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Data Act: Progress Made but Significant Challenges Must Be Addressed

Data Act: Progress Made but Significant Challenges Must Be Addressed to Ensure Full and Effective Implementation, GAO-16-556T: Published: Apr 19, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 2016. “The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) have taken some significant steps toward implementing the key provisions of the Digital Accountability andContinue Reading

April is Financial Literacy

“Whether you’re a student, young adult, parent, older person, or military service member, managing finances is a key part of your life; and you know that if you do it well it’s a great skill that reaps many rewards. In fact, strong financial literacy covers many areas, including spending, saving, investing, protecting, and making the most of yourContinue Reading

Six of the Government’s Best Mobile Apps

“There’s an app for everything in this digital age, including hundreds developed by the federal government. Here are six apps that we found especially useful. Smart Traveler – Planning a trip out of the country this year? Smart Traveler by the State Department is great for all your trips abroad. Get the latest travel alertsContinue Reading

USDA Local Food Directories: National Farmers Market Directory

Updated April 15, 2016 – The Farmers Market Directory lists markets that feature two or more farm vendors selling agricultural products directly to customers at a common, recurrent physical location. Maintained by the Agricultural Marketing Service, the Directory is designed to provide customers with convenient access to information about farmers market listings to include: marketContinue Reading

GAO 6th annual report on federal data and IT fragmentation

2016 Annual Report Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits, GAO-16-375SP: Published: Apr 13, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 2016. WHAT GAO FOUND – In its 2016 report, GAO presents 92 actions that the executive branch or Congress could take to improve efficiency and effectiveness across 37 areas thatContinue Reading

FTC Announces Significant Enhancements to IdentityTheft.gov

“For the first time, identity theft victims can now go online and get a free, personalized identity theft recovery plan as a result of significant enhancements to the Federal Trade Commission’s IdentityTheft.gov website. The new one-stop website is integrated with the FTC’s consumer complaint system, allowing consumers who are victims of identity theft to rapidlyContinue Reading

Links to Federal Statistics

“A trusted source for federal statistical information since 1997. FedStats supports a community of practice for over 100 agencies engaged in the production and dissemination of official federal statistics, and provides the public with a showcase of information, tools and news related to official federal statistics.”

New LA Database Seeks to Help Keep Streets Clean

Los Angeles Times: “A new database, Clean Streets LA,  measuring garbage on more than 9,100 miles of Los Angeles streets and alleys shows poorer areas of the city see more illegal dumping and litter than affluent ones. City officials on Friday released details on the far-reaching study, which is designed to help guide the cityContinue Reading

Cybersecurity: Legislation, Hearings, and Executive Branch Documents

CRS Report – Cybersecurity: Legislation, Hearings, and Executive Branch Documents, Rita Tehan, Information Research Specialist. March 30, 2016. “Cybersecurity vulnerabilities challenge governments, businesses, and individuals worldwide. Attacks have been initiated against individuals, corporations, and countries. Targets have included government networks, companies, and political organizations, depending upon whether the attacker was seeking military intelligence, conducting diplomaticContinue Reading

New Website Explores National Effort to Better Understand Marine Life, Ecosystem Change

Via NOAA: “The U.S. Marine Biodiversity Observing Network (U.S. MBON), an effort to improve our understanding of changes and connections between marine biodiversity and ecosystems, recently launched a new website. In addition to exploring the vision and themes of the network’s demonstration projects, the site offers profiles of projects in progress and outlines future goalsContinue Reading

Data USA allows researchers to create and match visualizations with stories using state and federal data

“In 2014, Deloitte, Datawheel, and Cesar Hidalgo, Professor at the MIT Media Lab and Director of MacroConnections, came together to embark on an ambitious journey — to understand and visualize the critical issues facing the United States in areas like jobs, skills and education across industry and geography. And, to use this knowledge to informContinue Reading

Introducing the Core Federal Services Council

“…To further institutionalize and build upon this progress, today we are announcing the establishment of the Core Federal Services Council. A key milestone of the Customer Service CAP goal, the Council will serve as a government-wide governance vehicle to improve the public’s experience with Federal services, from experiences of Americans who visit a Social SecurityContinue Reading