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Fiscal 2015: All Things ‘Cromnibus’

Via CQ Roll Call: ” Lawmakers have released the so-called cromnibus, which would to fund the entire government, except the Department of Homeland Security, through the end of fiscal 2015. DHS would be funded with a shorter-term continuing resolution (putting the “cr” in cromnibus). Congress will likely vote by the end of the week of theContinue Reading

Rape and Sexual Assault Victimization Among College-Age Females, 1995–2013

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Statistics, Special Report, December 2014 “Among college-age females (ages 18 to 24), the rate of rape and sexual assault was 1.2 times higher for nonstudents than students for the period 1995–2013, the Bureau of Justice Statistics announced today. Nonstudents (65,700) accounted for more than doubleContinue Reading

Measuring the Digital Economy – OECD

Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation: “The growing role of the digital economy in daily life has heightened demand for new data and measurement tools. Internationally comparable and timely statistics combined with robust cross-country analyses are crucial to strengthen the evidence base for digital economy policy making, particularly in a context of rapid change. This reportContinue Reading

America the frugal: US Consumer Sentiment Survey

McKinsey & Co.: The slow start to the US holiday shopping season is no anomaly. Our latest Consumer Economic Sentiment survey finds that some six years after the Great Recession, Americans remain reluctant spenders. December 2014 | by Anne Martinez, Rukhshana Motiwala, and Ali Sher – “First the good news: The way Americans feel about their ownContinue Reading

Federal Reserve Board proposes rule to further strengthen capital positions of the largest, most systemically important U.S. bank holding companies

” The Federal Reserve Board on [December 9, 2014] proposed a rule to further strengthen the capital positions of the largest, most systemically important U.S. bank holding companies. The proposal establishes a methodology to identify whether a U.S. bank holding company is a global systemically important banking organization, or GSIB. A firm identified as a GSIB wouldContinue Reading

Female Investors and Global Opportunities for Growth

Harnessing the Power of the Purse: Female Investors and Global Opportunities for Growth, Sylvia Ann Hewlett and Andrea Turner Moffitt with Melinda Marshall, Center for Talent and Innovation. 2014. “Women create, control, and influence an enormous amount of wealth around the globe. The amount is staggering: upwards of $20 trillion, or 27 percent of the world’s total wealth. In the US alone,Continue Reading

New GAO Reports – Federal Retirement, Immigration Benefits, NASA, Public Transit, Unmanned Aerial Systems

Federal Retirement Processing: Applying Information Technology Acquisition Best Practices Could Help OPM Overcome a Long History of Unsuccessful Modernization Efforts, GAO-15-277T: Published: Dec 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2014. Immigration Benefits: Improvements Needed to Fully Implement the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act, GAO-15-3: Published: Dec 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2014. Information Technology: HUD CanContinue Reading

Annual Income and Earnings Inequality Metrics: 2009-2012

Census: “Using four calendar years (2009-2012) of data from the 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation panel, this table package presents inequality metrics for annual estimates of personal, family and household income and earnings. The derived inequality measures for each calendar year are the Gini index, the mean log deviation, the Theil index and theContinue Reading

Economic and Budgetary Effects of Producing Oil and Natural Gas From Shale

CBO – “Recent advances in combining two drilling techniques, hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, have allowed access to large deposits of shale resources—that is, crude oil and natural gas trapped in shale and certain other dense rock formations. As a result, the cost of that “tight oil” and “shale gas” has become competitive with theContinue Reading

BCBS assessment of Basel III implementation in EU and US

Freshfields: “The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) has assessed the implementation of the Basel capital framework in the nine EU Member States that are members of BCBS and the US.  The assessments were conducted under the BCBS’ regulatory consistency assessment programme (RCAP), which assesses the consistency and completeness of a jurisdiction’s adopted standards andContinue Reading

Congress Tells DoD to Report on Leaks

Secrecy News – Steven Aftergood: For the next two years, Congress wants to receive quarterly reports from the Department of Defense on how the Pentagon is responding to leaks of classified information. The reporting requirement was included in the pending National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2015 (Sec. 1052). “Compromises of classified information cause indiscriminate andContinue Reading

Grant Thornton Global Private Equity Report

Creating growth: the challenge of buying well in today’s market: “Private equity has always focused on creating value and helping promote growth in portfolio companies. Since the industry began, private equity firms have tried many ways to meet this ultimate objective – and with varying success. Now, post the global financial crisis, the question being asked more than ever is: howContinue Reading