, Regina Powers, Economists, and Robert Rubinovitz Deputy Chief Economist Economics and Statistics Administration Office of the Chief Economist. ESA Issue Brief #01 -15. March 12, 2015. “The growing importance of data in the economy is hard to dispute. But what does this mean for workersContinue Reading

Constitution Annotated

Via Congress.gov – “The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation (popularly known as the Constitution Annotated) contains legal analysis and interpretation of the United States Constitution, based primarily on Supreme Court case law. This regularly updated resource is especially useful when researching the constitutional implications of a specific issue or topic.Continue Reading

White House Office of Administration Not Subject to FOIA Regulations

Removal of Published Rules To Align Published Policy with Current Sources of Law – A Rule by the Administration Office, Executive Office of the President on 03/17/2015. Final rule. “The Executive Office of the President, Office of Administration, is removing regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations related to the status of records created andContinue Reading