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GAO Reports – Defense Infrastructure, Federal Green Building, IRS Examination Selection, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, Teacher Preparation Programs

  • Defense Infrastructure: Improvements in DOD Reporting and Cybersecurity Implementation Needed to Enhance Utility Resilience Planning, GAO-15-749: Published: Jul 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2015.
  • Federal Green Building: Federal Efforts and Third-Party Certification Help Agencies Implement Key Requirements, but Challenges Remain, GAO-15-667: Published: Jul 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2015.
  • IRS Examination Selection: Internal Controls for Exempt Organization Selection Should Be Strengthened, GAO-15-514: Published: Jul 13, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2015.
  • IRS Examination Selection: IRS Should Strengthen Internal Controls for Exempt Organization Selection, GAO-15-753T: Published: Jul 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2015.
  • Low-Income Housing Tax Credit: Joint IRS-HUD Administration Could Help Address Weaknesses in Oversight, GAO-15-330: Published: Jul 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2015
  • Teacher Preparation Programs: Education Should Ensure States Identify Low-Performing Programs and Improve Information-Sharing, GAO-15-598: Published: Jul 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2015.
  • Teacher Preparation Programs: Survey of State Entities that Oversee Teacher Preparation Programs (GAO-15-599SP, July 2015), an E-supplement to GAO-15-598 GAO-15-599SP: Published: Jul 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2015.

GAO Report – Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative Medicine: Federal Investment, Information Sharing, and Challenges in an Evolving Field, GAO-15-553: Published: Jun 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2015. “Seven federal agencies invested—that is, conducted or funded—approximately $2.89 billion in regenerative medicine research in fiscal years 2012 through 2014. Most (88 percent) was invested by the National Institutes of Health. Agencies fundedContinue Reading

Human Capital, Educational Levels and Growth

“Kochav, Yair and Spivak, Avia and Strawczynski, Michel, Human Capital, Educational Levels and Growth (July 21, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: “This paper analyzes the transition of countries between educational levels in the period 1970-2010 in order to assess the contribution of human capital to the increase of GDP per employee. Using aContinue Reading

How to establish an online Social Security account

“My Social Security Week is a good opportunity to learn more about opening an online Social Security account. Even if you’re nowhere near retirement, having an account will help you track your earnings, give you quicker access to manage the benefits you may be receiving, and much more. Plan for your future, and join the over 20Continue Reading

Financial Resource Guides for Newcomers to US

“Throughout the United States, people unfamiliar with our financial marketplace are more likely to fall prey to frauds and schemes. Low English literacy can make it even harder to manage money safely and effectively on a day-to-day basis. To help, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) developed a series of guides that provide information aboutContinue Reading

ALA releases National Policy Agenda for Libraries

ALA News: “Libraries are in a revolution fueled by rapid advances in technology, and thus the roles, capabilities, and expectations of libraries are changing rapidly. National public policy for libraries must reflect these changes. Today the American Library Association (ALA) released a National Policy Agenda for Libraries to guide a proactive policy shift. “Too often,Continue Reading

Millions of Children Living in High-Poverty Areas

Annie E. Casey Foundation: “The 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book reports that 14% of children — 10.1 million total — are now living in areas of concentrated poverty.  These numbers represent an unsettling trend: An increase of nearly 4 million more children living in high-poverty areas since 2000.  State-by-state, the percentage of children living inContinue Reading

Adobe Legal Department Legal Style Guide Now Open Source

“The Legal team at Adobe is constantly seeking creative new ways to better serve our customers and employees. Part of this effort has been the development of the Adobe Legal Department Style Guide. We use it as the foundation for the way we create and revise our agreements and policy and training materials to ensure that they areContinue Reading

MIT – 50 Smartest Companies 2015

“This year, when the editors of MIT Technology Review began our annual search for the smartest companies, we did not have trouble finding big ideas. To make the list, a company must have truly innovative technology and a business model that is both practical and ambitious, with the result that it has set the agendaContinue Reading

Survey – TV is Now the 2nd Screen for Kids

Robert Miner, CEO and Founder—Miner & Co. Studio: ” In our latest study on kids’ preferences in viewing TV content across devices and platforms, we find that in a majority of family households with tablets and smartphones, TV is no longer the first choice for entertainment, with 57% of parents saying their child prefers aContinue Reading

Self-control forecasts better psychosocial outcomes but faster epigenetic aging in low-SES youth

Gregory E. Miller, Tianyi Yu, Edith Chen, and Gene H. Brody. Self-control forecasts better psychosocial outcomes but faster epigenetic aging in low-SES youth PNAS 2015; published ahead of print July 13, 2015. Summary – “Most childhood outcomes pattern by socioeconomic status (SES). Children from low-SES families complete less education, have worse health, and are convictedContinue Reading

Mathematica Latest Version and Quick Revision History

Via Mathematica: “Unequaled core Wolfram Language capabilities—enhanced by over 100 new functions—plus increasing cloud operations and connectivity to external data and services make Mathematica 10.2 a must-have upgrade. See the complete list of what’s new in the Wolfram Language with Mathematica 10.2 » Developer insights blog series » Added operations for lists and associations, includingContinue Reading