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Education Department Issues A College Ratings Framework

“Since the President took office, the Administration has worked to increase Pell Grants by more than $1,000 a year, created the new American Opportunity Tax Credit worth up to $10,000 over four years of college, capped student loan payments to 10 percent of monthly income, and laid out an ambitious agenda to keep college affordable.Continue Reading

Federal Agencies’ Steps to Improve Mobile Access to Government Information and Services

Federal Agencies’ Steps to Improve Mobile Access to Government Information and Services, GAO-15-69: Published: Dec 22, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 2014. “According to Pew Research Center, in 2013, some demographic groups relied more on cellphones to access the Internet than others. Those who are young, earn more income, have a graduate degree, or are African American hadContinue Reading

Review of New Student Privacy Laws

National Law Review: “Amid a year filled with high-profile data breaches and a focus on privacy concerns, a number of states have enacted enhanced privacy and data security laws that apply specifically to students, including, in the case of California, new rules that may potentially apply to a broad class of technology services directed atContinue Reading

Census posts report on Children’s Well-Being

A Child’s Day: Living Arrangements, Nativity, and Family Transitions: 2011 (Selected Indicators of Child Well-Being) Household Economic Studies By Lynda Laughlin Issued December 2014. “The well-being of children is a growing area of interest to researchers and policy makers who focus on the social, cognitive, and economic security of children as they transition from preadolescents to young adults. This report uses a variety ofContinue Reading

U.S. Immigration Policy: Chart Book of Key Trends

CRS – U.S. Immigration Policy: Chart Book of Key Trends. William A. Kandel, Analyst in Immigration Policy, December 17, 2014 “This report is a chart book of selected immigration trends that touch on the main elements of comprehensive immigration reform (CIR). Most policymakers agree that the main issues in CIR include increased border security and immigration enforcement, improved employmentContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Federal Subcontracting, Higher Education, 401(k) Plans, Government Mobile Devices

Federal Subcontracting: Further Actions Needed to Improve Oversight of Pass-through Contracts, GAO-15-200: Published: Dec 22, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 2014. Higher Education: Education Should Strengthen Oversight of Schools and Accreditors, GAO-15-59: Published: Dec 22, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 2014. 401(K) Plans: Greater Protections Needed for Forced Transfers and Inactive Accounts, GAO-15-73: Published: Nov 21, 2014. PubliclyContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Airport Privatization, Anthrax, Dodd Frank Regulations, Education, Emergency Preparedness, Ground Radar

Airport Privatization: Limited Interest despite FAA’s Pilot Program, GAO-15-42: Published: Nov 19, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2014. Anthrax: Agency Approaches to Validation and Statistical Analyses Could Be Improved, GAO-15-80: Published: Dec 19, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2014. Dodd-Frank Regulations: Regulators’ Analytical and Coordination Efforts [Reissued on December 18, 2014, GAO-15-81: Published: Dec 18, 2014. Publicly Released:Continue Reading

President Obama Announces New Policy on Cuba

Fact Sheet – Charting a New Course on Cuba – see also NYT Graphic – How America’s Relationship With Cuba Will Change “Re-establish diplomatic relations Our diplomatic relations with Cuba were severed in January of 1961. The President is immediately reopening discussions with Cuba and working to re-establish an embassy in Havana in the next comingContinue Reading

Major Decisions: Graduates’ Earnings Growth and Debt Repayment

Brad Hershbein • Visiting Fellow, The Hamilton Project; Benjamin H. Harris • Policy Director, The Hamilton Project; Melissa S. Kearney • Director, The Hamilton Project. “Student debt is becoming the norm for young adults in America. Aggregate student loan debt has more than tripled over the past decade, as both the number of borrowers and the sizeContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Defense Infrastructure, Hanford Cleanup, Higher Education, NRC, Tax Filing Season

Defense Infrastructure: Risk Assessment Needed to Identify If Foreign Encroachment Threatens Test and Training Ranges, GAO-15-149: Published: Dec 16, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 2014. Hanford Cleanup: Condition of Tanks May Further Limit DOE’s Ability to Respond to Leaks and Intrusions, GAO-15-40: Published: Nov 25, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 2014. Higher Education: State Funding Trends andContinue Reading

The role of enterprising libraries in promoting economic wellbeing

The Carnegie UK Trust – Beyond Books. The role of enterprising libraries in promoting economic wellbeing. Jennifer Peachey. “Public spending cuts are changing the physical landscape, governance models and staffing of the public library service. Changing demographics, varying consumer needs and new technologies as media for learning and accessing information have also provided challenges to the public library service. Some public libraries have taken these challenges asContinue Reading

Captured Documents Illuminate Structure of Islamic State Financing

Boston Globe: The terrorist bureaucracy: Inside the files of the Islamic State in Iraq. An exclusive look at captured documents reveals the tight organizational structure — and vulnerabilities — of a violent movement “The group takes a bureaucratic, systematized approach to maintaining power that makes it look in some ways more like a settled government thanContinue Reading