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Economic Census Data on Accommodations and Food Services

“The 2012 Economic Census concludes the Geographic Area Series for accommodation and food services. The accommodation and food services sector includes establishments primarily engaged in providing customers with lodging and/or preparing meals, snacks and beverages for immediate consumption. Geographic Area Series data are presented for the nation, states, combined statistical areas, metropolitan statistical areas, counties and economic places. The Geographic Area Series provides detailed statistics by subsectors and industries on the number of establishments, sales, payroll, and employment and other data items by industry.”

Child Nutrition Programs: Spending and Policy Options

CBO Report – September 25, 2015 – Child Nutrition Programs: Spending and Policy Options “Several federal programs support children’s nutritional needs. In 2014, the federal government spent about $20 billion to reimburse schools, child care centers, and after-school programs for children’s meals. Those programs benefit mainly school-age children from low-income households. Other nutrition programs provideContinue Reading

HHS launches resources system to improve disaster preparedness

News release: “Health and emergency preparedness professionals now have access to the nation’s first and most comprehensive system of resources designed specifically to help communities better prepare for and manage the health impacts of disasters. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR),Continue Reading

Legal Issues with Federal Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food: In Brief

Legal Issues with Federal Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food: In Brief. Emily M. Lanza, Legislative Attorney. September 22, 2015. “Genetically engineered (GE) foods, sometimes referred to as genetically modified foods (GMO foods), are foods that are derived from scientific methods used to introduce new traits or characteristics to an organism. The labeling of GE foodsContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Adaptive Sports, DOD Financial Management, Medicare, Food Assistance, Biosurveillance, Public Transit

Adaptive Sports Grant Program: VA Has Taken Steps toward Better Grantee Selection and Oversight, but Additional Actions Needed, GAO-15-791: Published: Sep 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2015. DOD Financial Management: Continued Actions Needed to Address Congressional Committee Panel Recommendations, GAO-15-463: Published: Sep 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2015. Drug Compounding for Animals: FDAContinue Reading

Organization requests seeds from rare vault to renew growth away from Syrian war

“The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) has requested the backup seed that they deposited in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault to restart their collection away from the horrors of the Syrian Civil War. “The collection holds some of the world’s most important diversity of Wheat, Barley, Grasspea and other crops.Continue Reading

USDA, EPA Join Groups in Nation’s First Food Waste Reduction Goals

“Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Stan Meiburg announced the United States’ first-ever national food waste reduction goal, calling for a 50-percent reduction by 2030. As part of the effort, the federal government will lead a new partnership with charitable organizations, faith-based organizations, the private sector and local, state andContinue Reading

USDA Seeks Input on New Report on Climate Change and Food Security

“On Tuesday, September 8, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a draft of the interagency assessment report, “Climate Change, Global Food Security, and the U.S. Food System” in the Federal Register. USDA is requesting input from the public through October 8, and will publish the final report online when it becomes available. While theContinue Reading

Pew Survey – Americans believe GMOs unsafe

“The debate over the safety of genetically modified foods has put state lawmakers who favor requiring labeling of these products at odds with counterparts in Congress who oppose it. Americans’ concerns about GM foods are providing the backdrop: A majority of them believe such foods are generally unsafe to eat.The House last month passed aContinue Reading

Household Food Security in the United States in 2014

Household Food Security in the United States in 2014 by Alisha Coleman-Jensen, Matthew Rabbitt, Christian Gregory, and Anita Singh, USDA, Economic Research Report No. (ERR-194) 43 pp, September 2015 “An estimated 14.0 percent of American households were food insecure at least some time during the year in 2014, meaning they lacked access to enough foodContinue Reading

Living Wage Calculator

Via MIT – “In many American communities, families working in low-wage jobs make insufficient income to live locally given the local cost of living. Recently, in a number of high-cost communities, community organizers and citizens have successfully argued that the prevailing wage offered by the public sector and key businesses should reflect a wage rateContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Defense Health Care Reform, Emergency Management, International Food Assistance, IRS Case Selection

Defense Health Care Reform: Actions Needed to Help Ensure Defense Health Agency Maintains Implementation Progress, GAO-15-759: Published: Sep 10, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2015. Emergency Management: FEMA Collaborates Effectively with Logistics Partners but Could Strengthen Implementation of Its Capabilities Assessment Tool, GAO-15-781: Published: Sep 10, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2015. International Food Assistance:Continue Reading