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CBO Monthly Budget Review for December 2016

“The federal budget deficit was $207 billion for the first three months of fiscal year 2017, the Congressional Budget Office estimates—$8 billion less than the shortfall recorded during the same period last year. But that result was affected by shifts in the timing of certain payments that otherwise would have been due on a weekend… Continue Reading

Trends in Spending by the Department of Defense for Operation and Maintenance

“The Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) budget consists of appropriations for the following purposes: compensating military personnel; developing and purchasing weapons; building bases, facilities, and housing; and supporting day-to-day operations. The largest single appropriation category in DoD’s base budget is the operation and maintenance (O&M) account, which funds day-to-day operations ranging from health care to equipment maintenance.… Continue Reading

MSPB – Preventing Nepotism in the Federal Civil Service

Preventing Nepotism in the Federal Civil Service – A Report to the President and the Congress of the United States by the Merit Systems Protection Board June 2016. “…As explained in this report, new political appointees whose backgrounds do not include prior public service may be unfamiliar with the rules for the civil service, including… Continue Reading

Paper – The Foreign Emoluments Clause: Article I, Section 9, Clause

Tillman, Seth Barrett and Teachout, Zephyr, The Foreign Emoluments Clause: Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 (August 8, 2016). Zephyr Teachout & Seth Barrett Tillman, The Foreign Emoluments Clause: Article I, Section 9, Clause 8, in The Interactive Constitution (National Constitution Center 2016); Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2820288. Available for download at… Continue Reading

Brookings Paper – The Emoluments Clause: Its Text, Meaning, and Application to Donald J. Trump

Brookings Paper – The Emoluments Clause: Its Text, Meaning, and Application to Donald J. Trump, December 16, 2016. Norman L. Eisen, Richard Painter and Laurence H. Tribe. Introduction – “Foreign interference in the American political system was among the gravest dangers feared by the Founders of our nation and the Framers of our Constitution. The… Continue Reading

Office of Government Ethics – status of presidential transition

“The plan the [president-elect] has announced doesn’t meet the standards that the best of his nominees are meeting and that every president in the last four decades have met.We can’t risk the perception that government leaders would use their official positions for professional profit. Stepping back from running his business is meaningless from a conflict… Continue Reading

Data drive overview of Washington DC City Bikeshare

tableau public – Washington DC Capital Bikeshare – metadata available from 2011-2017 – “Ridership is highest on weekdays during commuting hours and leisure hours during the weekends.” Continue Reading

World Bank Releases 2017 Global Economic Prospects Report

“The January 2017 Global Economic Prospects forecasts a subdued recovery in 2017 after the weakest year since the financial crisis. The pickup in growth is expected to come from the receding of obstacles that have recently held back growth among commodity exporters, and from solid domestic demand in commodity importers.  Major emerging economies—including Russia and… Continue Reading

2015 American Housing Survey Statistics for Selected Metropolitan Areas

“This release of statistics from the 2015 American Housing Survey includes summary tables for the 15 largest metropolitan areas and 10 additional metropolitan areas.  The 2015 American Housing Survey examined many characteristics, including: Housing costs for owners and renters. Remodeling and repair frequency. Reasons for moving. Additionally, the latest survey data provide statistics about: Food… Continue Reading

BEA’s API Expands Access to International Services Trade Data

BEA Blog: “The most detailed data on U.S. international trade in services published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis are now accessible through our application programming interface, or API. This includes detailed annual statistics on U.S. trade in services by type of service for 90 countries and areas, including new estimates of trade related to… Continue Reading

GAO Report – Retirement Security and Risky Investments

Retirement Security: Improved Guidance Could Help Account Owners Understand the Risks of Investing in Unconventional Assets, GAO-17-102: Published: Dec 8, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 2017. “People who invest their retirement accounts in unconventional assets—such as real estate or virtual currency—may be placing their savings at risk. Retirement accounts allowing such unconventional investments increase owners’… Continue Reading

NYT – Falcons, Drones, Data: A Winery Battles Climate Change

Jackson Family Wines is among California winemakers employing both high-tech and old-school techniques to adapt to hotter, drier conditions: “On a misty autumn morning in Sonoma County, Calif., Katie Jackson headed into the vineyards to assess the harvest. It was late in the season, and an army of field workers was rushing to pick the… Continue Reading