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EIA – Russia Country Analysis Brief

Russia International energy data and analysis: “Russia is the world’s largest producer of crude oil (including lease condensate) and the second-largest producer of dry natural gas. Russia also produces significant amounts of coal. Russia’s economy is highly dependent on its hydrocarbons, and oil and natural gas revenues account for more than 50% of the federalContinue Reading

GAO Reports – BLM, Central America, DATA Act, International Trade, IRS Case Selection, Managing for Results, Motor Carrier Cases, Affordable Care Act

Bureau of Land Management: Improvements Needed in Internal Controls over Mining Law Administration Program Funds, GAO-15-562: Published: Jul 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2015. Central America: Improved Evaluation Efforts Could Enhance Agency Programs to Reduce Unaccompanied Child Migration, GAO-15-707: Published: Jul 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2015. DATA Act: Progress Made in InitialContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Defense Energy, Facilities Modernization, International Insurance Capital Standards, Mortgage Reforms, Prescription Drugs

Defense Energy: Observations on DOD’s Investments in Alternative Fuels, GAO-15-674: Published: Jul 27, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2015. Facilities Modernization: DOD Guidance and Processes Reflect Leading Practices for Capital Planning, GAO-15-489: Published: Jul 27, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2015. International Insurance Capital Standards: Collaboration among U.S. Stakeholders Has Improved but Could Be Enhanced,Continue Reading

Depths of Hydraulic Fracturing and Accompanying Water Use Across US

Environ. Sci. Technol., Article ASAP. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b01228 Publication Date (Web): July 21, 2015 Copyright © 2015 American Chemical Society “Reports highlight the safety of hydraulic fracturing for drinking water if it occurs “many hundreds of meters to kilometers underground”. To our knowledge, however, no comprehensive analysis of hydraulic fracturing depths exists. Based on fracturing depthsContinue Reading

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: InternalContinue Reading

China will soon surpass South Korea, Russia, and Japan in nuclear generating capacity

EIA – “Nuclear power currently makes up slightly more than 2% of China’s total power generation. However, the Chinese government has a stated goal to provide at least 15% of overall energy consumption by 2020 (increasing to 20% by 2030) from non-fossil fuel sources, including nuclear, hydroelectricity and other renewable sources. To help achieve thisContinue 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

EIA – Drilling Productivity Report

“The Drilling Productivity Report – July 13, 2015 –  uses recent data on the total number of drilling rigs in operation along with estimates of drilling productivity and estimated changes in production from existing oil and natural gas wells to provide estimated changes in oil and natural gas production for seven key regions. EIA’s approachContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Unaccompanied Alien Children, C-130 Force Structure, DOE Project Management

Unaccompanied Alien Children: Actions Needed to Ensure Children Receive Required Care in DHS Custody, GAO-15-521: Published: Jul 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 2015. C-130 Force Structure: Air Force Addressed Statutory Elements in Its Report, but Decided Not to Transfer Certain Aircraft as Proposed, GAO-15-637R: Published: Jul 13, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 2015. DOEContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Propane and Heating Oil Programs, HUD, IGs, International Space Station

Check-Off Programs: Observations from the Propane and Heating Oil Programs, GAO-15-769T: Published: Jul 10, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 2015. HUD Public and Indian Housing Programs: Progress on Prior GAO Recommendations to Enhance Accountability and Efficiency, GAO-15-747T: Published: Jul 10, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 2015. Inspectors General: Additional Efforts Needed by the Department ofContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Biosurveillance, Crude Oil Export Restrictions, Helium Stewardship Act of 2013, Info Sec, Medicaid, SBA

Biosurveillance: Additional Planning, Oversight, and Coordination Needed to Enhance National Capability, GAO-15-664T: Published: Jul 8, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 2015: “Naturally-occurring infectious disease or the intentional use of a biological agent to inflict harm could have catastrophic consequences.” Crude Oil Export Restrictions: Studies Suggest Allowing Exports Could Reduce Consumer Fuel Prices, GAO-15-745T: Published: JulContinue Reading

Monthly Energy Review – June 2015

EIA – “A publication of recent and historical energy statistics. This publication includes statistics on total energy production, consumption, and trade; energy prices; overviews of petroleum, natural gas, coal, electricity, nuclear energy, renewable energy, and international petroleum; carbon dioxide emissions; and data unit conversion values.” Related – see also this GAO Report – Electricity –Continue Reading