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HHS launches resources system to improve disaster preparedness

News release: “Health and emergency preparedness professionals now have access to the nation’s first and most comprehensive system of resources designed specifically to help communities better prepare for and manage the health impacts of disasters. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR),Continue Reading

Federal Transit Administration Issues Proposed Rule for Transit Agencies to Achieve State of Good Repair, Improve Safety

“The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today issued a proposed rule that would require public transportation agencies to monitor and manage their capital assets to achieve and maintain a state of good repair.  Identifying and prioritizing maintenance and repair needs of transit vehicles and infrastructure could lower costs, increase reliability and performance,Continue Reading

Report – Corporate America is not on a path to gender equality

“Women in the Workplace is a comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America. The study is part of a long-term partnership between LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company to encourage female leadership and foster gender equality in the workplace. One hundred eighteen companies and nearly 30,000 employees participated in this 2015 study, buildingContinue Reading

Modern Immigration Wave Brings 59 Million to U.S.

“Fifty years after passage of the landmark law that rewrote U.S. immigration policy, nearly 59 million immigrants have arrived in the United States, pushing the country’s foreign-born share to a near record 14%. For the past half-century, these modern-era immigrants and their descendants have accounted for just over half the nation’s population growth and haveContinue Reading

Infographic: Job Creation in the United States

“A collection of three graphs utilizing data from Business Dynamics Statistics, which provides annual statistics on establishments, firm startups and job creation and job loss. This infographic describes important trends observed in the Business Dynamics Statistics data released last week, which includes statistics through 2013. The graphs address startups’ contribution to the total number of jobs overContinue Reading

Measuring wage inequality within and across U.S. metropolitan areas, 2003–13

BLS Monthly Labor Review – September 2015 – “This article shows that location, size, and occupational composition play important roles in determining the level of wage inequality within and across U.S. metropolitan areas. Larger areas, especially in the Northeast and on the West Coast, typically have greater wage inequality, while smaller areas, many of whichContinue Reading

Does Governance Have a Role in Pricing? Cross-Country Evidence from Bitcoin Markets

Viglione, Robert, Does Governance Have a Role in Pricing? Cross-Country Evidence from Bitcoin Markets (September 25, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: “I investigate the effects of social technologies related to governance on cross-country differences in Bitcoin prices. Investors pay a persistent premium over global prices in countries with less economic freedom, particularly whenContinue Reading

MGI Gender Parity and the Economy Dashboards

McKinsey Global Institute Power of Parity – “How gender-equal is your country? MGI examines gender equality across 15 indicators. These countries are home to 93% of the world’s women and represent 97% of global GDP. Roll over countries to see how they score on gender equality for the selected indicator.”

McKinsey – Urban mobility at a tipping point

“As more of the world’s cities become congested and polluted, new business models and technologies are emerging to solve the mobility challenge…By 2030, 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities, up from about 50 percent today. Over the same period, more than two billion people are likely to enter the middle class,Continue Reading

Unlocking Federal Talent

“ is a comprehensive data visualization dashboard created by the US Office of Personnel Management to help Government leaders make data driven decisions and design initiatives to increase employee engagement and satisfaction. Employee engagement is the employee’s sense of purpose that is evident in their display of dedication, persistence, and effort in their work orContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Adaptive Sports, DOD Financial Management, Medicare, Food Assistance, Biosurveillance, Public Transit

Adaptive Sports Grant Program: VA Has Taken Steps toward Better Grantee Selection and Oversight, but Additional Actions Needed, GAO-15-791: Published: Sep 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2015. DOD Financial Management: Continued Actions Needed to Address Congressional Committee Panel Recommendations, GAO-15-463: Published: Sep 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2015. Drug Compounding for Animals: FDAContinue Reading

Job Polarization and Labor Market Outcomes for Older, Middle-Skilled Workers

Rutledge, Matthew S. and Guan, Qi, Job Polarization and Labor Market Outcomes for Older, Middle-Skilled Workers (September 1, 2015). Center for Retirement Research at Boston College Working Paper No. 2015-23. Available for download at SSRN: “Numerous studies have found that even as employment growth in high- and low-skill occupations has been robust, employment inContinue Reading