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New GAO Reports – Antipsychotic Drug Use, Defense Acquisitions, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, Federal Research, Information Security, Medicaid Information Technology

  • Antipsychotic Drug Use: HHS Has Initiatives to Reduce Use among Older Adults in Nursing Homes, but Should Expand Efforts to Other Settings, GAO-15-211: Published: Jan 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2015.
  • Defense Acquisitions: Better Approach Needed to Account for Number, Cost, and Performance of Non-Major Programs, GAO-15-188: Published: Mar 2, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2015.
  • Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board: Improvements Needed to Strengthen Internal Control and Promote Transparency [Reissued on March 2, 2015], GAO-15-181: Published: Jan 20, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 19, 2015.
  • Federal Research: DOE Is Addressing Invention Disclosure and Other Challenges but Needs a Plan to Guide Data Management Improvements, GAO-15-212: Published: Jan 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2015.
  • Information Security: FAA Needs to Address Weaknesses in Air Traffic Control Systems, GAO-15-221: Published: Jan 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2015.
  • Medicaid Information Technology: CMS Supports Use of Program Integrity Systems but Should Require States to Determine Effectiveness, GAO-15-207: Published: Jan 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2015.

CRS – Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons

Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons, Amy F. Woolf, Specialist in Nuclear Weapons Policy. February 23, 2015. “The FY2013 Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4310, Section 1037) indicated that it is the sense of Congress that “the United States should pursue negotiations with the Russian Federation aimed at the reduction of Russian deployed and nondeployed nonstrategic nuclear forces.” TheContinue Reading

Legislation to Facilitate Cybersecurity Information Sharing: Economic Analysis

Legislation to Facilitate Cybersecurity Information Sharing: Economic Analysis. N. Eric Weiss, Specialist in Financial Economics. February 23, 2015. “Data breaches, such as those at Target, Home Depot, Neiman Marcus, JPMorgan Chase, and Anthem, have affected financial records of tens of millions of households and seem to occur regularly. Companies typically respond by trying to increaseContinue Reading

The Demographic Evolution of the American Electorate, 1974–2060

States of Change – The Demographic Evolution of the American Electorate, 1974–2060, Ruy Teixeira, William H. Frey, and Robert Griffin. February 2015. 10 big trends that are transforming America – “Trend 1 of 10: The rise of majority-minority and near-majority-minority states – The scale of race-ethnic transformation in the United States is stunning. In 1980,Continue Reading

Economist – Asia’s mania for “reclaiming” land from the sea spawns mounting problems

Such quantities of sand – The Economist: “The area of land Singapore has taken from the sea is dwarfed by reclamation elsewhere—in Japan and China, for example. Since the 19th century, Japan has reclaimed 25,000 hectares in Tokyo Bay alone. For a planned new city near Shanghai, Nanhui, more than 13,000 hectares have been reclaimed.Continue Reading

The State of Congressional History

The State of Congressional History – “Periodic assessments of the state of congressional history and the work of federal and archival offices that promote it are of great value to scholars and their work. Fortunately, a panel on this topic at the 2014 annual meeting of the Society for History in the Federal Government onContinue Reading

The FDIC has consolidated a number of resources relating to the Volcker Final Rule

“The FDIC has consolidated a number of resources relating to the Final Rule – Prohibitions and Restrictions on Proprietary Trading and Certain Interests in, and Relationships With, Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds, otherwise known as the “Volcker Rule”.  On December 10, 2013 the FDIC Board of Directors approved the Volcker Rule. This webpage willContinue Reading

Identity Theft Tops FTC’s Consumer Complaint Categories Again in 2014

News release: “Identity theft topped the Federal Trade Commission’s national ranking of consumer complaints for the 15th consecutive year, while the agency also recorded a large increase in the number of complaints about so-called “imposter” scams, according to the FTC’s 2014 Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book, which was released today. Imposter scams – in whichContinue Reading

Speech – Remarks at the 2015 U.S. Monetary Policy Forum

February 27, 2015 William C. Dudley, President and Chief Executive Officer. Remarks at the 2015 U.S. Monetary Policy Forum, New York City. Remarks [snipped] “It is a great pleasure to have the opportunity to comment on this year’s Monetary Policy Forum paper, “The Equilibrium Real Federal Funds Rate, Past, Present and Future.”  Let me prefaceContinue Reading

EPIC Files Lawsuit for Details About Government “Pre-crime” Program

“EPIC has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit about “Future Attribute Screening Technology”, a “Minority Report” program that purports to identify individuals who will commit crimes in the future. EPIC filed the complaint after the DHS failed to respond to EPIC’s FOIA request for information. EPIC charged that the agency uses secret algorithms toContinue Reading

Annual Survey of Manufactures: 2013

Via the Census – “National-level data for manufacturing industry groups and industries at the three-, four-, five- and six-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) levels. Provides statistics on employment, payroll, supplemental labor costs, cost of materials consumed, operating expenses, value of shipments, value added by manufacturing, fuels and electric energy used, and inventories. Also provides statisticsContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Central America, Disaster Relief, Elections, Food Safety, Indian Affairs, Rural Water, Transportation Safety

Central America: Information on Migration of Unaccompanied Children from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, GAO-15-362: Published: Feb 27, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2015. Disaster Relief: Agencies Need to Improve Policies and Procedures for Estimating Improper Payments, GAO-15-209: Published: Feb 27, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2015. Elections: Issues Related to State Voter Identification LawsContinue Reading