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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“This map and associated digital databases are the result of compilation and interpretation of published and unpublished 1:250,000-scale and limited 1:500,000- to 1:63,360-scale maps.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

DoD Needs an Effective Process to Identify Cloud Computing Service Contracts

Audit – DoD Needs an Effective Process to Identify Cloud Computing Service Contracts, DODIG-2016-038, December 28, 2015. “Objective – Our objective was to determine whether selected DoD Components performed a cost-benefit analysis before acquiring cloud computing services. In addition, we were to identify whether those DoD Components achieved actual savings as a result of adoptingContinue Reading

Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government: Free, Educational Content from GPO for Children and Adults of all Ages

Via – Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government: Free, Educational Content from GPO for Children and Adults of all Ages – Kelly Seifert gives us a tour of Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government, a service of the U.S. Government Publishing Office that presents educational content for children and adults of all ages onContinue Reading

UK Survey – The digital skills gap in government

UK National Audit Office – “Government’s austerity and reform agenda means delivering the same or better with less resource. Civil service headcount is down nearly one-fifth since 2010. Further cost reductions will be difficult without major service redesign, and significant contribution is expected from digitally-enabled business transformation. To improve data about the availability of theContinue Reading

The Rise and Fall of Silk Road

Via Wired – “In October 2013, a young entrepreneur named Ross Ulbricht was arrested at the Glen Park branch of the San Francisco Public library. It was the culmination of a two-year investigation into a vast online drug market called Silk Road. The authorities charged that Ulbricht, an idealistic 29-year-old Eagle Scout from Austin, Texas,Continue Reading

FTC Issues Biennial Report to Congress on the National Do Not Call Registry

News release: “The Federal Trade Commission has issued its biennial report to Congress on the use of the Do Not Call Registry by both consumers and businesses over the past two years. As of September 30, 2015, the National Do Not Call Registry had more than 222 million active registrations, an increase of more thanContinue Reading

Tuberculosis Contact Investigations – United States, 2003–2012

CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) January 1, 2016: “Although the number of TB cases in 44 states and Puerto Rico and the percentage of index patients with no contacts elicited declined from 2003 to 2012, the percentage of contacts who were examined did not change, and fewer than half of contacts who receivedContinue Reading

Census Bureau Projects U.S. and World Populations on New Year’s Day

“As our nation prepares to ring in the new year, the U.S. Census Bureau today projected the United States population will be 322,762,018 on Jan. 1, 2016. This represents an increase of 2,472,745, or 0.77 percent, from New Year’s Day 2015. Since Census Day (April 1) 2010, the population has grown by 14,016,480, or 4.54Continue Reading

FCC Releases Fifth Measuring Broadband America Report

News release: “The Federal Communications Commission today released the results of its ongoing nationwide performance study of consumers’ fixed broadband Internet access service in its fifth “Measuring Broadband America” report. The report furthers the Commission’s efforts to provide greater transparency about network performance to help consumers make more informed choices about broadband services. This year’sContinue Reading

NOAA Climate Data Online Search

“The demand for high-value environmental data and information has dramatically increased in recent years. To improve our ability to meet that demand, NOAA’s former three data centers—the National Climatic Data Center, the National Geophysical Data Center, and the National Oceanographic Data Center, which includes the National Coastal Data Development Center—have merged into the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI).Continue Reading

Database comprising 191 million voter records made publicaly available

CSO Online – “The database contains a voter’s full name (first, middle, last), their home address, mailing address, a unique voter ID, state voter ID, gender, date of birth, date of registration, phone number, a yes/no field for if the number is on the national do-not-call list, political affiliation, and a detailed voting history sinceContinue Reading