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Pew – Public Dissatisfaction With Washington Weighs on the GOP

“Nearly three months after the Republican Party took control of the White House and Congress, the public gives low job ratings to the president and even lower ratings to the speaker of the House. The new Congress is viewed about as unfavorably as the previous Congress. And while both parties are viewed less positively than… Continue Reading

WaPo Special Report – EPA, Labor Dept. are targeted by industry leaders after Trump solicits policy advice

“The president invited American manufacturers to recommend ways to cut regulations and make it easier to get their projects approved. Industry leaders responded with suggestions to remove more than 150 regulations and painted the clearest picture yet of the dramatic steps Trump officials are likely to take in overhauling federal policies.” Continue Reading

Updates to the My Congressional District Tool

“The U.S. Census Bureau recently updated the My Congressional District web application for the 115th Congress. Other updates include: Statistics from the 2015 American Community Survey and maps for the congressional districts within the states that were redistricted in September 2016 (Florida, Minnesota, North Carolina and Virginia). Embeddable functionality. Re-enabled ability to download a .csv… Continue Reading

Top Frustrations With Tax System: Sense That Corporations, Wealthy Don’t Pay Fair Share

“A majority of Americans now view the federal tax system as unfair, including similar shares of Republicans and Democrats. But partisans differ in their concerns about the tax system, with Democrats far more likely than Republicans to express frustration that some corporations and wealthy people don’t pay their “fair share.” Among the public overall, 62%… Continue Reading

Kaiser – Repeal, Replace, Revise: Your Guide To How A Trump Proposal Might Change ACA Insurance

Kaiser Health News: “Repeal and replace is on-again, off-again, but that doesn’t mean the rules affecting your insurance will remain unchanged. The Trump administration late Thursday issued a final rule aimed at stabilizing the health law’s insurance marketplace that could have rapid, dramatic effects on people who do not get insurance through work and buy it on the… Continue Reading

Annual letter to Amazon shareholders by Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com

Jeffrey P. Bezos, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Amazon.com, Inc. letter to Shareholders filed with the SEC. This is a brief, detailed letter that is clearly focused on productivity, project planning and delivery, the importance of balanced, highly functioning productive teams, and the statistics relevant to testing prior to production. Worth reading and sharing with… Continue Reading

Data on DC’s most lucrative speed traps

Technically DC: “D.C. has a lot of speed cameras. But there’s one speed camera in the southbound lane of Kenilworth Avenue that, in 2016, accounted for 10 percent of the total revenue made from D.C.’s speeding and red light cameras. That’s one hardworking camera. This data comes via the Washington Business Journal, which put in a Freedom… Continue Reading

Tax Quiz – How much do you know?

Peter G. Peterson Foundation – “The lengthy and complex United States tax code can be difficult for Americans to understand. So, it’s not surprising that there are many common misconceptions about the tax system. Take our quiz to see how much you really know.” Continue Reading

America’s Highest Paying Companies

“American wages vary widely, from the minimum wage to six-figure salaries, and more. Often, it is the industry, in addition to the job, that determines the level of pay. The highest-paying jobs tend to be found in tech firms, consulting groups, medical facilities, and financial institutions. In certain companies in these industries, it is not… Continue Reading

Information Technology and the U.S. Workforce: Where Are We and Where Do We Go from Here?

National Academies: “Recent years have yielded significant advances in computing and communication technologies, with profound impacts on society. Technology is transforming the way we work, play, and interact with others. From these technological capabilities, new industries, organizational forms, and business models are emerging. Technological advances can create enormous economic and other benefits, but can also… Continue Reading

A growing number of people think their job is useless. Time to rethink the meaning of work

World Economic Forum: “A great deal has been written in recent years about the perils of automation. With predicted mass unemployment, declining wages, and increasing inequality, clearly we should all be afraid. By now it’s no longer just the Silicon Valley trend watchers and technoprophets who are apprehensive. In a study that has already racked… Continue Reading

Federal Contracts: Agencies Widely Used Indefinite Contracts to Provide Flexibility to Meet Mission Needs

Federal Contracts: Agencies Widely Used Indefinite Contracts to Provide Flexibility to Meet Mission Needs, GAO-17-329: Published: Apr 13, 2017. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 2017. “The federal government obligated over $130 billion annually during fiscal years 2011-2015 on indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts—which are used when the exact quantity and timing of products or services are not… Continue Reading