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World Bank – Global Economic Prospects Divergences and Risks

“The World Bank is revising its 2016 global growth forecast down to 2.4 percent from the 2.9 percent pace projected in January. The move is due to sluggish growth in advanced economies, stubbornly low commodity prices, weak global trade, and diminishing capital flows. Commodity-exporting emerging market and developing economies have struggled to adapt to lower… Continue Reading

New Pilot Study on Measuring OECD Countries’ Starting Positions on Sustainable Development Goals

“On July 14 2016 the OECD presented its Pilot Study on Measuring OECD Countries’ Starting Positions on the SDGs in the margins of the UN High-Level Political Forum on the SDGs in New York.  The Study, Measuring the Distance to the SDGs Targets, piloted on selected OECD countries, leverages on the OECD work on well-being… Continue Reading

CFPB – Midyear Update on Student Loan Complaints

“This midyear update analyzes complaints submitted by consumers from October 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016. During this period, the Bureau also began handling complaints about problems managing or repaying federal student loans; this is the first report released by the Bureau discussing data on federal student loan servicing complaints. This report highlights the problems… Continue Reading

Paper – What Happens to Youth Who Work and Drop Out?

Via Urban Institute – Dropping Out, Clocking In, and Falling Behind: What Happens to Youth Who Work and Drop Out? by Sierra Latham, Molly M. Scott, Heather Koball. August 18, 2016. “Graduating from high school is vital to young people’s life chances. Much of the current policy conversation around helping youth stay the course focuses… Continue Reading

Development is impacting the Grand Canyon environment, ecology

National Geographic – Are We Losing the Grand Canyon?On a 650-mile trek, two adventurers faced danger and hardship—and saw how development could spoil an American icon. A proposed tramway, an upcoming titanium mine, hundreds of helicopter tourist trips – in addition to all the facilities to house, feed and transport an ever growing number of… Continue Reading

Kaiser Foundation – Disparities in Health and Health Care: Five Key Questions and Answers

“Disparities in health and health care in the United States have been a longstanding challenge resulting in some groups receiving less and lower quality health care than others and experiencing poorer health outcomes. This brief provides an introductory overview of health and health care disparities, including what disparities are and why they matter, the status… Continue Reading

DOD Contractor and Troop Levels in Iraq and Afghanistan: 2007-2016

Department of Defense Contractor and Troop Levels in Iraq and Afghanistan: 2007-2016, Heidi M. Peters, Coordinator, Information Research Specialist; Moshe Schwartz, Specialist in Defense Acquisition; Lawrence Kapp, Specialist in Military Manpower Policy. August 15, 2016. “This report provides background information for Congress on the levels of Department of Defense (DOD) troop and contractor personnel deployed… Continue Reading

Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee, July 26-27, 2016

Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee – Long-Run Monetary Policy Implementation Framework – “The staff provided several briefings that reviewed progress on a long-term effort begun in July 2015 to evaluate potential long-run frameworks for monetary policy implementation. The briefings highlighted some foundational considerations that are relevant for such an evaluation. The staff described… Continue Reading

Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States

CRS report via FAS – The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS): “The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is comprised of nine members, two ex officio members, and other members as appointed by the President representing major departments and agencies within the federal executive branch. While the group… Continue Reading

Number of IT Workers Has Increased Tenfold Since 1970

“The number of information technology (IT) workers now stands at 4.6 million, compared with just 450,000 in 1970 according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. This upsurge means that IT workers now represent 2.9 percent of the U.S. labor force. “The Census Bureau first identified IT occupations in the… Continue Reading

Global Innovation Index 2016: Switzerland, Sweden, UK, U.S., Finland, Singapore Lead; China Joins Top 25

“China joins the ranks of the world’s 25 most-innovative economies, while Switzerland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Finland and Singapore lead the 2016 rankings in the Global Innovation Index, released today by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)….The Global Innovation Index ranks the innovation performance of 128 countries… Continue Reading

The future of financial infrastructure: An ambitious look at how blockchain can reshape financial services

“The transformation of the financial services industry is top-of-mind for everyone in the field and blockchain might be the hottest topic in the rapidly changing world of Fintech. But how can this technology really help financial firms? This report from World Economic Forum takes a pragmatic approach to answering this question. The report builds upon… Continue Reading